Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture

Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture

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by Lisa Bloom
     
 

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"There is a great deal we as parents can do at little or no cost to give our boys the advantages they need right now to jack up their odds of finishing high school, going to college, and leading a decent, free life in which they can not only support a family but also contribute to their communities. Because parenting can't wait. Our boys are growing up now, in

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"There is a great deal we as parents can do at little or no cost to give our boys the advantages they need right now to jack up their odds of finishing high school, going to college, and leading a decent, free life in which they can not only support a family but also contribute to their communities. Because parenting can't wait. Our boys are growing up now, in conditions they did not create, and they deserve more than an adulthood defined by illiteracy, poverty, and reporting to a parole officer. Swagger will show you how." -from the Introduction

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ISBN-13:
9781482523959
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/27/2013
Pages:
290
Sales rank:
474,969
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
Lisa Bloom is a woman of brilliance, boldness, and beauty. One of the smartest and most erudite people in the American popular culture, you debate her on TV at your own risk. In her new book, Lisa deals with one of our nation's most pressing subjects: the need for women to use, and be appreciated for, their minds. As the father of six daughters, I am immensely grateful to Lisa for this outstanding and riveting contribution.
—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, New York Times bestselling author of 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children
Shmuley Boteach
As the father of three sons (and six daughters), I am profoundly grateful to my friend Lisa Bloom for this timely and important wake up call. Every parent and anyone who cares about the next generation of boys should read this book, today! (Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, New York Times bestselling author of 10 Conversations You Need to Have With Your Children)
Phillip C. McGraw
Think is a real eye-opener. Lisa Bloom brings her extraordinary passion, humor, and intelligence to the important subject of how women and girls can fight being drowned in a sea of pop culture, and lead lives that are fuller, richer, and more connected. Think educates, informs, and—thanks to Lisa's wit and sense of humor—keeps us smiling along the way. Think is a must-read for all mothers and daughters.
—Dr. Phil McGraw, Nationally syndicated television host and #1 New York Times bestselling author
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Think is a real eye-opener. Lisa Bloom brings her extraordinary passion, humor, and intelligence to the important subject of how women and girls can fight being drowned in a sea of pop culture, and lead lives that are fuller, richer, and more connected. Think educates, informs, and—thanks to Lisa’s wit and sense of humor—keeps us smiling along the way. Think is a must-read for all mothers and daughters.”
—Dr. Phil McGraw, Nationally syndicated television host and #1 New York Times bestselling author"Swagger is essential guidance for any parent of boys. It's brutally honest, meticulously researched, and boldly impassioned. It reveals a truth that is hiding in plain sight all around us, calling for our wisdom and commitment and love. I couldn't put it down."— Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love “Lisa Bloom is a dynamo and her book is as smart, quick, and funny as she is. Think paints a clear picture of the power of tabloid culture, inspires personal change, and evokes the desire to make a difference.  Best of all, Think provides a step-by-step guide on how to rescue ourselves from the belly of the beast. This book is a must-read for girls and women everywhere.”
—Rory Freedman, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Skinny Bitch "Every woman in America needs to read Think. It made me think about how I can become more successful, influential, and compassionate. Lisa Bloom is a leader for our times. Listen to her.”
—Jane Velez-Mitchell, bestselling author and host of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN

“Witty, insightful, and practical. Think brims with specific ideas to give women more time, happiness, and meaning in our lives. Even if it were not written by my daughter, I'd still recommend this life-changing book to everyone I know.”
—Gloria Allred, women's and victim’s rights attorney, partner Allred, Maroko & Goldberg Think reads like a conversation with that best friend we all need.  Funny, wise, opinionated, Lisa Bloom covers everything from Angelina Jolie to precut veggies in this how-to, what-for, this-matters guide to a meaningful and honorable life.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst, New Yorker writer, and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court“Lisa Bloom is a woman of brilliance, boldness, and beauty. One of the smartest and most erudite people in the American popular culture, you debate her on TV at your own risk. In her new book, Lisa deals with one of our nation's most pressing subjects: the need for women to use, and be appreciated for, their minds.  As the father of six daughters, I am immensely grateful to Lisa for this outstanding and riveting contribution.”
—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, New York Times bestselling author of 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children 

Rory Freedman
Lisa Bloom is a dynamo and her book is as smart, quick, and funny as she is. Think paints a clear picture of the power of tabloid culture, inspires personal change, and evokes the desire to make a difference. Best of all, Think provides a step-by-step guide on how to rescue ourselves from the belly of the beast. This book is a must-read for girls and women everywhere.”
—Rory Freedman, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Skinny Bitch
Marianne Williamson
Swagger is essential guidance for any parent of boys. It's brutally honest, meticulously researched, and boldly impassioned. It reveals a truth that is hiding in plain sight all around us, calling for our wisdom and commitment and love. I couldn't put it down.-- Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love
Jane Velez-Mitchell
Every woman in America needs to read Think. It made me think about how I can become more successful, influential, and compassionate. Lisa Bloom is a leader for our times. Listen to her.
—Jane Velez-Mitchell, bestselling author and host of Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN
Gloria Allred
Witty, insightful, and practical. Think brims with specific ideas to give women more time, happiness, and meaning in our lives. Even if it were not written by my daughter, I'd still recommend this life-changing book to everyone I know.”
—Gloria Allred, women's and victim's rights attorney, partner Allred, Maroko & Goldberg
Jeffrey Toobin
Think reads like a conversation with that best friend we all need. Funny, wise, opinionated, Lisa Bloom covers everything from Angelina Jolie to precut veggies in this how-to, what-for, this-matters guide to a meaningful and honorable life.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst, New Yorker writer, and author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

Meet the Author

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney, Gloria Allred.

A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa appears regularly on CBS, CNN, HLN and MSNBC shows such as Dr. Phil, Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper 360, Politics Nation and The Situation Room. She has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and many more, and she was a nightly panelist on The Insider throughout 2010. From 2001-2009, Lisa hosted her own daily, live, national show on Court TV, and she has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight.

Lisa has written numerous popular and scholarly articles for the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, the National Law Journal, CNN.com, the Daily Beast, and many more. She has also been profiled, featured, and quoted in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, California Lawyer, Vegetarian Times, and Variety.

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Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read both of Lisa Bloom's books in one sitting. Devouring them, choosing her ideas over sleep and feeling a sense of purpose and re-invigorated passion in the world after reading them. Her words flow as i jump excitedly from paragraph to paragraph knowing that each sentence will hold immense value. I feel that the words in this book can make an impact and ripple into the consciousness that informs us. I personally resonate with Lisa's social commentary in Swagger, specifically, the articulation and primary focus of schools, the economy and thug culture. It's filled with brilliant observations that like the bookThink: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World in the sense that it brings our attention to things we all know as true but have become so used to it as a reality we don't respond or take outrage with the awareness it truly deserves. This book changed and evolved the way I think about our culture for men. I've already told every mother I know and people in my community that Lisa has done it again and written a book that honors the upward hill journey of boys being raised in our culture and inspires a call to action to what we can all do. Most importantly, remembering, that we are all stronger together. Soulful. Practical. Necessary. Page Turner. My highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the mother of two young men, the introduction alone has inspired me to become more vigilant in keeping my boys from a life of illiteracy,poverty and parole obligations.
Alice_Howard More than 1 year ago
Oh my God, what a book! The first half is the Godawful truth of what we are doing to our boys, how schools are failing them, how they're getting reamed in the economy, how "thug culture" gives them disgusting messages, how are prisons are overflowing with them. But hooray, the second half is full of solutions for parents. No politics, no fluff, just Bloom's direct, even funny answers, many of which surprised me. Thank you for this blazingly important book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every parent should read this Very informative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished. As a mom and teacher of boys, this book gave me a fresh and needed view on the challenges and needs of boys today. I dont agree with all of Ms. Blooms "what a parent need to do"'s ...but the foundation is strong. And...most I can see now. Parts of my son's life or attitude I didn't understand (but thought I did) and we just struggled. This is a new and tough age for boys. I started this book months ago and with each chapter I could feel how my interactions with my oldest changed. "Swagger" has also given me lots to think about as a teacher. Some really good areas of study for media literacy. I very much reccomend this book....you all must know at least one boy :) I am off to read "Think". Bloom's book about girls.
In_Vino_Veritas More than 1 year ago
After reading THINK, I was excited (as a father of two girls, and two boys), to get a hold of this book. I was amazed at the fact that, although I feel I am a good father, I am missing the opportunity in a lot of ways to educate my sons on the RIGHT things in life. I think every father should read this book, as it can be used much like a road map to raising a boy to grow to be a man...not a felon!
BKate More than 1 year ago
I loved Think and I'm so glad lisa put out a new book for guys in this day and age. Such a great book for parents and non-parents alike!
SBDavis More than 1 year ago
Another well written and powerful book! I have three daughters and still could not put it down. Compelling information and arguments for all parents, for all citizens really. Thanks you Lisa for striking just the right balance--it's thoughtful and smart, yet so readable!-- such that the book is accessible to a wide audience.
JackDouglas More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom's "Swagger" is Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" of the new decade. Bloom reveals what many sense but, few have the guts to admit: America is going to hell in a hand basket. Not only does Bloom fearlessly stares down torrid truth but, she provides some basic common sense tips for parents (or anyone for that matter) to be able help their children surviving America's prolonged ascent into a shell into what it once was. Having read other parenting books previously, I really love that Bloom doesn't have the "holier than thou" attitude. She never makes you feel like she's better than you. It's very refreshing and I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think every parent of a young man in America should read this book, not once, but again and again. As if it were a text book. It is riviting. I wish this book were being discussed on the 6:00 news, instead of how Snooky is doing during her pregnancy. Or which Kardashian is having a melt-down. It explains so much about our current society and our failure to raise sons who are real men. Please buy this book. I own it on my Nook and I have it in hardback. I have purchased it for my daughter who has a son who is coming of age. I would also suggest the book, The Demise of Guys, so informative.
bigtimenookfan More than 1 year ago
I love Lisa's engaging, in-your-face style. While there are some very depressing stats and facts in this book, she also gives practical, common-sense ideas for raising our boys by our values instead of letting the media and culture raise them. I'm already looking at summer vacation in a whole new light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant and compelling book. A must-read for anyone facing the challenges of raising children in our current cultural climate. One of my favorite books of the year.
AlessandraF More than 1 year ago
This book was truly insightful! As parents, we can be so oblivious to what our children are actually exposed to on a daily basis. Lisa Bloom captured the essence of what our children really go through on a daily basis and how we can proactively combat these negative forces in our boys lives. A MUST read for any parent!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down. Swagger is well written and does not preach at you. This is an excellent call for parents to take on the challenge of providing their children with an education that goes beyond the classroom. Education, especially reading begins at home and should carry on through out your child's life.
GreatBooks1WowEC More than 1 year ago
Extraordinary nonfiction -- for parents of boys, yes, but also for anyone who cares about American culture today and the values and expectations we impose upon boys and men.  An important book, but also a very fast read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that Lisa had a great idea with creating this book. I would recommend this book to parents who esp. have boys-this would help teach them how to better their sons future. Especially growing up in troubling circumstances of today...GREAT book!!!!
BradenP More than 1 year ago
Lisa has truly written a thought-provoking book. THINK was a game-changer but Swagger is even better. Well researched and written in an easy to read and concise format, this book will really get you thinking about our world in a new way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Lisa for this great inspirationl book. I feel that boys need alot of guidences in thier lives so they won't make bad choices threw out their lives. And to also learn on how to be men
Happy-Reader0 More than 1 year ago
Excellent and important. Well-researched and well-written. Highly recommended for parents and teachers and every concerned person  throughout the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting reading, and very thought provoking. Wish it had offered a bit more advice to possible solutions or preventative measures. Appreciated the statistics.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I have realized that it is just a racist stereo typical piece of writing racial profiling young black men "Thug Culture" aha excuse me what do you know about this thug culture! As a young black woman I am outraged by this book. Just another white women trying to get "in touch" with the black culture when she clearly knows nothing about it.
IJPBKLYN More than 1 year ago
Sorry, not worth the money...nothing in this book that I didn't already know!