- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 10 edition (Sept. 7 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585425281
- ISBN-13: 978-1585425280
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors and Educators Can Do to Shape Boys into Exceptional Men Paperback – Sep 7 2006
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"THE WONDER OF BOYS is a provocative book that electrifies the debate over how this nation raises sons."
— USA Today
"Full of good insights and advice."
— Los Angeles Times
"THE WONDER OF BOYS will help future generations open the lines of communication between men and women by giving us what we need to raise strong, responsible and sensitive men.
— John Gray, author of MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS.
"Writing in a calm, compassionate voice, Gurian delivers a compelling call to action."
— Publishers Weekly
"What Mary Pipher has done to raise our national consciousness in her book REVIVING OPHELIA, Michael Gurian has done in THE WONDER OF BOYS."
— Betty B. Youngs, author of HOW TO DEVELOP SELF ESTEEM IN YOUR CHILD
About the Author
Michael Gurian is a psychotherapist and bestselling author whose books include The Wonder of Boys and The Good Son. His work reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and American) in which he lived, worked, and studied. He has taught psychology, religion, mythology, and literature at three American universities and at Ankara University in Turkey. He lives with his wife and two children in Spokane, Washington.
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However, my major complaint w/Gurian is twofold: (1) whether wittingly or unwittingly he gives the "traditional" family the short shrift. Early on in the book he makes a statement to the effect that anyone who has had to go through therapy that was from a two-parent home is intimately familiar with the shortcomings of the "two-parent" family.
His solution? The TRIBE. The Tribe according to Gurianian wisdom, (or the lack thereof), is the panacea for what ails our young me. If we can establish "three levels" of "family" around the boy; the 1st is the immediate family, to include grandparents, the 2d is the uncles, mentors, etc. the 3d is "the community," this will make better boys.
Gurian basically has the same view of the family that Hillary Rodham Clinton does; "you can't do it alone." Gurian dillutes the influence of the father (despite what he writes about the father's importance) when he puts forth the well-meaning, but misguided notion that the "other men" of the community are just as important as the father! Only the village can raise your child.
Mr. Gurian's Third World approach to child-rearing removes the personal responsibility adults have to (1)not make babies you cannot emotionally, or financially care for, and (2)If you do have a child, it's all about the child, so "get over it."
Like so very many who share this Rodhamist perspective, Gurian blames "society;" this amorphous, mysterious,non-being that exerts its ... influence over humankind. Hogwash.
I want to build families up, not tear them down. Read this book with a gigantic grain of salt, because Gurian's "social philosophy" is greatly flawed.
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