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Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All Hardcover – September 16, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; 1 edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307393631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307393630
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Especially for women who want to "embrace a slower-paced, more graceful, family-oriented life" (feminists and career gals need not apply), Basham has created a guide for helping one's man achieve success (and, thus, get one's own in the process). Basham is straightforward and practical (if occasionally overbearing), complete with infomercial-quality promises like "Using your PR savvy to increase household cash flow." Her logical, step by step plan for helping a mate succeed involves locating and supporting his strengths, communicating and motivating, and using your own skills in a "stand by your man" capacity that doesn't preclude stepping up front every once in a while. Basham frequently cites celebrity examples-MSNBC host Chris Matthews, country singer Alan Jackson, the Obamas--to drive home points, but her conservative inclinations will be a turn-off for some. Those looking for solid advice on how to motivate, understand, communicate with and help a mate succeed will find this time well spent, with techniques generally transferable to children, bosses or friends.
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From School Library Journal

Gearing this book toward women who want to be stay-at-home wives but feel guilty about it, Basham (The Weekly Standard) argues that such a lifestyle would actually enhance one's marriage. She points out that marriages thrive when the husband sees himself as the breadwinner and that today's college-educated woman is in an excellent position to guide him toward professional heights. She urges wives to give motivational pep talks, share intuitions in a specific (not emotional) manner, go to their husband's business-related social events, and look for opportunities to assist him when needed. Although Basham claims her vision is not a throw-back to the Fifties, a closer reading reveals it is just that, with a little twist of language for 2008. An optional purchase.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Frank T. Wright on September 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was led to read this book because of the Today show appearance on 9/16, featuring author Megan Basham, and feminist author Leslie Bennets ("The Feminine Mistake"). It intrigued me that Ms. Bennets claimed that
Ms. Basham had "cherry-picked the research" and that her book was a "dangerous fairy tale." After reading the book, my view is that it is both intensively and extensively researched, and that research creates the context for the real meat of the book: the anecdotal research into a large number of marriages where the wife is functioning to exemplify the principles that Basham profiles. My other point about the research is this: claiming it to be "cherry-picked" is the equivalent of conceding the research supports the author's premise. It's sort of like conceding the match point in tennis. Game, Set, Match.

The book is lively, the personal stories informative and entertaining. The design of the book brings any number of helpful resources to the table for anyone who wants to pursue its principles. It's not a book that tells wives (or husbands) what they should do, but what they can achieve in a quest to encourage each other and create satisfying careers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia Ann on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to Basham's book because it highlights the importance of a husband and wife working together as a team for a common good. Throughout her book, Basham gave example after example of successful couples where the wife supported, encouraged and helped her husband achieve more success in the workplace. What a great and effective way to bring a couple together. Having oneness in a marriage is lost so much in our culture today and this book was a refreshing change! I'm excited to use the techniques Basham recommends in my own marriage!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By silkyhorse on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book would be most helpful to a wife whose husband is currently struggling with his career and direction in life (I *highly* recommend reading this book if you're in that position). However, my husband is doing well in his career, and I was still able to learn from the book. Very encouraging and lots of good ideas!

This book really expressed the idea that a wife can make a huge difference in her husband's career. I especially enjoyed the examples of well-known and high-income/high-profile men and how much credit they give to their wives for helping them become successful. (for example, it was Alan Jackson's wife who got his demo tape into the right hands and that eventually led to him becoming a country music star!)

My only negative is that this book went on a little. It could have been a bit shorter and still gotten the excellent message through to the reader.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rachael La Rock Whaley on December 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was offended by the review by amazon that states that career gals and feminists need not apply-- why not? Is it not a feminist value that women should be afforded choices? I choose to stay home and help my husband's career because it is what I am good at and what I love. Does this make me not a feminist? Of course not. Feminism teaches that women are not subservient to men. Well, women are not subservient to the feminist movement either! Staying home and raising your own family IS a career, so why would career gals need not apply? Being a full time homemaker means keeping up with the latest info in your field, setting and reaching goals, and improving skills. That sounds like a career to me!

This is an interesting read and if you liked it, you might also like How to Help Your Husband Make More Money so You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom by Joanne Watson. There are some super helpful hints about resume writing, networking, and other ways in which you can help your spouse succeed in his/her career.
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I loved what I learned from this book. As a stay at home mom who may need to re-enter the work force in a couple years, the idea of simply helping my husband reach his highest potential in his career is very appealing. If I use the advice outline in this book, not only could I help my husband advance, he would make more money, we would have a better relationship, and both be happier and more satisfied with life. What's not to like?
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This book is for every woman who knows she married an awesome, talented man who may not know it yet! It is not about demoting yourself as a savvy, capable woman, but allowing your husband's ideals to increase and putting your aspirations on the back-burner (for just a little while), so that you can focus your full talents on building up one career at a time. Focusing on the husband first sets the stage for a fulfilled, confident head-of-the-household, who will be happy and ABLE to support the dreams of his wife (even if it's just to stay home and be a happy homemaker) from a firm financial foundation. Most importantly, this book emphasizes the keys to real teamwork and intimacy we women so desperately seek in our marriages.

I found it to be inspiring, and not even close to demoralizing, with fair acknowledgements to feminist views, while helping me to prioritize the greater good for my marriage and for my family. I didn't discuss much of the book with my husband, I just went to work on what it suggested and saw IMMEDIATE results at-home and within my husband's job quality and satisfaction. I'm reading it for a second time just to make sure I didn't miss anything!
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