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Brookhiser adds his own amusing afterthoughts to George Washington’s collection of behavior rules that were badly needed in the eighteenth century. Since civility is in even worse disrepair today, it’s too bad that the father of our country can’t make a return visit!.
According to both his contemporaries and his biographers, Washington valued good manners and painstakingly cultivated his own brand of formal courtesy. These seemingly quaint and archaic instructions, accompanied by the editor’s often humorous commentaries... offer timeless suggestions on how to cope with the complexities of social discourse.... Delightful.(Booklist) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Every politician should have a copy of this little gem and review it often. There are many rules that would help the congressmen get along, and also copies for the President and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph H. Race
The original text is great stuff. The editorial comments really, Really detract from the work. Things like "don't carry a boom box either" are perfect examples of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Benjamin J. Frank
It's a nice little book as a piece of the historical record, but a lot of this stuff is either fairly obvious or petty in importance. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronnie Gonzalez
I found the Rules for Civility very interesting. I wish there was some way to bring back some of these ideas today. Read morePublished 18 months ago by keminigi
Most of Washington's rules, if widely followed today, would raise the level of civility and mutual respect in America. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by David H. Weiss
I really enjoyed going through Washington's list and wondering how some of these "rules" would apply today. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Billie Jean Zipperer
Should be required reading for members of congress. By not being civil, be become what we dislike. Has a lot of the Golden Rule incorporated in it.Published on November 20, 2012 by T. Machler
This was the best read of 1999. It was so good I gave it as
Christmas presents to a number of people.
This book should be required reading as early as grammar school...and certainly should be repeated through-out high school and college.Published on September 25, 2010 by William S. Campbell