• The Dangerous Book for Boys

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    It was Albert Einstein who said, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So is a lot." By definition, that would make the crasis of Conn and Hal Iggulden's book The Dangerous Book for Boys very dangerous. They unveil with reckless abandon a brief history of artillery, how to  make a bow and arrow, fireproof clothing, build a treehouse, and make a battery from a stack of quarters—enough to keep a boy dangerous from eight until eighty.

    The Brothers Iggulden do manage to temper the score of "dangerous" activities with more, yet necessary, civilized fair. Understanding grammar, coin tricks, first aid, the game of chess, essential Shakespeare quotes, a rough list of books every boy should read (of which my favorite fantasy fiction The Lord of the Rings is included), and more are covered to produce an incredibly well curated guide to being a boy and becoming a man. It has effectively captured the imaginations of my 9 and 11 year old sons, not to mention my very own.

    "In this age of video games and cell phones, there must still be a place for knots, tree houses, and stories of incredible courage."

    —Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

    We often lament we seemed to have more time during childhood—summers would last forever! This book will help you recapture those Sunday afternoons and long summers —because they're still long if you know how to look at them.

    Oct 2, 2012 | Permalink (7) Total Comments

    James left a comment on 10/25/2012 at 2:08 PM:

    @FEC - well, thank you sir. I’ll take it!

    Matt left a comment on 10/25/2012 at 10:52 AM:

    This was one of the very first things I bought when I found out I was going to have a son. It was an instant favorite. From as early as 1 he would stare for hours at the bugs and fishh detailed inside and now that he’s (along with his little brother) almost 6 he’s moved on to the pirates, guns and battles. I love the idea of passing on the “old-school” information contained here. Its a refreshing change of pace to the digital addictions we’re prone to. I wish I’d have had a book like this at that age. This is a must-have for anyone with little boys.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/20/2012 at 9:28 PM:

    @Nia—How gendered the title is? It’s a book for boys!!! There is a Darimg Book for Girls written by Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz.

    Nia left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 3:41 PM:

    I don’t like how gendered the title is- but I’ve always been a Conn Iggulden fan and it is a marvellous book. It reminds me of going on camping trips during boarding school - always good to reminisce about those days!

    Peter left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 8:59 AM:

    Their ‘The Dangerous Book of Heroes’ (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dangerous-Book-Heroes-Conn-Iggulden/dp/000726092X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350651510&sr=8-1) is really worth reading too. It’s a wonderfully inspiring, moving book.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/19/2012 at 1:08 AM:

    @James—You are the coolest dad in the world!

    James left a comment on 10/18/2012 at 1:16 PM:

    YES! Have this book, love this book, use it with my boys.
    They don’t know it, so they think that I am the coolest dad in the world!