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For my part, as a wife and mother to a son and a daughter, I was particularly moved by the book’s repeated insistence that a mark of a good man is the respect he shows a woman. Mr. Bennett writes, “As you will see in the following passages, the lessons from history and virtuous men teach men to respect women, pursue them for the right reasons and weigh carefully their actions and words with them. ‘Love and respect women,’ the Italian philosopher Giuseppe Mazzini said. ‘Look to her not only for comfort but for strength and inspiration and the doubling of your intellectual and moral powers.’ “

There are few books with as much joy and insight collected in its pages as this. Read it for the letter Abraham Lincoln writes to 11-year-old Grace Bedell to grasp the intersection of manliness and gentleness.

Men will grow from this book and women will be glad for it. With “The Book of Man,” Mr. Bennett honors all.

• Carol Herman is the books editor of The Washington Times.