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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Good Men Foundation; 1St Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615316743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615316741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zinta Aistars on December 13, 2010
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Ask most any single woman in her second half of life and she will tell you: a good man is exceedingly hard to find. So, why is that? And just what is a good man? Bad boys are for adolescent girls, for those who are yet too emotionally immature to recognize the lasting value of goodness, and yes, that goodness is about as sexy as it comes. If the good guy finishes last, it is only because once a woman meets one, she holds on. There is no need for anyone to come after him.

This collection of essays isn't about what women think about good men, however, or how women define goodness in a man. It is about what men think about being a good man. And rightly so, because being a good man begins with the man himself, with his taking more than a moment of introspection to consider what this means. Editor James Houghton, in fact, writes that just asking the question is the seed of being a good man.

As one of the editors, Tom Matlack, states in the prologue--"manhood is at a crossroads in America." Companion editor James Houghton writes in his prologue: "Might there be something meaningful in gathering a diverse group of men to write essays about difficult or challenging times in their lives and what they had learned from those experiences? Though I had nothing but anecdotal evidence to draw upon, it seemed that the men of our generation spend a lot of time struggling to balance the competing interests of achieving professional success and being good husbands and partners and fathers and sons. And unlike women, who are much better socialized to talk about how these same pressures affect them, we tend to keep those burdens to ourselves.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Siegel on September 28, 2009
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As a Urologist, I thought that I knew all there was to know about men. Thanks to the authors of this book, I have learned so much more. It's rare that men get together and talk about these type of issues- most of us run out of things to say after we talk about our favorite sports team and the car we want to buy. It is so important as individuals and, especially at times like these, that we define for ourselves and for our children, what it really takes to be a Good Man. This book breaks down our roles as Fathers, Husbands, Workers, etc and tells amazing stories of people that either are good men or figured out how to become one. We need these examples. We need to see that it is possible to fail initially, but succeed in the end. We need to show ourselves and our children that we get "it." Most of us will never be on the cover of Sports Illustrated or People magazine, but we need to know that getting there certainly doesn't define anyone as good. Fame and fortune are so far down the list of what's important. If you need to have that lesson retold to you, this is the book. Good men come from all walks of life and we all have it in us, its just a matter of finding it. I am thankful that these authors understand the importance of that lesson and are so willing to share their stories. This book is one that truly makes a great gift for anyone, but, really, I think it is a great gift to give yourself.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Frank Mundo on September 29, 2009
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Unfortunately I started reading this book at 12:30 at night... and couldn't put it down till I'd read half of it. I've been involved in two men's groups, occaisionally attend men's weekends, have been on the steering committee for a national church-related men's organization - even given a sermon on fatherhood. Its remarkable to come across a book that cuts across the social and economic strata, that demonstrates the fundamental goodness in men - from those who've spent time behind bars to one slated to become president of a multibillion family-owned corporation. And what a breath of fresh air to find a book written by entrepreneurs !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elliott Fitzgerald on September 29, 2009
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If you want a frame of reference to define your own idea of what it means to be a good father, son, husband, or worker this book is for you. It's tough to be cool discussing showing up for the people in your life or taking care of your responsibilities. Men are much more likely to talk about sports, girls, or money. This book gives men a jumping off point to think about or talk about their own experiences and how they relate to what is really important to them. It also gives hope to men who have gone off track that they can get their lives back together and live with meaning.
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The Good Men Project, edited by a triumvirate of authors, makes a good first impression. It is an unassuming book, not wearing its heart on its sleeve, offering a slew of genuine, mostly first-person stories by men willing to reveal their blemishes as well as their gold. The range of topics and backgrounds is unusually diverse. Many men offer serious revelations, in some cases surprising us with the courage required for them to give us their (apparently) real names in their bylines. The essays are divided into four categories: fathers, sons, husbands, workers.

Steve Almond contributes a breathtakingly candid essay about his runaway masculinity, warts and all, concluding with a realistic redemption through his devotion to his son. John Oliver's magical piece portrays a white man attending a funeral in a black church several years after his daughter's death, in an unexplained link that I found very moving.

Norm Appel bares the soul of a drug-troubled family in which one son dies and the other nearly follows suit, eventually rebuilding his life around helping drug addicts through interventions. Stuart Horwitz plays music on the streets with his daughter and practices non-attachment.

After Rolf Gates's sister dies, he tries to keep everything the same despite his daughter's subsequent birth until he starts meditating and comes to own the changes in his life. Christopher Koehler shares with us his success by the skin of his teeth at fatherhood, snatching the good life from a near-suicide and his emotional neglect of his son.

Kent George relates to us a surprisingly tender story of a boy who doesn't like to fight.
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