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Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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"[Abrams] reads every sentence with a bombastic punch and in lawyerly fashion ends the audiobook with a closing argument." - AudioFile

"Abrams himself reads this short, entertaining book in a tone that, like Man Down, doesn't take itself too seriously. Recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Dan Abrams  has published articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, the American Lawyer, and the Yale Law and Policy Review, among many others. He has also written for online media such as the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, and, of course, regularly for Mediaite. He is also the legal columnist for Men's Health magazine. 
Dan Abrams is the legal analyst for Good Morning America and ABC News, as well as the founder of the Abrams Media Network.

Abrams, a Columbia University School of Law grad, was previously chief legal analyst for NBC News. He was general manager of MSNBC during which time ratings grew by 62 percent and he branded the network "The Place for Politics." Prior to his management appointment, Abrams hosted The Abrams Report, a nightly legal affairs program, and later Verdict with Dan Abrams.

In the past two years the Abrams Media Network has launched media news site Mediaite.com, fashion and style site Styleite.com, Geekosystem.com for tech lovers and TheMarySue.com for their female counterparts and Sportsgrid.com. He is also the cofounder of Gossipcop.com, the first major website to police the gossip industry for inaccuracies in reporting. 

Dan has never been married, so despite his admiration for women, evidenced by this book, that does not mean he necessarily knows how to talk to them. 

Follow Dan on Twitter : @DanielAbrams
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810998297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810998292
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let me say this: This is going to be a long review as I have a lot to say about this book. Second, I am a woman who studies anthropology and loves to read books about gender relations and sex differences, so I thought this would be fun to read. And third, I understand that this book is supposed to be humorous. However, I must say that it didn't really amuse me and I didn't think it was really that funny. Now, before you get upset with me for "missing the point," I completely understand that the book is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek and that the title is hyperbole and intentionally provocative. Abrams himself has admitted as much. It is known that men and women are good at different things, but from an objective standpoint it really can't be said that one is generally "better" or "worse." I think Abrams understands this principle, and I'm convinced by hearing him discuss this book that he probably feels the same way and believes all of this tripe to be in good fun -- particularly because about half the book is filled with some rather innocuous differences like speed eating and hammering nails. Despite this, I have serious problems with how he's promoted this book.

Abrams admits outright that he is not totally serious and the book is light-hearted fun. Nevertheless, he does claim that the book is "good, solid, rigorous research" and not his opinions (see his TV interviews, etc). Unfortunately, the book contains mostly his subjective interpretations and selective newspaper articles. I can honestly say that this book was very poorly researched, and he gives no references or citations for his information. Some of the studies are also likely true and were interesting, but those that are legitimate often lend themselves to more scientific and accurate interpretations.
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This is a fun, quick read. Books clubs will find much to discuss, and it's the perfect gift for your favorite male chauvinist. But reviewers who are complaining that the author's "evidence" isn't rigorously scientific are missing the point: he wrote this to stir discussion and make money, not to prove anything serious.

The book touches on many silly things, like speed eating, but women are not "better" than men because they can binge faster. The book also ignores many serious areas where the differences between men and women are stark, such as child abandonment and violent crime. Any society that cares about the future should rank as "better" those who are willing to care for the children and avoid hurting others. That such areas are not explored in the book is proof that it is meant to amuse, not prove.

So if you are looking for a fun read and some quirky examples of female superiority that will surprise you, this book has much to offer. But if you are looking for a serious critique of who is better, you will be disappointed, both in the subjects covered and the "proof" offered.
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I heard about this author on the IQ2 podcast, and as a woman, I like the argument! However, it is written by a lawyer and he uses lawyer-like arguments. I found myself shaking my head sometimes... Decent read to expand your world view.
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This was an interesting read. I am looking for a book for my womens book club to read. The independent women of the group should find much to discuss after reading Mr Abrams` arguments.
Although this was a short book, I found myself wishing it was shorter. Possibly combining some chapters would have helped.
Updated. Did not recommend for book club. Too much repetition of points. Those independent thinkers would have been bored before completing.
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If I could give 0 stars I would. Dan Abrams has to be the biggest mangina piece of s*** I have ever encountered, and in this day and age, that's truly saying something. He actually admits to being a female chauvinist in his conclusion, and states that he 'rest(s) his case', despite not having mentioned any of the numerous areas of male superiority. For the record, said areas include visuospatial intelligence, high-end mathematical ability (as shown by the SAT, ACT, GRE and IMO tests), general knowledge, gross motor skills, lower susceptibility to phishing scams, greater computer adeptness in general, superior productivity as doctors and greater heroism (as measured by the Carnegie Medal award for heroism).
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I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. When I first heard about it via an interview with the author on Morning Joe, I was completely skeptical. Of course you can't "prove" that women are actually better than men, because the definition of 'better' is so subjective. With that in mind, I still thought the premise was funny and wanted to check it out. I finished the book in 3 days - and found myself enjoying a few laughs along the way while also considering the serious implications of the studies presented. I also found myself sharing those same studies with friends and getting a great response. Although some of the studies may not be the best research to judge perceived superiority, they all shed light on interesting facts that showed women in a better light than men.

Can some of the studies be interpreted differently? Of course. To say women are better at hammering nails because they are more accurate implies that 'better' is defined as "more accurate", rather than "faster" ( where men excel). There are many ways to interpret data but that doesn't make any interpretation wrong. I appreciated the fact that the author is an accomplished lawyer who is adept at stating his argument and proving it in a coherent manner. I loved my role as judge and jury. By the time I finished the book, I was not necessarily sold that women are better than men in the discussed areas, but I found myself frustrated that women have gone above and beyond to prove their worth and are still not being recognized. I wouldn't claim to be a feminist, but this book made me appreciate being a woman in a whole new way.
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