Sanford Braver has contributed a compelling work to the subject of disenfranchised fathers and the impact on children and society. His focus, as stated, is to examine divorced fathers in great detail - as opposed to never-wed or unknown dads. With a wealth of statistics, he systematically overturns the conventional wisdom on key issues ranging from child support and "deadbeat dads" to joint custody. Rather than avoiding them, he admirably tackles the toughest issues - including an analysis of Jeffrey Nichols ("King of the deadbeat dads")and a detailed review of domestic violence. With his academic background, the book reads much like well written treatise that would survive a tough "peer review". However, it is far from dry but rather filled with topical anecdotes and perfect illustrations of the points he makes. I highly recommend this book. I'd also recommend David Popenoe's "Life without Father" for a further description of the impact of fatherlessness on our society through the children of the last generation.