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 Looking inward.
 A Feature Review of

The Character Gap: How Good are We?
Christian B. Miller

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2018.
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Reviewed by Mary VanderGoot


When you pick up The Character Gap and see a picture of Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler on the dust jacket, you might expect the author is going to sort the good guys from the bad guys. Once you start reading, however, you realize that far from helping you point the finger at anyone else or create another hero, the author, Christian Miller, is inviting you to look inward.

This is a book written by the Director of the Character Project, which is being funded by the Templeton Foundation, and involves researchers around the world who are addressing basic questions about how people make moral choices. Gathering a wide range of findings together into an elaborate view of human behavior, the team of the Character Project is addressing one of the big questions: how good (or not) are we?

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One of the best surprises of this spring has been David Brooks’ new book:

The Road to Character
David Brooks

Hardback: Random House, 2015
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Read an excerpt from the book

Here are two NPR interviews that Brooks did on the book:

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Just heard about this forthcoming novel… Sounds intriguing!

The Bird Sisters: A Novel.
Rebecca Rasmussen.
Hardback: Random House, April 12, 2011.
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