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Sunday, November 30, 2014

{Review} Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

This review is written by Jake Canull.  Jake is a New Yorker, Business management undergrad, singer-songwriter, and writer for Music & Manliness – a blog that’s focuses on identifying the characteristics and virtues of real men, and developing music inspired by manly virtues. Go check out Jake’s blog: or follow Jake on twitter @jakecanull because he's pretty cool... Plus he's hot. Also, even though this book is slightly different from what we usually read, we were just happy that we found a guy who was willing to write us a review;) SO without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, The One and Only Jake Canull:

Mansfield's Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self
By Stephen Mansfield
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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Witty, compelling, and shrewd, "Mansfield's Book of Manly Men" is about resurrecting your inborn, timeless, essential, masculine self.

The Western world is in a crisis of discarded honor, dubious integrity, and faux manliness. It is time to recover what we have lost.

Stephen Mansfield shows us the way. Working with timeless maxims and stirring examples of manhood from ages past, Mansfield issues a trumpet call of manliness fit for our times.

"My goal in this book is simple," he says. "I want to identify what a genuine man does--the virtues, the habits, the disciplines, the duties, the actions of true manhood--and then call men to do it."
Cover: It’s yellow and it sticks out like a sore thumb. At first glance this book’s coloring reminded me of DeWalt power tools’ logo colors, which does say manliness. The front has a man with a mustache and an axe on it with the bolded words of the title sticking out. It’s safe this is an accurate cover for manliness. I will admit though, I do tend to shield the cover of the book from sight when I read it on the subway, just because: what guy wants to be seen reading a book on how to be his most “masculine self?” Maybe I care too much about the judgments of my fellow guys, but all in all, you can tell what this book is about when you see the cover.

Review: Teenage boys, adolescents, and grown men, this book is for you.  Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men was impossible to put down. Mansfield is able to easily connect his thoughts on manliness in a way that grasped my attention the whole time. He constantly told stories utilizing real men from history to help demonstrate his points. Mansfield not only laid out what he believes a true man should consist of through his “four manly maxims” but he provided concrete examples of men who demonstrated true manliness in their own lives. Men like Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, General Patton, and Abe Lincoln are just a few of the great men he mentions.

One of the best things about Mansfield’s book is that each chapter is titled with a specific manly virtue, and at the end of each chapter he gives practical ways for guys to “show themselves to be men.” It is well structured and calls on a lot of historical figures that aid in demonstrating the specific point of true manliness. I loved the lists of 10 movies and 10 books that he thinks every man should watch and read. The surprise lists at the end gave me even more to look forward to after I finished the book. I could read this book over and over again and not get bored with it. There’s not much I didn’t like about it.

My mom originally bought this book for me and ever since I got it I’ve been recommending it to friends. So I encourage you to check out this book! I’ll be keeping it for a long, long time.

P.S. Christmas is coming up and this would make for a great gift. So any of you moms or dads that have sons, should definitely go get it!

Rating: 4.75 out of 5


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review, Jake! I'll definitely be picking this up for B! :D


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