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The Dangerous Book for Boys

(Dangerous Books for Boys #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,432 ratings  ·  509 reviews

Recapture Sunday afternoons and long summer days. This is a wonderful collection of all things that make being young, or young at heart, fun.

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Questions About the World, How to Play Stickball, The Rules of Soccer, Fishing, Famous Battles, Extraordinary Stories, Girls, First Aid, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Seven Modern Wonders of the World


Hardcover, 270 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Williammr (first published 2006)
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
"[men and boys] may conquer different worlds when they grow up, but they'll still want these stories for themselves and for their sons."The fuck?

What I fail to understand is this : Why in the world this book is aimed at boys?

It's by no means a real review because I only skimmed it, and I'm not sure I'll come back to it. Therefore I can't judge if the historical/scientific facts are accurate or not. I'm not saying that all that we find in it isn't interesting for children . That's not the p
Jul 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Boys Big & Little
Boys will be boys, but only if they get outside where they belong and off the God damned Ritalin.

Boys aren't girls. They're genetically different, and need to be treated differently and raised differently. Boys like bugs and dirt clods and farts, but they also need tales of loyalty and courage and honor and adventure and, yes, violence. They compete, and physically. They like to blow shit up. They like systems that are clear and cut-and-dried. They like straightforward thinking. That's why they
Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I bought this for my little brother's eleventh birthday. I knew my parents were finally breaking down and buying him video games, so I thought this would be an appropriate gift. Poor kid, it was already well-thumbed by the time I finally got around to giving it to him. Yes, The Dangerous Book for Boys can certainly be enjoyed by twenty-something girls, too.

It's crazy informative. Do you know how to skin a rabbit? I do now. Or how to build a go cart? Race ya. Or what went down at the Battle of T
Sophie Crane
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good book. The boys know what they are interested in begining from the history and biology to sports and Britain. Is a good book.
Dec 09, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: ya
Shelves: ya
I finished The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden.

I had a couple reasons for picking up this book. First, it’s a relatively new release, but it’s made to look all old and retro/cool. The ‘fancy’ script on the cover, the heavy hardback binding, and pretty end papers on the inside all = old. But it’s not. I knew it was a newer book, but I still managed to get roped in by the old-time feel of it. Even the print and illustrations have the old time feel. Think 1960’s text book/manual. S
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Its about time we, as parents and especially as fathers, stop appoligizing for boys being boys.

Get them outside, get them engaged and if all else fails run the crap out of them - they won't break and far fewer will need Ritalin. Another positive is that the "Dads" will look less like pot bellied pigs (present company included)...

Boys need REAL stories of REAL men being heros... this book has it.

Boys need tactile adventures... this book delivers it.

It might not be PC, but running around playing '
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I will admit I have had this book for some time - but I thought it was about time I finished it and listed it. The good (and I guess bad) thing about this book is that like any annual it has a series of articles on various subjects meaning it is perfect to dip in and out of when ever you feel like it - which also makes it potentially impossible to finish!

Now this book is a mixture of articles as I say which generally means there is something there for everyone and yes I did learn a thing or two
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Would'be been an effective book if the illustrations and instructions were understandable. Still, good for some ideas though. But the way the colonialism, oppression, robbery, pillage and invasion of British empire has been glorified as examples of 'adventure', 'bravery' and 'noble mission' is simply outrageous, not to mention an outright lie. Suppose I'd skip his so called historical fictions too.
May 29, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I know that the book is at the top of British non-fiction best-sellers but i would guess many of them are sitting on coffee tables rather than being avidly read. It was quite interesting to read again of famous battles or heroic figures. I really did want to find out how to make a proper paper aeroplane but had no interest in electromagnets or secret ink made from body fluids. I know the rules of football and don't want to know about cricket. I found the interesting sections too short and would ...more
Disclaimer - I listened to the audio version, which was abridged.

I really liked this book, alot. I have to assume though it'd be better in written form, rather than audio. For one thing there's more of it, since the audio version is abridged, but I also hope there are some helpful illustrations. For example when discussing latitude and longitude.

I think most boys would pick topics in this book that interest them, rather than read it straight through. And I think there are sections that will int
Jul 23, 2007 is currently reading it
My dad and I are reading this, getting ready for Asa's arrival. There is so much stuff in here!

My dad and I were reading the Latin Phrases everyone should know. When we came to “Pater familias” I deferred to my father and said, “Look Dad, you: Head of Household.”
I thought it a loving moment between son & father. He came, looked over my shoulder at the alphabetical list and pointed out the next phrase, saying, “And this one is you…” Persona non grata.

My son’s Granddad Kloss is quite the comedian.
I LOVE IT... I am as deeply feminist as they come. I taught my son to knit, crochet, cook, clean, and iron, but I taught my stepdaughter to throw hay, carry feed, raise animals, and put on makeup.
I don't think that being a woman and believing that I can do whatever males can (within reason) means that I have to take from them the things that make them MALE. as I would not like them to take from me what makes me female. Face it.. we live on this planet together.

I worked in a male-driven profess
Garrett Zecker
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a glorious book that is certainly not limited to use by young boys. It is a veritable bathroom reader (in a sense) for adolescence and manhood, covering activities, histories, reading lists, technology, skills, and fun that we all nostalgically attach to our young masculinity. The book is sturdy, organized haphazardly, but that adds to the urgency of its contents that seem to whisper out of the pages as a book that could easily be required reading for hiking on a summer day, or lazily st ...more
Pat MacEwen
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up some time ago, thinking it might be interesting for my grandson. To my surprise, it was pretty interesting for me as well, as a compendium of Boy Scout-type activities and pursuits and a collection of stories drawn from heroes of history, and some basic astronomy, celestial navigation, and how to play rugby. I was charmed, in particular, by the authors' praise of Dungeons & Dragons, and by their list of books every boy should read, which included many of my own favorites. I thin ...more
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone - esp. boys
Just like the Daring Book for Girls, as soon as my husband and I peeked into this book we had to have it. EVERY boy should own a copy of this book and girls can gets lots out of it, too. It's full of cool stuff that every boy should know, like: everything you need to know about sports, astronomy, famous battles, good books, and things like how to make a paper hat, boat, and water bomb; first aid, pirates, games, secret inks, knots, dinosaurs - something that really grabbed my eye was 'how to cha ...more
Ms. Phinnia
Mar 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2009
This is one of those books that tells you how to do/about hundreds of awesome things - how to make a bow and arrow, how to build the best paper airplane, stories of Scott's trip to Antarctica, famous battles, how to build a treehouse, the seven wonders of the ancient and modern worlds, the ten commandments, cyphers, invisible inks, advice on girls - it's really fantastic and i want my own copy. sadly there's either no comparable book for girls or it assumes all girls want to do is learn to sew a ...more
Robert Cox
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dr. Michael Thomson observed that “Girls behavior is the gold standard in schools; boys are treated like defective girls.”

In a society where we increasingly condemn traditionally “boyish” behavior, it is not only refreshing but significant to see a book written for boys about the natural world, masculine pastimes and the kind of history that I thrived on as a young man (see entire section written on Famous Battles).
The Dangerous Book for Boys is an outstanding book for men of all ages but part
Jul 06, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: childrens-books
What a cool book!
My nephew has this book. He was showing my son all the cool things they could do- build airplanes, treehouses, forts, etc.
Now my son wants the book. We'll probably get it for him when he's a bit older.
Annika Barranti
Jun 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is the Books of Knowledge and American Boys' Handy Book rolled into one and updated for the modern age.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book for boys, for reference or otherwise. Some inaccuracies, but overall a great product and a good read. Will likely also be enjoyable for more adventuresome girls...
Michael Xavier
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I buy this book for every boy I care about. It is perfect tinder for a young mind to fan the flames to the fire of personal wonder for the rest of their lives.
J.K. Grice
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Takes you back to the golden age of "do it yourself" fun stuff for boys. Cool book!
Cuong Truong
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: factual
WIDER READING FOCUS: Factual/How to guide to life.

Despite having quite an intimidating book title that no mother would ever think of giving to her child, you really need take a peek inside before making that snap judgment. Within the pages is an interesting encyclopedic guide to what all little boys should know. This handy hardback actually covers tit bits of various subjects of the National Curriculum. Some of which include: science; making a battery, why is the sky blue? PE; a diagrammatic ill
Kevin Polman
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Iggulden boys have resurrected the spirit of the old Childcraft books and BSA Cub Scout manuals with their delightful THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS. DANGEROUS has a bit of everything, certainly enough to keep you reading (wonders of the world, famous battles, amazing people) and learning (chess, rugby, crystal making) and building (bows and arrows, go-carts, chemical batteries) for years. Printed as a pleasantly bound, old-style book, TDBFB is a refreshing br
Crazy Uncle Ryan
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anybody who has a son
Recommended to Crazy Uncle Ryan by: Shanna Barnhisel
I borrowed this book from my older sister who got it for her three little boys. As I read it I found myself wishing I had had this book when I was a little boy. I especially liked the part about talking to girls (a part I really could have used as a lad). As I have been reading other reviews of this book I have found it funny how so many people seem to get so hung up on the fact that it is called the Dangerous book for BOYS. As if somehow Federal Law prohibited any woman or girl from reading or ...more
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is my favorite of all time. The reason that this book is my favorite is because it is filled with all sorts of activities and facts for little dudes that nobody does anymore. I like the old days, the ones that I wasn’t even alive for. This book takes the reader back to the days when little dudes entertained themselves by reading about famous explorers, and made periscopes and pinhole projectors and marbled paper. I’ve always been a little boy at heart, and this book makes me wish I had ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
My five-year-old and I enjoyed this book. The literature selections and extraordinary stories were just fantastic, far better than I anticipated. The rest of it is exactly what you think, just miscellaneous things that seemed like attending a boy scout group that never tried to earn one badge at a time but did a little of this and a little of that. I can see this book being fantastic curriculum for a grandpa and grandson, making each visit have a theme and a lesson.

But otherwise the purpose of t
Wyatt C
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The plot is not the best because this book is not really a story but more an information book on how to make cool things. But the thing is Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden say on the first page that they didn't have their book when they were a kid. So the plot is that they didn't know what to do with all of their great games and ideas so they wrote a book. They also have some awesome historic tale but that is not their stories.
I learned many things in this book. The thing that stuck with me is how
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
A great coffee table book that parents and grandparents will probably enjoy more than boys. I skimmed through it, briefly, in about 90 minutes. What makes it dangerous? Well, not much, but there is a section entitled "Making a Bow and Arrow," and also "Making Cloth Fireproof."

The other sections are just cool stuff that you always wanted to know more about, like, "Spies: Codes and Ciphers," "Making a Paper Hat, Boat, and Water Bomb," and "The Golden Age of Piracy," to name a few.

My favorite quo
Kelsey Collins
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kelsey Collins
Iggulden, H., & Iggulden, C. (2007). The dangerous book for boys. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Genre: Informational
Format: Digital- Kindle
Selection Process: Browsing informational young adult section on

This book covers what are deemed essential boyhood skills from the two authors, who are brothers. It covers topics like how to build a tree house, how to deal with girls, how to find north, how to tie certain knots, etc. It stimulates some kind of curiosity in
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Also publishes under author name C.F. Iggulden.

I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in Lo

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