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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: LPs publishing (25 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956641660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956641663
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mike Buchanan (1957-) is a British men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher, formerly a business consultant before retiring in 2010. His political party 'Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them)' - 'J4MB' - was registered with the Electoral Commission in February 2013. At the time of writing (November 2014) J4MB remains the only party in the English-speaking world campaigning for the human rights of men and boys. The party will contest marginal seats in the May 2015 general election. One of the party's candidates will be Ray Barry, leader of Real Fathers for Justice.

The party will have among its objectives the end of discriminatory policies against men, and an end to other manifestations of feminism which attack many of the pillars of civilised societies including marriage, the family, education, the political system, the justice system, the media, business... and more. Feminism is a female supremacy ideology driven by misandry (the hatred of men) which has assaulted the interests of men, as well as those of the majority of women and children, for 30+ years.

In 2008 he founded LPS publishing, in 2012 The Anti-Feminism League and Campaign for Merit in Business He worked as a consultant for the Conservative party over 2006-8 but resigned his party membership in late 2009 in protest at Conservative party leader David Cameron's adoption of women-only prospective parliamentary candidate shortlists for some constituencies for the forthcoming general election. To enable this, Cameron employed legislation introduced in 2004 by the militant feminist Labour MP Harriet Harman.

That legislation enabled political parties to use women-only prospective parliamentary candidate shortlists for the ensuing five general elections i.e. FOR 25 YEARS. The proposed legislation hadn't been mentioned in the Labour Party's 2000 general election manifesto.

Mike also runs The Alternative Sexism Project and Men Shouldn't Marry

Mike's written nine books since 2008:

'Feminism: the ugly truth' was published in ebook editions (including Kindle) on 13 February 2012 (ISBN 9780957168800). A critique of radical feminism, a movement of angry misandrous (men-hating) women which assaults men, women, children, marriage, the family, the legal system, academia, the media, democracy and business... and much more. It causes the early deaths of many men and women. Chapter titles include, 'Are you a misogynist if you only hate feminists?', 'How does feminism kill many men and women?', 'Are some feminists (e.g. Tracey Emin) a pain in the arts?', 'Why must we stop funding Women's Studies and Gender Studies courses?', and 'Are feminists delusional? Is the pope a Catholic? Do bears crap in woods?' The Kindle edition contains a sample chapter from 'Two Men in a Car' titled, 'Would you like to have sex with my wife?' along with that book's plate section (16 photographs).

'The Glass Ceiling Delusion: the REAL reasons more women don't reach senior positions' After more than 30 years working as an executive with major corporations and running his own business consultancy, Mike understood why more women don't make it to senior positions in general, and the boardroom in particular. He realised that the various assertions made by feminists on the subject were ill-informed and generally wrong - especially their conspiracy theories such as the 'glass ceiling' - so he decided to put the record straight with this book.

'David and Goliatha: David Cameron - heir to Harman?' This book considers the world of men and women in the workplace, and chronicles the enactment by a Conservative prime minister (David Cameron) of legislation that was the brainchild of militant feminist Labour MPs. The Equality Act 2010 substitutes the principle of 'equality of opportunity' by 'equality of outcome' in the public sector, for the first time in British law. This title has been withdrawn from publication as almost all its content (and more besides) is contained within 'The Glass Ceiling Delusion'.

'The Joy of Self-Publishing' A comprehensive guide to self-publishing in the modern era, with an emphasis on the practical issues involved, including how to make the best of the Print-on-Demand ('POD') business model and ebook publication for major e-readers including Kindle, iPad, Nook etc. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions. The latter contains a sample chapter from 'Two Men in a Car' titled, 'Would you like to have sex with my wife?' as well as the book's plate section (16 photographs).

'Buchanan's Dictionary of Quotations for right-minded people' and 'Buchanan's Dictionary of Quotations for right-minded Americans'. Quotations delivering insight, inspiration, and amusement to people whose political persuasions are right-of-centre. To quote the bestselling British writer Quentin Letts, 'Right is right, Left is wrong'.

'The Marriage Delusion: the fraud of the rings?' Also available in a paperback version with the imaginative title, 'The Fraud of the Rings'. A critique of marriage which argues that most adults in the developed world in the modern era are unsuited to the institution. The book also makes recommendations to reduce the number of unhappy marriages and thereby bring down the number of divorces. Now wouldn't that be a good thing?

'Two Men in a Car (A Businessman, a Chauffeur, and Their Holidays in France)' The tales of two holidays in France enjoyed by Mike Buchanan and his colourful socialist chauffeur Paul Carrington. The book contains 16 colour photographs taken during the holidays. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions.

'Guitar Gods in Beds. (Bedfordshire: A Heavenly County)' The colourful life stories of eight amateur / semi-pro / professional guitarists living and performing in Mike Buchanan's adopted town, the throbbing metropolis of Bedford, England. One is Thunderin' Paul Carrington,the author's chauffeur in 'Two Men in a Car'. The book contains 16 colour photographs of the guitarists, half taken recently, half when they were much younger.

'Profitable Buying Strategies' (published by Kogan Page) A guide to improving organisational profitability through reducing the cost of bought-in goods and services. A perfect birthday or Xmas gift for all the family.

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'The Glass Ceiling Delusion' attacks head-on the militant feminist myth that men and women have the same interests and capabilities. Reviewing a wide range of evidence, he shows that the under-representation of women in senior positions in business has nothing to do with discrimination and ‘glass ceilings’, and that attempts to impose quotas are therefore fundamentally flawed. A polemical book with an important message.
Peter Saunders, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Sussex University

The Glass Ceiling Delusion is an important and brave book, the best book on social economics and society in general published for decades. It’s irresistibly compelling, cogently argued and superbly put together. It should be in all school and college libraries. It should be compulsory reading for social science, economics and politics students. It should be force-fed to male and female politicians. This is definitely a five-star book. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.
Dr Vernon Coleman, bestselling English author

Testimonials for 'THE MARRIAGE DELUSION: the fraud of the rings?' 'A highly original and stimulating critique of the modern marriage crisis, supported by important yet sometimes uncomfortable truths.' Oliver James, clinical psychologist, broadcaster, author of 'Affluenza', 'Britain on the Couch', 'They F*** You Up', 'How Not to F*** Them Up' 'Mike Buchanan's analysis of marriage in western industrialised society is courageous and thoughtful. His perspectives on the challenges associated with marriage, and solutions to them, draw on important scientific evidence and arguments from some of our leading psychologists and wisest philosophers. This is a 'must-read' for all concerned with modern marriage.' Alan Carr, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College, Dublin, author of 'The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology', 'Family Therapy' and 'Positive Psychology'

About the Author

Mike Buchanan, 53, is a British writer of eight books published since 2008. Before taking early retirement in 2010 at the age of 52 to focus on writing full-time, he had been an executive with major corporations for over 30 years. His books are, in reverse chronological order: THE GLASS CEILING DELUSION (the REAL reasons more women don't reach senior positions) DAVID AND GOLIATHA: David Cameron - heir to Harman? THE JOY OF SELF-PUBLISHING THE MARRIAGE DELUSION: the fraud of the rings? (hardback) THE FRAUD OF THE RINGS (paperback edition of THE MARRIAGE DELUSION) BUCHANAN'S DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS for right-minded people BUCHANAN'S DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS for right-minded Americans TWO MEN IN A CAR (a businessman, a chauffeur, and their holidays in France) GUITAR GODS IN BEDS. (Bedfordshire: a heavenly county) PROFITABLE BUYING STRATEGIES (How to cut procurement costs and buy your way to higher profits)

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gary on 10 Dec 2012
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I bought this to get some opposing views to left wing political thinking for a report in human resource management I had to write as part of my BA Hons Business Management degree.

I must first start out by stating I have no thoughts on positive discrimination nor why women don't reach higher positions, I purely needed academic research into this subject. That is where this book falls down, Mike Buchanan clearly has a love for mrs Thatcher and that shines through the book, unfortunately he does not seem to like women in the workplace, to back up his views he has cherry picked newspaper clippings and random pages from feminist books rather than from any form of academic research.

The random chapter on fair trade products is just that, totally random and does not belong in this book and the six page quote from someone else's book in chapter 16 verges on plagiarism, a problem a certain tv psychiatrist who used to work on This Morning found out to his cost.

The author goes on about why he does not think women should be in the boardroom but with no academic evidence to back this up, apart from him being in boardrooms for who knows how many years, maybe the reason women did not do well in British boardrooms is because of views held by the author rather than anything women have done wrong, I will never know because the answers certainly are not in this book!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sean O'Brien on 21 Sep 2012
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'The Glass Ceiling Delusion' is an excellent commentary on the controversial issue of women's progress into senior positions in organisations in general, and in commercial organisations in particular. The book is chock-full of relevant facts and clear arguments on the subject.

The author lists and comments on "The top 20 reasons why female executives are uncommon in the most senior levels of major businesses." He immediately follows this by setting out what he believes to be the consequences of forcing women into senior positions regardless of their fitness for those positions.

The book is a "must read" for business people, academics, Human Resources professionals, all women who want to succeed in business, and indeed any other interested parties, as it outlines the case against 'improving' gender diversity in the senior reaches of large commercial organisations.

Those who may be concerned about the meaning of the book's subtitle, "The real reasons more women don't reach senior positions", can be assured that this reviewer could not find even a trace of misogyny in the words penned by the author.

Mike Buchanan's book lays bare the true nature of 'improving' Gender Diversity in the workplace, namely that it is nothing more than blatant, dangerously counter-productive social engineering.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff d on 9 Feb 2012
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Mr Buchanan has written The Glass Ceiling Delusion in a logical and unemotive manner which the militant feminists will hate because usually they become very defensive when anyone male or female has the temerity to questions the validity of their misandric agenda....I wonder why? When an opposing view is given the militant feminists generaly uses "shaming tactics" towards men or women to crush dissent by shouting misogynist or sexist or quoting the many unsubstantiated statistcis they use that historically and usually have questionable truth or validity. The author is likely to be on the receiving end of some pretty adverse comments from militant feminists for writing some truths about the positve discrimination given to elevate women to boards based on special treatment rather than meritocracy/ability.However he should be thanked for identifying the lengths to which militant feminists will go to secure advantage/superiority not equality for women and girls at the expense of men and boys.Most people ,men and or women, do not much mind who runs our corporations/SME's Politics or Academia so long as the rise to the top is based on ability and meritocracy but according to Mr Buchanan the militant feminists do not accept that and demand quotas for a small unrepresentative group of women.This book should be read by the CEO's of all corporate/SME organisations ,the media, acedemia and all politicians to get a real balanced understanding of what is going on undemocratically in the name of militant feminism and backed by many uninformed politicains including and particularly Mr Cameron.

I have read a number of books on the subject of the destrucive militant feminist agenda and The Glass Ceiling Delusion is in my view in the top five along with a new book entitled Why Britain Hates Men;Feminism Exposed by Swayne O'Pie which is also a 5* read..
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8 of 15 people found the following review helpful By KateS on 1 Aug 2011
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This book injects a welcome and overdue dose of realism into the `gender balance in the workplace' debate, and critiques a lot of `received wisdom' about men and women in the workplace.
Drawing on material from leading psychologists Buchanan discusses the different natures of `gender typical' men and women, and shows that this alone will lead to gender imbalance in the boardroom - women being more interested than men in human relatinoships, men more interested than women in understanding and improving systems. He points out something that maybe we're in denial about - that most women would sooner pursue happiness than power, which puts them starkly at odds with the small band of women who claim to represent their interests, militant feminists. The book offers stark warnings about miltant feminism. It shows that militant feminism has the same roots as Marxism, women being the `oppressed class' and therefore always in the right, men being the `oppressing class' and therefore always in the wrong - sound familiar? He asks why should companies pursue gender initiatives at the behest of a small band of angry women?

I was surprised to laugh out loud a number of times reading the book, notably when the writer isn't afraid to point out the sometimes hilarious aspects of some women's thinking and activities. I was also surprised to conclude the writer isn't misogynistic, just someone who's objective about gender differences, and maybe we're in need of a reality check? Haven't we all had enough of the `women are superior to men' rhetoric, surely a prime example of the sexism we claim to abhor?
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