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Boise State Book Club

The Boise State Book Club was created to unite Boise State alumni and friends in the same discussion happening on campus today through the Campus Read program.

2016-17 Selection

The-Road-to-Character-198x300The Road to Character
By David Brooks

In The Road to Character, author David Brooks focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.

Looking to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause. Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint. Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor, learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender. Civil rights pioneers A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline, the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade.

Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.


Join the Boise State Book Club

Because we know our campus community extends beyond the physical environment Boise State resides on — especially as our graduates land all over the globe — we want to invite all of our alumni and friends to join the Boise State Book Club and participate in a virtual discussion of this year’s Campus Read book. Through Connect — The Alumni and Friends Online Community, we have created an online discussion board. It will be moderated by a member of the Boise State staff, but all are welcome to join and participate.

Need a copy? The book can be purchased from the Boise State Bookstore. Print and digital copies also are available at Albertsons Library and the Boise Public Library.



Distinguished Lecture Series with David Brooks

Presented by the Honors College

Tuesday, Sept. 27
7 p.m.
Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

This author talk will be free and open to the public.

Library Research Guide

Albertsons Library has created resources to assist in exploration of this incredible story. Click here to visit the LibGuide for “The Road to Character.”