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The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man Paperback – October 15, 2009
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When I started reading the story, I admit I was skeptical. I thought it was just another chest-thumping by a Neanderthal, but I was wrong!!! Brett and Kate's answers were right on. I've been waiting for 20 years for men to start being men again. Make no mistake, equality is important to me, but I love it when a man can change a tire for me or remembers that I am a woman to be cherished and protected. Sure I can paint a room or do minor repairs around the house and I do, but once in a while, I love having a guy do it for me. Besides, this couple shows that you can be a man without being a jerk." -- MDAA, Toronto Star.com comment, 27 October 2009
About the Author
Brett McKay is a man. Kate McKay loves manly men. Together this husband and wife team reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and run the ArtofManliness.com, the manliest website on the Internet.
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And then there's The Art of Manliness. As time goes by I've gained great respect for Brett and Kate McKay and the classic-yet-fresh take on masculinity on their Art of Manliness website. True to form, their first book isn't an e-book sold on Clickbank, it's a paper-and-ink tome fittingly titled The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
This book delivers on its promise in spades. If you get past the swaggering Victorian dandy on the cover you'll find practical advice that applies here and now, for almost every aspect of a man's life.
Its eight chapters reflect all sides of the total man. "The Gentleman," for example, includes tips and advice on becoming well-groomed and well-mannered, from how to fold a pocket square and iron pants to the "lost art" of wet shaving with a safety razor. If you want to know the difference between the American Man Hug and the International Man Hug, how to land a plane in an emergency or how to braid your daughter's hair, it's in there.
As a bonus, I found Art of Manliness to be a quick, engaging read. Where the AoM site frequently discusses its topics at length, the book is concise and well-structured, quickly laying out the steps to a tip or the case for a concept and then moving on.
Tying these tips and trivia together is the notion that what makes a man a man has never changed -- it just gets lost in the noise.Read more ›
The authors spent a significant amount of time examining some of the great men in history (a good place to start) but couldn't seem to apply what they learned to the modern male. For example, they correctly identified the art of self defense as an area worthy of study but then chose "Bartitsu", a style of self defense that died out almost 100 years ago, as what a modern man should become proficient in. A quick Google search shows there isn't a "Bartitsu" school within 200 miles of me and I'm pretty sure the 10 pages devoted to "Bartitsu" moves won't be enough to teach you anything useful.
There is some useful discussion on respect, honesty, integrity, reliability mixed in with some everyday skills everyone should know, like how to change a tire and jump start a car. Then they teach you how to find North/South/East/West with a stick and your analog watch but not how to read a map to figure out where you are and how to get where you're going. It's not like they ran out of room, because there's sections in the book on how to land an airplane and treat a snake bite.
Bottom line, there seems to be a lot of random "skills" like the fireman's carry and making fire without matches mixed with advice on how to be a man of character that never really gel. It was a good idea, just poorly executed.
Another reason this book didn't get five stars is the author's focus on the necessity of manly confidence. A little confidence is a good thing, but the author goes too far in making so much out of masculine assertiveness. Is our problem really that we have too FEW type A personalities out there? You be the judge. I find a secure humility to be a far more necessary component in dealing with our cultural ailments than a T.R. style aggressiveness and, dare I say, arrogance.Read more ›
It definately sets itself apart from any self-help, lifestyle, fashion, philosophy type of books by means of the honesty of its we-give-a-damn tone that it strikes. A great book for perpetuating the endangered art of manliness.
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The book is a sort of a random bag of skills the authors deem manly - some of them of questionable usefulness (how to land a plane in an emergency), some of questionable manliness... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jaroslav Tuček
This book is amazing! it is a must for boys and young men. there is so much knowledge in this book that more men need to know. Very classy book and I recommend it highly!Published 19 days ago by Ethan Blankenship
Ever wondered why some men seem more "manly" than others? Wonder no more with this book, the Art of Manliness by Brett and Kate McKay. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Datoc
I gave this to my father for his birthday. He really seemed to like it and said he looked forward to reading the book.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn
The best man you can be is one who knows better than to buy this book. Be better than me. Don't buy this book.Published 2 months ago by EmGee
I bought this book as a gift for a friend who said it was both enjoyable and funny. I skimmed through before giving it to him and caught myself stopping to read a chapter here and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Every father should read this book and share it with his son. I may be getting a little old at 71, but I don't think manner ever get old, they only get neglected! !!!!!Published 2 months ago by R Daniel Pfennig
My sons loved it and they enjoy applying their modern skills in their daily routines!Published 3 months ago by kimber