Recommended: The Social Animal

It is of course a well-worn cliché that David Brooks is every liberal’s favorite conservative, and one that I embody wholeheartedly: I never miss his twice-weekly op-Ed columns in The New York Times, and I can quote an embarrassingly large number of passages from his laugh-out-loud pop-sociology tome Bobos in Paradise (and his follow-up, On Paradise Drive, not nearly as good, but what would be?) Brooks’s latest, The Social Animal, has just been published, and if the recent excerpt in The New Yorker is any indication, it looks to be a worthy addition to his oeuvre. Thomas Nagel reviews it in this week’s New York Times Book Review.

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