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The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

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“Provocative and fascinating . . . seeks to do nothing less than revolutionize our notions about how we function and
conduct our lives.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“[A] fascinating study of the unconscious mind and its impact on our lives . . . Brooks has done well to draw such vivid
attention to the wide implications of the accumulated research on the mind and the triggers of human behaviour.”—The

“Multifaceted, compulsively readable . . . Brooks’s considerable achievement comes in his ability to elevate the unseen
aspects of private experience into a vigorous and challenging conversation about what we all share.”—San Francisco

“Brooks surveys a stunning amount of research and cleverly connects it to everyday experience. . . . As in [Bobos in
Paradise] he shows genius in sketching archetypes and coining phrases.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Authoritative, impressively learned, and vast in scope.”—Newsweek

“An enjoyably thought-provoking adventure.”—The Boston Globe

“An uncommonly brilliant blend of sociology, intellect and allegory.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred revew)

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About the Author

David Brooks writes an op-ed column for The New York Times. Previously, he has been a senior editor at The
Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly, and an op-ed editor at The Wall Street
Journal. He is currently a commentator on PBS NewsHour and contributes regularly to Meet the Press and NPR’s All Things
Considered. He is the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How
We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times
Magazine, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, The Public Interest, and many other
magazines. David Brooks lives in Maryland.

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