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The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhoodby William J Bennett
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New York Times best-selling author William J.Bennett uses stories, essays, historical vignettes, and contemporary profiles to explore and explain what it means to be a man. Fashioning men has never been easy, but today it seems particularly tough. Boys needheroes to embody the everlasting qualities of manhood: honor, duty, valor, and integrity. Without such role models, boys will naturally choose perpetual childhood over the rigors of becoming a man-as many women, teachers, coaches, employers, and adults in authority can quickly attest. Too many boys and men waste time in pointless and soulless activities, unmindful of their responsibilities, uncaring in their pursuits. Have we forgotten how to raise men, how to lead our boys into manhood?
In The Book of Man, Bennett charts a clearercourse, offering a positive, encouraging, uplifting, realizable idea of manhood, redolent of history and human nature, and practical for contemporary life. Like his classic, The Book of Virtues, Bennettuses profiles, stories, letters, poems, and myths to bring his subject to life, defining what a man should be, how he should live, and to what he should aspire in several key areas of life.
Chapters include: Man in WarMan at Work Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure Man in the Polis Man with Woman and Children Man in Prayer and Reflection
New York Times best-selling author Bill Bennett uses stories, essays, and historical and contemporary profiles to explore and explain what it means to be a man.
Confusions abound about manhood in today's culture. Whether it's MIA fathers, gangster machismo, metrosexual role models, or the idealization of the gay lifestyle, boys are subject to a dizzying and dismaying array of options about the path they should take as they grow into manhood. New York Times best-selling author William J. Bennett seeks to chart a clearer course, offering a realizable ideal of manhood, redolent of history and human nature, and practical for contemporary life.
The Book of Man explores the life of men in various contexts: work, play, prayer, war, home, and friendship. Like his classic, The Book of Virtues, Bennett uses essays and stories, myths and history, to bring life to the subject. Aimed at helping families-adults and children-teachers, and policy makers, The Book of Man defines what a man should be, how he should live, and to what he should aspire.
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