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Reviews of Mike Buchanan's The Glass Ceiling Delusion: At long last, someone has taken on the myth of discrimination against women who aspire to senior positions in business, including the boardrooms of major corporations. The Glass Ceiling Delusion demythologizes each of thirty elements the author has identified of the now generally accepted claim that women are discriminated against in the world of white-collar work. Much has been accomplished recently in disclosing the half-truths about women and domestic violence, for example, but Buchanan illuminates an area that other critics of ideological feminism have not considered. Buchanan's analysis is based partly on his experience of working as an executive for major British and American multinational corporations for over 30 years until 2010. His book should inspire research on settings of corporate power everywhere. Always witty and sometimes even biting in style, Buchanan's text is grounded in important texts in psychobiology, sociology, history and politics. It is an impassioned yet not angry argument that deserves the careful attention of policy-makers and a general readership. Professor Miles Groth PhD, Editor, New Male Studies: An International Journal Peter Saunders, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sussex University: 'The Glass Ceiling Delusion attacks head-on the militant feminist myth that men and women have the same interests and capabilities. Reviewing a wide range of evidence, he shows that the under-representation of women in senior positions in business has nothing to do with discrimination and 'glass ceilings' and that attempts to impose quotas are therefore fundamentally flawed. A polemical book with an important message.' Glenn Wilson Visiting Professor of Psychology, Gresham College, London: 'Equality of opportunity is a fine thing but equality of outcome is another matter entirely. There is little doubt that men and women have, on average, different talents and interests that make gender quotas in the workplace unfair and impractical. The Glass Ceiling Delusion is a welcome, well-argued addition to the debate about whether women should be pushed up the social ladder just because they are women, and thus at a presumed disadvantage. This is rather an insult to women and Margaret Thatcher, for one, would not have agreed. Individuals should be treated as individuals, not as members of a particular race, class or gender. Whatever the historic injustices, this is the only way that social structures can evolve naturally.' Dr Vernon Coleman bestselling English author: 'The Glass Ceiling Delusion is an important and brave book, the best book on social economics and society in general published for decades. It's irresistibly compelling, cogently argued and superbly put together. It should be in all school and college libraries. It should be compulsory reading for social science, economics and politics students. It should be force-fed to male and female politicians. This is definitely a five-star book. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.' Review of Mike Buchanan's David and Goliatha: David Cameron - heir to Harman? John Strafford Chairman of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy: 'Mike Buchanan has courageously taken on the radical feminists. For too long this group have dominated the public policy agenda. Pay equality, gender balance in the boardroom, all women shortlists have been given far too much prominence in public life. We needed the other side to be put and in his book Mike Buchanan does just this. His description of the Prime Minister having a 'female-pattern brain' is an interesting aspect of David Cameron. Without being insulting it explains some of the current direction of Conservative policy. The book calls for a fight back against the radical feminists. It deserves to succeed. Women had a long hard justifiable fight to obtain the vote in our democracy (see my book Our Fight for Democracy), but now they have it the radical feminists want special treatment. This is not acceptable, each person's vote should have an equal value regardless of gender. Manipulating parliamentary candidate short lists to give preference to women is a distortion of democracy and anyone who believes in democracy should oppose it.'

About the Author

Mike Buchanan (1957- ) is a British writer with a particular interest in the damage wrought in the developed world by radical feminists: feminists (usually, but not exclusively, women) who campaign and scheme not for equal opportunities for men and women, but for equal outcomes (e.g. gender balance in the boardroom) regardless of the relative numbers of men and women willing to take on such roles and able to perform them successfully. This book follows two earlier books which critiqued the differences between the genders, and radical feminism, in the context of politics ('David and Goliatha: David Cameron - heir to Harman?') and in the context of the world of work ('The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the REAL reasons more women don't reach senior positions'). Mike Buchanan worked as a consultant for the Conservative party (2006-8) but resigned his party membership in late 2009 in protest against the decision of David Cameron, the leader of the party, to introduce all-women prospective parliamentary candidate shortlists for the ensuing general election, using for this purpose legislation introduced (without prior notice in the Labour party's 2005 manifesto) by the radical feminist MP Harriet Harman. Mike Buchanan has written nine books since 2008, the titles of which are (in reverse chronological order): Feminism: The Ugly Truth (being launched in February 2012 in ebook editions) / The Glass Ceiling Delusion / David and Goliatha: David Cameron - heir to Harman? / The Joy of Self-Publishing (also available in ebook editions) / Buchanan's Dictionary of Quotations for right-minded people / Buchanan's Dictionary of Quotations for right-minded Americans / Two Men in a Car (also available in ebook editions) / The Marriage Delusion: the fraud of the rings? (a hardback - the paperback edition is titled 'The Fraud of the Rings') / Guitar Gods in Beds. (Bedfordshire: a heavenly county) / For Kogan Page: Profitable Buying Strategies: How to cut procurement costs and buy your way to higher profits' - this title is also available, helpfully, in a Chinese language edition. Mike Buchanan is the proprietor of LPS publishing, a British publisher, further details on the business and its titles may be found on He runs the 'Fighting Feminism' blog

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: LPS Publishing (January 1, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0956641695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956641694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Mike Buchanan (1957- ) is a British writer, publisher, and men's human rights advocate, formerly a business consultant before retiring in 2010. In February 2013 his political party was officially registered by the Electoral Commission - 'Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them)' The party plans to contest 30 marginal seats in the May 2015 general election.

The party will have among its objectives the end of discriminatory policies against men, and an end to other manifestations of gender feminism which attacks many of the pillars of civilised societies including the family, education, the political system, the legal system, the media, business... and more. Gender feminism is a hate-driven female supremacist ideology which has assaulted the interests of women and children, as well as those of men, for 30+ years.

In 2008 Mike founded LPS publishing, in 2012 Anti-Feminism League and Campaign for Merit in Business He worked for the Conservative party over 2006-8 but resigned his party membership in late 2009 in protest at Conservative party leader David Cameron's adoption of women-only prospective parliamentary candidate shortlists for some constituencies for the forthcoming general election. To enable this, Cameron employed legislation introduced in March 2008 by the gender feminist Labour MP Harriet Harman.

The legislation permitted political parties to use women-only prospective parliamentary candidate shortlists for the ensuing five general elections i.e. FOR 25 YEARS. The proposed legislation hadn't been mentioned in the Labour Party's 2005 general election manifesto, although the same manifesto DID include this gem: 'The new European Union Constitutional Treaty is a good treaty for Britain and the new Europe. We will put it to the British people in a referendum.' Ha.

Mike is currently working with Bedford-based celebrity Paul Carrington on the latter's autobiography which has the provisional title, 'Citizen Carrington: The Sage of Bedford, Paul Carrington aged 61 3/4'. Paul was the star of the author's international bestseller, 'Two Men in a Car (a businessman, a chauffeur, and their holidays in France)' as well as featuring (as Thunderin' Paul Carrington) in 'Guitar Gods in Beds. (Bedfordshire: a heavenly county)'.

Mike has written nine books since 2008:

'Feminism: The Ugly Truth' was published in a Kindle edition on 13 February 2012, the paperback edition may be published on 1 April 2013. Then again, it may not be. A critique of radical feminism, a movement of angry misandric (man-hating) women which assaults men, women, children, marriage, the family, the legal system, academia, the media, democracy and business... and so much more. It leads to the early deaths of many men and women. Chapter titles include, 'Are you a misogynist if you only hate feminists?', 'How does feminism kill many men and women?', 'Are some feminists (e.g. Tracey Emin) a pain in the arts?', 'Why must we stop funding Women's Studies and Gender Studies courses?', and 'Are feminists delusional? Is the pope a Catholic? Do bears crap in woods?' The Kindle edition will contain a sample chapter from 'Two Men in a Car' titled, 'Would you like to have sex with my wife?' along with that book's plate section (16 photographs). The paperback edition will have the sample chapter but not the plate section.

'The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the REAL reasons more women don't reach senior positions'. After spending over 30 years working in the private sector (1978-2010), most of them working at a senior level in major companies, Mike Buchanan recognised that the 'glass ceiling' explanation for the small number of women in senior executive positions in general, and in the boardroom in particular, was a groundless conspiracy theory advanced by feminists to further their personal agendas. This book explains the real reasons for the longstanding gender imbalances, and why gender balance initiatives are a threat to meritocracy and therefore capitalism itself.

'David and Goliatha: David Cameron - heir to Harman?' This book considers the world of men and women in the workplace, and chronicles the enactment by the new Conservative prime minister (David Cameron) of legislation that was the brainchild of a militant feminist Labour MP, Harriet Harman. The Equality Act 2010 substitutes the principle of 'equality of opportunity' with 'equality of outcome' in the public sector, for the first time in British law. It is feared that the legislation may be extended to the private sector in the fullness of time.

'The Joy of Self-Publishing' A comprehensive guide to self-publishing in the modern era, with an emphasis on the practical issues involved in producing books and ebooks, and how to make the best of the Print-on-Demand ('POD') business model.

'Buchanan's Dictionary of Quotations for Right-Minded Americans' Quotations delivering insight, inspiration and amusement to Americans who are right-of-centre politically, like the editor. Quotations from the expected sources (Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, P.J. O'Rourke, Sarah Palin...) and from the less expected (Elvis Presley, Homer Simpson, Charlton Heston, Rita Rudner...)

'The Marriage Delusion: the fraud of the rings?' Also available in a paperback version with the title 'The Fraud of the Rings'. A critique of marriage which argues that most adults in the developed world in the modern era are unsuited to the institution. The book also makes realistic recommendations to reduce the number of unhappy marriages and thereby bring down the number of divorces. Now wouldn't that be a good thing?

'Two Men in a Car (A Businessman, a Chauffeur, and Their Holidays in France)' The politically-incorrect tale of two holidays in France enjoyed by Mike Buchanan and his chauffeur, Paul Carrington. The book contains 16 colour photographs taken during the holidays.

'Guitar Gods in Beds. (Bedfordshire: A Heavenly County)' The colourful life stories of eight amateur / semi-pro / professional guitarists living and performing in Mike Buchanan's adopted town, the throbbing metropolis of Bedford, England. One is Thunderin' Paul Carrington,the author's chauffeur in 'Two Men in a Car'. The book contains 16 colour photographs of the guitarists, half taken recently, half when they were much younger.

'Profitable Buying Strategies' (published by Kogan Page) Drawing on the author's 25+ years' experience of procurement at a senior level in major organisations, this is a guide to improving organisational profitability through reducing the cost of bought-in goods and services.

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124 of 199 people found the following review helpful By Jeff d on February 21, 2012
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As someone who enjoyed Mike Buchanan's previous books about feminism - The Glass Ceiling Delusion in particular - I was at first disappointed to see this book only launching in an ebook edition. But a friend told me about free-to-download `Kindle for PC' software so I managed to download this Feminism: The Ugly Truth book in no time.

The author's surpassed himself with this title. Nothing seems to evade his critical attention: he covers the central importance of misandry (the hatred of men), the disproportionate influence of men-hating lesbian feminists, the different natures of gender-typical men and women, the assault on all men and the majority of women and all children, the assaults on many fields (academia, the legal system, government, the media... the list is a long one.)

The pursuit of radical feminist agendas by a Conservative-led coalition both merits and attracts attention, David Cameron being shown to have pro-feminist instincts in gender-related matters, as demonstrated by his firm support for quotas to deliver `gender balance in the boardroom' rather than on merit The writer uses extracts from other books but only where they're particularly relevant to the topic he's covering.

The book ends with the plate section and a sample chapter from the writer's highly-rated French travelogue Two Men in a Car which I note has 17 reviews on, all 5-starred. This makes for a welcome, interesting, and humorous counterpoint to the preceding book. That's not to say the preceding book doesn't have its share of humour, because it does, as we might expect with chapter titles such as `Are some feminists (e.g. Tracey Emin) a pain in the arts?
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135 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Healing-Men on April 3, 2012
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Provocative, convincing, and covering all aspects of inter-gender relations from foetal development, through sex, love, and work, to suicide and death. A comprehensive condemnation of feminism and its insidious ravages delivered with considerable style and humour. Vital reading in understanding "The Ugly Truth" - and it's entertaining too! Highly recommended.
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120 of 194 people found the following review helpful By fabrizio on April 24, 2012
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Unmasking feminism, may be an alternative title.
Really love it, love the humor and the insights it provides on how politicians exploits feminism sacrificing on the consensus altar the principles of meritocracy, business productivity and family cohesion.

A must read, especially for young boys and girls looking for a clear understanding on how feminism is undermining the foundation of UK society.

Being a leftist (in my country) I can only acknowledge that Mike has a point.
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91 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Brent Smith on January 30, 2015
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Unlike most people here who are spamming this book, I actually read it.

And it is VERY well written informative, and I would recommend it to anyone who considers themselves an expert on gender studies and feminism.
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124 of 202 people found the following review helpful By phil on March 9, 2013
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Not exactly being a novice to this topic I was curious on how Mike would tackle the hydra that is modern feminism. Thankfully I was very pleasantly surprised to find that he doesn't sidetrack the reader too much with what feminists say they are about (believe me the language can get extremely dense and obfuscatory!) but concentrates more on what they have done and intend to do.
The mainstream media does a very good job overall in putting a spin on many feminist activities and feminist inspired policies. Mike strips away the veneer of that spin and does so using plain language that doesn't require a degree in Humanities or womens studies in order to understand him.
That however, doesn't mean Mike Buchanan is a "lightweight" far from it, his skill is more akin to a Richard Feynman lecture ie someone who actually KNOWS a convoluted and complex subject yet can distill its essentials and put it into everyday language that all can understand.
The book is also extremely relevant to a relative newcomer to these issues as he shares his erudition on the topic generously with the reader. Many other related works are quoted and in some cases to the extent of an entire chapter where it is relevant to the topic of the text.
In short just reading this book alone will give the reader a very good grasp of feminism, it's entanglement in most if not all of our establishments, government and institutions most specifically in the UK but also a pretty good overview of the international dimension also.
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109 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 26, 2015
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The trolling reviews here pretty much proved the point of the book. Something offended Tumblr and they came to act like petulant children. Mike is obviously onto something.
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69 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Randall P Volar III on January 26, 2015
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I just heard about this book and that it is being attacked by SJW trolls with one star reviews. It is very possible I wouldn't have been lead to this book if it wasn't for your attack.

So, I am about to buy 2 copies of the book just to further piss you all off, and everytime I see a new one star troll review, I will buy another copy and send it to a friend.

I am a cis white male heterosexual which we all know means I must have money since the world is just handed to me. I can keep it up for a while. Come on ladies, leave more reviews and we can fund the sequel!!!
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