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Stiffed: The Betrayal of Modern Man [Paperback]

Susan Faludi
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7 Sep 2000
From industrial workers to modern war veterans, from astronauts to porn actors, Stiffed examines men whose sense that they have lost jobs, skills, roles, wives and a secure future is only one symptom of a wider betrayal.

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  • Paperback: 676 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (7 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099304910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099304913
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Faludi, author of the feminist bestseller Backlash, has done it again with an exhaustive report on the betrayals felt by working men throughout the United States. American men are angry and discontented, she argues in Stiffed because their sense of what it is to be a man has been destroyed by everything from corporate downsizing and the shrinking military of the post-Cold War era to the increase in local sports teams leaving town. Whether she's interviewing the teenage male members of Southern California's infamous Spur Posse (who collected "points" for every female they had sex with), Cleveland football fans shaken by the departure of the Browns football team, militia movement activists or Sylvester Stallone, Faludi seems stuck on the idea that American men today are man-boys, unable to completely grow up because they never received the nurturing they needed, and are now constantly disappointed by life. Yet while many of the men Faludi interviews have real problems--bad luck and sad, troubled lives--somehow Stiffed still seems a bit whiny. Faludi's "travels through a post-war male realm" are a fascinating slice of male American life "under siege" at the end of the 20th century, even if she does finally leave us like the men she talked to--still wondering just what went wrong. --Linda Killian

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but avoid the Vintage edition 1 Feb 2001
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This is one of the best books I've read in about two years, with serious explanatory power for thinking about the gendered effect of the corporatization and commericialization of every nook and cranny of American life. By all means, however, find the HarperPerennial edition. The Vintage knock-off loses all of the powerful photographs included in the original, it's reproduced on cheap and flimsy newsprint, it substitutes an inexplicably irrelevant graphic for the original cover design, and it even changes the original subtitle (from "The Betrayal of the American Man" to "The Betrayal of Modern Man." This is cut-rate publishing at its worst.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise 13 Feb 2008
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I was so surprised by this book. Although a friend recommended it, by the title I did not think I would be all that interested. Fascinating. I don't always agree with some of Faludi's conclusions but the research is well documented and it leaves the reader the opportunity to draw ones own conclusions.

It is surprising what the she has found. Very surprising. An original work as far as I know. I hope the length of the book doesn't anyone away. I think if you have any interest in modern cultural dynamics, particularly sexual dynamics, this is a rare book about men.

Why on earth is this book written by a woman instead of a man? Where are our chroniclers?
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