A remarkably clear-minded, objective but personal, felt investigation of the need for greater participation by men in childraising, so that they may develop greater power and identity as fathers. All told, Father Power encourages masculine self-awareness and responsibility. Both authors are dads -- Biller a practicing psychologist in the field of family relations; Meredith is a science writer for M.I.T. The book is not about ideal father-child relations; rather it's taken mostly from case histories. The authors range through preparing for fatherhood (with the Lamaze courses in natural childbirth, promoting exercises with their wives and comfort through the delivery), the psychology of first-time fathers, the first year with the newborn, the man's power to educate, set limits, make decisions, etc. They deal with the assertive, aggressive child -- even the delicate subject of erotic attraction to one's children (the authors advise accepting your own sexuality). They also write about sticking close to home the first two years, the role of ""special"" fathers (divorced, adoptive, step-, widowed, unwed, handicapped), and, most important, teaching sons and daughters to have power over their own lives. There's hardly an expectant father who wouldn't be calmed and restored for the life ahead with this useful book. Perhaps just the unexpected thing for a male shower gift.