Books The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry Paperback, 145 pages, Penguin Books, List Price: $17 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Descent of ManAuthorGrayson Perry Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary An award-winning artist, using wit and wisdom, contemplates what it means to be male in the 21st century, exploring what masculinity is — from sex to power; from fashion to careers prospects — and what it could become. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Also by Grayson Perry Playing to the Gallery Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Descent of Man Review Book Reviews 'Descent' Is A Witty Manifesto On Modern Manhood May 30, 2017 English author and artist Grayson Perry realized at age 12 that he wanted to wear women's clothes. That fascination is part of his new book, a funny, engaging look at what it means to be a man today.