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The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By Paperback – Bargain Price, May 18, 2009

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Awarded "Best of 2009, Arts/Culture" in January Magazine. It's more than just about being a real man, it's about being a real good, decent human... Funny. -- David Middleton, January Magazine

I love this book! It's hysterical. And women can relate-- it's a brutally honest depiction of men. -- Whitney Casey, Relationship Expert, TV Personality, author of The Man Plan

Wilser has succeeded in redefining how we see ourselves, in a very humorous, self-deprecating way. There are points in the book that are laugh-out-loud funny. You will find passages in here that will make you want to call your friends and say, `Hey, I just read about you in a book,' and share it with them. -- Neil S. Velleman, TMRZoo

Jeff Wilser rescues the subjugated with simple language and easy-to-read verbal flourish. His maxims are explicable and entertaining, creating the ultimate manual for men who feel they've lost their place in this kinder, gentler cosmos. -- Jordan Richardson, BlogCritics

I think I've found literary gold... This is the most I have ever laughed while reading a book. Seriously... Comedic genius... From the first line of text to the last word, I caught myself analyzing, laughing at, and enjoying the fact that I am a male... This book has got it all. -- MJay, NowICanBuyBeer.com

About the Author

Based in New York, Jeff Wilser has been researching the Maxims of Manhood for over 25 years, ever since he felt guilty for breaking the rule "Never cry at the movies"?he was six; the movie was E.T. This book is his atonement. A former USMC Reserves squad leader, Wilser has been a regular online contributor to sites like GQ, MTV, and VH1, writing about dating, sex, nightlife, and pop culture. He's met many men.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605506613
  • ASIN: B004J8HWUA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeff is a nationally-syndicated writer and the author of the upcoming "The Good News About What's Bad for You...and The Bad News About What's Good for You."

Also the author of "The Maxims of Manhood," his writing has appeared in print or online in GQ, New York magazine, Glamour, Cosmo, VH1, Esquire, mental_floss, MTV, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, and the The Huffington Post.

In addition to covering health, he has also written about film, travel, monks, architecture, books, sneak attacks of World War II, how to pick champagne, the intersection of math and magic, Finland's school system, and the shortcomings of General Custer.

Jeff is the founding editor of ThePlunge.com, the primary website for grooms. (Jeff has never been a groom.) His relationship advice from The Plunge has been syndicated via McClatchy to a network of more than two hundred newspapers. Esquire has called him a "Marriage Guru." (Jeff has never been married.) He's cited as a "Relationship Expert," although his ex-girlfriends might disagree.

He can't tan.

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When I was reading this in the bookstore I was laughing so loud I had to apologize to the people around me. Great book! I'm shocked that a reveiwer criticized this book based on unsound advice for manhood. The author stated from the get go that it was not his intention to write a book about "being a man" and he further said that the no man should be buying a book about being a man. If you felt this book was a waste of time than that's your fault for not heeding his warning.
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I'm a woman, and a writer, so I get skeptical when I see books about "what it is to be a man." However:

I picked up Maxims and found it to be not only funny and well-written, but also edgy, intelligent and honest. Wilser offers the right combination of tongue-in-cheek fun and well-placed bawdiness, so that every once in a while, a hunk of solid, good advice cuts through the humor. Oddly enough, the book has also given me a disarming, affectionate understanding for all the lost dudes I know who are trying to grow up. It's an entertaining, compelling read, and I think it's ruined me for other man books.
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I've recently gotten into books like this, and I haven't been disappointed by this one. I would like to remind the readers (as another review already stated) that most of these types of books exist primarily for HUMOR, not for being polite and politically correct.

The one problem I had with the book (I had the Kindle Edition) was the extreme amount of typos/formatting errors in it. It's easy to overlook a few here and there, but when every time a new "maxim" is presented, al lthe wo rdsl ook lik ethis for the first paragraph, it's rather distracting.

Then again, I haven't seen anyone else mention that, so maybe it's an isolated problem.

All in all, great read, worth the dough.
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This book is hysterical.

Its a lighthearted gag on life as a male. At times its sincere and respectful, discussing chivalry and manners in the modern day, and at other times, its hilarious, going through the manners for a one-night stand.

I started read and didn't put it down till I finished the book.
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My interest in this book was sparked by a quest to find a simple, humorous and self-deprecating book about the "man's world". While there are several book titles available that piqued my interest; I chose "The Maxims of Manhood: 100 Rules Every Real Man Must Live By" primarily because it covered a wide range of topics and more importantly, the simple, structured format of the book: a finite and tangible list of items (maxims) organized by subject matter ... simple enough. I found the book to be an amusing, light and relaxing read ... with the added bonus of being thought-provoking at times.

Although some may be turned-off by the title in that it seems to be aimed at a less-than-mature audience, the book is applicable to any man (or woman) who wants to get a kick out of the ridiculous and even ritualistic code of the stereotypical male "world" where life centers around women, sports, women, acting like an idiot, sports, women, beer, work and steak (in that order).

Each maxim is given its own "chapter" that is broken down into three simple parts: the definition/description of the maxim, a scenario that incorporates the maxim and acceptable situations where the maxim is "allowed" to be violated. The 100 maxims listed cover pretty much everything ... from "manly" computer etiquette to properly ordering a steak to shaving. Among the tips on how not to be a complete Neanderthal, the book is peppered with practical advice like how to chug a beer, but knowing when not to (this one appears to be aimed at the immediate post-college crowd) and a handy approach to those wonderful people you work with ("kicking up and kissing down").
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This book deals with a lot of rules that are very funny when you first read them. But after thinking about a lot of these so-called rules there is a ring of truth to them. I would suggest a father should read and then pass on some of these rules that could help in raising a son. We learn faster and longer when humor is used.
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This book has a lot of funny "rules" that men should live by. Most of them are funny, some are more serious. Each rule is short, so there are plenty of places that you can stop and not be in the middle of a good part. I highly recommend this book for any men, of any age.
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As the author says we men do this without knowing. May be in our genes. But he adds some humorous flair that makes easy reading. Women should be issued a copy before marriage!
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