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The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man Paperback – October 15, 2009
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When I started reading the story, I admit I was skeptical. I thought it was just another chest-thumping by a Neanderthal, but I was wrong!!! Brett and Kate's answers were right on. I've been waiting for 20 years for men to start being men again. Make no mistake, equality is important to me, but I love it when a man can change a tire for me or remembers that I am a woman to be cherished and protected. Sure I can paint a room or do minor repairs around the house and I do, but once in a while, I love having a guy do it for me. Besides, this couple shows that you can be a man without being a jerk." -- MDAA, Toronto Star.com comment, 27 October 2009
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Brett McKay is a man. Kate McKay loves manly men. Together this husband and wife team reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and run the ArtofManliness.com, the manliest website on the Internet.
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And then there's The Art of Manliness. As time goes by I've gained great respect for Brett and Kate McKay and the classic-yet-fresh take on masculinity on their Art of Manliness website. True to form, their first book isn't an e-book sold on Clickbank, it's a paper-and-ink tome fittingly titled The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man.
This book delivers on its promise in spades. If you get past the swaggering Victorian dandy on the cover you'll find practical advice that applies here and now, for almost every aspect of a man's life.
Its eight chapters reflect all sides of the total man. "The Gentleman," for example, includes tips and advice on becoming well-groomed and well-mannered, from how to fold a pocket square and iron pants to the "lost art" of wet shaving with a safety razor. If you want to know the difference between the American Man Hug and the International Man Hug, how to land a plane in an emergency or how to braid your daughter's hair, it's in there.
As a bonus, I found Art of Manliness to be a quick, engaging read. Where the AoM site frequently discusses its topics at length, the book is concise and well-structured, quickly laying out the steps to a tip or the case for a concept and then moving on.
Tying these tips and trivia together is the notion that what makes a man a man has never changed -- it just gets lost in the noise.Read more ›
The authors spent a significant amount of time examining some of the great men in history (a good place to start) but couldn't seem to apply what they learned to the modern male. For example, they correctly identified the art of self defense as an area worthy of study but then chose "Bartitsu", a style of self defense that died out almost 100 years ago, as what a modern man should become proficient in. A quick Google search shows there isn't a "Bartitsu" school within 200 miles of me and I'm pretty sure the 10 pages devoted to "Bartitsu" moves won't be enough to teach you anything useful.
There is some useful discussion on respect, honesty, integrity, reliability mixed in with some everyday skills everyone should know, like how to change a tire and jump start a car. Then they teach you how to find North/South/East/West with a stick and your analog watch but not how to read a map to figure out where you are and how to get where you're going. It's not like they ran out of room, because there's sections in the book on how to land an airplane and treat a snake bite.
Bottom line, there seems to be a lot of random "skills" like the fireman's carry and making fire without matches mixed with advice on how to be a man of character that never really gel. It was a good idea, just poorly executed.
It definately sets itself apart from any self-help, lifestyle, fashion, philosophy type of books by means of the honesty of its we-give-a-damn tone that it strikes. A great book for perpetuating the endangered art of manliness.
Finally, a men's book that isn't focused on "12 easy steps to getting ripped," or "10 secrets to hooking up with your coworker." If that is what you are looking for then The Art of Manliness is not for you. (Actually, it is probably more of a must read for you than you realize, but I digress).
The Art of Manliness is a witty, well-written collection of topics that are pertinent to true men. Topics your grandfather and father should have taught you. With today's limited quality of options related to men's literature, The Art of Manliness is a welcome change.
Go ahead - make the purchase. You'll be glad you did.
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I give this book and the companion book, "Manvotionnals" to my grandsons when they turn 16. Wonderful resources for the Southern Gentlemen I want them to be.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I got this for my son for Christmas. He loved it. Apparently the author has a website or something that my son really likes - he's 20 yrs old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B.B.S.
How do you become a better man and a person you ask. Well this book is a good start to show you the classical ways a true gentleman should lead and behave in his life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by asammoud
I give this book a 5 star rating because it really does show the problem with guys in general and the way Society is going these daysPublished 1 month ago by larry edward smith
My husband absolutely LOOOOVESSS this book. If you have a passion for the old fashioned gentleman way of life, this book is definitely your best bet. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie Melendez
This was a great read. It's very informative, and I got quite a few laughs out of it.Published 1 month ago by Chris Johnson