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"In many ways," Waller R. Newell writes, "young men today are in deep spiritual trouble. But they are also yearning for a way back to the noblest ideals of American manhood." The Code of Man represents a deep and thought-provoking effort to help guide contemporary men back to those ideals, as embodied in what Newell calls the five paths to manliness: love, courage, pride, family, and country.

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, he argues, we have grown so concerned about ...

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The Code of Man

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Overview

"In many ways," Waller R. Newell writes, "young men today are in deep spiritual trouble. But they are also yearning for a way back to the noblest ideals of American manhood." The Code of Man represents a deep and thought-provoking effort to help guide contemporary men back to those ideals, as embodied in what Newell calls the five paths to manliness: love, courage, pride, family, and country.

At the dawn of the twenty-first century, he argues, we have grown so concerned about the roles of sex and violence in our society that we have forgotten the older virtues: romance and eros, courage and patriotism, the blend of love and bravery it takes to raise a family. In The Code of Man, he exhorts us to look to the traditional virtues of the past for inspiration. Contrasting the time-honored lessons of traditional voices -- Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln, Jane Austen and Teddy Roosevelt -- with the chaotic signals emanating from sources like Eminem, video games like Thrill Kill, and Goth culture, Newell illustrates how we have come to associate courage with violence, "transgression" with wisdom. Most disturbing, he argues, the essential triumph of Western culture may have left us with a building reserve of untapped aggressive energy, and no consensus about how to channel it -- a situation that threatens to weaken us at the core.

Seamlessly weaving together literary references from a diverse body of sources, Waller Newell offers an open-eyed look at what it means to be a man in America today, and a clarion call to recapture our traditions if we are to preserve our character as a society ... and avoid catastrophe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061956584
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 761,816
  • File size: 452 KB

Meet the Author

Waller R. Newell is a professor of political science and philosophy at Carleton University. A member of Ronald Reagan's presidential transition team, he is a longtime political and cultural commentator, and the author of previous books, including The Code of Man and What Is a Man?: 3,000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue. A contributor to the Weekly Standard and other publications, he has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and a John Adams Fellow at the Institute of United States Studies at the University of London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003

    Stellar book

    I guess Canada has more going for it than I thought. This book is astounding. His earlier book on masculinity I gave to my younger brother for Christmas- he'll be getting this one this year. I work in a book store and attend SUNY New Paltz as a philosophy student- I've been putting this book in the hands of customers and professors both, and none have been dissapointed. Just last week on my campus there was a lecture hosted by a feminist organization about how terrible men are and what nasty things they do, but the portrayal of masculinity that they presented is not the one that my father, a Col. in the Army, raised me with. Waller Newell's traditional approach to masculinity, with contemporary references, is the perfect answer to our present male identity crisis. Buy both this book and _What_Is_A_Man?_ for yourself, and for others. They make great presents for Bar Mitzvahs, Christmas, birthdays, Hannukah, Confirmation, graduations, and young men that might have some time on their hands in jail or a drug rehab program.

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