Popmatters has posted my review of Conn and Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys. Key grafs:
I will say this: My four-year-old thinks The Dangerous Book for Boys is the greatest book Iâ€™ve ever been assigned to review. Itâ€™s the only book heâ€™s stolen off my desk, and he asks me about pictures or stories from it almost daily. This is almost entirely the result of â€œFamous Battlesâ€”Part One,â€ â€œFamous Battlesâ€”Part Two,â€ and â€œA Brief History of Artillery,â€ though sections on astronomy and on bugs have also piqued his interest. There can be no doubt that the Iggulden brothers have a fine sense of â€œwhat boys like.â€
Then again, the fact that my son recognized the topics of the book at a glance suggests that the crisis of Anglo-American boyhood might be a little overstated. (Might I suggest taking a break from Christina Hoff Sommers?) Letâ€™s face it: As an English professor and book reviewer, Iâ€™m hardly the burliest guy out thereâ€”yet even my kid knows about soldiers and battles and the virtues of honor.