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David Brooks as undergraduate advisor

Katie Newmark calls our attention to David Brooks’s column of college advice (scroll down a bit to find it), which I didn’t see since it’s behind the TimesSelect firewall.

I’d add Tocqueville, The Federalist, and Lincoln to the list of must-reads, but endorse, with varying degrees of enthusiasm all his advice. What think you, gentle readers?

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I’d add John Stuart Mill’s "On Liberty" as well as Thomas Paine’s "Age of Reason".


Wwhere can I find Tocqueville’s, books online, any ideas?

This works, though it provides access to a dated translation. There is a better, more manly (and womanly), translation available.

To those mentioned so far, I would also add Plutarch’s "Lives".

I second R. Goodson’s suggestion. If moral education requires continual exposure to greatness, Plutarch sets the standard.

After reading the introduction to Mansfield’s "Manliness," let me promote Homer’s "Odyssey" for the manliness of Telemachos and Odysseus as well Socrates’ "Apology." Moreover, William Allen’s George Washington collection published by Liberty Fund is a great lens into the career and thought of our virtuous Founding Father.

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