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Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else

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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, everyone is familiar with the tired clichés: women are bad drivers and are not good with money; only guys play video games and they give bad directions. Dan Abrams tackles the toughest case of his career in Man Down. Drawing on years of legal experience and research studies, Abrams explains step-by-step why women are better than men in jus ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Dreamscape Media
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Kogiopsis
I am pretty sure Dan Abrams wrote this book so he could win brownie points with the women in his life. Not that this is a bad thing, but this isn't much of a book. Oh, sure, it's full of statistics about how awesome women are, but everyone knows that it's not that hard to lie with numbers. It's too short to be particularly analytical or 'deep', and - here's the kicker - there are very few citations at all. I'm not sure how you write a book that's made up of statistics and not put citations in. T ...more
Anna
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this little pastiche of a book. I too read it in a day. He's a clever writer. One of my favorite quotes..."Someone once asked me why women don’t gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical reply that we don’t have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage." Gloria Steinem (Can we talk?!) A male friend of mine kept commenting "yea right" when I was reading things to him. He was also of the opi ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Women are better then men at alot of things. But we don't go around and brag about it. Well maybe. I especially liked Chapter 6. WOMEN ARE BETTER WITH HAMMERS. Seems men can't hit the target with a hard object to pound into another surface. Could it be because he wants to be all macho and over does it or does she look at the target and see's the action through. Makes contact and doesn't miss. Hmmmm... then again you can see women are better with hammers if you have ever watched SNAPPED on Oxygen ...more
Sara
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit disappointed in this book. The title and concept was very intriguing, of course, but the chapters were only one or two pages long and gave short abrupt "scientific findings" about why a woman is better at [blank]. I felt very short changed.
Terry
Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I received this book as a gift and was intrigued by the premise. However, the book was disappointing because it fell far short of accomplishing what it set out to do.

The author states that, as a lawyer, he is attempting to prove his premise with admissible evidence. However, what the author does is point to one (or sometimes two) studies from somewhere in the world to support each of his premises. What he fails to do is to identify or address any OPPOSING studies or evidence, or to explain why
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Marla
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept looking at his name unitl I realized it was Dan Abrams, who I used to occationally watch on msnbc. Plus, the first chapter's quote was from Miss Piggy and he mentioned Mythbusters, so that gives you an idea that it's an amusing little book. =) All the facts and figures he had were interesting and I think the presentation of his 'case' is more solid because it's coming from a guy. =)
booklady
Mar 05, 2011 marked it as possible-purchase  ·  review of another edition
Sent this to my insecure daughter; think I'm going to buy her a copy. In the interview here, the author says: 'Overall I found that men’s biggest problem is that they’re too confident and women’s biggest problem is that they’re not confident enough.'

Meg, honey, are you listening?!
Courtney
"...behind every great man there is probably an even greater woman - and in most cases, she ought to be out in front" (p 11). ~Awesome...
Kathy
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little tome was surely written by Captain Obvious.
Kevin
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've conveniently forgot most of what this book detailed. From the tidbits I recall the author brought up a little research about each topic and gave the dames their due about being the bee's knees. Quick read, an easy read, fairly interesting, but not overly memorable.
Jill
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After glancing through other reviews of 'Man Down' I am surprised at how polarizing people find the book, and the lengths to which they go to discredit the conclusions. Have they missed the point altogether? The front jacket cover says "Chock-full of fun facts and conversation starters, this book may not end the debate about men versus women, but it will definitely change the starting point." It's a slim volume - only 143 pages - and can be read in less than 2 hours. It is not an exhaustively re ...more
Rosalía
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being pretty skeptical about a few claims made it fairly daring for my plunge into the generous data this book had to offer a skeptic like me. I have to tell you though, like the television show MYTHBUSTERS, the facts don't lie. Women may not be stronger, faster, or hold the presidency, but they ARE more cautious overall in their decision-making which is why they're better at certain things. Men make quicker, riskier decisions - we can thank evolution for that. Ever wonder why women go to all th ...more
Heidi The Hippie Reader
I was disappointed by this because he covered too much in too little detail. I think it would have been more compelling if he had cited more studies rather than one or two per topic. I started out interested but the chapters quickly became repetitive.

That being said, if you pick this book up, may I suggest Chapter 7, Women are Better Video Gamers in which he mentions a study conducted on the players of Everquest 2. :)
Kendra
"...behind every great man there is probably an even greater woman - and in most cases, she ought to be out in front" (p 11). Simplest and most basic way to describe it all.

The book is pretty good, somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Interesting info, though I'm sure it could be skewed any which way it wanted. Very quick read, took me about 45 minutes. I would have thought the book would be bigger, but unfortunately not.
Allison
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting. He quotes scientific studies to back up all his claims. Like he says: he doesn't mean that ALL women are better than ALL men, just that, generally, women are much better at so many things than men are. Everyone should read this and people should stop sexist rhetoric.
Karla
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read with many proof points that women are better at lots of things than men. Have already bored my beau with some of the fascinating "facts!"
Darcy
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting premise, but very much a fluff book. I read it in about a day.
Julie
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some interesting tidbits in this and I like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, but there's not a lot of research to support each individual claim.
Catherine Gentry
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-issues
A good book to read to boost the self-esteem of women, who have been told our entire lives that we have been less than men. Turns out to be grossly untrue.
Britta
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 4-5-stars
I know it's a teeny tiny book, but I just kept wanting more information. Fun read though!
Annburnett
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read. It had comedy throughout the evaluation that women do most things as well or better than men.
Katrina Williams
I just finished reading this book by Dan Abrams. It is amazing. Dan Abrams is a great author.
Jenean Eichenholtz
A fun, quick read (or listen, as in my case). Good "ammo" for those men vs. women debates (that men always seem to start!).
Shauna
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Studies and statistics are funny things. Question format, wording, population demographics, size of population, and so on can all have an impact on the outcome. This book did make some interesting points and I certainly wouldn't argue with a few of them (I am a woman after all) but I hesitate to make generalizations that one is better than the other. Both genders certainly have their strengths and weaknesses but I think there are so many variables that can go into being the best in any field. I ...more
Susan
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting studies included, but overall pretty gimmicky.
Angie
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here we read the results of some vague "studies."
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Siapa yang tidak penasaran [terutama: perempuan] saat membaca kalimat, “Bukti-bukti tak terbantahkan bahwa wanita lebih baik dari pria dalam mengemudi, menahan lapar, bla..bla..bla” di bagian depan sampul buku, begitupun saya. Sungguh, nada provokatifnya ngena. Berbekal profesi dan hasil penelitian dari media/lembaga/universitas, Dan Adams menuturkan berbagai keunggulan wanita di berbagai pekerjaan, bidang, sampai hal-hal yang terdengar sepele.

Dari berbagai argumen penuli
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Jane
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, nonfiction
Dan Abrams is a television legal analyst currently working for ABC’s Good Morning America. After reading a lighthearted article about how women are superior to men in a variety of professions, the lawyer in him was intrigued and sought proof. The result of his research was his first book, Man Down: Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt That Women Are Better Cops, Drivers, Gamblers, Spies, World Leaders, Beer Tasters, Hedge Fund Managers, and Just About Everything Else.

Man Down is a fun and factual if
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Michelle Brandstetter
Dan Abrams takes the battle of the sexes out of the barroom and off the playing field. Sweeping up the gauntlet for women, he backs up his claims with study, after study, after study. I picked this book up off the shelf mostly because the title cracked me up. 1. because it's got to be the longest book title I've ever seen and 2. well, because of the title. Mr. Abrams is television host and legal commentator, author, and these days, co-anchors Nightline and is Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC N ...more
Andrea Motas
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The book drew my attention because of the interesting title and cover. I think that it was well-researched and it was an interesting read. There were many facts that I didn't know before, and it was great to hear the results of studies that went against the cliches about women. The facts are backed up well and it shows that the author did lots of research to gather information from varieties of sources. Although it started to get repetitive, the way the
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Dan Abrams is an attorney, author, Legal Analyst for ABC News, and substitute anchor for Good Morning America.

Early Years
Before joining NBC News, Dan worked as a reporter for Court TV where he became well known for his coverage of the OJ Simpson case. He covered most of the high profile trials of that decade including the International War Crimes Tribunal from The Netherlands, and the assisted-sui
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