Review of The Book of Man by William J. Bennett

Do you have a son, nephew, or young boy in your life that you want to bring direction to? 

Do you, as a woman, want to know what defines the ideal manhood? 

Then ‘The Book of Man’ by William J. Bennett is a book I highly recommend for you.

How do you raise a boy to become a man who a woman will look up to, or other men will respect?  While this book isn’t a how-to book, it gives a variety of examples taken from many different sources, showing examples of what a man should be.  Divided into six sections that deal with how a man should carry himself in life, through war, love,  living amongst people, working,  raising children, reflection and prayer, and at his leisure.  Examples that range from accounts of military heroes, the Bible, literary figures, poetry, and famous speeches.

In today’s world, many women are coming up frustrated by not having what is defined as a real man, be available.   This is a great book for women to read to have examples of what a good man is.

This is also a great book for parents to either read for themselves, or to read to their children.  As most of the essays and sections are short, an evening discussion with growing boys, and an explanation of the content could be used as a helpful tool in rearing boys into manhood.

William ‘Bill’ Bennett has done an excellent job in compiling different stories from various sources.  I was quite surprised to read excerpts from Shakespeare, the Bible, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jack London, Lord Byron, and other famous poets.  Similarly, the Navy SEAL Creed, a speech by Colin Powell, Winston Churchill and even Sir Walter Raleigh, were included.  The plethora of people showcased in this book is quite amazing in itself. 

I recommend it to everyone as just as a companion book of great speeches and essays, it’s an enjoyable read.  And I can honestly say I love this book and plan to keep it on my shelf for years.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Book of Man through Book Sneeze, in exchange for my honest review.

Signing off