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An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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"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
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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
Unfortunately, when every entry about a topic I am comfortably familiar with has major errors, I can't feel any of the other entries are at all trustworthy.
A few examples from the point when I began flagging the major mistakes I was reading. On page 172, the entry "Taking Part," about Jewish bar and bat mitzvah, insists that those terms translate literally as "good boy" and "good girl;" they don't but rather they translate as "son/daughter of commandment."
On page 204, "The Perfect Prefect," the author conflates prefect with head boy (the head boy is often or normally chosen from the pool of prefects, but there is a single head boy and multiple prefects in most settings). Then the discussion, focussed on the use of the titles in the Harry Potter book series, mistakes Bill Weasley for his younger brother Percy.
On page 213, "The Great Leveler," prints a mid-20th century IDF military poster upside down.
With basic editorial work and fact checking this poor, I can't recommend this volume at all.
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