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The Social Animal by David  Brooks
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Apr 26, 12

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This is a book that tries to do a lot, perhaps too much. I enjoyed the beginning and the end, but the sections in the middle talking about economics and politics were tough to slog through at times. Harold and Erica may be considered good examples for Brooks, but boy are their jobs boring. It also didn't help that halfway through the book, my husband saw what I was reading and remarked, "Oh, Brooks, huh? He makes a lot of stuff up."

There are some very enjoyable parts of the book, and moments where I felt like I learned something (and even moments where I chuckled at a funny turn of phrase), but there were other parts where I felt like I was reading someone's very earnest research thesis. It didn't make me to read any of other Brooks' stuff, either.

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