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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Sax Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. Fully one-third of men ages twenty-two to thirty-four are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past twenty years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Parents, teachers, and mental-health professionals have voiced concern, but no one has come up with good reasons for their decline or, more importantly, with workable solutions to reverse this troubling trend—until now.

Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on his vast clinical experience to propose a theory of why boys and young men are failing in school and at home. He argues that a combination of social, cultural, and biological factors, ranging from environmental estrogens to the over-prescription of ADHD drugs, is creating an environment that is literally toxic to boys. Here, he presents his practical solutions, from new ways of controlling boys’ use of video games to innovative education reforms.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read for any parent of boys.”

    Dr. Mehmet Oz, professor and vice chairman, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University

  • “This call to reconsider how the boy becomes the man is worth heeding.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner manages to sound like a doctor. His strong, masculine voice gives out lots of advice about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), video games, neural development, and environmental estrogens. He successfully plays the role of family physician and trained psychologist speaking to concerned parents. During clinical interviews, Hillgartner changes his voice ever so slightly to differentiate between players, but without ever approaching theatrics. After listening to this production, anyone of any background will feel more informed about what’s happening to modern children growing up in an age of violence, drugs, and body piercings.”


  • “Powerfully and persuasively presented.”

    Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Boys Adrift is…a cry to all of us to notice what’s happening to our sons…Sax doesn’t just sound the alarm bell; he offers solutions…[He is] a modern Paul Revere.”

    Psychotherapy Networker

  • Boys Adrift is a compelling and thought-provoking examination of the male crisis in contemporary American society. True to form, Dr. Sax balances research with narrative to produce a readable text that explores social, environmental, and cultural factors contributing to this crisis and offers us sensible suggestions that will help right the course for our boys and men. A must read for all of us!”

    Doug MacIsaac, Department of Teacher Education, Stetson University

  • Boys Adrift presents a straightforward argument that incorporates solid research and, thankfully, does not blame feminism…Sax also makes sure to remind us that he doesn’t think girls have it easier. But at a time when it is almost unusual to find a young man with drive and direction, Sax’s work is an important part of a growing public discussion.”

    The Stranger (Seattle)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adrian Walton | 2/1/2014

    " Hubby & I both liked this. Great thoughts and ideas on how we are raising boys. Agreed with almost all this author presented. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christie | 1/29/2014

    " This book was fascinating. I couldn't put it down. The information on same-gender schools was very interesting and led me to do more research on my own, and makes me wish that they had same-gender schools (or at least classrooms) here in Utah. If I have boys, I might actually buy a copy of this book for reference (a very high compliment coming from me). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by deLille | 1/15/2014

    " Well worth the read; everyone involved in a boy's life should read this, especially SCHOOLTEACHERS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by D'Ann | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting that Dr. Sax references more than once "The Last Boy in the Woods," another pivotal book guiding my child-rearing philosophy. These are both books that guide how I raise my son! "

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