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Genuine Men: Journeys in Stories and Stills Hardcover – May 1, 2008

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"Bruno is a warm and caring archaeologist of the human condition." -- --Al Montross, Founder, President and CEO, Compco Computer Centers Inc., Former President and CEO, Mylex Corp

"These Genuine Men embody the LIVESTRONG® spirit." -- --Katherine McLane, Communications Director, Lance Armstrong Foundation *LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, www.livestrong.org

"It is so very important to tell these stories...acknowledging the genuine-ness of men that goes beyond, and deeper, than the appearance and stereotypes." -- --President, American Men's Studies Association

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Genuine Men focuses on the life experiences of thirty-five men--ordinary fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, and neighbors that we encounter every day. These men redefine what it is to be a role model by showing us that what makes us strong is the way we approach, deal with, and then carry our challenges and life experiences. Their stories represent the type of men that others will want to emulate in their own lifelong journeys.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Bridgeway Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934454273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934454275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,161,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Edmonds on July 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Bruno saw a need; a need for positive, real, everyday male role models. Men who have risen above the obstacles of their lives and have become men that both they themselves and their families can be proud of. Out of this need, the Genuine Men Project was born. Her 35 subjects range in age from twelve to ninety-one years old, and each knows that life can be a struggle and it's not always easy to become the man that they want to be. These men aren't perfect; they have had their fair share of problems in their lives, but each has looked beyond these struggles and found a path that has worked for them.

Sometimes, the stories seem a little vague when explaining what the men have gone through and overcome in their lives to bring them to the place where they are now. While this doesn't hinder the individual storytelling process for each subject, it does make for some of the stories seeming a little incomplete, as if we're not being given the entire story.

From a design standpoint, the book is beautifully laid out with the stories flowing around Bruno's black and white photographs of her subjects. There are 2 occasions where the face of the main focus of the photo is placed across the binding, making it hard to see, but other than that, you can tell there was close attention paid to the visual look of the book. The photographs themselves are very good; they present the essence of the man and what is important in his life, be it his job, family or favorite sport.

The only thing that I would have liked to have seen done differently is a little more focus on single men who are not fathers who are still positive role models. It seemed the majority of the men out of high school were fathers.
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There are times when an author captures the heart of their subject and almost magically transports that to the pages of their work. This is what our author, Nancy Bruno has done in this outstanding work, "Genuine Men."

We are taken on a mini-journey through the pages of this book, one that shows the heart and soul of numerous men and their accomplishments and triumpts in life. We meet such men as, James, who lost his legs at an early age in life, yet despite numerous reasons to call it quits, trudged along and accomplished more than many who had both legs. Stephen, who daily fights depression, yet has the courage to daily forge forward with each new challenge it brings, and overcoming. And Cliff, who had battles in life, emotionally, physically,and spiritually, yet found love brought the peace he desperately sought.

Each one of the men in this book have a unique story, yet one that I am sure is played over in others lives in our world. They had challenges that they had to battle and defeat. The story of each is soul reaching, sober, yet encouraging. The pictures make the man real, not just a character in a storybook, but a flesh and blood co-exister in this world of ours.

This is a book of heart, one of hope and achievement that is reached not only as the world measures it, but also as the true spirit of mankind can achieve.
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