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Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male Is Not the Man He Used to Be

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  174 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Manthropology is the first of its kind. Spanning continents and centuries, it is an in-depth look into the history and science of manliness. From speed and strength, to beauty and sex appeal, to bravado and wit, it examines how man today compares to his masculine ancestors.

Peter McAllister set out to rebut the claim that man today is suffering from feminization and emascul
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 15th 2010)
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Bpw White
Jul 28, 2012 Bpw White rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Given the lack of accurate information recorded in today's times about war etc, to base an entire book on random "facts" from thousands of years ago, seems like a stretch.

As an example, the majority of north koreans will tell you that Kim Jong Il scored 6 holes in one in his first full round of golf (a myth-building story he spread widely). In 500 years, it will be easy to find many primary documents that all agree that KJI did this... But to assume that makes it true, is a joke. So all of the
SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
Just how I like my education: totally entertaining.
Adam Waz
Oct 31, 2016 Adam Waz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
McAllister tells of some very amazing men throughout civilization's history, but fails to really accomplish anything with this book. Sadly, I don't feel like any more of a man for having read the book, nor do I feel like I can't measure up to the standards set by men in other eras or civilizations (which is what the book aims to do).
Jeff Morello
Intriguing book showcasing the male cultures that exist across the world. The major flaw is the comparisons against history where the author is overly credulous about legends.
Dec 13, 2012 Sally906 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I purchased this book for my husband who has a science degree in anthropology, archaeology and earth science. He really enjoyed it, although felt that some of the supporting arguments were a bit tenuous. I, however, didn’t have any preconceptions or scientific knowledge and so read it in order to learn something I may not have known before. One of the cover blurbs described MANTHROPOLOGY as "…smart, informative, surprising, and entertaining…" and it certainly is all of those things. Far from bei ...more
Neil White
Nov 05, 2012 Neil White rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a perfect case of an interesting enough theory with pretty awful execution. I stuck with it until the end, hoping McAllister's rambling attempts and cleverness and pick-and-choose anecdotes parading as evidence would amount to something, but it really didn't. At least, not very much. McAllister's basic theory is stated right there in the subtitle - the modern male is not the man he used to be. Ok, so what does that mean? In this case, it means nearly 300 pages of cherry-picked anec ...more
The information in the book is interesting.

The jist of how he frames the information, however, is somewhat disingenuous. Every chapter is set up as "modern man" v. "historical man" with modern man losing in every respect. Which is fine. But in some chapters he is drawing from individual aspects of 10 or 20 different cultures to declare "modern man" losing - however not all of those 10 to 20 different cultures have all the attributes - so he takes 10 cultures, each having a different attribute, p
Robert Dormer
Clearly, modern day man has declined far when compared against his ancient ancestors, at least physically. This book does a good job of supporting this argument with a wide range of sources, but there are definitely some head scratching factual inaccuracies that detract from the enjoyment. Nothing major, at least as far as I can tell, but lots of small details that, if you catch them, give you some niggling doubts as to the overall soundness of the book. Cat muscle is the strongest in the animal ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were some interesting factoids and practices taken from a wide range of time periods, locations and cultures. The main problem was that the central conceit--that modern man doesn't stack up to earlier man when it comes to bravery, toughness, etc.--didn't support a book-length piece. And the author never considered the possibility, along the lines of Steven Pinker's recent book (I forget the title) that possibly things are just getting better. E.g., this book basically takes the position th ...more
Miroku Nemeth
Sep 05, 2011 Miroku Nemeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been curious about the dubious claims of the postmodern male to manhood in light of what I have studied of man throughout history in literature and the many accounts, archeological, historical, anthropological, etc. of the deeds of prowess in a multiplicity of roles that those who came before us achieved. An interesting and humorous study, if a bit sad. Following on my review of Robert Bly's "Iron John" this weekend, experiencing the breadth of reporting on what constitutes "manhoo ...more
Randy Reichenfeld
All the history is very interesting but I couldn't stand the way he related it to modern humans. It was like telling your grandpa about your day "school was tough today grandpa" "well back in my day we had to fight nazis to go to school. And we read by candle light. And ate stake crackers for lunch. Don't tell me about how tough school is"

I didn't check his sources but some of his 'facts' seem a little off. 'The modern man can jump 5 ft.' "It's written on a stone tablet that the smallest gladiat
Sep 23, 2011 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm about halfway through this book and not sure I'm going to finish.
Parts are very interesting, but it's the overall hypothesis that ends up getting in the way. The author has collected some fascinating stories and facts, but the attempt to bend it all back to support the premise often feels forced.
But it's an easy book to read in small doses. And the structure is not complex, so skipping around for tidbits works, too. Not a serious anthropological text, but doesn't pretend to be, either. If yo
S.T. Chapman
An idea interesting for a book but it gets weaker an weaker a it goes on. The chapter on strength has some hard science but as he progresses he take every claim and story at face value with little rigour or scepticism. I'd waited a long while to read this and it was certainly disappointing. I had also thought there would be more about other homonins and prehistoric man but after the first chapter there is little mention of them.
Sep 04, 2011 Magdalene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, and Mcallister is quick to point out the possible flaws in his research (the sort of honesty in research that is typically avoided). Quirky, witty, vivid and interesting topic. He's not a man-basher... more than is necessary.

Intriguing, and a great non-fiction piece for a typically fiction reader. (Sucks to be a traditional Korean man, though. :| Eek.)
Sep 09, 2012 Baldwink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book and I find it very amusing. It seems like a lot of research has gone into this don't know how accurate it is but it's so damn funny that I keep reading. Some of it is pretty brutal but laced with humor. Maybe it's funny to me because I'm a woman, and it does not threaten my masculinity, just a guess but the reviews I have seen kind of seem like it.
Dec 26, 2011 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had a hard time getting through this. It lacked any real organization among the sections se facts were interesting but they most were mentioned in passing and lacked depth and foundation. I was excited to read this and ultimately found myself disappointed.
Jan 19, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Men had no clue, women liked to think they know and now the scientific verdict is in - every man in history, back to the dawn of our species, did everything better, faster,stronger and smarter than any man alive today.
not bad--but sadly, another book that read like an extended GQ article. my big takeaway: for their own sake, i should probably make sure my future (male) children have to hunt lions before they turn 14.
Ok book, fun factoids and information throughout. Sometimes the comparisons were very tenuous and seemed disjointed.
Not serious but entertaining comparison of modern man to the ancients.
Bud Smith
A pedestrian look at modern man compared to ancient man. Not a lot of actual science, but enjoyable to read for it's broad scope of our society vs. Old time civilizations.
Adam AdamBoBattam
Not very scientific, but enjoyable
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