Leo Brady’s work is one of the most frequently referenced and quoted books in the realm of men’s studies. I’ve read quite a few books now that base a lot of their propositions on Leo Brady’s own studies. It is one of the best historical analyses on masculinity and manhood available (that I know of). It’s a often a slog to read through but such is the way sometimes with high-level academic books. But the hard work is worth it. This is necessary material to learn about the principle and primary sources of the shaping forces of manhood throughout the centuries. For example, Knighthood, Don Quixote, Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Aristotle, Joan of Arc, Jesus, Satan, honor systems, and so much more meticulously examined in the context of masculinity.