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Sociologist Michael Kimmel, one of the leading writers on men and masculinity in the world today, has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America's angry white men in pursuit of an answer. Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the seismic economic, social, and political shifts that have so transformed the American landscape. Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered.
Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privilege, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement": a sense that those benefits that white men believed were their due have been snatched away from them.
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By Carolina A. Miranda on 05-02-18
Interesting book; Wrong reader
This is an interesting sociological study of the rise of cohorts of "angry white men" (white nationalists, father's rights groups, etc.) that helped catapult Trump into power. Unfortunately, the reader is poorly chosen. The voice is more appropriate for an action movie trailer (hyper masculine; super exaggerated) than for a book that offers a sensitive, nuanced look at issues of aggression, entitlement and race. If I were the author of this book, I'd be crazy if I heard this.
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By Torx2112 on 06-05-18
I get it now!
This is an exceptionally informative book for me. I've been wondering what my friends, neighbors and father are so worked up about. I don't wonder anymore why my neighbor flies a confederate flag, or why our current president was elected.
First off, this is not a book telling you what to think about this topic. Kimmel is a sociologist. In this book he recounts interviews, and synthesizes data from many sources.
The narrator is not my favorite. He's got a "radio" voice, but I quickly got over that. I'd say I'm pretty picky when it comes to narrators. I've returned books because of this.