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Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467693
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "Swagger is essential guidance for any parent of boys. It's brutally honest, meticulously researched, and boldly impassioned. It reveals a truth that is hiding in plain sight all around us, calling for our wisdom and commitment and love. I couldn't put it down."-- Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love

“Lisa Bloom is a woman of brilliance, boldness, and beauty. One of the smartest and most erudite people in the American popular culture, you debate her on TV at your own risk. In her new book, Lisa deals with one of our nation's most pressing subjects: the need for women to use, and be appreciated for, their minds.  As the father of six daughters, I am immensely grateful to Lisa for this outstanding and riveting contribution.” --Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, New York Times bestselling author of 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children

"SWAGGER empowers parents and anyone who cares about boys to get real about the culture we live in, and gives us the tools to do right by our sons." --Examiner.com

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 "There is a great deal we as parents can do at little or no cost to give our boys the advantages they need right now to jack up their odds of finishing high school, going to college, and leading a decent, free life in which they can not only support a family but also contribute to their communities. Because parenting can't wait. Our boys are growing up now, in conditions they did not create, and they deserve more than an adulthood defined by illiteracy, poverty, and reporting to a parole officer. Swagger will show you how." 
--From the Introduction 
IN HER FRESH and frank New York Times best-seller, THINK, Lisa Bloom issued a wake-up call to women all across the country, challenging them to push back against tabloid media and the beauty industry, and to reclaim their brains. Now, in her thought-provoking follow-up, Swagger, she turns her focus to her male counterparts, with a startling look at boys and the culture in which they are growing up, asking: 
* Why is your son struggling in school? 
* Why can't teenage boys find jobs? 
* How do our media get away with messages that being a man means being a thug? 
* Why are our prisons overflowing with young men? 
* And most importantly: how can we protect our boys, and give them the bright future they deserve? 
Acclaimed author, passionate advocate, TV host, attorney, and mother Lisa Bloom answers these questions -- and many more -- in her trademark hard-hitting, no-nonsense style. Swagger is a call to action for parents -- and anyone who cares about boys -- going in depth to reveal the forces aligned against our sons, then offering ten practical, inexpensive, proven solutions for raising healthy sons, starting today.

More About the Author

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney, Gloria Allred.

A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa appears regularly on CBS, CNN, HLN and MSNBC shows such as Dr. Phil, Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper 360, Politics Nation and The Situation Room. She has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and many more, and she was a nightly panelist on The Insider throughout 2010. From 2001-2009, Lisa hosted her own daily, live, national show on Court TV, and she has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight.

Lisa has written numerous popular and scholarly articles for the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, the National Law Journal, CNN.com, the Daily Beast, and many more. She has also been profiled, featured, and quoted in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, California Lawyer, Vegetarian Times, and Variety.

Lisa graduated early and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, where she was national college debate champion, and then from the Yale Law School, where she won the moot court competition. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm. TheWrap.com recently named her one of the top five celebrity attorneys in Los Angeles.

Lisa's first book, the New York Times bestseller Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, was voted one of the top ten best nonfiction books of 2011 by the readers of Goodreads.com. Lisa has spoken to groups all over the world about the decline in American media and education, the negative influence of the beauty industry, the dumbing down of America, and how to reclaim our brains from our anti-intellectual culture.

A passionate vegan and animal rights activist, Lisa is a frequent world traveler. She lives in Los Angeles with her fiance and two rescue dogs.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book for all parents.
W. Brigmon
I have read both of Lisa Bloom's books in one sitting.
WiseWildFree
And it isn't suburban schools that are suffering.
Donna Austin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Finlayson on February 22, 2013
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The first half of this book was horrifying......the statistics are mind blowing. Thankfully it is more than balanced by an abundance of sensible and usable advice. Compulsory reading for parents, grandparents and caregivers
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jan Jackson on July 1, 2013
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I admire people who can take a stand, express it succinctly, back it up with statistics and point out what to do about it. That's what Lisa Bloom does in Swagger. Not just recommended for parents of boys, this book should be read and discussed in-depth by everyone./Jan Jackson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By coloradodeano on September 20, 2012
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I now have a healthy baby boy born in April 2012 and I'm very concerned about how to expose him to the world but be smart enough to know when someone is selling him a bunch of crap.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By In Vino Veritas on May 3, 2012
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After reading THINK, I was excited (as a father of two girls, and two boys), to get a hold of this book. I was amazed at the fact that, although I feel I am a good father, I am missing the opportunity in a lot of ways to educate my sons on the RIGHT things in life. I think every father should read this book, as it can be used much like a road map to raising a boy to grow to be a man...not a felon!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Labyrinth on July 24, 2012
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This book gives great insight into the challenges of raising boys in today's society and she gives great background information as to how we got into this situation and specific steps to help your child.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Taylor on July 18, 2012
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This book transcends political party agendas and goes straight for common sense ethics. This book was very well researched. It could have been a bit more upbeat, the first 100 pages are pretty dismal, but then so is the reality of our childrens education. Well written and well worth the $$.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ndiva ndiva on May 2, 2012
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Saw her for the first time on Dr. Phil, today and bought the Kindle edition. I was floored. I had reasd "Boys Adrift" By Leonard Sax a few years ago, and this hit the same bell. Something is wrong with our boys/men. Sax listed several factors and did a better job in that area. Bloom excels in looking at the social/psychological/economics impact these trens lead to. This shoulsd be required reading for every politician, teacher and parent.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By WiseWildFree on April 21, 2012
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I have read both of Lisa Bloom's books in one sitting. Devouring them, choosing her ideas over sleep and feeling a sense of purpose and re-invigorated passion in the world after reading them.
Her words flow as i jump excitedly from paragraph to paragraph knowing that each sentence and paragraph will hold immense value. I feel that the words in this book can make an impact and ripple into the consciousness that informs us. I personally resonate with Lisa's social commentary in Swagger, specifically, the articulation and primary focus of schools, the economy and thug culture. It's filled with brilliant observations that like the bookThink: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World in the sense that it brings our attention to things we all know as true but have become so used to it as a reality we don't respond or take outrage with the awareness it truly deserves. This book changed and evolved the way I think about our culture for men. I've already told every mother I know and people in my community that Lisa has done it again and written a book that honors the upward hill journey of boys being raised in our culture and inspires a call to action to what we can all do. Most importantly, remembering, that we are all stronger together.
Soulful. Practical. Necessary. Page Turner. My highest recommendation.
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