Of Boys and Men

Richard V. Reeves

Of Boys and Men is a groundbreaking analysis of how the social and economic world of men has been turned upside down, leaving them adrift and underpowered. Previous attempts to treat this condition, from all political angles, have made the same fatal mistake – of viewing the problems of men as a problem with men. This book shows how the basic social structures defining masculine maturity and success have been shattered, and how they can — and must — be reinvented.

The book draws on a careful analysis of social, economic and demographic trends; the latest thinking on gender in psychology, public policy, economics and sociology; as well as on interviews with men and women, girls and boys. In particular, it examines the worrying signs that males are less responsive to social programs and policies intended to promote economic mobility.

Of Boys and Men thus reveals to a general readership for the first time the shocking failure of many social programs to help men, even as they lift up women. Something close to a conspiracy of silence in the social sciences has kept this a secret. It ends with an urgent manifesto for a new model of masculinity that is both pro-male and pro-equality: for parents, for women, law-makers — and for men themselves.


ISBN: 9781800750548


ISBN: 9781800750555

First published:
September 15, 2022


Reviews for Of Boys and Men

Praise for Dream Hoarders:

‘A slim and engaging book which can be read in an afternoon, but whose message lingers for longer’ – The Economist Books of the Year

‘Richard Reeves is has long been one of the most authoritative, insightful and sage voices on the big questions gripping modern societies. Here he tackles one of the most urgent – inequality and how to solve it – and comes up with serious answers’ – Jonathan Freedland, Guardian

Certain to enliven dinner party conversations among America’s upper-middle class elite – so if you are in that group, this book is a must-read’ – Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and The Upswing


Richard V. Reeves

Richard V. Reeves is Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, in Washington D.C.. A transplanted Brit, his former roles include Director of Strategy to the Deputy Prime Minister, and Director of the think-tank Demos. In 2017, Politico magazine named Richard one of the top 50 thinkers in the U.S. for his work on class and inequality.

His most recent book, Dream Hoarders, was a ‘Book of the Year’ in The Economist and the Observer, and he is also the author of John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize.

A father to three sons, Richard lives with his family in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA.