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The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Great book

I've read several of William Bennett's books and have several of them as a part of my personal library including, "The Book of Virtues" and "The Moral Compass". So when I saw his new book "The Book of Man" I jumped at the chance to read and review it.

As in his previ...
I've read several of William Bennett's books and have several of them as a part of my personal library including, "The Book of Virtues" and "The Moral Compass". So when I saw his new book "The Book of Man" I jumped at the chance to read and review it.

As in his previous books, he stories, letters, poems, etc. to illustrate and bring the life the themes of the book. It's challenging and motivating. I have greatly enjoyed it and am now passing it on to my brother so he can read it as well.

The book is broken down into topics sections including:

Man in War
Man at Work
Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure
Man in the Polis
Man wth Woman and Children
Man in Prayer and Reflection

The stories are well written and presented. I like the way that each story stands on its own and is short and easy to read. I like to read books like this a little at a time and take time to think and reflect on what I just read.

Personally, I feel the world of today is so lacking in the way of values and this is one of the main reasons I like Mr. Bennett's books, as it brings back a touch of the way things used to be, with a stronger sense of morels. I can see how this book may not be appealing to all in that way, but it is something so needed.
It's very nicely presented and makes a great gift book.

posted by Angela_Nic on September 27, 2011

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6 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

THE WORST BOOK! False Conclusions, Unworthy Heroes, Horrible Author

This book is supposed to be about "What it means to be a man" by giving examples of men for our boys to look up to as heroes. The author gives us about 500 different stories of men from ancient history to modern day politicians, athletes, celebrities, etc. He says, thes...
This book is supposed to be about "What it means to be a man" by giving examples of men for our boys to look up to as heroes. The author gives us about 500 different stories of men from ancient history to modern day politicians, athletes, celebrities, etc. He says, these men present an ideal of manhood. He tells us that our boys should follow these examples of "real men" and learn how they should live and the things to which our boys should aspire. The author lists these men as examples worth emulating - as heroes to be honored by our boys. I was SICK and DISGUSTED when I read the list of men William Bennet holds up as heroes. What is Bennett's standard for picking these men as heroes? "Every community, even Sodom and Gomorrah, has one individual in it who might be identified as worth admiring." No wonder this author picked non-Christians and unethical men to represent the "heroes" in this book. This is the LAST book anyone should hold up as an example for their sons.

Bennett's heroes include Shakespeare, Colin Powell, Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill, Navy Seal Creed, William the Conqueror, Ronald Regan, Plato, Homer, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Thomas Carlyle, "Pistol" Pete Maravich, A.G. Spalding, Leo Tolstoy, Buster Douglas, Davy Crockett, Aristotle, John Locke, John F. Kennedy, Charles Dickens, Robert Morris (current day pentecostal megachurch pastor), Abraham Lincoln, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, George Washington, and more.

I found much of what the author had to say as mindless ramblings, lacking logic and any conclusive purpose. Example: The author starts the introduction by giving us a statistic: "In 1954, 90% of American men worked. Today, that number is 80%". Instead of considering the many possibilities for this decline, such as unemployment, immigration, retirement, and other factors; the author immediately jumps to the conclusion this decline is due to laziness and men leaching off the government. While laziness is certainly a factor, the author doesn't even consider that it might not be the only factor. He portrays this as a direct correlation.

Next, Bennett takes an even bigger leap - "In 1970, 80% of men 25-29 were marriaged, but in 2007, only 40%". He immediately blames what he calls a decline in marriage on the fact that there are too many aimless men! When we all know that men and women are getting married later and later in life these days due to educational and career-oriented goals! This author is SOOOO far off base, it's ridiculous! I feel like this author misses the point time after time.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion

posted by mirandi on October 23, 2011

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Book of Man

    As a response to the lack of leadership and true manhood in today's society William Bennett as compiled a collection of stories The Book of Man is broken down into 6 sections...

    Including:

    Man in War
    Man at Work
    Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure
    Man in the Polis
    Man wth Woman and Children
    Man in Prayer and Reflection


    The Book of Man upholds a traditional, moral and religious view of man, even though many of the selections are from men who are not specifically Christian or even religious. I would recommend this book for people that work with men and boys such as counselors, teachers, etc. I would also recommend this book for men that want to take a look at what manhood looks like throughout history and today.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    Some of these reviews here are so blatantly biased and many even

    Some of these reviews here are so blatantly biased and many even got the book free from the publisher. This is a compilation about men. I don't believe Bennett argues these men should all be heroes - and I think the genius of the book is he let's us decide the things we should share, as fathers, with our children (and boys).
    Apparently, some of you got frustrated because you tried to read the book cover to cover. It is not meant to be read this way. The book is about great STRUGGLE which occurs in manhood and if we do not teach our men coming of age about struggle and solid decision making, then, some of them will turn out like some of these characters.
    I agree with some reviewers that the author throws out some stats without an in depth search of why these things may be true, but I don't think that is his intention. He wants us to THINK about why they may be true. This book may have a mixed message for some, may be unchristian to others, BUT THERE ARE STILL LESSONS HERE!!!!!!!!! Especially for people willing to seek them instead of just be critical of the text.

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    Posted March 2, 2012

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