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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062088475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088475
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

More than fifty years after it ceased publication, Gentry magazine is still one of the most influential men's magazines ever created.

Published between 1951 and 1957, this veritable style and culture bible for men is renowned for its innovation, superb design and production quality, keen eye for fashion, and excellent coverage of a broad spectrum of topics—art and culture; sports; food and drink; home, cars, and travel—not to mention diverse subjects on which every refined man should be well versed, from making a mean martini to playing craps.

The Gentry Man brings together for the first time a collection of articles selected from the magazine's twenty-two issues by Hal Rubenstein, former men's style editor of the New York Times Magazine and current fashion director of InStyle. In print once again, The Gentry Man is a collectible volume that belongs in every man's library.

About the Author

Hal Rubenstein is a writer, a designer, and one of the founding editors of InStyle magazine, where he served as fashion director for fifteen years. Rubenstein works privately with brands such as Giorgio Armani, Donna Karan, Gabriel & Co., and American Express. The author of the bestselling Unforgettable Dresses (Harper Design), he has written for The New Yorker, New York magazine, Interview, Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Details. He is a frequent red carpet commentator for The Today Show, Extra, and Access Hollywood. He lives in New York City.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on August 31, 2012
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I had never heard of "Gentry" before some of my favorite style bloggers began discussing this book a few months ago. But that's hardly surprising: Gentry ran for only 22 issues between 1951 and 1957. But what a run! Positioning itself as "A Guide for the Civilized Male," Gentry is far, far from your stereotypical 1950s men's magazine. This book serves best as a monument to the vision of the magazine's founder William C. Segal -- a man interesting enough that Ken Burns has turned his camera upon him (Seeing, Searching, Being: William Segal - Three Films By Ken Burns). But there's also a lot of just plain interesting reading here for the "civilized male" (and the women who love them?) in 2012 and beyond.

In its early years, "Playboy" magazine (Playboy was born roughly in the middle of Gentry's run) was known for promoting Hef's vision of bachelor culture -- not just women, but art, jazz, and a stylish pad. But Playboy seems positively parochial compared to the range of interests of the Gentry man -- interests which, I hasten to add, do not include prurient photographs of women, at least not in this book. If the Playboy man was a swingin' young bachelor, the Gentry man could have been his wealthier, better educated, and probably married older brother, a man of more diverse tastes, more widely traveled, and more comfortable in his preferences with less need to impress others with his hipness.

With sections devoted to "Style," "Home, Cars, and Travel," "Food and Drink," "Sports," "Art and Culture," and the still-valuable "What Every Man Should Know," this book covers a lot of ground.
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By Rachael A. on March 8, 2014
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A compilation of some great articles from back when being a "classy" gentleman was the trend. You read everything from how to tie a tie, to classic cars and tips to use even in modern times.
Awesome book for any male.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lee on September 6, 2012
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Thought this would be a classic piece of nostalgia but it is kind of corny and the design and layout are not that great. Everything seems depicted in shades of brown and red. Read a little, skimmed the rest, don't even know where it is now.
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By Steven O on February 14, 2015
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The book was a gift for someone, but they really loved it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By troy groetken on January 26, 2013
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This is the old school correct way to learn about etiquette. Good read. Good information and adaptable to today. Good manners never go out of style. Some of the stories are Insightful.
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Hal Rubenstein is the fashion director of InStyle Magazine and one of its founding editors. Formerly men's style editor of The New York Times Magazine, Rubenstein also created and edited the cult classic Egg Magazine. As an editor and columnist covering pop culture, he has had cover stories and interviews published in The New Yorker, Elle, Interview, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Details. In 2011, he was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Eleanor Lambert Founder's Award, which "recognizes individuals who have made unique contributions to the world of fashion and/or deserve the industry's special recognition."

In addition, Rubenstein has been a highly respected and prolific food critic for nearly three decades. His restaurant column most recently appeared in New York magazine and can now be found on HalRubenstein.com, where he also writes on entertaining and social graces. He is a frequent guest on television talk shows like Today, The Early Show,and The View. He regularly lectures at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons Institute, and The Governor's Conference on Women. He is also co-director of Fund in the Sun, a non-profit foundation that raises monies for grass roots organizations doing extraordinary work to better the lives of children as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community; he is on the board of directors of Live Out Loud. Rubenstein is the author of 100 Unforgettables Dresses (Harper Design, 2011) and Paisley Goes With Nothing: A Man's Guide to Style (Doubleday, 1995). A native New Yorker, he has no desire to live anywhere else.

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