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Size Matters: How Height Affects the Health, Happiness, and Success of Boys - and the Men They Become Hardcover – September 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0618470402 ISBN-10: 0618470409 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618470409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618470402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,180,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bond had always mistrusted short men," Ian Fleming wrote; "Napoleon had been short, and Hitler. It was short men who created all the trouble in the world." That may sound extreme, but science reporter Hall (Merchants of Immorality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension) marshals a broad, deep range of information in this fascinating study to show us how much size matters in the way society conceptualizes masculinity and how badly we treat those who do not "measure up." Hall includes data on developmental fetal growth; the anthropological studies of Franz Boas and G. Stanley Hall; and the science of the human growth hormone. His research turns up some gems—such as that contemporary ideals of the manly body, as embodied by toys such as G.I. Joe, are far bulkier then those promoted by the famous Charles Atlas bodybuilding ads in 1950s comics. Carefully examining sociological studies on bullying, and the politically conservative backlash against those studies, Hall explains how a childhood "culture of cruelty" is reflected in the broader national political culture. His interpretations of complicated science are readily accessible, and his journalistic style will suit both popular and academic readers. (Nov.)
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STEPHEN S. HALL is the author of Merchants of Immortality and three other a

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Bristol VINE VOICE on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Does physical size ultimately matter? Well, it matters to Stephen S. Hall, author of this book, a "former shrimp" and from his research, we can conclude that it matters to others as well, particularly men. With quotes ranging from Cicero to "Revenge of the Nerds", Hall takes a fresh look at how height affects the mental health of boys and men. Using research and interviews from assorted medical experts, Hall explores such topics as how size affects aggression and bullying, how environment cues shape growth and maturity, the controversy surrounding hormone therapy for youths; and the impact an adult's size has on his professional and personal life. The author also draws on his boyhood memories of growing up shorter than average, and he even contacts several of his former classmates (bullies, victims and those who had been both) to see how they turned out. He also provides a parent's perspective on the subject of size, as a father of two children, a son and daughter. While sometimes a bit haphazard in its approach, "Size Matters" is a thoughtful and compassionate look at a topic that touches all of us at some point, regardless of gender.
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Suffice it to say that recently it became necessary that I reenter a world of social situations that I previously hadn't had to deal with since high school and college. Being of less than average height, I wanted to see how and to what degree that might be influencing how I'm received by strangers. I was pleased to find this book well researched and readable without seeming defensive or hostile over the facts of life. The only problem is once you read about the issue, examples in everyday life will start to become more apparent. Still, it's good to understand the issue in order to differentiate between what can be accomplished with self improvement, good health, intelligence, and a positive outlook and what ingrained attitudes other hold that may be impossible to overcome. Like the saying goes, "... grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." I think this book contributes to knowing the difference.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By whowhat on October 25, 2010
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Just tell the story. What is wrong with using superscript notation that correlates to a bibliographical citation? The incessant namedropping of research studies, the names of the anthropologists, sociologists, etc. who conducted the studies described in the book and what university or foundation the research workers are associated with is disruptive to telling the story and bogs down the reader with too much information. Sure, give credit where credit is due but it's not necessary to do so repeatedly over and over and over and over again. If a reader wants to know the who's who of the information the book offers, he or she can look that up themselves in the bibliography. That's what it's for. Instead, the author shoves namedropping down the reader's throat so much, the reader can easily lose sight of the main point trying to be made. The book reads as if the author is more concerned with making an impression on the researchers' whose work he studied than getting his point across as to why size matters.
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Savy Shopper on August 3, 2007
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This book was a gift. I heard the author discuss it on THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW on WNYC and ordered it for a friend who might find useful information in it.
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