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The Broken American Male: And How to Fix Him

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Why do American husbands come home from work too exhausted to interact with their families? When did a healthy quest for prosperity become a twisted game no one can win? How did BlackBerries and internet porn become more interesting to men than their flesh-and-blood spouses?

Shmuley Boteach has made a great study of how families live today—both in his work as a rabbi privat
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 by St. Martin's Press
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Ryan Holiday
After catching a few episodes of his TV show, I felt like Boteach "got it" in the way that Dr. Drew and occasionally Dr. Phil got it. He has the ability to cut to the core of the issue, understand when people are acting unhealthily and are unafraid to point fingers. The book confirmed my initial impression. Boteach is definitely onto something about male culture. His analogy of women and eating disorders and then men and workaholicism is apt. They are both a result of a tendency to apply interna ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Echoing a previous critiquer this book really is awful. I got about as far as p. 70 before invoking the "Reader's Bill of Rights" which states I have the right to not finish a book I'm not enjoying.
This book is so badly written, the author making such broad assumptions and repeating the same ideas over and over-pity the broken male who has to actually work for his success in career, marriage and the responsibilities of fatherhood instead of having sex, money and power handed to him on a silve
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In spite of the many things I disagree with the author on, this book is 4 star worthy. I haven't read anything else by Shmuley and am not familiar with his other work. I realize he is a Rabbi, but his views on the roles of men and women, and the exclusion of gay relationships in the book, was hard to look past.

If this book had been written from a science or psychology background, it might have been one of the defining books of its time; as it is, it's absolutely an important book, worth reading
Alexander Francis
I need to reread this book. I remember enjoying it and agreeing with much more than I would have expected. I came away feeling like a broken American male. I am not sure I ever got fixed though. Our culture in the United States is attacking the roles and self confidence of both men and women. The strengthening of the family unit is the only way to solve this problem and we must start balancing our lives with what is truly important. Thanks Shmuly!
This is a book that explores the breakdown of the american male and his status in society. I found the author to be very insightful - not preachy. I felt that his viewpoints on "souless capitalism" were right on target. It was an introspective look into what/and who we value in society - and the toll that has taken on our relationships with each other! Great book!
Kind of depressing but you gotta admire him for having a conversative viewpoint yet having the balls to maturely handle topics like porn, masturbation, and ignoring your wife and kids.
I laughed, read aloud, and laughed again everytime I saw the phrase "Shalom in the Home".
Mar 07, 2008 Leslie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Written by "shalom in the home" it provides an inside look on today's males. It breaks down the male and female roles in society and how they have come to be. Also helps to understand how to let go of the egoic self.
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, named by Talkers Magazine as one of the 100 most important radio hosts in America, is a nationally syndicated talk show host, the international best-selling author of 15 books, and an acclaimed syndicated columnist.

A winner of the London Times highly prestigious "Preacher of the Year" award, Rabbi Shmuley has lectured and appeared in print, radio, and TV all over the globe.
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