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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; First Edition edition (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425208761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425208762
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A man's man, according to actor Vincent, is "a jack of all trades, but also a master of all," who drinks only imported beer (that is, when he can't round up a fine scotch, a gin martini with three olives, or a glass of wine), wears cologne, owns a "tailored to perfection" tuxedo and can afford to own only designer clothes (those of Italian origin hold particular sway with Vincent, who's appeared in The Sopranos and Goodfellas). With one glance at the cover, most readers will be able to divine the majority of Vincent's guidelines, but there are a few surprises: recipes for lentil soup, the divination of a Fire & Ice rose and a brief passage on the virtues of monogamy. These, however, are couched in lessons on how to live life as if it were an audition for a bit-part in a gangster movie, told in predictably gauche prose. ("If you want to be a big dog, then don't play like a puppy.") Want to learn how to smoke a cigar? Order a martini? Appreciate wine? Talk your way into an exclusive club? It's all in here, but it's all been done before.
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As an actor Frank Vincent always leaves an impression. This book is guaranteed to have the same effect. -- Ray Liotta

Disgustingly charismatic. Horrifyingly macho. Read it as soon as possible! -- Rosie Perez

Frank Vincent is not only a terrific actor-he's also one helluva writer. -- Denis Leary

Frank Vincent's a stand-up guy. Now, sit down and read! -- James Gandolfini

Old school sexy...Frank Vincent's a Renaissance man! -- Debi Mazar

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Michael A. Coluccio
Once I started reading "A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man" I honestly couldn't put it down.
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Frank Vincent's incredible charm and wit shines through in an extremely well made book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas R. Hunter on April 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
without saying "cheese", and this book has the ol' provolone in spades, baby! For the kind of fella who wishes to perfect his "Italian stallion" stereotype, this is the book! However, you might want to save the cost of purchasing this book and borrow it from the library instead because being a "man's man" does not come cheap. Custom made suits and shirts, gold cigar lighters, a "weekend" car, are just a few Frank's many costly requirements to become "a man's man".

Is my repeated use of the phrase "a man's man" becoming slightly irritating yet?

Although Frank takes pains to explain how to invest tens of thousands of dollars in order to spend look, sound, smell, and act like "a man's man" without looking like a "guido from Brooklyn," I admit it would take a more educated eye than my own to tell the difference: it seems to mainly come down to the difference between gold-plate and 9k gold.

Four stars for Steve Prigge's hysterical satire.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sakeroni on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The best thing I can say about this book is that it's funny and probably unintentionally so in some places. The problem with much of Mr Vincent's advice is that it is extremely focused on costly material acccesories and goods that are probably out of the reach of the regular "guys" he is supposedly preaching to.As you might expect, it's heavily slanted towards his ethnic heritage as far as his tastes go. Mr Vincent may not be the world's biggest film star, but he obviously can afford to indulge himself in all the goodies he outlines in his book, without a whole lot of concern over cost. If your'e a guy making 50-70 a year with a mortgage, car payment and all the other expenses, are you going to spend $400.00 on a lighter? Or $500.00 on a box of cigars? How about a $50-$100.00 bottle of wine.For most average guys, the numbers simply don't add up. He seems to be making the argument that only the more expensive items are the way to go, and that's simply not the case.Sometimes the key to enjoying life is realizing that the most expensive isn't necessarily the best. That aside, if you read the entire book it does contain some sound advice on more basic things like grooming and taking care of yourself in general. The section on food and restaurant reviews was also good. Mr. Vincent seems earnest in his advice, and some of it, particular when he's not focusing on the material, is actually good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on April 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
While guys my age, completely alienated by the pop culture of the day, are relegated to sports, documentaries on sea lions, Honeymooners reruns, movies like Goodfellas, occasionally something on the literary side comes along to add to the support: Frank Vincent's distinctive voice comes through loud and clear, and the humour is always tasteful, in his "Guy's Guide...".
If you're a single guy trying to make it on 40-grand a year in New Jersey, maybe some of the references herein are...somewhat out of reach, but the deeper meaning comes through - eat well, dress well, join a gym, take a class - it's all about *self-esteem*.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Glen G. Boyd on April 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay guys, listen up. Because it's time to Man Up. And who better to teach the finer points - the ins and outs if you will - of being a "man's man" than veteran mob guy character actor Frank Vincent?

You may not know the name Frank Vincent, but you'll know the face the second you see him smoking a cigar on the cover of his new book. You see, Frank Vincent has played more wise guys in mob movies than you can shake a loaded gun at.

As Billy Batts in Martin Scorsese's mob classic Goodfellas, Vincent infamously tells fellow wise guy Joe Pesci's character to "Go home and get your shinebox." More recently as Johnny Sack's captain Phil Leotardo on HBO's The Sopranos, Vincent is the perennial thorn in Tony Soprano's ass.

Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, repays the favor to Vincent here by writing the introduction to Vincent's book, the ultimate how to guide to achieving true manliness in an Alan Alda world. There are also some great interviews here with Vincent's "man's man" pals like Steven Van Zandt, James Caan, and Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore. Frank Vincent doesn't just "talk the talk," he "walks the walk" - both on and off screen.

Here he schools you in all aspects of being a "Man's Man." Now if you are already a graduate of "Man's Man 101" (and what real man would admit otherwise?), not to worry: A Guy's Guide To Being A Man's Man, at 250 pages, is also a very quick and often hilarious read.

It's all here. Like the right movies for a "man's man" to watch, including lists on the best westerns, war, sports, and of course, gangster flicks. There's even a section on "chick flicks." It simply reads, "I don't think so.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Jamie Cuticchia on May 25, 2007
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While the book becomes impractical at times (most people don't "do Vegas" with James Caan), it is an excellent read and shows excellent values.

While not a traditional "self help" book, this book goes a long way to laying the foundation of what it measn to be a "man" without in any way being sexist. It allows one to "rediscover" respect: for yourself, for you "lady", and for others. While the book at times goes a bit too far in name dropping, it nevers does so in a self-conceited manner.

After reading this book, I felt a real desire for taking Frank Vincent out for a drink and a cigar. He comes across as a person you would just like to hang around with.
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