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Summary

For the audio book version, Dr. Warren Farrell personally rewrote the highlights of The Myth of Male Power as a dialogue. The questions are similar to what others will ask you when you discuss these issues. You’ll have Dr. Farrell’s best answers.

The Myth of Male Power helps each family member understand that genuine power is neither status nor money, but “control over one's life.” He documents that virtually every society that has survived has done so by persuading its sons to be disposable--whether in war or in work; and therefore indirectly as dads. And disposability is not power.

Considered the Bible of men's studies—yet highly empathetic to women (Dr. Farrell was repeatedly elected to the Board of the National Organization for Women in NYC)-- the meticulously researched The Myth of Male Power takes the listener on a captivating journey around the world, throughout history, biology, the Bible, the law, and everyday life, challenging every currently-held assumption about men, women and the family.

In his compassionate voice, Warren answers questions like, "Doesn't the fact that men earn more mean they have more power?" with "The road to high pay is a toll road—tolls such as working more hours, being away from our family, being engineers, not artists…." Farrell posits that men have mistakenly defined power as "feeling obligated to earn money someone else spends while he dies sooner."

To help each family member appreciate parents and grandparents, Farrell shares, "in the past, neither sex had genuine power; both sexes had roles: women's role: raise children; men's role: raise money. Our grandparents didn't preach rights--they preached responsibilities. Both moms and dads sacrificed so their children's lives would be better than theirs."

Dr. Farrell gives a 100% refund if this doesn’t generate one of your family’s most valuable discussions. See www.warrenfarrell.com.

©1993 Dr Warren Farrell (P)2012 Dr Warren Farrell

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Just to make others aware,

this title is in the form of an interview, I nevertheless found the format quite enjoyable.

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  • rjj
  • Surrey
  • 03-03-18

Buy the book instead

Would you try another book written by Warren Farrell or narrated by Warren Farrell?

The book was excellent but this is just an interview. The other problem is that Dr Farrell comes across as badly muffled - the sound quality is really poor and it makes the whole thing pretty unsatisfactory.

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  • Pepe
  • Valencia, Spain
  • 28-11-17

A very interesting interview that will make you think

I was hoping to find the whole book here but it turned out to be only an interview. Nonetheless, it was interesting and revealing.

The author shows very good understanding of both female and male problems and defends both sexes equally. Of course, the emphasis is on neglected male problems.

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Brilliant

This book has changed my viewpoint on gender issues, gender politics and more. We need this book to sell more, so gender politics can be revolutionized!

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Factual and poignant material

It was a very sobering and often tear-inducing presentation of factual information done in a relaxed conversational interview-style that was quite a novel experience for me in Audible.
I had just finished listening to "1984" by George Orwell so I was quite wired up and alert to overt and covert mind control techniques.
I had also read "The Manipulated Man" by Esther Villar a few years ago and this book brought statistical backing to throw arguments made there.
I believe inequality will persist in human society until God's Kingdom comes. Until then, open your eyes, be kind to reach other regardless of perceived or contrived differences. We are all humans.

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 17-05-16

the audio is not the book

While I enjoyed the perspective shared in the book and I think it's worth a listen, I was annoyed that the "audio book" was not actually the audio book but a 2.5 hour interview summation of the book. While I disagree with some of the conclusions he draws, for the most part it is a well explained, we'll thought out, and we'll researched analysis of the current state of gender politics. Although, I think it could go harder on the numerous ways feminism stands in opposition to changing the status quo when it comes to the myth and the ways feminism perpetuates gender roles of women's helplessness and victimhood all while claiming to be against such ideas.

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  • Conrad
  • 02-01-18

A must read.... hear.

By far the most potentially transformative book of 2, maybe 3 generations. If we wish to save our society, and progress it, we need to heed the thoughts and insights in this book.

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  • Matt
  • 02-03-16

eye-opening

Listened twice in a row! Great material! Audio compression could be a little better as I was constantly adjusting the volume regardless of traffic conditions/ car speed.

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  • Christopher L. Allan
  • 18-08-18

Kinda wish it was an actual reading of the book

Very interesting conversation. He describes these issues so well. Too bad no one will care. I wish I could share his optimism.

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  • david
  • 19-12-17

This is definitely a repeat listen

-This is not what I expected, but it's still a welcome surprise.

-This isn't so much the actual book, but rather a guided dialogue between the author and an interviewer about the main points in the book, including all of the examples and kind of working its way through each section in a detailed manner but also leaving points up for further discussion.

-It's probably worth getting the physical book as well. To understand and remember more the points and examples given.

-I'll be keeping this book on my device to listen to a few times again at least.

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  • B. Schnase
  • 23-11-16

I thought this was the full book.

What gives? This was just an interview. Is that what the book is? huh. Odd

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-15

Dr. Farrell

Brilliant.
Informative.
World changing.
Yes.
Yes.
I really don't understand why feminists hate this guy. It is really a shame.

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  • Consumer
  • 30-03-15

Insightful and fascinating – must read!

This book is fascinating as it turns many societal beliefs that we're not even aware of on their head. It's a must read!!

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  • Dean Biernacki
  • 12-11-18

Revealing many truths

That was very refreshing. A vvery unique way to present this subject material. Thank you

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  • MJ
  • 20-10-18

You really need to read the whole book

This is an outstanding audio interview, and a great introduction to Dr. Farrell's groundbreaking work on men's issues, though nowhere as good/complete as his acclaimed book of the same title. If you found this audio even remotely informative or helpful, you really need to read the whole book; frustratingly, it's currently out of print, but a new, updated version is available in e-book format and older copies are available on Amazon and elsewhere. (I'd also recommend the documentary film "The Red Pill" which features interview segments with Dr. Farrell and other men's rights advocates.)

One reason that reading the whole book is important is that it cuts through the hateful alt. right rhetoric that has infected the men's rights movement in recent years, dividing men from each other (based on race, sexuality, etc.) and preventing men's issues from receiving the mainstream attention and compassion they deserve. Dr. Farrell is a progressive visionary, not a misogynist hater -- though he does (rightfully) strongly criticize contemporary feminism -- and he explores just about every aspect of male identity in his book, including some very insightful sections on problems faced by black men, gay men, etc. as well as the some of the dysfunctional dynamics of platonic male friendship and how all of this fits into larger patterns of male oppression and the devaluation of male lives. (That being said, male/female relationships and heterosexual power dynamics remain a central focus.)

Hopefully, Audible will record the entire book in the near future. Until then, this interview is an excellent starting point.