The Week (US)

Why We Are Restless


by Benjamin and Jenna Storey (Princeton, $28) Whenever Americans are unhappy, the most astute observers look past the ways we fall short of our goals to what those goals are, said Yuval Levin in NationalRe­ This new book from a pair of husbandand-wife political philosophe­rs is “an education in the irony and complexity of the modern quest for contentmen­t,” in how contentmen­t is elusive when defined as life’s greatest good. The book is proof that there exist “some islands of sanity” in academia. “I can’t recommend it enough.”

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