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Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"Swagger is essential guidance for any parent of boys. It's brutally honest, meticulously researched, and boldly impassioned. It reveals a truth that is hiding in plain sight all around us, calling for our wisdom and commitment and love. I couldn't put it down."-- Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love
“Lisa Bloom is a woman of brilliance, boldness, and beauty. One of the smartest and most erudite people in the American popular culture, you debate her on TV at your own risk. In her new book, Lisa deals with one of our nation's most pressing subjects: the need for women to use, and be appreciated for, their minds. As the father of six daughters, I am immensely grateful to Lisa for this outstanding and riveting contribution.” --Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, New York Times bestselling author of 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children
"SWAGGER empowers parents and anyone who cares about boys to get real about the culture we live in, and gives us the tools to do right by our sons." --Examiner.com
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"There is a great deal we as parents can do at little or no cost to give our boys the advantages they need right now to jack up their odds of finishing high school, going to college, and leading a decent, free life in which they can not only support a family but also contribute to their communities. Because parenting can't wait. Our boys are growing up now, in conditions they did not create, and they deserve more than an adulthood defined by illiteracy, poverty, and reporting to a parole officer. Swagger will show you how."
--From the Introduction
IN HER FRESH and frank New York Times best-seller, THINK, Lisa Bloom issued a wake-up call to women all across the country, challenging them to push back against tabloid media and the beauty industry, and to reclaim their brains. Now, in her thought-provoking follow-up, Swagger, she turns her focus to her male counterparts, with a startling look at boys and the culture in which they are growing up, asking:
* Why is your son struggling in school?
* Why can't teenage boys find jobs?
* How do our media get away with messages that being a man means being a thug?
* Why are our prisons overflowing with young men?
* And most importantly: how can we protect our boys, and give them the bright future they deserve?
Acclaimed author, passionate advocate, TV host, attorney, and mother Lisa Bloom answers these questions -- and many more -- in her trademark hard-hitting, no-nonsense style. Swagger is a call to action for parents -- and anyone who cares about boys -- going in depth to reveal the forces aligned against our sons, then offering ten practical, inexpensive, proven solutions for raising healthy sons, starting today.