The Dangerous Book for Boys

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 Fred's 9 and 11 year old sons, not to mention our 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.