A mix of biography, nonfiction, psychology, and spirituality, David Brooks’ The Road to Character explores some of humanity’s deepest values. He touches on the stories of historical figures like Frances Perkins, Augustine, Dorothy Day, and Dwight Eisenhower. He analyzes what experiences, decisions, and beliefs in each life contributed to the individual’s development of what we call character. In the first and final chapters, Brooks steps in with the lessons he learned from various cultures and philosophies. Ultimately, Brooks teaches the reader how to build a joyful inner life that is as strong as any outer life.