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The Second Mountain

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Second Mountain, written by David Brooks.  

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 audiobook will help you discover why you were really put on this earth.

©2019 David Brooks (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd
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This book is a jewel

This book is pure gold.

It talks about how “self” and the pursuit of happiness no longer works, and shows an alternative where the society at large, and the reader in particular, could follow.

Really great book, worth the read.

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Probably the most important book I've ever read

Genuine wisdom, like a lighthouse guiding our ships that pass in the night. Worth reading again and again. I feel like I found a treasure in the attic, a guide about HOW to live in he good life.

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Deeply, lastingly thought provoking

Brooks has written an extraordinary treatise on the value of a moral life and how each and every one of us is already qualified to begin to live such a life. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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He is full of regrets and the results is this cluster of trite and flat thoughts.

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fascinating view on life

this audiobook is fascinating, the author goes into great detail with each of the four areas of one's life - vocation, marriage, faith/religion and community. while the religious element had the least appeal to me, it was interesting to hear the author's journey into becoming a religious person. I would have liked to hear more on community and less on religion.
I found the audiobook excellent but quite long.