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An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World Hardcover – October 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426208138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426208133
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The sharply designed and strikingly illustrated book offers page-length discussions of everything from “Ring Kissing” to “Close Talkers.” Concise biographies of significant figures in the history of good behavior are interspersed tactfully throughout: Erasmus, Mrs. Beeton, Lady Bird Johnson.” –Washington Post

"Refinement in table manners signals that a person has taken time to consider what best suits other people, whether they're seated at left or right, or across the table," declares the brand-new "An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World" (National Geographic, $40) by Bethanne Patrick. "No wonder that elaborate dinners are often a precursor to being hired in large, formal companies — he or she who demonstrates deft precision with cutlery will usually practice the same when faced with a crucial deal." –Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Bethanne Patrick is a writer and book critic who blogs as The Book Maven. A graduate of Smith College with a master's from the University of Virginia, she hosts an online author interview show for PBS affiliate WETA. Her features, profiles, and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Writer, and People.

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Customer Reviews

Teach them early!!
sophie
Organized in an easily readable manner and included very interesting information, not noted to be in most books on the subject.
Deb Matson
You can open it to any page, read a couple of paragraphs and put it down.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2012
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Common courtesy is at an all time low just when common courtesy is so important to a fragile, downgraded society. There are reasons for table manners, conducting oneself in public, at business meetings, in the midst of sticky situations and being aware of the needs and traditions of others here and abroad. This is not a stuffy Miss Manners instructional, but rather a fascinating and entertaining fact and trivia filled book that gives the history of handshakes, eye contact, elbows off the dinner table, dressing properly for an important occasion, and saying "I'm sorry". It's a fun read, a must read and a please share!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Melton on October 14, 2012
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I ordered this book for my daughter, who is majoring in Emergency Planning/Administration & International Studies/World Crises. I hoped the book would be set up by Country, and then broken down into the current individual/cultural courtesies and mannerisms that would be necessary knowledge for a person traveling the globe. It was not. It seemed more involved with historical idiosyncrasies of the country than current issues. As for as a "coffee table book," it's great; otherwise, a buyer might want to research beyond the scope of this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M Gilcher on November 14, 2012
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I was VERY disappointed in the content of An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy. I was looking for the history of WHY we have certain manners i.e. why we take our elbows off the table, why men take their hats off in the presence of a lady or in elevators, why men walk on the outside towards the street when with a lady, why women had to cover there heads in church.
She may have made reference to a few of of these things, but they were just referred to as happening and buried in 3 paragraphs of verbiage. I may see if I can return it

I anyone wants you know the history of manners, they are not going to find it here.

An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Auntie C on December 27, 2012
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The book arrived quickly and in good shape. The contents however are actually worthless as far as I'm concerned. The topics are each one page and extremely shallow. Don't waste your money on this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NitPicker on October 17, 2013
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Some of this stuff I knew. Many of the entries were kind of superficial and I found myself wanting to know more. The attractive format limited how much could be printed. But there were new facts aplenty. It's a very attractive book, great for a gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By george sarkees on January 16, 2014
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Very informative on a variety of situations. Light and humorous. A book to relax with, no stress, relax, and enjoy reading with coffee in hand..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa F. Robinson on February 24, 2014
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I love this book! Full of very interesting facts. This is the second one I have bought from this author and I love them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Neuhold on March 23, 2014
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They person who received this gift from me really liked it and related things they learned from it, so it was a gift for me too.
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