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Publisher's Summary

One of the enduring legacies of the 2012 Presidential campaign was the demise of the white American male voter as a dominant force in the political landscape. On election night, after Obama was announced the winner, a distressed Bill O'Reilly lamented that he didn't live in "a traditional America anymore". He was joined by others who bellowed their grief on the talk radio airwaves, the traditional redoubt of angry white men. Why were they so angry?

Sociologist Michael Kimmel, one of the leading writers on men and masculinity in the world today, has spent hundreds of hours in the company of America's angry white men in pursuit of an answer. Kimmel locates this increase in anger in the seismic economic, social, and political shifts that have so transformed the American landscape. Downward mobility, increased racial and gender equality, and a tenacious clinging to an anachronistic ideology of masculinity has left many men feeling betrayed and bewildered.

Raised to expect unparalleled social and economic privilege, white men are suffering today from what Kimmel calls "aggrieved entitlement": a sense that those benefits that white men believed were their due have been snatched away from them.

©2013 Michael Kimmel (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Kimmel's writing is open and engaging, reminiscent of a conversation with friends in a bar...Another worthwhile examination of important issues affecting men and, by extension, everyone else, from an author known for his insight into the subject." ( Kirkus)

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Interesting book; Wrong reader

This is an interesting sociological study of the rise of cohorts of "angry white men" (white nationalists, father's rights groups, etc.) that helped catapult Trump into power. Unfortunately, the reader is poorly chosen. The voice is more appropriate for an action movie trailer (hyper masculine; super exaggerated) than for a book that offers a sensitive, nuanced look at issues of aggression, entitlement and race. If I were the author of this book, I'd be crazy if I heard this.

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I get it now!

This is an exceptionally informative book for me. I've been wondering what my friends, neighbors and father are so worked up about. I don't wonder anymore why my neighbor flies a confederate flag, or why our current president was elected.
First off, this is not a book telling you what to think about this topic. Kimmel is a sociologist. In this book he recounts interviews, and synthesizes data from many sources.
The narrator is not my favorite. He's got a "radio" voice, but I quickly got over that. I'd say I'm pretty picky when it comes to narrators. I've returned books because of this.

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Prescient, Informative & Well-Written

Wow. Before I read the book, I read some reviews (especially the critical ones, as I always do) and they just proved to me how misinformed people can be. Contrary to many readers' opinions, this book IS based in fact, studies, and empirical knowledge. The author talks repeatedly about his interviews and research informing his conclusions but that seems to bother some people. The main point the author brings up: that there is so much anger from a combination of a disappearing white privilege, a changing demography of the US, and the struggles that come with financial hardship due to conservative policies, is so spot on. I can see how some readers could read this and become uncomfortable and critical of it, simply because it challenges their place in the world and because of how much truth there is to the author's conclusions. Yes there are chapters that drag on a bit after the author has very convincingly made his point, but overall this is an exceptional book with accurate and informative conclusions about masculinity, whiteness, and contemporary American culture.

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Would Not Recommend

I thought the author was engaging, but ultimately provided a very narrow perspective. I thought his claims were too generalized and did not provide enough statistical backing. Though there are men that hold these absurd viewpoints, how many American men? I also thought that the author failed to address some of the other theoretical underpinnings of why events such as school shootings occur. The masculinity hypothesis was given too much emphasis when there may be other factors at play. Overall, I would not recommend this book because I think it relies too much on personal narratives rather than statistical data and fails to analyze problems from different perspectives.

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Bloviation with largely anecdotal substantiation

My subject line says it all. The author presents this work as unbiased ... that is anything but the truth.

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it's mostly wrong, and i'm not angry, either.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sure, why not?
His premises are wrong
Here am I, subject to a quota for medical school in the 1970's
There is, by law, for a long time, equal rights
But it's skewed, and has been a long time
The real frustration is the continued lying by the government, matter not who is in charge
jobs are lost, not replaced
Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are no more off the wall than Rachel Maddow
they are all off the wall!!!


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It is excellent at handling violence, both domestic and workplace
Good insights

Which character – as performed by Aaron Williamson – was your favorite?

Captain Kangaroo

Did Angry White Men inspire you to do anything?

made me think about violence, almost never te best way to solve anything

Any additional comments?

it's a 3. A three is ok once,

1 of 7 people found this review helpful