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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Renegade Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970892926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970892928
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The truth hurts!
Reginald Johnson
Mr. Perry expresses what the real problems are in the Black community.
Metaphor
Well, this was supposed to be a book review.
R. hector

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Jones on January 5, 2007
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I enjoyed this book, it does tell it like it is, no ifs ands or buts. It is time folks stopped blaming other folks, and took some responsibility on, and stepped up. We are out here, together, and we need to man up. NOBODY is coming to save us. The many voices that claim to speak for us, don't, their interests are not my interests, and more than likely not yours either. A book like this and many others like it needs far wider dissemination that it is getting. Enough of the sound bite mentality, self pity. Get up, stand up, and learn and do for yourselves.
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I wanted to read "Man Up: Nobody is Coming to Save Us" but never took the time until recently. I was cognizant of Steve Perry's reputation as principal and founder of The Preparatory Magnet School (in Hartford, Connecticut) and his commendable work preparing low income high school students for college. "Man Up", exposes raw nerves in the heart, head, and soul, of black communities across America. I suffered blunt force trauma while reading the author's views on black churches, high- profiled national leaders, and their part in maintaining the status quo. The truth hurts!

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (June 1987) warned us in his book, "Family and Nation" ... about family disorganization, increasing numbers of impoverished preschool children, illegitimate births, and the destructive influences they had upon all communities in America. For his heroic efforts, he was excoriated by national leaders and branded a kook, hate -monger, and racist.

Unfortunately, his warnings were ignored and conflicts have increased exponentially in black communities all across America. "Man Up" takes up the mantle of exposing these problems ... as a reminder they are still alive, well, and destroying the fabric of black families. It is a precursor to similar warnings outlined in Bill Cosby's and Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint's controversial book, "Come on People: On the Path from Victims to Victors".

I found this exquisite book to be an inspiring read, well paced, and exceptionally informative. Those who point out flaws in editing, should not quibble with the appearance of the messenger, but should concentrate on the relevancy of the message. Man Up does more than just state what is wrong ... it provides realistic (but tough) solutions to the problems at hand.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Joy on August 4, 2006
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Steve Perry does an incredible job pointing to the REAL issues concerning our Black youth. He doesn't pull any punches as he challenges each and every institution and encourages them to "Man Up" and begin to take responsibility to try to save the next generations of Black men. Excellent book for anyone concerned about future cultural stability.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie C. Cruel on May 13, 2007
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Man Up! will become required reading for black Americans (young & old) in the sphere of my influence. This book delivers truth, problems, realities, and common sense solutions to the ills of the ebony community. Where did the brother find the wisdom, inspiration, and most of all the courage to say what needs to be said? We are destroying ourselves and must take corrective action now. This book is a manifesto and valuable first steps reading to a positive living in the right direction.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Huey on August 25, 2006
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The book was very direct in confronting the issues that people of color struggle with on a daily basis. The book also brought out some strong points that need to be addressed immediately by all people.I found it to be a good read, and shared it with others that I know.
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful By K. Floyd on July 26, 2006
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I am a 59 year old black male and Vietnam Vet. So far, I have only browsed through the book and I can't find the words to express how impressed with this young man Steve Perry. At first, I thought only Bill Cosby was the only black man to tell it like it is.

To borrow a phrase from Fannie Lou Hamer, " I am sick and tired of being sick and tired" of the poverty pimps i.e. Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, (hate monger) Farrakan, ( emperor/crackhead) Marion Barry) etc.)

Thank you very, very much Mr. Perry.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. hector on September 4, 2007
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I confess, I'm not much of a book worm, I tend to do most of my reading on-line -- This book, I read in two days!
The facts are clear; we in the black community are in crisis! My heart aches, wondering how we will correct the many issues that plague us.
Mr. Perry does an expert, incredibly honest job at pointing out both the issues and providing salient solutions.
It truly is up to us in the Black community to help ourselves. No more pointing fingers; no more relying on the same old broken methods of the past.
Well, this was supposed to be a book review. Bottom line, EVERY SINGLE black person
Should read take to heart the simple, but profound methods offered in this book. Well done Mr. Perry, keep up the important efforts.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Coffey on November 6, 2006
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Steve Perry doesn't mince words. He encourages people to take responsibility for the things that are under their control. There are problems in society and all of us need to work to make things better. Well-written!
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