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  • The importance of 'danger' in boyhood

    08/08/2007 1:59:01 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 13 replies · 284+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 8, 2007 | Dan Hall
    In 1958, when my pal Glenn and I were 13, our fathers dropped us off at Limekiln Lake near Detroit and left us there with a pile of food, camping gear, fishing poles, and a rowboat. For the next four days, Glenn and I were Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn floating down the Mississippi. Limekiln Lake came to mind again the other day when I bought a copy of Conn and Hal Iggulden's bestseller, "The Dangerous Book for Boys." "Dangerous" is a challenge to the nanny state in which children are growing up today. Something has gone terribly wrong in...
  • Dangerous Book For Boys to hit screen

    08/06/2007 12:13:31 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 326+ views
    The Times ^ | Times Online
    Dangerous Book For Boys to hit screen August 6, 2007 Times Online and agencies The Dangerous Book For Boys is to be turned into a film. Disney has snapped up the rights to the bestseller after a fierce bidding war. The book by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden is a how-to guide to old-fashioned pursuits such as skinning a rabbit and climbing trees. It has sold nearly a million copies worldwide and has topped the New York Times best-seller list for the past three months. Written in the style of a manual, the book is not an obvious...
  • Scouting the future

    07/30/2007 1:12:21 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 204+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | July 29, 2007 | Hal Iggulden
    Scouting the future July 29, 2007 Hal Iggulden, co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys, believes the Scouts – 100 years after they were founded – can solve the crisis in 21st century manhood Roland White In a school playground way back in the 1960s I made the first significant moral choice of my life. My best friend had asked me if I’d come to a meeting of his Cub Scout pack: just to see what it was like. On the other hand, a girl in our class also wanted to know whether I’d be at all interested...
  • Myth of Boyhood

    06/27/2007 3:01:46 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 19 replies · 516+ views
    Newsweek ^ | July 2-9, 2007 issue | Jennie Yabroff
    Picture a world where your father walks with you down a starlit road, pausing to point out Orion. He recites Robert Frost, knows how a battery works—and all the rules about girls. "The Dangerous Book for Boys," by brothers Conn and Hal Iggulden, is peaking on Amazon's best-seller list (No. 5 last week) by recalling just that world. The compendium of trivia, history and advice is geared toward preteen boys, but it's found a surprising audience in men in their 30s and 40s, too. The book's marbled endpapers, archival illustrations and dry, humorous tone ("excitable bouts of windbreaking will not...
  • In Praise of Skinned Knees and Grubby Faces

    06/23/2007 9:24:09 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 3 replies · 560+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, June 24, 2007; B01 | Conn Iggulden
    When I had a son of my own six years ago, I looked around for the sort of books that would inspire him. I was able to find some, but none with the spirit and verve of those old titles. I wanted a single compendium of everything I'd ever wanted to know or do as a boy, and I decided to write my own. We began with everything we had done as kids, then added things we didn't want to see forgotten. History today is taught as a feeble thing, with all the adventure taken out of it. We wanted...
  • The Final Word: Maybe it's time to let boys be boys — outside

    06/20/2007 2:11:37 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 231+ views
    USA Today | May 1, 2007 | Craig Wilson
    The Final Word: Maybe it's time to let boys be boys — outside By Craig Wilson, USA TODAY May 1, 2007 E-mail Craig Wilson at
  • Putting the Skinned Knees Back Into Playtime

    05/19/2007 8:37:25 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 5 replies · 382+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2007 | ALEX WILLIAMS
    JOSEPH GALLO, 10, of Santa Cruz, Calif., is well armed in the battle against childhood boredom, with a bedroom arsenal that includes a computer hooked to the Internet, a DVD player, two Game Boys, as well as an Xbox and GameCube. But in recent weeks, the hum of that war room of machinery has quieted because Joseph has acquired a new playtime obsession that would have seemed quaint even in his parents’ day: marbles. But lately, a number of educators like Mr. Cohill, as well as parents and child-development specialists are trying to spur a revival of traditional outdoor pastimes,...
  • The 'Dangerous' book puts girls on the side

    04/27/2007 7:33:56 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (AP) ^ | April 27, 2007 | JILL LAWLESS
    The 'Dangerous' book puts girls on the side By JILL LAWLESS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON -- Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. In these frenzied, media-saturated times, the lure of a simpler past is more powerful than ever. That may explain the success of The Dangerous Book for Boys, a deliberately retro tome that has become the publishing sensation of the year in Britain. Exuding the brisk breeziness of Boy Scout manuals and Boy's Own annuals, The Dangerous Book is a childhood how-to guide that covers everything from paper airplanes to go-carts, skipping stones to skinning a rabbit....
  • 'Dangerous Book for Boys' Soars to Dizzying Heights

    05/19/2007 7:17:01 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 44 replies · 717+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 18, 2007 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    First, there was the question of the title: "The Dangerous Book for Boys." HarperCollins Publishers' Chief Executive Jane Friedman just didn't understand what it meant. Sure, the book had been a hit in England and Australia, but that didn't mean it would work in the U.S. But the sales staff urged her to stick with it, and in just two weeks, "Dangerous" has become the breakout hit of the season. The News Corp. unit initially ordered up 91,000 copies. There are now 405,000 copies in print. One senior HarperCollins executive, extrapolating from overseas sales and population data, projects that "Dangerous,"...
  • Too late to give my son the Airfix fix

    09/01/2006 1:05:00 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 421+ views
    Telegraph ^ | (Filed: 01/09/2006) | Tom Leonard
    Too late to give my son the Airfix fix By Tom Leonard (Filed: 01/09/2006) Although he is only four, it is already clear that my older son has inherited two character traits from me: a fascination with militaria — ships, planes, tanks and soldiers, especially soldiers — and an unfortunate impatience, specifically a tendency to hurl stuff across the room when things don't go right. Or glue right. For if there was one area where these two facets of my personality clashed most spectacularly, it was when I turned my hand to the fiddly task of putting together...
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys

    08/11/2006 2:54:13 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 333+ views
    The Australian ^ | 12aug06 | Christopher Bantick
    The Dangerous Book for Boys,20867,20058973-5003900,00.html Christopher Bantick 12aug06 The Dangerous Book for Boys By Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden HarperCollins, 400pp, $39.95 UNAMBIGUOUSLY blokey, The Dangerous Book for Boys will have many fathers, or even grandfathers, remembering their days with crystal sets and billycarts. But are such things dangerous? According to the brothers Iggulden, who have in place of an introduction a piece called I Didn't Have this Book When I Was a Boy, boyhood "is all about curiosity". But the kind of curiosity here is of a certain age and time. There's nothing wrong with a fair swish...
  • Dangerous occasions

    08/07/2006 6:24:56 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 1 replies · 166+ views
    The Age ^ | August 6, 2006 | Frances Atkinson
    Dangerous occasions August 6, 2006 The Iggulden brothers' instructions make short work of children's fears. By Frances Atkinson. It's a miracle the Iggulden brothers survived their very "dangerous" childhood. First Conn fell through the garage roof, then he made his little brother, Hal, jump off it. Moments before take-off, Conn told him, "If you yell out, 'Fly like an eagle,' when you jump - it won't hurt." "It was a lie, of course," says Conn talking from his London home. "But it did teach him about fear and a bit about not trusting his older brother quite so much."...