Of Boys and Men


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Richard Reeves is Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, in Washington D.C.. A transplanted Brit, his former roles include Director of Strategy to the Deputy Prime Minister, and Director of the think-tank Demos. In 2017, Politico magazine named Richard one of the top 50 thinkers in the U.S. for his work on class and inequality.

His most recent book, Dream Hoarders, was a 'Book of the Year' in The Economist and the Observer, and he is also the author of John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize.

A father to three sons, Richard lives with his family in Chevy Chase, Maryland, U.S.


'As a feminist who is deeply committed to gender equality and a mother of two young men, I highly recommend Of Boys and Men. Richard Reeves both affirms the experience of so many parents of boys and puts it into broader national and global context, nationally and globally.Best of all, he 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

'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, and leverage the positive aspects of masculinity for a more peaceful and just society' - Carole Hooven, Harvard University and author of Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us

'Too often critics dismiss the plight of males by noting that men continue to prevail at the highest echelons of business, government, and education. In this judicious and meticulously researched book, Richard Reeves reminds us that most boys and young men are not contenders for a leadership position at a Fortune 500 or a professorship at MIT ... 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

'Finally, an analysis of the crisis among men and boys that adds more light than heat. In Boys and Men, 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 C. Brooks, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and #1 New York Times bestselling author

'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 then proposes a set of practical policies that offer a positive masculinity for our sons, brothers and fathers. If you are worried about rising suicide rates, addiction, educational declines, depression and mass shootings, Reeves offers crucial insights, fresh diagnoses and practical approaches to these social ills' - Joseph Henrich, Harvard University and author of The WEIRDest People in the World

'There is a boy crisis across the developed world. Richard Reeves deftly navigates the minefield of the American culture war over gender to give us the facts, the causes, and some surprising solutions. As the father of three boys, Reeves speaks to our hearts as well as our heads. If you have a son, or might ever want to hire or marry someone else's son, you should want boys to succeed, and you should read this powerful and important book'- Jonathan Haidt, NYU-Stern School of Business

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