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Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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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.
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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467693
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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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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The great majority of the book focuses on the problem. Very little is devoted to solutions. The main message I got from this book is that boys are bombarded with messages all day long which lead them to believe that acting like a thug is the way they ought to live their lives (basically, to be drug dealers who abuse women), and that parents should constantly remind their boys that these are not our values, and that parents should keep a focus on education for their boys. I think most people (who are going to read this book) already know these things. There is no magic message in this book.
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This book should be read by every parent and grandparent; but, it's not just about boys. We need to apply these recommendations for all of our children. The sage advice and well researched statistics in Ms. Bloom's very-well-written book should not be missed. She does an excellent job of reading the audio version. I highly recommend it! How to be a great and responsible parent, grandparent and get the most out of and for our children. Information in this book is an eye-opener, to say the least. I was completely impressed. I'll listen to it again.
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I had high hopes for this book, perhaps too high. I applaud Ms. Bloom for helping sound the alarm. As often happens, we can agree on the problem. It's the solutions where we fall apart. I did not expect to see what amounts to Democratic Party talking points (pay teachers more, spend more on schools, stop "putting" so many people in jail). I could take apart each of these but I will hold off on that for now.

The book is not well-sourced. Secondary and tertiary sources were used when primary sources could be easily accessed. A campaign speech by a politician (in this instance Barack Obama) should never be used to validate a point about adult literacy. There is real research to support the point Ms. Bloom was attempting to make.

For some, Ms. Bloom's book will be a wake-up call. For those who are already aware of the problems, it will be consolation that others are taking notice. As more and more people face up to the problems, perhaps then we can begin to work toward solutions that will affect change.

At some point, we will realize that the federal government is not the answer. In fact, government cannot affect cultural change. The answer lies closer to the problem. Immediate families, extended families, local charities, local schools, local faith institutions, local citizens who want to see things change.

I expected more than a political piece. Sadly, it seems that some people cannot discuss issues without it.
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Good examples of how to raise boys in our American culture. Very real examples and insightful experiences. Very parent regardless of family make up should read this. Perhaps, even a community study group could benefit!
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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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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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