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The Book of Man -- William Bennett
Written by Mike Noel   
Monday, 28 November 2011

The Book of Man

The Book Of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood is the latest by William Bennett (author of The Book of Virtues and The Moral Compass).  This book is a collection of short writings collected from various authors sprinkled with original essays and profiles written by Bennett himself.  All of the writings, taken from such diverse sources such as Homer, Augustine, and Mark Twain, are focused on the point of what it means to be a man.  This may seem to be a presumptuous task and certainly vulnerable to accusations of male chauvanism or misogyny but Bennett does well to avoid these twins dangers.  In fact, one entire section (100 pages) of the book is devoted to the interaction between man and woman (and children) and he demonstrates nothing but the need to hold women in high esteem.


The book is divided up into six sections: Man at War, Man at Work, Man at Play, Man in the Polis, Man with Womand and Children, and Man In Prayer and Reflection.  Bennett's selection of readings is intended to demonstrate true manhood in each of the six areas.  There is no false bluster or display of puffed up pretense.  In fact, a common theme throughout all of the readings is the act of honorable sacrifice that a man must make to fulfill his own manhood.  This is an often misunderstood aspect of the male psyche and the problem is exacerbated by the myriad of modern examples of men who focus mostly on self-aggrandizement and self-promotion. 

There is much to recommend in this book for both men and women.  Men will find examples that will inspire them to become better men.  Women will gain a glimpse into the mind and soul of men. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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