A ``rite of passage'' for its journalist author, this book relies on interviews and cullings from biography, literature, and psychological research. Garfinkel introduces a useful paradigm of stages in male development vis-a-vis fathers and mentors: reverence, revolt, and reconciliation. But his strident bias weakens the argument. He presents fathers as hopelessly inadequate, takes Freud's Oedipus theory literally, and targets a number of phenomena for blunderbuss attack. Fraternities, circumcision, men's clubs, homophobia, and organized sports come under firedeservedly, but here less effectively than in other books, many of which are quoted or cited in the bibliography. E. James Lieberman, Psychiatry Dept., George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, D.C.