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4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering a far-from-typical "men's magazine"
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...
Published on August 31, 2012 by Andrew S. Rogers

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for better
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.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Mr. Lee


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering a far-from-typical "men's magazine", 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. And it does so not only by reprinting words, but by recreating the original layout as those articles appeared in Gentry magazine. You come away from this book with a strong sense of what the magazine must have been like. For aficionados of classic men's style, a bygone approach to journalism, students of the era, or guys trying to get a handle on the era their fathers or grandfathers grew up in, "The Gentry Man" has a lot to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for better, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Neat compilation, July 29, 2012
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Was not sure exactly what Iwas getting when I purchased this, but the book is a condensed version of the Gentry magazine from the 50's. So of it is dated, but still a nice book to go through and check out things you might not have seen before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 14, 2014
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Great suggestions book
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think he likes it., January 8, 2013
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This was a gift to my husband from my daughter. He hasn't discussed it much but I have caught him reading in bed on several occasions now, he has not done that since he ran out of good sci-fi books.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, October 16, 2012
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Just not what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to link todays man to the man of the 50s -60s. I will use it as a coffee table book.
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The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male
The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male by Hal Rubenstein (Paperback - May 8, 2012)
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