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Understanding Manhood in America Paperback – June 3, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0935633375 ISBN-10: 0935633375

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Communications LLC (June 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935633375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935633375
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was well written, easy to read, and should be read by any college age level men.
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The book provides historical, cultural, and sociological context for the subject, including some very interesting but little known facts.
Leonard Jones
This book tackles the importance of Fraternalism in the development of mature masculine principles in men.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Edward Berry on July 30, 2005
The modern American male has few worthwhile role models today, and fewer cheerleaders. We live in a time of predominantly negative messages about men. Young men refer to themselves as "dog", self-proclaimed gurus say men are from "Mars" and, worse yet, some organizations and educational institutions consider every man to be a potential rapist.

Fortunately, men have found a cheerleader in Robert G. Davis. Davis' new book "Understanding Manhood in America" delves into what it means to be a man in 21st century America. This book is important reading for all men. "Understanding Manhood" shows men where we might find proper role models and - more importantly - how we can be good role models for others.

Davis presents the case that the modern male is missing something essential in his development. His observations come from interacting with literally thousands of men within one of the world's largest membership organizations, Freemasonry. Based on these interactions, he developed a deep interest in what defines the modern male. He has also studied the work of experts in the fields of psychology and sociology.

The first half of the book covers important, broad social themes in America over the past 200 years. Davis brings us from the Heroic Artisan of our agrarian past to the Self-Made Man of the pre-Industrial Age through to our present day circumstances.

In the second half of the book, Davis makes the case that in order to become men, in the true and traditional sense of the word, they must learn to work together and socialize with other men. This is no "grab your drum and head out into the woods" sort of advice. Davis's ideas are straightforward and pragmatic.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Blue Griffin on October 6, 2005
This book was thoroughly enjoyable and laced with fresh insights and poignant reflections. If there was a list of required readings for all Masons in America, this should be at or near the top. In fact, it ought to be read by everyone who is even a candidate for Masonic initiation.

But you don't have to be a Mason to appreciate this book. It would also be meaningful to men of other fraternities, as well as anyone else interested in the issues of manhood in America.

One of the most significant points Davis makes is that fatherhood encompasses all that the archetypal man should be, whether literally as a parent of children, or allegorically as a leader and mentor to other human beings. You won't find any narrow stereotyping about masculinity in this book.

Likewise, you will not find Davis attempting to justify an exclusively mascuiline fraternity by bashing women. Davis argues that men simply need a place in society where they can be psychologically intimate with other men. Men need a place where they can join together in exploring the archetypes of manhood rather than being bombarded by the shallow stereotypes of manhood that are fostered in many, if not most, social venues. Masonry is designed to provide the perfect atmosphere for men who realize these needs in themselves.

Though Brother Davis is very clear in decrying the loss of depth in many Masons' initiatory and fraternal experience, he is refreshingly upbeat about the Craft's potential to adjust to modern times and meet the needs of the current and next generations of American men. In particular, he notes some of the roles that the Internet is already playing in our fraternal life, and expects that it will have a major transformative effect.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steven S. Pate II on July 20, 2005
Finally, someone has had the courage to say what every man in the world has been needing to hear since the dawning of the word 'feminism!' 'Understanding Manhood in America' stands at the vanguard of a growing population of men who have come to realize that media generated images of masculinity and gender stereotypical castings of men are cultivating a society of lost little boys. Davis puts forth an excellent explanation for where we went wrong and how we are going to reclaim the masculine maturity of our forefathers. A must read for any male who is approaching manhood, any middle-aged man who feels inadequate or unaccomplished, or any mother or father searching for a way to get through to that heathonous teenager.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Jones on September 1, 2005
Bob Davis has done an excellent job of summarizing issues within these three subject areas and explaining the real and potential relationships between them in the context of this relatively short book. The book provides historical, cultural, and sociological context for the subject, including some very interesting but little known facts. It does not go into a lot of depth, but the references cited by the author provide ample material for further research by interested readers. I found it to be an interesting read and hope you well, too...
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