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About the Author

Brett Cohen enjoys his vodka on the rocks, his meat on the grill, and his Sundays on the couch. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Companions
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594744149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594744143
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brett Cohen enjoys his vodka on the rocks, his meat on the grill, and his Sundays on the couch watching football. He lives outside of Philadelphia, PA.

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41 of 51 people found the following review helpful By W. Ryan on March 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a great book. Great gift for a college grad, new son-in-law, wedding party member, or your spouse.

The range of subjects is amazingly broad. There is guaranteed to be something that you didn't know before in this book.

There is one mistake - on how to jump start a car. The tip calls for using standard jumper cables with four clamps - two Black and two Red.

Here is the sequence in the book: (starting from the step # where the clamps are attached...)

5. Red to Positive on fully charged battery
6. Red to Positive on discharged battery
7. Black to ground on metal on the dead car's engine (this step should be attaching Black to Negative on the discharged battery)
8. Black to Negative on the fully charged battery (this step should be ground to metal on the live car's engine)

Why? Because the final connection - the 4th one - will cause a spark. None of the first three connections will cause a spark because the circuit is incomplete. That spark can cause an explosion of the Hydrogen gas that MAY be leaking from either of the car batteries. The final connection should be far away from the battery (either one) as possible to avoid the potential explosion.

Buy the book anyway. It's superb.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Rovner on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my husband and brothers for father's day and they loved it. It really makes a great gift. My husband is going to be in a wedding and is going to buy it for the the other men in the wedding party. I am very satified with this purchase and am now hoping they come out with "Stuff Every Woman Should Know".
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zep Greenfelder on July 29, 2013
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in the kindle edition in particular, there are numerous tables for things the book is trying to relate and they're virtually impossible to read. changing the font size does nothing to increase the size of the text held in the tables. beyond that, the book is mostly fluff. I sat down this morning, glanced through the pages to test my new phone with kindle before heading to work and found I'd read the whole book before even getting in the shower. When the book does actually venture into the range of telling you something (beside things like 'you really shouldn't be fighting'), there's a an abundance of wisdom gems like 'in jumpstarting your car, you should consult your owners manual.' so you're seriously paying $x for a book that tells you to go RTFM.

I think anyone considering this book should really reconsider their purchase before getting this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reuben R. on December 26, 2014
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It seemed like it might be a worthwhile purchase to see if there was some uncommon wisdom contained herein. NOT! If you need the information in this book, you are at best an adolescent teenager with little exposure to life. Unless you purchase a hard copy as a gag gift - DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keli on December 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift. My husband browsed through it and the collection of tidbits he said were good. My main complaint is the size of the book. It's very small and isn't a very impressive gift. Maybe as a bathroom book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen M. Beach on December 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
bought this as a stocking stuffer for a 15 year old boy. How to build a fire etc is fine but how to spike a beer can made this a non starter for the stocking. FYI
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I have always been a sucker for books that are filled with useful tips and information. This small hardcover pocket size 144 page book is filled with interesting and helpful information men should know something about. This is not to say all the information is completely valid or even complete in this brief summary.

One example of very poor advice in this book is on how to throw a punch. I suspect the author has very limited experience in actually throwing any punches and probably got the information from a karate book rather than a boxer's point of view. Pulling your opposite hand back to your hip rather than stressing the turning of the hips and waist as you throw a punch is bad advice. Your opposite hand should be held high next to your face (To block a counter attack) as you use your weight, hips and waist together when throwing a punch. One other important point. If you want to throw a knockout punch you should learn how to drop your weight as you throw the punch. This was one of the secrets the great Jack Dempsey used to knock out his opponents. For more details get a good boxing book or talk to an experienced boxer or other full contact fighters.

In conclusion, this book was fun to read and it did have some very useful and sometimes humorous tips; however, you may want to check out some of the suggestions with an expert in the field.

Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)
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By Mickey D. Hadick on May 12, 2015
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This book lived up to its title and I'll recommend it personally when I get the chance. A few of the jokes offered are also in the Jokes Every Man Should Know but they are just as funny here.
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