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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; Reprint edition (January 7, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780871133755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871133755
  • ASIN: 087113375X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As one of the few folks who made it out of the National Lampoon alive and writing, P. J. O'Rourke is--a comment that might please him more than most humorists--an elder statesman of American humor. While this says much about the thinness of the field, you gotta give him his props.

Modern Manners is good, early O'Rourke, a book that you can read and enjoy without being to the right of Francisco Franco. Who can resist lines such as "A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat." Or, "Don't wear a tweed jacket to work unless you expect to flush a covey of quail from behind the Xerox machine." Manners are a moving target, and some sections are in need of revision (cocaine really was a big deal, wasn't it?), but don't let that dissuade you. By and large, Modern Manners comes through admirably.


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P. J. O'Rourke was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Miami University and Johns Hopkins. He began writing funny things in 1960s "underground" newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world's only trouble-spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell" in more than 40 countries. He's written 16 books on subjects as diverse as politics and cars and etiquette and economics. His book about Washington, Parliament of Whores, and his book about international conflict and crisis, Give War a Chance, both reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. He is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, a member of the editorial board of World Affairs and a regular panelist on NPR's Wait... Wait... Don't Tell Me. He lives with his family in rural New England, as far away from the things he writes about as he can get.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Whitney Matthews on January 15, 2007
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If you enjoy the intelligent and biting humor of a Dennis Miller and the vocabulary of a George Will you will love this book. If your idea of a great satirical read is "Mad Magazine" you will enjoy this book. If you think the Als - Gore and Franken - are brilliant you will hate this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Miele on February 15, 2011
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This book is hysterical. I have given copies of it to all of my friends. If you are sarcastic, you will love this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on October 17, 2010
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I read this book a couple decades ago, then ordered it via Amazon as a present for a friend. Those of you expecting O'Rourke to do political analysis in this book are looking for the wrong sort of thing. This is more in keeping with his writings for National Lampoon back when he was managing editor. I still like his hat advice: "A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacia on March 28, 2000
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Appropriate dress and which type of wine to drink with chicken is something that baffles those of us who aren't privy to actually having somewhere to go that we need to be dressed appropriately for. I found this book extremely enjoyable for a fun read that doesn't require too much thought. I especially enjoyed the sections on "The Horrible Wedding" and "Travel Etiquette". It is possible to jump around the book and read at your lesiure which makes it an ideal book to read while waiting in lines or driving. Maybe Modern Manners II will tackle that subject.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2002
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Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People written by P.J. O'Rourke is a humorus book. A book the will get you laughing and you will not spot till the end.
This is some of O'Rourke's early musings, but neverthless, it is a very funny, tongue-in-cheek way to spoof manners. As with most if not all of O'Rourke's writings you read it for the levity, flippancy, and jocularity, well you will NOT be disappointed.
Read this book if you want to get away from the serious side of life. As the frivolity takes hold, you'll find that you are more relazed after a really good chuckle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zolag on March 1, 2013
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I'm 46 now. When I was 19 my girlfriend bought this book for me as a gift. And to this day one of the funniest if not the funniest book I've ever read. Of course that may depend on your sense of humor. If you are a person who prefers clean comedy like family sitcoms. This probably isn't for you. If you like edgy, intelligent adult humor this was a great book 27 years ago and I'll bet still holds up well today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lew Troop VINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
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P.J. O'Rourke has spent some part of his life observing manners, their uses and mis-uses. He prefers the latter as they provide territory, though he approaches it with hesitation, to ponder on paper. And we are much improved for that. Where else could we learn how to run a first class funeral which is also a study in themes and variations on how to be deceased yet remembered properly by divergent groups of persons, some family, some unfriendly, some friend.

While he is rather inclined to hold his nose as he steps over the bodies of the too merry makers, he is observant and reports what he's seen and others doing.

His tongue may be in his cheek but his observances are chillingly close to accurate. The way he puts it, the satire doesn't seem real but one senses the cruel truth that lies not very far away. Persons who have read this may hesitate before inviting him to any sort of function but, as the consumer of his dissections of what occurred, one rather hopes he'll at least sneak a peek over the fence.

While not a stop on the road to perdition himself, he well knows the path that leads to it and is only to happy to point the reader toward Modern Manners done badly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RDWriter on January 28, 2014
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what an author. such novel and random ideas in this book. A must read for unique people. ;)
It's silly, yet poignant and relevant.
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