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The Broken American Male: And How to Fix Him

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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?

Shmuley Boteach has discovered a disturbing common thread in the families he meets: men responding to the pressure of competition in their work lives by turning away from their loved ones. In a world t

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 22nd 2008)
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Ryan Holiday
Jul 05, 2012 Ryan Holiday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicholas
Aug 19, 2008 Nicholas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Mary Karpel-Jergic
Very American, and as you'd expect from a Rabbi, a little too much G-d in the mix. I understand that this man is known for his flamboyance and self-promotion and is a TV host as well as being an orthodox Jewish rabbi. It is a book about his opinions, based upon his understanding from counselling many families, about what's wrong with male Americans.

Lots of sweeping statements but there are nuggets of insight that can be taken away. It's interesting to read a male perspective, albeit one with a
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Ella
Sep 20, 2013 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Colin
Had some good insight, and charm on what is causing men of today to be undervalued. Though I felt that the author included too many personal feelings, along with religious beliefs that take away from an authentic feel of what the author was arguing.

The gist of the book is that endless pursuit of money is bad, and familial closeness, passion, and purpose are much more important. The pursuit of money is dehumanizing men, and making them feel like 'human doings' and never satisfied with where they
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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!
Kimberly
Feb 19, 2009 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dante
Apr 10, 2008 Dante rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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".
Leslie
Mar 07, 2008 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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