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  • Published: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241400630
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $39.99
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The Second Mountain

The Quest for a Moral Life




When did we stop connecting with other people? David Brooks argues that we can only solve our crisis of meaning at an emotional and moral level.

Are you on your first or second mountain?
Is life about you - or others?
About success - or something deeper?

The world tells us that we should pursue our self-interest: career wins, high status, nice things. These are the goals of our first mountain. But at some point in our lives we might find that we're not interested in what other people tell us to want. We want the things that are truly worth wanting.

This is the second mountain.

What does it mean to look beyond yourself and find a moral cause? To forget about independence and discover dependence - to be utterly enmeshed in a web of warm relationships? What does it mean to value intimacy, devotion, responsibility and commitment above individual freedom? In The Second Mountain David Brooks explores the meaning and possibilities that scaling a second mountain offer us, and the four commitments that most commonly move us there: family, vocation, philosophy and community. Inspiring, personal and full of joy, this book will help you discover why you were really put on this earth.

  • Pub date: 16 April 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241400630
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

David Brooks

David Brooks' fourth volume of short fiction, Napoleon's Roads, is in the late stages of preparation, as is his second novel, The Umbrella Club. His most recent book is Walking to Point Clear, a collection of poetry. He teaches Australian Literature at the University of Sydney, and is co-editor of Southerly.

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