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"Greif has taken interviews with 400 men about their friendships, and comes to the conclusion that while, yes, there are differences, a man's friendships can be as deep and lasting as a woman's, and those strong relationships help men have longer and happier lives."--Sacramento Book Review
"Fascinating. Most research simply compares men's and women's friendships and finds men's lacking. Through his adept interviews, Greif does something smarter: he finds out what friendships actually mean to men. He listens to what they say, maps their friendships, and sees them from men's point of view. This is a very useful and timely book!"--Michael Kimmel, PhD, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, and author of Manhood in America
"Any man who would like to enlarge the place of friendship in his life will savor this book. It's not that Greif tells us how, specifically, to do it. (We do want to retain some room for our own unique innovations.) It's that he teaches us the kinds of questions to ask ourselves, and then he tells us how other thoughtful men and women view relationships of all kinds. We each have to find our own path to friendship, but this book lights the way."--Terry A. Kupers, MD, MSP, Psychiatrist and author of Revisioning Men's Lives and Prison Madness



"[Greif] has written a wonderfully textured exploration of the diversity of men's friendships through the lifespan...Highly recommended."--Choice


"Greif has taken interviews with 400 men about their friendships, and comes to the conclusion that while, yes, there are differences, a man's friendships can be as deep and lasting as a woman's, and those strong relationships help men have longer and happier lives."--Sacramento Book Review


"Fascinating. Most research simply compares men's and women's friendships and finds men's lacking. Through his adept interviews, Greif does something smarter: he finds out what friendships actually mean to men. He listens to what they say, maps their friendships, and sees them from men's point of view. This is a very useful and timely book!"--Michael Kimmel, PhD, Professor of Sociology, SUNY Stony Brook, and author of Manhood in America


"Any man who would like to enlarge the place of friendship in his life will savor this book. It's not that Greif tells us how, specifically, to do it. (We do want to retain some room for our own unique innovations.) It's that he teaches us the kinds of questions to ask ourselves, and then he tells us how other thoughtful men and women view relationships of all kinds. We each have to find our own path to friendship, but this book lights the way."--Terry A. Kupers, MD, MSP, Psychiatrist and author of Revisioning Men's Lives and Prison Madness


About the Author

Geoffrey Greif is a Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Maryland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into my husband's life and frienfships! 6 Sept. 2008
By Sydney Schnaars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My husband received a copy of Buddy System, Understanding Male Friendships, from one of his long-time friends, and he found it to be such an accurate assessment of his past, present, and still evolving male friendships that he encouraged me to read it too. Since my husband and I have known each other for more than several decades, it was easy for me to see why this book meant so much to him. Not only could we identify, discuss, and analyze the key male players in his life (and therefore in our life together), but looking into Dr. Greif's descriptions of the friendships which will emerge in the decades yet to come gave us plenty to talk about together. Buddy System is a very engaging and insightful book that both my husband and I enjoyed very much.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Wise Discussion of Male Friendships 15 Sept. 2008
By Allan Hillman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
BUDDY SYSTEM is a new book by Dr. Greif that combines his trademark: hundreds of personal interviews with scholarly observations, a book that anyone can understand and enjoy and from which anyone can profit. He writes in a "consumer friendly " manner, full of anecdotes, stories, witty asides and sound practical advice for readers of all ages, races, religions and persuasions. I saw myself and my friends on many pages of the book, and so will any reader. It is a great primer on making and keeping friends, identifying the kinds of friends you have("just", "rust", "trust" and "must"),comprehending the role of your spouse in your friendships, and avoiding losing your friends as time and distance play their tricks. And it is FUN to read!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More like a dissertation... 4 Jan. 2014
By Cliff W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The book reads more like a grad school dissertation, tediously rehashing study data, than a book designed to help men build friendships. It "preaches to the choir" the benefits of having friendships, but saves little space for recommendations on actually accomplishing this. I think this book misses the mark on its intended audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 15 Sept. 2013
By Susan K. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It has new concepts about communication and friendship types that were very interesting to learn about? Explains some of the mysteries of male friendships.
5.0 out of 5 stars Men are experts about the Buddy System.. 26 Mar. 2016
By Charlotte Fairchild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Men are experts about the Buddy System. Geoffrey Greif spoke at length and hopefully women will read it and learn from it. Women need to have exploration of female friendships as well as finding ways to become safer by spending time with trustworthy people. I am learning about men and women in this book. He does analyze women's friendships as well. This is not a typical book on friendship.
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