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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 1, 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889945
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on human relations and the author of numerous bestsellers, including Real Moments, Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul, Are You The One for Me?, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, and Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know. She has hosted her own television show for CBS-TV, her own daily radio talk show in Los Angeles, and is one of America's most sought-after speakers on personal development and relationships. Barbara's award-winning television infomercial, Making Love Work, is the most successful relationship program of its kind, and her new special for PBS can be seen on hundreds of stations throughout the United States.

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This book is written very well.
Laura
Wow, if my female friends and I came with an instruction manual, Barbara DeAngelis' "What Women Want Men to Know" would be it!
Groovy Vegan
The author seems angry and resentful.
john olohan

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After 24 years and 11 months of marriage, I'd had enough. I'd tried everything to explain how I felt to my husband. He just didn't get it.
In desperation I bought the book, mostly to see if I could learn anything about how to explain to him. I never expected him to actually read the book with me.
After reading a couple of passages from the book to him, he agreed to read the book together. The passages from the book sounded so much like us.
Next week instead of an appointment with a divorce lawyer, we have reservations at a elegant restaurant, for a romantic dinner on our 25th anniversary.
I always knew if I could explain what romance, seduction, connecting, and quality time together meant he would do it. I just couldn't get him to understand. The last councilor we saw told me that if he didn't get it after 24 years, he'd never get it.
HE GOT IT.
Not only does he get it, I understand more about myself now. Everyone, both men and women should read this book.
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109 of 142 people found the following review helpful By WorknMan on January 7, 2006
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As I read this book, I got to thinking that it's too bad the author is married. Otherwise, I think I could marry her, because then I could say to her "Hey, you know all of the things you point out in this book that women do that drive men crazy? Yeah, well .. don't do any of those things!" And then I believe we could live happily ever after. In my honest opinion, I think this book should've been written for women to illustrate all the things that women *shouldn't* do. But instead, it is an instruction manual for us men explaining why women do the irritating things they do and why we should put up with them.

For example, let's say you're a guy on a business trip far away from home. When you get to your destination, you call your woman from the airport to let her know you're not dead. However, when you get to your hotel room, instead of calling to check in yet again, you decide to just crash because you're exhausted from the trip. So now your woman is sitting at home going nuts, wondering if you died on the way to the hotel, got abducted by aliens, or (worse yet) in your hotel room shagging another woman. So when you do call the next day to check in, you get an earful, with your woman telling you how thoughtless and selfish you are. The author points out that women don't do this because they're insecure and neurotic. Oh no, they do it because they love us!! So instead of advising women to relax and take a chill pill, men are instructed to appease the woman and *appreciate* this behavior.

And that's the basic tone of the book.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Groovy Vegan VINE VOICE on September 24, 2002
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Wow, if my female friends and I came with an instruction manual, Barbara DeAngelis' "What Women Want Men to Know" would be it! I frequently found myself nodding in agreement. I'm so impressed, I'm sending a copy to my boyfriend post-haste!

Barbara doesn't blame men for the difficulties in male-female relationships, but she does acknowledge that men and women tend to think and behave differently, causing misunderstandings (which she explicitly describes). This perceptive and entertaining book is aimed at the male reader to help him understand us women and alter his communications and behavior a bit if he wants a better relationship with us.
Barbara astutely explains and gives examples of common male communication and behavior patterns, how they affect us women, and simple things a guy can do to improve his relationship with his partner while still being true to himself. For example, there's the typical situation of the woman wanting to discuss something with the man, but the man withdrawing and avoiding her. Instead of immediately withdrawing, Barbara suggests men practice the "three R's-1. Recognize her desire to communicate with you. 2. Respond in some way. 3. Reschedule." Thus, the man will still get to discuss the situation at a time convenient to him, but this way he's acknowledging and respecting his partner. The 3 R's and all the specific actions women would like men to take are written in gray boxes so the guy (hopefully) won't miss it!
I found nuggets of wisdom in each of the book's three sections: (part 1) What women want men to know about us, (2) What women want men to know about love, intimacy and communication, and (3) What women want men to know about sex.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John H. Nunn on December 14, 2005
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I wish I would have bought this book ten years ago. I've been married nine years and I've never quite understood how to treat my wife right. This book has empowered me to create a beautiful relationship her. Very important information that is essential for any man who wants a happy marriage. As soon as my son is old enough I will encourage him to read this.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By RB on August 17, 2005
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Overall, a very good book for what it advertises. Similar to John Gray's "Men are from..." book, the author hits home on a lot of key messages, ones that you find yourself nodding in agreement with having experienced them yourself. It's also easily read and understood, with enough highlighting and summarizing to make 500 pages manageable. I definitely learned a lot and I would recommend this book to any guy who wants to better understand what makes women tick.

The book was disappointing in three ways. First, it's stories were contrived and dramatic with the man always bringing the woman to tears due to his inappropriate behavior; the author says they were case studies, but many don't read credibly. Second, it's probably 100 or so pages too long (repetitive and too many examples), although you can skim easily. Finally, the author is a bit condescending in areas and beats men over the head a little. Many examples in the second half have men acting boorishly while the innocent woman is acting appropriately. It also suggests that men need to fight their natural instincts to conform to women's habits/customs, which is an unfair (if ultimately effective) piece of advice.
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