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How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 8, 2008
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... then again, that might be exactly the reason you want to read this book.
or for the wrong reasons.
Much of this material will be familiar to those knowledgeable about traditional etiquette, but much of it is as new as the latest technology. Cell phone usage, including camera phone usage and texting, are covered, as is the proper use of email, along with more traditional guidance about formalwear (how to tie a bow tie with diagrams), how to know which fork to use and how to set a dinner table properly (with diagrams) so as to prevent confusion about the former, etc.
I was particularly struck by the wisdom of the advice concerning smoking. It begins with the common courtesy taught more than a century ago and segues into the modern era of restrictions, finishing up with VERY important advice on how to be a gentlemanly NONsmoker. The same evenhandedness is displayed when the topic is dietary restrictions, whether imposed for health, religious, or political reasons. It is quite refreshing to see both nonsmokers and vegetarians reminded that gentlemanly behavior is their obligation, too.
Defects? I noted very few. How to eat an artichoke would have benefitted from a diagram in addition to the detailed instructions, a topical index would have been nice, and there are always minor things over which gentlemen may disagree agreeably. The only two truly discordant notes might have been attempts at humor, which elsewhere in the book is usually well done.Read more ›
This book was just what I was looking for -- a clear and detailed explanation of how to behave civilly and graciously in almost any social situation. If I could just apply the lessons from this book to my life, my wife couldn't help but be proud of me.
Unfortunately, I started reading it during dinner on the couch watching TV, and got pizza sauce all over the first few pages. Some of the middle bits are sort of blurred from when I accidentally spilled beer on it, and a few pages near the end are... well, missing. Let's just say that there are certain advantages to reading a book in the bathroom when a toilet paper emergency arises, and leave it at that.
What's left is great information, and I'm sure it'll really be useful.
Also, all things considered, it's probably lucky I didn't opt for the Kindle edition this time.
While some of this book sounds out-of-date in the modern scene, containing as it does so much information on formal dining, it is a goldmine of advice for all social occasions. If you wish to polish your image, then I would recommend this book to you. It is short, and to the point, and very informative.
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I pray and hope that every Mother purchase this book for their son. My son just graduated Drexel University and has requested that I purchase this for him for Christmas and when I... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
The item is perfect. Only that it was not what I was expecting. I didnt read the instruction properlyPublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Not entertaining. I finished reading it simply because I did not want to feel like to totally wasted the money. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DailyAppleEater
Timeless manners are vital to a society. This is an excellent guide for all men but especially to guide a young man in how to act in multiple settings. Read morePublished 5 months ago by 2Old2Worry
This is an excellent book to help people (male and female) to learn and understand what is good and acceptable etiquette in today's deteriorating environment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William S. Hohman
Good manners are important. It is important to have class in life. As society continues to change, there still needs to be individuals that understand the role of the gentleman... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Matthew Morine
I ordered How to be a Gentleman (on Kindle) because I was becoming aware that, like society in general, I was beginning to forget my manners. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Evans