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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Bloom Narrator: Lisa Bloom Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781469000657
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“At this very moment, through no fault of their own, our boys are caught in the vortex of four powerful, insidious, often invisible forces which conspire to rob them of their future.”

We medicate, discipline, suspend, and expel our boys from school at quadruple the rate of girls. We let double the number of boys drop out of high school than girls, and of those boys who do graduate, they are far more likely than their sisters to be illiterate, to fail to go to college, or to drop out of college if they do go.

Swagger is a wake-up call for parents about the real world our boys inhabit right now, but it offers solutions as well. From how to teach your boy humility (the swagger antivenom), to “making your home a reading mecca,” creating an expectation of college graduation, and how to teach your boy to be critical of the media onslaught in his life, this book is also packed with research-proven, parent-tested, teacher-approved practical solutions, delivered in the author’s trademark no-nonsense, often humorous, take-charge voice.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A De | 2/18/2014

    " Great book for anyone with boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Surfdragon | 2/5/2014

    " A very compelling and eye opening book. All people in America should read this (if they can even read - as one in four boys graduating high school cannot). Understanding what is in this book, and taking action could very well be the key to heading off the economic collapse of our great nation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/30/2014

    " If you have a son, are having a son, have a boy in your life, or just care about the future you should read this immediately!!! Especially if you are a man!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Sosa | 1/29/2014

    " Lisa Bloom returns with a fantastic look for parents and adults into male youth culture. More than a simple how-to guide, Bloom mixes sociological knowledge with historical expertise to trace troubling trends in male pattern behavior and give concerned adults tools to address the challenges faced by the boys they love. (Check out my interview with the author.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Hindelang | 1/25/2014

    " Interesting book about raising boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Fetch | 1/22/2014

    " I didn't learn any new tips in this book, and nothing was necessarily earth shattering, however it did bring together in one place a lot of research on how boys are faring in our society. Lisa Bloom is a down to earth, intelligent woman and mother and this book read very much like she talks - easy to understand with a fair amount of humor thrown in, and with an important underlying message. My mother in law pretty much insisted that I read it, and I'm glad I did. None of the pitfalls for our boys are really anything new, and the advice given isn't reinventing the wheel. But it was a very good overall synopsis of some steps to take to help ensure our sons' success in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Rogers | 1/13/2014

    " After reading THINK, I was excited (as a father of two girls, and two boys), to get a hold of this book. I was amazed at the fact that, although I feel I am a good father, I am missing the opportunity in a lot of ways to educate my sons on the RIGHT things in life. I think every father should read this book, as it can be used much like a road map to raising a boy to grow to be a man...not a felon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amadeo M | 12/30/2013

    " I am about half way through the book. It is a depressing book, but I think Bloom is shining a light on some very important issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanee Marshall | 12/26/2013

    " If you're into parenting then she hasn't introduced any concepts that you don't already know about. I just really liked her style and way of saying it =) A good read none the less for those parents who may need a "gentle" reminder of how critical it really is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janene Tamborello | 12/21/2013

    " Excellent. Depressing, maybe a little elitist for some, but not for me. Good advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanshad Whelan | 12/13/2013

    " yeesh. read about thirty pages last night and got even more depressed about my kids' future in this world. Interesting reading, but certainly not a cheerful one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/2/2013

    " A must-read for all parents of boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Jorgensen | 12/1/2013

    " I liked her statistics, and advice. The last few chapters kinda petered out for me a bit. In all it was inspiring and helpful in some ways, despite the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre Keating | 9/19/2013

    " Library check out. Skimmed. Liked everything I read. Not very applicable to our community and paints with a broad brush. I think it might be a good read for dads (somehow I doubt that's who's reading;P). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne Miles | 8/30/2013

    " A must read for parents of boys. She has a way of telling is the problems but she goes the next step by giving parents suggestions on how to help our boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 8/7/2013

    " Very interesting book. Lots of disturbing info. A little preachy at times, which usually turns me off. But I stuck with it. Glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/20/2013

    " Lisa Bloom pulls no punches when talkin about the totality of boys experiences and the practical ways parents and the rest of us can intervene on behalf of real boys. I keep a list of great books FOR boys, perhaps I need to keep a list of great books ABOUT boys, and "Swagger" will go to the top. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Berneata | 6/18/2013

    " Raising boys while combatting current thug culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T | 1/30/2013

    " more of an explanation of national problems than of ideas for your boy, but there were 10 good ideas at the end. just ok though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/28/2012

    " Great read... should be required boy parenting literature! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 8/11/2012

    " interesting thoughts on raising sons and how important reading can be "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 6/21/2012

    " I am a single mom raising a two year old son and Iam scared shitless that I dont know what Iam doing, but I feel that this book has pointed me in the right direction. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa BloomLisa Bloom is the legal analyst for The Today Show, NBC News, and Avvo.com. A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa regularly appears on CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Swagger and Think, and she has written numerous articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, The National Law Journal, CNN.com, The Daily Beast, and others. She lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm.