Friday, May 4, 2007

The Return of Books for Boys...

Steve Sailer Writes:
Books for Boys:
There's been a vicious circle in kids' publishing in recent decades. As women came to dominate education and publishing, the books assigned in class got girlier and girlier, and boys lost even more interest in reading books, so publishers brought out even girlier lists of books, and boys got even more bored, etcetera etcetera ...
Finally, two publishing industry veterans, Steven D. Hill and Peggy Hogan, decided to make money off this market failure by launching Sterling Point Books, which specializes in nonfiction books about heroes aimed at boys in the 10-17 range. Most of the initial titles are reprints of out-of-print books from Bennett Cerf's Random House Landmark Books of the 1950s onward. Cerf signed up heavyweight authors like John Gunther (Inside Europe), C.S. Forester (Horatio Hornblower), Alistair MacLean (Guns of Navarone), and William L. Shirer (Rise and Fall of the Third Reich) to write about warriors and adventurers for boys.

From a Boston Article:
For years, the thinking in the book world was that adolescent boys don't like and won't read nonfiction books.
(*note the image on the book listed is a favorite of mine as a child - depicts Stephen Decatur in a death struggle with a barbary pirate. The day before that same barbary pirate had killed Decatur's brother AFTER the pirate had surrendered his ship. It is an early example of the failure of multiculturalism - honor and ones word could be kept between european naval officers, but not arab ones -too much to go into here, but neither European nor Arabs understood one another's complex moral codes)

Could you imagine? Boys didn't want to read feminist/marxist drivel and blatant indoctrination they are subject to on a daily basis in schools. Imagine that, they actually are interested in those 'dead white males' and not because they were 'oppressors' but because they were adventurers, innovators and creators who expanded our frontiers, whether in the realms of science, or the physical world. And gulp, they even want to read about American Indians, not because they were touchy feely in touch with nature (which is utter nonsense, there are over a half dozen big game species extinct from North America because of over hunting by Indians) but because they were warriors, like Crazy Horse (whom I remember reading about as a lad, or Geronimo.

So how could the publishing industry ignore this? Easy. Could you imagine a Boston article - or any major publication - that lead with 'for years, the thinking in the book world was that girls don't want to read non fiction'? or blacks? Its a clear reflection of hostility and bias in academia, publishing (at least the big eastern publishers) towards 'America'. They are part of the elite which is at war with the Nation as Jean Raspail said of France.

I am glad to see a market emerging for these books, I've ordered a half dozen for nephews and godchildren. I hope this trend continues in publishing, in news, in music, and just about everywhere. One good thing about these here internets -they are breaking the monopoly on information - and more importantly, the distribution of information.

Hmm books about honor, bravery, gentlemanly behavior? Perhaps American adult males should start reading them too.

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