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Author: Hanna Rosin Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781469231815
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Men have been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. And yet, as journalist Hanna Rosin discovered, that long-held truth is no longer true. At this unprecedented moment, women are no longer merely gaining on men; they have pulled decisively ahead by almost every measure. Already “the end of men” — the phrase Rosin coined — has entered the lexicon as indelibly as Simone de Beauvoir’s “second sex,” Betty Friedan’s “feminine mystique,” Susan Faludi’s “backlash,” and Naomi Wolf’s “beauty myth” have.

This landmark, once-in-a-generation book will take its place alongside the works of those authors, forever changing the way we talk about men and women and what happens between them. Rosin reveals how the new world order came to be, and how it is dramatically shifting dynamics in every arena and at every level of society, with profound implications for marriage, sex, children, work, and more. With wide-ranging curiosity and insight unhampered by assumptions or ideology, Rosin shows how the radically different ways men and women today earn, learn, spend, couple up — even kill — have turned the big picture upside down, not just in the United States but all over the world. And in The End of Men she helps us to see how both men and women can adapt to the new reality and channel it for a better future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rosin is a gifted storyteller with a talent for ferreting out volumes of illustrative data, and she paints a compelling picture of the ways women are ascendant.”


  • “Pinpoints the precise trajectory and velocity of the culture…Rosin’s book, anchored by data and aromatized by anecdotes, concludes that women are gaining the upper hand.”

    Washington Post

  • “Makes us see the larger picture…This provocative book is not so much about the end of men but the end of male supremacy…The great strength of Ms. Rosin’s argument is that she shows how these changes in sex, love, ambition, and work have little or nothing to do with hard-wired brain differences or supposed evolutionary destiny. They occur as a result of economic patterns, the unavailability of marriageable men, and a global transformation in the nature of work.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Ambitious and surprising…[The End of Men is] solidly researched and should interest readers who care about feminist history and how gender issues play out in the culture…A nuanced, sensitively reported account of how cultural and economic forces are challenging traditional gender norms and behavior.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A persuasive, research-grounded argument…The most interesting sections in The End of Men show that in the portions of the country where, through culture and money, something like equality between the sexes is being achieved, the differences between them collapse.”


  • “Refreshing…Rosin’s book may be the most insightful and readable cultural analysis of the year, bringing together findings from different fields to show that economic shifts and cultural pressures mean that in many ways, men are being left behind…The End of Men is buttressed by numbers, but it’s a fascinating read because it transcends them…Rosin’s genius was to connect these dots in ways no one else has for an unexpected portrait of our moment. The End of Men is not really about a crisis for men; it’s a crisis of American opportunity.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Especially timely…Rosin has her finger squarely on the pulse of contemporary culture…Fresh and compelling.”

    USA Today

  • “[Rosin’s] thorough research and engaging writing style form a solid foundation for a thoughtful dialogue that has only just begun…It’s not the final word on gender roles in the twenty-first century, but it’s a notable starting point for a fascinating conversation.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Backed by workforce stats, [Rosin’s] stories forge a convincing case that modern female aptitudes give women the advantage.”

    Mother Jones

  • “In this bold and inspired dispatch, Rosin upends the common platitudes of contemporary sexual politics with a deeply reported meditation from the unexpected frontiers of our rapidly changing culture.”

    Katie Roiphe, author of The Morning After and Uncommon Arrangements

  • The End of Men describes a new paradigm that can, finally, take us beyond ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in an endless ‘gender war.’ What a relief! Ultimately, Rosin’s vision is both hope-filled and creative, allowing both sexes to become far more authentic: as workers, partners, parents…and people.”

    Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Schoolgirls

  • “Heralds the ways current economic and societal power shifts are bringing ‘the age of testosterone’ to a close and the consequences.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “A fascinating new book.”

    New York Times

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 2/16/2014

    " The book's not flawless by any means; it's repetitive, sometimes a little stilted. But Rosin does an excellent job of keeping the message balanced and rational. No cheerleading or chastising, just a sober, provocative and comprehensive interpretation of recent sociological trends. I can't imagine anyone not being enriched by reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/15/2014

    " Really interesting. My daughters need to read this - especially 'Nice-ish girls get the corner office'. Brilliantly insightful and true to my experience! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 2/14/2014

    " As many other comments have already noted, this book is short-sighted. The first problem is that Rosin is really relying on antiquated gender binaries to define the roles of heterosexual men and heterosexual women. She ignores the contributions of the LGBTQ community as though they haven't factored into the revolutionary re-positioning of humans in our society and culture. Second, her tone is so dismissive of men and so cavalier concerning their roles as husbands and fathers, that is seems that she is trying to affect an attitude that she believes is now the right of successful women - condescending and bitchy. Third, by elevating the social, economic, and cultural power of women - a worthy achievement without question - she denigrates our past - as though women throughout history have been miserable, unhappy, and unfulfilled before the business suit came along. That is wrong and a disservice to all women who find fulfillment in traditional roles, do not believe they are without power or choice, and have no need to feel competitive with men in any realm. I believe that is the crux of this issue - it is the equivalent of sticking out your tongue and saying "nah nah nah" to men, as though we still have to compete with them at any level. Why must we? It would seem that a celebration of equality for all persons, no matter what their gender or sexuality, with a focus on supporting and encouraging their choices, whether it's to stay at home as a caregiver, or join the workforce, would be a better service to society. This book is meant to divide, not celebrate our many roles or join together. Sad that to sell books, we are reduced to this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/12/2014

    " A really thought provoking book with an unnecessarily provocative title - the world has changed in the last 10 years and there is no going back, thank goodness. "

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

    " A great book hypothesizing why women have risen above men in all areas of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nette | 1/3/2014

    " For what's basically a sociological study, this was very compelling and readable, with lots of poignant interviews. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/15/2013

    " Assumes that the success of one gender is at the expense of the other. Is it really a zero sum gain? Interesting discussion of what success is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 12/13/2013

    " A little scary, but I liked it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 H | 11/13/2013

    " An endless supply of anecdotes with very little analysis. The library wanted it back before I was finished and I saw no reason to renew it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabith | 11/11/2013

    " An absolute must-read!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayne | 11/4/2013

    " A great sociological study of current trends in Man/Women relationships, both to each other and to society and to the workplace. I think the title is off-putting, as does one of the author's sons, but I recommend it to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 7/19/2013

    " Really interesting, eye-opening, and well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 6/1/2013

    " Attention women: Read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/24/2013

    " The voice on the audiobook sucks. "

About the Author

Hanna Rosin has covered religion and politics for the Washington Post. She has also written for the New Yorker, New Republic, GQ, and the New York Times. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Slate deputy editor David Plotz, and their two children.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.