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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316033642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316033640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

From the author who gave us œ85 Ways to Tie a Tie comes this œessential guide for the modern man. And by modern, Fink apparently means precontemporary. His is a world where metrosexuals never existed and technology left no footprint beyond the sending of a text message. Odd for a writer who is also a physicist at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Nor does he exhibit the slightest hint of cultural irony in this all-man almanac, and that, in turn, makes for a certain type of macho charm. Or maybe it's just the decidedly British tone of the work, which has been available in the U.K. since its 2006 first edition. Factoid lovers will find it hard not to enjoy the curious and random collection of lists, charts and instructions. Learn how to choose your best man or how to pick the best urinal in a public bathroom. View the Hamilton-Norwood scale of male pattern baldness, or a diagram showing œEight Ways to Lace Your Shoes. Chivalry, guns and tree houses are all dwelled upon in-depth. Learn a bar trick, carve a turkey, start a campfire. While Fink uses his powers mostly for good, a section on œHow to Start Smoking is misguided at best, alarmingly advising readers, œThere are a number of advantages associated with smoking which may for some offset the known disadvantages. (May)
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About the Author

Thomas Fink grew up in New York and Texas. He is a theoretical physicist and writer and lives in London. He designed THE MAN'S BOOK himself. He is a man.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Man's Book: The Essential Guide for the Modern Man
The Man's Book is a compendium of information that is obscure but highly useful, intermixed with information that is so arcane as to be useless but is nevertheless amusing. Often, they are even the same pieces of information. Eleven sections cover everything from outdoor survival to text message theory to choosing a best man. The chapter on Sports and Games includes both a table showing the optimal loading of weight plates for a barbell, and the rules for playing Beer Pong. The chapter on Dress includes the expected instructions for different methods of tying a necktie, bow tie, or cravat, as well as the proper relationship between the number of dress shirts and trousers that you should own (number of shirts squared equals number of trousers cubed) and how many to pack for a trip. It also instructs you in how to wear your dress shirts when not also wearing a tie; "One open button is safe; two suggests insouciance; three smacks of an Italian playboy." As for how to wear a top hat (included under Clothes for Weddings), The Man's Book cautions us that, "Squat crowns [make] you look, if you are not careful, like a doorman at a provincial hotel in Holland." Perish the thought.

The Man's Book includes an entire section on Women, beginning with Chivalry, proceeding through Marriage, and ending with Saying Goodbye (not breaking it off, but rather a dictionary or proper closings for correspondence). Yet there is no mention of children or fatherhood. This book does contain many facts that can help a man out in a pinch ("One of the easiest ways of starting a fire is by a magnifying glass.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an essential guide for any man including a random collection of charts, lists, and detailed instructions on what makes a man a man! From how to choose the correct urinal in a public restroom to essential drinking games you should know how to play to how to properly master the art of tying a bowtie, this book is a perfect gift for any male graduate, groom, groomsmen, brother, best friend, and would be a perfect gift for Father's Day!! Kudos, Thomas Fink!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valorie T. on July 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Thomas Fink's The Man's Book is indeed an essential guide for any modern man. Split into broad subject topics, Fink informs men on everything they should know about health, sports/games, women, dress, outdoors, drinking, smoking, cooking, idling, and arts and sciences. Among the numerous topics, a man will learn the benefits of a wet shave versus a dry shave, how to cook a steak, the right wine to serve for any occasion, what suit to wear and when to wear it, what to stock in a kitchen, the equation for the perfect age of a potential bride, how to make a potato gun, and everything one needs to know about the man-of-men James Bond. If you would like to know Morse Code, it is in there. Curious about a few of the best cocktails? You will find them in The Man's Book. Need to make an origami wallet? Fink shows you how. And if you are having a hard time becoming a modern media man, you can follow the guidelines of the essential books and movies for any male.

There is a lot of humor found in The Man's Book. Fink doesn't approach the topic of manliness and masculinity without a few jokes. I got a good laugh out of the urinal position chart. And the picture guide of beard styles? I laughed out loud, I'll admit. You need to be able to see the humor in being a man or dealing with men to thoroughly enjoy The Man's Book. You will learn everything you want and need to know about quite a few things, so you will miss out if you take life too seriously and put down the book.

It is true that I am not a male and therefore don't need a guide to become the perfect modern male. But let's be honest here... most men are never going to learn all of these things for themselves and will thus never know what a man should know. Right?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReneeSuz VINE VOICE on May 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I will be giving this book to my husband for Father's Day and I think he will enjoy it, especially as bathroom reading which is where most men do the majority of their reading; isn't it?
The Man's Book consists of eleven chapters ranging from topics such as health to outdoors to smoking (one that I wish had not even been included since there is nothing good about smoking of any kind). Each chapter begins with quotes from famous men such as Ben Franklin and Ian Fleming and is followed by a few paragraphs to a few pages about a variety of topics. There is serious information such as a BMI chart, practical information such as how to tye a bow tie and entertaining such as how to make a spud gun.
So if you're looking for a gift for your husband, dad or even best man this year, I recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By grumpydan VINE VOICE on May 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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"The Man's Book: The Essential Guide for the Modern Man" by Thomas Fink is a manual for today's man. It is filled with graphs, lists, instructions and drawings to help the man be a man. It includes things like how to tie a tie (various different ways) to where to stand at a public urinal when there are others there. Do you stay away from the door, close to the next person, away from them, what if there is more than one? Okay, enough on that topic. He teaches how to make drinks and what's the difference with types of beers. Yep, this book is stocked with many tidbits of information on being a man. Fun book.
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