Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do about It


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Brookings Institution Press
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 1.28 pounds

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About the Author

Richard V. Reeves is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, where he directs the Boys and Men Project and holds the John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair. He is the author of Dream Hoarders (2017) and a regular contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.


"Outstanding...documents immense social and economic changes more effectively than anyone I've read" -- David French, The Dispatch
"A landmark, one of the most important books of the year" -- David Brooks, New York Times

"Speaks to our hearts as well as our heads. A powerful and important book."

-- Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University--Stern School of Business

"Finally, an analysis of the crisis among men and boys that adds more light than heat. Richard Reeves takes on the issues facing males today with courage and compassion, and offers solutions that are both workable and agreeable across the political spectrum. A much-needed book."

-- Arthur Brooks, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and #1 New York Times bestselling author

"As a feminist who is deeply committed to gender equality and a mother of two young men, I highly recommend Of Boys and Men. Reeves offers real, practical, solutions to create a world that would be better for all of us, across the gender spectrum."

-- Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America and author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family

"Judicious and meticulously researched. Instead of blaming men for their predicament, or pathologizing masculinity, Reeves points to sensible, humane and practical solutions."

-- Christina Hoff Sommers, Senior Fellow Emeritus, American Enterprise Institute, author of The War on Boys

"An authoritative overview of the problems faced by boys and men--and most importantly, bold ideas to solve them."

-- Andrew Yang

"In this courageous, compelling, and urgently needed book, Reeves argues for dispensing with the damaging narrative of 'toxic' masculinity, and offers concrete suggestions for how to support boys and men."

-- Carole Hooven, Harvard University and author of Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us

"Important, timely, well-balanced and thoroughly researched, Of Boys and Men effectively outlines the rapid economic, psychological, social and educational decline of males in our society and proposes practical policies that offer a positive masculinity for our sons, brothers and fathers."

-- Joe Henrich, Harvard University and author of The WEIRDest People in the World

"Richard Reeves has the rare combination of writerly flair, analytical skill, and unflinching focus on problems that partisans would rather dismiss. Just as Dream Hoarders forced Americans to question our mantras about social mobility, his work on men and boys is provocative, timely, and rich with real-world solutions."

-- Evan Osnos, The New Yorker and author of Wildland: The Making of America's Fury

"One of the most important books of this year, perhaps the most important." -- Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution