An Expanded Review of Justin Baldoni’s ‘Man Enough’ — and the Impact It Had on Me

A longer-than-usual book review by me, where I dissect the in-depth roller coaster I was taken on during this read

Anthony Eichberger

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Photo by Justin Baldoni (via Twitter)

Last spring, actor/filmmaker/podcaster Justin Baldoni spent several weeks guest-cohosting CBS’s The Talk, while the program was transitioning between regular hosts. As I’d been previously unfamiliar with his film/TV work, this was my first real exposure to Baldoni through any entertainment-based venue.

Via his Spring 2021 appearances on The Talk, I learned about Baldoni’s newly-released book, Man Enough, where he reflects upon modern discourse related to masculinity. This written meditation is accompanied by a memoir-style overview of his life experiences. He hosts his own podcast of the same name, which features a variety of guests (discussing gender relations) from diverse and multifaceted backgrounds.

With the new year, I finally got the chance to read Man Enough. Baldoni’s commentary on The Talk was alternately inspirational and disheartening. His book followed that pattern. It had such a complex impact on me that, rather than writing a standard book review for it, I felt it warranted some expanded analyses.

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Anthony Eichberger

Gay. Millennial. Pagan/Polytheist. Disabled. Rural-Born. Politically-Independent. Fashion-Challenged. Rational Egoist. Survivor. #AgriWarrior (Deal With It!)