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As a Gentleman Would Say: Responses to Life's Important (and Sometimes Awkward) Situations Hardcover – May 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 003-1869008463 ISBN-10: 1558538461 Edition: English Language

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; English Language edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558538461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558538467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Bridges, author of How to Be a Gentleman, is also the coauthor, with Bryan Curtis, of seven other volumes in the best-selling GentleManners series. He is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs, always championing gentlemanly behavior in modern society. Bridges has appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been profiled in People magazine and the New York Times.

Bryan Curtis is an author and the president of Dance Floor Books. He is the author/coauthor and editor of more than 25 books, including My South, My Southern Food, Classic Wisdom for the Good Life, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life, and the popular GentleManners series.


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Customer Reviews

Very easy to read, great for coffee table reading.
C. F. Owens
Everyone knows that's the right thing to say, but if you were to ever say it, it would be quite obvious that you were being insincere.
BookMania
This book is a an absolute guide to anyone who is wishing to live life as a gentleman.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Napier on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you often say the wrong thing or struggle with awkward moments (I do), this may be a good choice for you. You will find no discussion of table manners, proper attire, or other mannerly concerns. This book is all about conversation. A reasonable person will know most of the material here, but I am very confident that you will find 5 to 10 suggestions that you can use to navigate awkward situations. That makes it worth the price.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I liked this book, just as I like all the other books in this series. Sure the material may be common sense if you are already a gentleman, but how many of us can say that about ourselves? And in that case, don't buy the book for yourself.
The simplicity and directness of the advice is refreshing. I did not find any bad advice in this book. Sometimes I had to pause to consider the wisdom of a particular suggestion, but I always found the authors' advice to ring true.
Thanks for a great book.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having enjoyed other books by John Bridges, I was eager to read "As a Gentleman Would Say. " I found the information practical and fun, and would recommend this book to anyone who thinks he or she might be in an awkward situation in the near future and unsure of how to respond. The most helpful--and fun--part of the book is reading what NOT to say.
I was disheartened, however, to find way too many grammatical/typographical errors. In the first fourteen pages alone, I found three glaring mistakes... things such as missing words, using "your" instead of "you're" and missing apostrophes. This marred my enjoyment of the book. Apparently, a gentleman no longer needs good editors or proofreaders.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2002
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The premise of this book is simple but important. The authors present a series of touchy situations that can challenge a gentleman's tact, they show a few examples of what not to say in these situations, then offer a more thoughtful and responsible alternative. Each of these is followed by an explanation of why the suggested comment is most appropriate for the situation. Some of the situations concern a helping a friend in trouble, while others are about not making a fool of yourself or getting into trouble.
You won't remember every suggested comment is this verbatim, but I don't think that was the authors' point. The book's primary value is in getting the budding gentleman to think before he speaks (or to know when not to speak). If you often find yourself wanting to take back your words, this book could help you a lot.
As I said above, this book is limited in focus to making the right comment in those situations that often get the better of us. For a good treatment on the dynamics of everyday conversation skills, take a look at Alan Garner's *Conversationally Speaking.*
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on May 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a great book that has fitting responses for life's most embarrassing moments and at times when you are simply lost for the proper words to say . It also suggests what not to say, providing an excellent guide for those who have a natural ability to put "their foot in their mouth" at the most inappropriate time! Most of us go through that uncomfortable experience at least once or twice during our lifetime. A client of mine had put on several pounds over a very short time, and her friends started asking when her baby was due. Yes, we should be mindful of what we say, but we all know individuals who simply do not think before they speak and seem to go through life making outrageously rude and personal comments. Often, they do not seem to realize what they are saying is completely out of place. If that sounds like someone you know, do them a favour, buy them this book and hope they read it from cover to cover - it makes a perfect all-occasion gift.
There are other times, perhaps when visiting a terminally ill friend that we become lost for words, or under stress, say things without thinking of the end result. For anyone looking for appropriate responses to various situations or ways to polish their own etiquette skills, this book is an excellent resource guide. The only negative aspect of the book is that it is quite short, and there were several situations that came to mind that were not covered here. It is a book worth having in any resource library, and for those individuals lacking proper etiquette skills, it should be considered a necessity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This isn't a very big book, but it is sure worth the price and time to read and to put some of the things discussed,into practice.

Saying the right thing ,particularly at a difficult time or about a subject that is a bit delicate,is much more important than we often realize.

The authors deal with a lot of conversations and give responses that often come to mind,but should be avoided. Then they give a response that would be much more appropriate for all involved, Then they give a short explanation of why a more gentlemanly or mannerly response is much better.

Of course,they cannot give a proper response for every situation;but after reading the book you will see that the basic principle is there to see. It is somewhat like the Golden Rule of "Do unto others as you would have others to do onto you".

In most cases,the reply you give should be the same as you would like to have received,if you were being replied to. People will make hurtful comments to you ,but don't fall for replying in a like manner. Stay above that and give a polite reply and move on.

Conversation,like most relationships,should be guided by the old adage; You'll catch more flies with honey than vinigar.

While there really isn't anything in the book that your Mom Or Dad couldn't have told you; it is still worth reading to remind us of how we should reply in a variety of situations.
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