Brooks' work has my attention for a number of reasons:
1) I work for a non-profit dependent on people giving us money.
2) I dislike labels, but if I think "compassionate conservative" describes me well.
3) All things wealth, generosity and greed related have fascinated me for about three years. I continually grapple with the ideas of standard of living, charity, poverty and human duty to care for one another.
Conveniently, a copy made its way home with me from my parents' house last weekend. I'll keep you posted on what I learn and leave you with this nugget from the book jacket:
"But beyond showing us who the givers and non-givers in America really are today, Brooks shows why charity matters -- not just to givers and recipients but to the nation as a whole. He shows that giving is crucial to our economic prosperity, as well as to our happiness, health, and our ability to govern ourselves as a free people."