The Dangerous Book for Boys PDF/EPUB Î Book for ePUB

  • Hardcover
  • 270 pages
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Conn Iggulden
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9780061243585

10 thoughts on “The Dangerous Book for Boys

  1. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ says:

    [men and boys] may conquer different worlds when they grow up, but they'll still want these stories for themselves and for their sons. ← The fuck?

    What I fail to understand is this : Why in the world this book is aimed at boys?

    It's by no means a real review because I only skimmed it, and I'm not sure I'll come back to it. Therefore I can't judge if the historical/scientific facts are accurate or not. I'm not saying that all that we find in it isn't interesting for children . That's not the point here.

    Call me crazy. Call me delusional. Call me stupid, while you're at it.


    To me this kind of book is sexism in disguise. Why? Because it perpetuates the stereotypes which say that science, history, adventure is for boys and for boys only (and their dads). The fact is, I work with children every day and I'm sick of it. Sick to see boys don't dare to play with a doll because they are mocked. Sick to see girls don't dare to say that they love science because that's not for them.

    Of course the advices they give to boys about girls are kind. Of course. They say that boys have to treat girls with respect. But they remain so fucking patronizing, I'm drowning in it.

    By this, we do not mean the physical differences, more the fact that they remain unimpressed by your mastery of game involving wizards, or your understanding of Morse Code.


    Finally, my bit of advice for boys who read this : They're explaining that if a boy sees a girl who is in need of help to lift something, he has to do this : Approach the object and greet her with a cheerful smile, whilst surreptitiously testing the weight of the object. If you find you can lift it, go ahead. If you can't, try sitting on it and engaging her in conversation. ← Don't do that. That's stupid. I won't FORGET my box if you sit on it. WTF?!

  2. M2 M2 says:

    Boys will be boys, but only if they get outside where they belong and off the God damned Ritalin.

    Boys aren't girls. They're genetically different, and need to be treated differently and raised differently. Boys like bugs and dirt clods and farts, but they also need tales of loyalty and courage and honor and adventure and, yes, violence. They compete, and physically. They like to blow shit up. They like systems that are clear and cut-and-dried. They like straightforward thinking. That's why they invented math and science and railroads and stuff.

    The Dangerous Book for Boys, which recalls the boys' how-to manuals of the early 20th century, is a shameless -- what's to be ashamed of, after all? -- celebration of boyness. Among the gems boys will find here:

    - Every boy needs a Swiss army knife, matches and a magnifying glass
    - How to shoot, skin, cook and eat a rabbit and tan its skin
    - What maritime signal flags mean
    - A chapter on artillery
    - Famous battles and the strategies that won them
    - How to treat girls
    - First aid tips
    - Identifying cloud formations
    - How a sailboat sails against the wind
    - How to make a battery out a roll of quarters
    - How to skip stones across a pond
    - Lessons in Navajo code-talking
    - Good grammar

    Fifty years of feminization -- notice I didn't say feminism, which in its finest form is quite a different thing that simply seeks to redress a few ancient wrongs and assure women enjoy the same rights as men -- have attempted to strip boys of their essential boyness, and with disastrous effect. It's no wonder that losing wars is now considered acceptable, even inevitable when we live in a culture that insists that every kid on a bike has got to wear a helmet, of all things, and that rambunctious boys are put on drugs to help them manage their emotions (and in classrooms where kids get only a few minutes of recess a day, for crying out loud); where TV is used as a surrogate for parenthood and computer games act as stand-ins for real, hands-on learning.

    We've become a civilization of pussies and cowards, coddled by an elite of by limp-wristed effeminazis of both genders.

    That's what makes The Dangerous Book for Boys so refreshing. While aimed at boys, it's really a book about manhood and about what kind of men we want to be. It's not the slobbering, pizza-stuffing, slobovian manliness of the sort exhibited on The Man Show and in ads for cheap beer. It's the old fashioned type of manhood; the type the prizes actions with honor and adventure tempered by discipline -- with a lot of laughter and a few nasty scrapes along the way. And it's a damned fine book, one you'll enjoy whether you're a boy or a tom-boy or a just a girl who likes real boys.

  3. Casey Casey says:

    I bought this for my little brother's eleventh birthday. I knew my parents were finally breaking down and buying him video games, so I thought this would be an appropriate gift. Poor kid, it was already well-thumbed by the time I finally got around to giving it to him. Yes, The Dangerous Book for Boys can certainly be enjoyed by twenty-something girls, too.

    It's crazy informative. Do you know how to skin a rabbit? I do now. Or how to build a go cart? Race ya. Or what went down at the Battle of Thermopylae? Or what an objective pronoun is? See? All very useful information. It's also pretty darn funny. It advises young boys that when they're older, flowers really do work with girls. But it warns not to try it now--they'll just look awkward. You get the idea.

    Basically, this is the best book ever, whether you're a boy with a long summer ahead of him, or a grown-up who remembers what those summers were like.

    Please buy it for every kid you know.

  4. Sophie Crane Sophie Crane says:

    Good book. The boys know what they are interested in begining from the history and biology to sports and Britain. Is a good book.

  5. Ryan Ryan says:

    I finished The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden.

    I had a couple reasons for picking up this book. First, it’s a relatively new release, but it’s made to look all old and retro/cool. The ‘fancy’ script on the cover, the heavy hardback binding, and pretty end papers on the inside all = old. But it’s not. I knew it was a newer book, but I still managed to get roped in by the old-time feel of it. Even the print and illustrations have the old time feel. Think 1960’s text book/manual. So the binding and sheer ‘pretty book’ factor had me.

    Also, I’m a boy. And I’d like to read about dangerous things. All kinds of stuff I could build or try. All of it dangerous! So those two factors had me also.

    Yeah, I don’t think I recommend this book to anyone. The only way this book is dangerous is if you dropped it from high atop a skyscraper at an unsuspecting crowd below. Or used it as a blunt object to pound some (insert your own thought here) into the authors. Or set fire to it hoping you never have to see it again and it catches something around it of value on fire as well. Or,…. I’m out.

    It’s 200+ pages of ho-hum. I still pretty much consider myself a kid at heart and there wasn’t much of anything in there that I really wanted to try to build or do. The few things in there that looked effort-worthy had terrible directions and illustrations. I consider myself a person that can visualize something if you describe it to me. Even with terrible directions, I can usually figure things out. I had a heck of a time understanding some of the steps that were described in more than a few ‘try this’ items. And a couple of those had pictures accompanying the directions!!!

    An admirable thing this book tries to do is inform the reader. There’s a decent amount of history and other ‘important stuff every boy should know’ type things in there. I understand that I’m not the target audience for this book, but the info was written in such a way that I almost question its accuracy. Not quite to the point that I’d go looking something up and actually learn about it, but almost. Maybe that’s how this book is dangerous. It tricks you into trying to figure things out for yourself because it’s written so poorly they figure you’ll have to research the topic(s) yourself to get a clear picture of it.

    Anyway, I’m not going to waste any more of my time on this one…and neither should you.

  6. Andrew Andrew says:

    I will admit I have had this book for some time - but I thought it was about time I finished it and listed it. The good (and I guess bad) thing about this book is that like any annual it has a series of articles on various subjects meaning it is perfect to dip in and out of when ever you feel like it - which also makes it potentially impossible to finish!

    Now this book is a mixture of articles as I say which generally means there is something there for everyone and yes I did learn a thing or two reading it. I guess part of my reluctance was that for a while at least the book (and all the subsequent sequels, specials and versions, meant that it was everywhere. I guess it was for a time the equivalent to the Da Vinci Code or The Time Travellers Wife or those fifty shades books)

    That aside though I do have one special reason for reading this and enjoying it. When I was growing up I sometimes went through my fathers books and I discovered a number of Boys Own annuals from the 1950s -the kind where it teaches you about the Zulus on one page on the next how to ride a horse and the next how to make your own fireworks (it was the homemade explosives that caught my attention).

    This book has tried to recapture some of that summer excitement where nothing was impossible with a little ingenuity and imagination. Seems such a far cry from the world we live in today. And for that alone I think book should be applauded BUT i think also this is part of the books failings as people bought it I feel to recapture that lost something not realising that the book alone will not fix that feeling but rather act as a reminder of what we have potentially lost or at least misplaced. Here I could go on and on about you can give people the tools to fix things but unless the motivation is there it is all wasted (horse and water spring to mind) but I will resist the temptation to preach. But I do feel that is why for a while at least this book was everywhere.

    Anyway back to the book - it is a great tome to read through and it does have some fascinating articles to read and I am glad I have a copy and I have no intention of getting rid of it any time soon.

  7. Deanrx Deanrx says:

    Its about time we, as parents and especially as fathers, stop appoligizing for boys being boys.

    Get them outside, get them engaged and if all else fails run the crap out of them - they won't break and far fewer will need Ritalin. Another positive is that the Dads will look less like pot bellied pigs (present company included)...

    Boys need REAL stories of REAL men being heros... this book has it.

    Boys need tactile adventures... this book delivers it.

    It might not be PC, but running around playing 'war' or 'Cowboys and Indians', stick ball, and building a tree house is what boys want and need.

    This book is a refreshing antidote to the education system (and some parents) that constantly scream Sit Down and be Quiet ! to all children, especially boys. Its an even larger solution to those hyper-vigilant folks that seem to think making a gun with thumb and pointer finger and yelling bang at your friends when playing will lead you to become the next Columbine shooters. Don't get me started on the idea of sitting Indian Style in the classroom !!

    Boys need to have stories about and be taught how to take risks and how to make small mistakes, so later in life they have a knowledge base to draw from when faced with life's larger challenges.

    Its a great book for parents that want their boys to grow into REAL men and for those parents that want their little girls to grow up and appreciate / marry REAL men.

  8. Farhan Farhan says:

    Would'be been an effective book if the illustrations and instructions were understandable. Still, good for some ideas though. But the way the colonialism, oppression, robbery, pillage and invasion of British empire has been glorified as examples of 'adventure', 'bravery' and 'noble mission' is simply outrageous, not to mention an outright lie. Suppose I'd skip his so called historical fictions too.

  9. Stuart Stuart says:

    I know that the book is at the top of British non-fiction best-sellers but i would guess many of them are sitting on coffee tables rather than being avidly read. It was quite interesting to read again of famous battles or heroic figures. I really did want to find out how to make a proper paper aeroplane but had no interest in electromagnets or secret ink made from body fluids. I know the rules of football and don't want to know about cricket. I found the interesting sections too short and would rather look up a more specialised book on specific topics. However, I am sure many a 'boy' will pick it up from the coffee table and exclaim over memories of marbles and conkers - and maybe even latin phrases and the stars.

  10. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    Disclaimer - I listened to the audio version, which was abridged.

    I really liked this book, alot. I have to assume though it'd be better in written form, rather than audio. For one thing there's more of it, since the audio version is abridged, but I also hope there are some helpful illustrations. For example when discussing latitude and longitude.

    I think most boys would pick topics in this book that interest them, rather than read it straight through. And I think there are sections that will interest boys of different ages. Meaning if they read parts at 9, they might read other parts at 12 that they had passed before. It can grow with them.

    Since I love history I particularly liked the sections on the famous battles, and interesting historical events.

    Over all, two thumbs up!

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CF IgguldenI was born in the Book for ePUB ☆ normal way in , and vaguely remember half pennies and sixpences I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period I have enormous respect The Dangerous PDF \ for those who still labour at the chalk face In truth, I can’t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers’ room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on aboutMy mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories – with dates My great grandfather was a Dangerous Book for Epub Þ Seannachie, so I suppose story telling is in the genes somewhere My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited ‘Vitai Lampada’ with a gleam in his eye and that matters, franklyI’ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O’Brian book and discovering there were nineteen in the series I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F Hamilton or Wilbur Smith I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good taleThat’s about it for the moment If you’d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me @ConnIggulden I’ll leave it there for the moment If you’ve read my books, you know an awful lot about the way I think already There’s no point overdoing itConn Iggulden.