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Mothers, Leadership, and Success

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ISBN-10: 0962400602
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Polybius Pr (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962400602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962400605
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guy Odom has put together a fascinating look at when and why civilizations collapse and the role of motherhood in the stages of civilizations. Sound far-fetched? It isn't. Basically, civilizations last approximately 10 generations. As we look at Generation X (#10) today, this concept becomes meaningful. We are truly in the Age of Decadence, as outlined in Odom's book. Additionally, his look at civilizations' progress through the stages and the role of dominant women in the decline of a civilization is mind-numbing. As dominant women become more affluent, they choose to bear less children, while the less-affluent women bear more. As the population shifts, more children are reared by non-dominant (and therefore, less successful) women, facilitating the decline of civilization. Other factors play a role, such as permissiveness and acceptance of lower morality, etc. The premise is frightening and spellbinding, scary and thought-provoking. A great read!
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Weaving together many different disciplines, observations, and historical facts, Odom carefully constructs his thesis - which basically proves how the three elements making up the title are related and flow from one another. What is of great interest is that this area is grossly neglected, other than the occasional "feel good" books that are paraded around the TV talk shows, or the hypnotic productions from the academic mills.
Be aware, however, that Odom pulls no punches, and is refreshingly clear in the light of political correctness. I will not give away the full gist of his argument, but strongly encourage anyone who considers themselves literate and educated to read this book. Ideally, the topics within the book could become the enlightened basis for the development not only of the family but of democracy as well.
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Based on my understandings (call me an avid reader and observer for the last 30 years who is curious about what causes what to happen), I think many have touched on the fundamental cause. Gates and others don't appear to have discovered the fundamental cause yet. I think Guy Odom, author of "Mothers, Leadership, and Success" has. Maybe if many agree, word can get to those who have the financial and political influence to affect positive change.
The main difference in students today verses 50 years ago is there are many less high achievers in our schools today. Tweaking the school system without understanding this won't work. (To add another view - a recent conversation from a great teacher I know said that NCLB has taken the joy out of learning at school).
Why are there significantly less high achievers? It goes back to the child rearing practices that today are generating less high achievers. Why is that ? Based on Odom's study of history and those who study history, it's the predictable cycle associated with the rise and fall of all nations - the percentage of high achievers dominates the early conquest and commerce cycles of nations. Over time, affluence degrades the child rearing practices and the percentage of high achievers goes down as more low achieving care raisers raise low achieving children (more high achieving mothers work in business and may raise none or one or two kids; more lower achieving mothers stay at home and raise three or more kids). You can find the whole story on this in Odom's "Mothers, Leadership and Success" and "America's Man on Horseback". He proposes many forecasts about where all this is going, but fundamentally, it's about the child rearing practices that have resulted in a growing percentage of low achieving students over the ten generation cycle.
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I read Mr. Odom's book when it first was published and again just a year ago (2011) and was amazed to see how much our country has followed his predictions. Knowing the background of Mr. Odom has made this book all the more interesting as he was a self-made man... Successful in every sense of the WORD in the good old American way. Truly this book is a must read to all of you who are really interested in where our country is headed. Have an open mind and you just might learn something new...
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Guy Odom presents a superb theory regarding the influence that mothers have in the upbringing of a child. His theory deviates from the traveled path that fathers account and/or are responsible (just for being males) of the eventual personality traits developed by a child. Of course, this new concept is bound to ruffle some feathers from those that blindly follow the set rules of "the establishment". If you are one of those, then you will probably feel that you just wasted your money. If on the other hand you are willing to open your mind to new concepts.... then you will enjoy this book tremendously!
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