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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157965391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653910
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul O'Donnell started his journalism career answering letters from disgruntled readers at Newsweek magazine, where he went on to cover all aspects of American life, from baseball strikes to Christian rock. He was a senior features editor at House & Garden magazine. Paul blogs on pop culture for Beliefnet.com, and his writing has appeared in Wired, New York magazine, Slate, and Commonweal among other publications. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three children.

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Paul O'Donnell was born at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and worked as an altar boy, newspaper editor, bicycle repairman, and janitor by the time he graduated his all-boys high school in New York. After college in the Midwest, he funded his travels with stints as an advertising writer before settling into a career in journalism. A veteran of Newsweek, Conde Nast Publications and Beliefnet.com, Paul is an editor at Washingtonian magazine.

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Overall this book is more than information.
Ryan Christopher Winingnear
This great book provides an overview of vital and practical information every young (or old) man can use to survive in our world.
Joseph J. Truncale
I can't think of one thing new this book brought me.
Critical Eye

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Beswick VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
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This is a fun book that's hard to put down, providing straight-forward advice for problems that plague men of any age. The 'trouble' section is excellent - I honestly had no idea how to fix a flat or what the puddles under my car meant. But it's not all about heading off problems - I also appreciated "Ten classic rap albums every guy should know" since I'm like a walking anti-Pandora.

While I'm unlikely to use the advice about avoiding a roadblock or manhunt, there's plenty of actionable stuff about shaving and haircuts to make you realize you've been doing a lot wrong for a long time. So if you don't know how to stop a charging dog or have trouble tapping a keg, Man Up is a key resource for you to wise up, look cool and enjoy yourself in the process.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale VINE VOICE on September 11, 2013
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I have always enjoyed reading books about developing skills needed to survive in our world. This great book provides an overview of vital and practical information every young (or old) man can use to survive in our world. In fact, it lists 367 skills men should master. A very small sample of some of the tips in this comprehensive book includes the following: How to run a marathon, how to play poker, building a social network, how to buy a used car, how to throw a punch, what to do if you are being followed, how to behave in a restaurant, should you rent or buy, how to prepare for a job interview, how to get a good workout using dumbbells and hundreds of other great tips and advice.

This 325 page book is organized into six sections. Section one titled Brand: Me, covers first impressions, dressing well and other related information. The second section, Necessities, deals with home economics, feathering your nest and car companion. The third section explains work issues such as getting a job, how to act on the job, the uniform and when business meets pleasure. Basic skills such as repairs, fix-ups, manly arts, games, gambling, eating out and other interesting tips are covered in section four. Section five provides information on the Birds and Bees issues like foreplay, getting serious and other factors. The final section, Trouble, explains what to do on the road, fisticuffs, handcuffs, lost and found.

In conclusion, this is a book every father should probably give to his son to read. This book can also be used as an excellent reference source because it has an enormous amount of practical information.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Heart: An old warrior's poetic tribute)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy Krivec on December 3, 2012
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Good book for the teenager who won't listen and thinks they know everything. Hopefully mine won't take the title in the wrong way!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. McGuire on December 6, 2013
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Half the skills are ridiculously useless for anyone not breaking the law. Like how to break through a police car barricade. O-kaayyyyy.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Pass on April 17, 2013
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This book has lots of things that every man should know or know how to do.
It is all presented in a humorous fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Helm on July 7, 2011
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From filing your taxes to how to deal with a charging dog, `Man-Up!' has all the skills the modern man needs. The text is well organized, with clear instructive language that flows seamlessly through the pages. A wonderful coming of age book, for a man of any age.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Pirtle on January 14, 2014
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This is nothing more than a fashion guide. YouTube offers more "How-To's" in the form of manly skills. I purchased this for my nephew, so with being the decent male role model, I decided to read it myself before giving it to him. My beard started to hurt from the "metro" contents of this piece of literature. Would not recommend it. Instead of giving him this nancy book, I took him on a weekend camping trip and taught him valuable skills- how to start a fire, build a shelter, tell time without a watch, find North, filter water, and have him a brief talk of how to treat a young woman on a date. Needless to say my alternative course of action was far more influential than this garbage. I challenge the author to a disay of manliness should he (questionably she) ever read this review. Good day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Critical Eye on February 1, 2014
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I had high expectations for this book, perhaps too high. Over the past years and decades, I've found great value in these collections. It's progressively difficult for men to keep up with and, know everything we're suppose to be masters of. I can't think of one thing new this book brought me. The only audience whom might receive benefit from this book would be teenage boys or, perhaps the 18-21 year olds. The writing is simple, the collection of tips (not enough content on any given topic to be worthy of the word skill) common. Misspellings, or perhaps kindle layout errors, are noticeable. On a positive note, the chapter and 'skill' layout made for easy skimming when already familiar with a topic. Would not recommend, there are better collections available.
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