05/19/2015 11:20 am ET Updated May 19, 2016

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With David Brooks on The Road to Character

Tonight I'm joined by New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks, author of the number-one bestselling text The Road to Character. In the book, Brooks explores how some of history's most influential figures built their strong inner character and what essential values they possessed that should be emphasized in today's world.

In the clip below he explains why the virtues discussed in his book transcend political affiliation.

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