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Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap -- and What Women Can Do About It
by Warren Farrell, AMACOM; 1st edition (January 2005)

The Decline of Males
by Lionel Tiger

Hardcover - 256 pages (April 1999)
Golden Books Pub Co (Adult); ISBN: 1582380147 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.18 x 8.57 x 5.82
Biological anthropologist Lionel Tiger, best known for developing the concept of male bonding in Men in Groups, offers what he calls "a chronicle of the decline of men and the ascendancy of women." If there were a male counterpart to feminism--masculinism?--this is where it would be found. Profound social changes over the last several decades are rooted in reproductive technology, which "has given enormous general power to women that has been translated beyond the family sphere," says Tiger. This is not an unequivocally positive development, he believes, and it has led to a slew of problems that include general family breakdown. The book is occasionally alarmist, yet there is also a freshness to its argument.

The Decline of Males is a nonsexist brief on behalf of men, and it includes a number of interesting observations. As women play a larger role in public life, men are looking for new ways to be male. "Perhaps the apparent explosion of interest in sports and pornography means that men are trying to find new outlets to express their inherent maleness, which they may feel otherwise obligated to repress," writes Tiger. Several of his proposals are politically naive, but intriguing in how they blend conservative and liberal ideas. Tiger, for example, thinks men should earn higher pay for the children they have during a first marriage, and that unmarried women with children should receive welfare without having to work. The Decline of Males will fascinate some readers and exasperate others, yet all will agree it makes a unique intellectual contribution to the ongoing sex wars. --John J. Miller
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The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Violence
by Michael P. Ghiglieri
Hardcover - 336 pages (April 1999)
Other editions: Paperback
Perseus Books; ISBN: 073820076X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.16 x 9.54 x 6.45

Michael Ghiglieri studies the roots of male violence from a unique vantage: he's a former combat soldier and longtime primate researcher, a protégé of Jane Goodall. In The Dark Side of Man: Tracing the Origins of Violence, Ghiglieri uses this background, accompanied by copious scientific and statistical evidence, to construct an explanation of male violence that is often at odds with popular preconceptions.

Central to Ghiglieri's argument is that violence is a deeply entrenched behavioral strategy--especially among males--that simply emerges when other strategies fail, a thesis he reinforces convincingly with both anecdotes and hard numbers. And while he recognizes that culture and socialization play important roles in encouraging violence, he maintains that ignoring the powerful biological and evolutionary forces at work is "the single most useless--and dangerous--approach one could take in trying to explain human violence."

With extensive sections on rape, murder, war, and genocide, Ghiglieri methodically details our grim heritage, from wilding New Yorkers to wild gorillas. Some of his conclusions are surprising but persuasive--that the goal of rape is actually copulation, not control, for instance. But Ghiglieri's assessment is ultimately a hopeful one: he believes that by understanding and admitting to the biological origins of violence, we are better prepared to deal with it. --Paul Hughes
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Taboo : Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We Are Afraid to Talk About It
by Jon Entine

Hardcover - 400 pages 1 edition (January 2000)
Public Affairs; ISBN: 1891620398 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.35 x 9.46 x 6.50

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From the Author

Shortly before his death, I had the pleasure of talking with Arthur Ashe, Jr., one of the most gentlemanly of athletes. The former Wimbledon champion was finishing A Hard Road to Glory, his sweeping history of the black athlete. Inevitably, the subject turned to the controversy of why blacks dominated running, basketball, and football. His book had provided endless anecdotes about the very American dream of bootstrapping oneself to success. Still, Ashe did not find that explanation totally convincing. "Sociology can't explain it," Ashe sighed, frustrated at the political incorrectness of his own beliefs. "My heart says 'no,' but my head says 'yes.' I have to believe that we blacks have something that gives us an edge. I want to hear from the scientists."

Taboo is a response to Arthur's challenge. Sports--running in particular--is a perfect laboratory. Athletic competition offers a definitiveness that eludes most other aspects of our life. The favored explanation for black athletic success, a dearth of opportunities elsewhere and hard work--just do not suffice to explain the dimensions of this expanding monopoly. The decisive variable cannot be found in modern culture but in our genes--the inherent differences between populations shaped by thousands of years of evolution. Physical and physiological differences, infinitesimal as they may appear, are crucial in competitions in which a fraction of a second separates the gold medallist from the also-ran.

This is of course dangerous territory. Fascination about black physicality, and black anger about being caricatured as a lesser human being, have been part of the dark side of the American dialogue on race for more than a century. Taboo respects these justifiable concerns. Yet, pretending there are no slippery questions does not prevent them from being asked, if only under one's breath. The challenge is in how we conduct the inquiry so that human biodiversity might be cause for celebration of our individuality rather than suspicion about our differences. For all our differences, we are far, far more similar. In the end, that's my only real message. Jon Entine
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A View to a Death in the Morning : Hunting and Nature Through History
by Matt Cartmill

Paperback Reprint edition (October 1996)
Harvard Univ Pr; ISBN: 0674937368 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 9.19 x 6.02
Other Editions: Hardcover
An exhilarating foray into cultural history, this book shows how hunting has figured in the western imagination from the myth of Artemis to the tale of Bambi--and how its evolving image has reflected our own view of ourselves. Will captivate readers on every side of the dilemma, from the most avid hunters to their most vehement opponents. 17 halftones. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title
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Darwinian Dynamics : Evolutionary Transitions in Fitness and Individuality
By Richard E. Michod

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Hardcover - 280 pages (March 1999)
Other editions: Paperback
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691026998 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 9.50 x 6.37

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Men in Groups : Insights, Interventions, and Psychoeducational Work
by Michael P. Andronico (Editor),Barbara M. Byrne

Hardcover - 435 pages (August 1996)
Amer Psychological Assn; ISBN: 1557983267 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.31 x 10.30 x 7.28

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The War Against Boys : How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men
by Christina Hoff Sommers

Hardcover - 320 pages (June 2000)
Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0684849569 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.92 x 9.55 x 6.34 Sales Rank: 8
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The author of the provocative bestseller Who Stole Feminism? returns with an equally eye-opening follow-up. "It's a bad time to be a boy in America," writes Christina Hoff Sommers. Boys are less likely than girls to go to college or do their homework. They're more likely to cheat on tests, wind up in detention, or drop out of school. Yet it's "the myth of the fragile girl," according to Sommers, that has received the lion's share of attention recently, in hot-selling books like Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia. When boys are discussed at all, it's in the context of how to modify their antisocial behavior--i.e., how to make them more like girls.
This book tells the story of how it has become fashionable to attribute pathology to millions of healthy male children. It is a story of how we are turning against boys and forgetting a simple truth: that the energy, competitiveness, and corporal daring of normal, decent males is responsible for much of what is right in the world. No one denies that boys' aggressive tendencies must be checked and channeled in constructive ways. Boys need discipline, respect, and moral guidance. Boys need love and tolerant understanding. They do not need to be pathologized.
Sommers eviscerates feminist scholarship by Harvard's Carol Gilligan, the American Association of University Women, and others. Hers is feisty, muscular prose and fans of Who Stole Feminism? will delight in it. "There have always been societies that favored boys over girls," she writes. "Ours may be the first to deliberately throw the gender switch. If we continue on our present course, boys will, indeed, be tomorrow's second sex." That rhetoric may err on the side of alarmism, but Sommers' ideas are full of common sense. She essentially urges parents and educators to let boys be boys, even though their "very masculinity turns out to be politically incorrect." The War on Boys is sure to set off a fiery controversy, just as Sommers' previous book did--but it should also find a big audience of readers who become fans. --John J. Miller
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Acting Male: Masculinities in the Films of James Stewart, Jack Nicholson, and Clint Eastwood.

By Dennis Bingham

Rutger University Press, June 1994
ISBN: 0813520746

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The Adventurous Male: Chapters in the History of the White Male Mind.

By Martin Burgess Green

Pennsylvania State University Press, March 1993
ISBN: 027100875X

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