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Esquire The Rules: A Man's Guide to Life (Esquire Books (Hearst)) Hardcover – March 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Esquire Books (Hearst)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; 3rd Ed edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588166937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588166937
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Esquire is recognized as one of the best and most popular magazines for men. It has a monthly readership of 3.3 million and has been a finalist for 53 National Magazine Awards, the industry's highest honor, and won 14-including the coveted award for “General Excellence” in 2006. Esquire publishes 22 editions around the world.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
OK, so last week I was with a friend, cleaning out the flat of the man fifty-percent responsible for her second abortion in four years, a Swede who suddenly found himself doing sixty days for a little "possession" matter, and as we were taking his belongings to a storage unit for him, I happened upon this interesting little book which he'd left by his computer desk. Not being a reader of Esquire, as I guess the incarcerated Swede is, or will be again if he survives county lockup (which is debatable) I was unversed in Esquires Rules but soon read with delight such factoids as:

There is no shame in cookies and milk.

A man cannot own too many pairs of socks. (Oh, yeah? Having dated a meterosexual, I can debate that Rule.)

A man who wears a bright fanny pack is only 1/6th a man.

Leaders of religions get larger houses and better cars than followers of religions. (Well, the Popemobile is safe but it's not sexy, so...)

You are not on the team that plays in your city. They are not "we" so their wins are not yours. (Yes!!!)

A motorcyclist, even an Irish motorcyclist, does not want to hear, "May the road rise to meet you."

High school science teachers are lousy in bed. (Now they tell me.)

People with state pride are to be strictly avoided. (Cough!)

Any man who makes out with triplets is a god.

There is no need to thank someone for their "Thank You" card. (My aunt oughta read that one.)

The weirder the cell phone ring, the more annoying the person. (Applies to same aunt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Beaverhausen VINE VOICE on October 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Rule #97: "Never trust a man who claps backs." Rule $95: "Rightfielders are the ugliest baseball players." Rule #24: "A man in a minivan is half a man." All true, and all very funny. While it's written with the tongue firmly planted in cheek, any self-respecting man could do a lot worse than following Esquire's rules...especially rule #21: "Talk half as much as you listen."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mangual on June 14, 2012
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It is a bathroom read detailing the opinion of a selected few, not a read I would pass down to my son. Maybe 10% of it is actual rules, the rest can be ignored. A more entertaining and useful read is "The complete Lifes little instructions book" by Jackson Brown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on January 16, 2013
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I bought this for my younger brother, who just graduated college. He loved it! We sat around after Christmas breakfast and passed the book back and forth, giggling. It was a perfect gift for a dude who is generally VERY hard to shop for.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronnie James on February 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this originally off the $1 bargain table as a stocking stuffer but found it so amusing I had to order a copy for myself. Its a tongue-in-cheek take on rules of the man's world with enough truth to strike a chord and provide much needed humor into this complicated topic. Makes a good (and cheap) gift.
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By Gerardo Rodriguez on July 30, 2013
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Maybe this book was written by a teenager, it required more comments from a gentlemen, not crazy guys.
Best title: a teenager's guide to life
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Bought this for someone as a humorous stocking stuffer, they weren't sure what to think when they got it, but once they started flipping through it cracked them up.
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