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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402243650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402243653
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Metzger was born in Portland, Oregon. His fondest memories include masterminding a jailbreak in Cuba, rendezvousing with history's most infamous ex-CIA agent, and being chased through the streets of Madrid. At home in Austin, Mr. Metzger enjoys quiet mornings of writing and reading.

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INTRODUCTION

The Gentleman Rogue is a character who has fascinated us for centuries, persistently popping up in literature and cinema with a roguish smirk, causing proper gentlemen to frown with indignation and the bosoms of proper damsels to swell and flush. However, the Gentleman Rogue seems to be a vanishing species in the twenty-first century; whenever we see him, he is speaking to us from another time and place: a pirate, an outlaw, a Depression-era gangster. This may be a tragedy; however, the scarcity of G-Rogues in the twenty-first century only proves to make them more appealing on the rare occasion that we encounter them. (Take Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, for example. How refreshing is it in this day and age to see a business tycoon who is not a crusty old killjoy, but rather a much younger, much richer version of Hugh Hefner?) Although the very fact that the Gentleman Rogue is an anachronism may account for a portion of our initial attraction to him, there are many other elements to his singular nature that contribute to the undeniable love/hate magnetism that he inspires in us. He may not be a nice per­son; he may not even be a fundamentally decent person; he is certainly not a very proper person. But no one can deny that he is interesting, providing a splash of color among the mass of men leading lives of quiet desperation.

Whether or not the Gentleman Rogue is praiseworthy or a useful member of society is not at issue here and will neither be studied, ques­tioned, nor discussed. I do not submit that the Gentleman Rogue is commendable, but I do submit that he is fascinating.

Here we shall endeavor to study such G-Rogue All-Stars as Rhett Butler, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow, and a fictional character we will refer to simply as "G-Rogue," and try to learn exactly what it is about them that causes men to clench their fists and induces women to swoon. If your wish is to reinvent yourself as someone who leaves clenched fists and flushed, heaving bosoms in your wake, read on carefully.


More About the Author

Jeff Metzger was born in Portland, Oregon, and has lived in and visited many places since then. Like Oscar Wilde, he strives to put his talent into his work, and his genius into his life. Metzger's fondest memories include orchestrating a jailbreak in a foreign nation, rendezvousing with one of history's most infamous secret agents, and narrowly escaping a body cavity search by having a copy of Anna Karenina handy. An unconventional man of the cloth, the Rev. J.Metzger has survived unrelated assassination attempts from a Madrid knifeman, a foreign head of state, and the outraged brother of a Lovely Lass.

At home in Austin, Metzger enjoys quiet mornings of writing and reading, pastoral afternoons at the park with his elusive Hungarian Vizsla, and evenings teeming with the frenzied scheming of future escapades.

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These principles are especially useful because they are based in universal psychology.
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Funny and witty, a terrific read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
A gentleman's rouge is a tough personality trait to describe. Essentially, a gentleman rouge, or G-Rouge for short, is a scalawag, or scoundrel, wrapped up in a fine suit. The Rogue's Handbook: A Concise Guide to Conduct for the Aspiring Gentleman Rogue tries its best to show what is a gentleman's rouge. The book brings in good humor while poking fun at what a normal man would say in the setting. Never boring, the book has quizzes and fixed scenes to keep readers busy. The book relies heavily on movie references. If you have never seen Philadelphia Story, or James Bond movies, the references might be lost on you. A major flaw of the book is its lack of fresh material. Some movie quotes and character scenarios get replied every chapter. Dexter's scene from Philadelphia Story must have been done at least three times. I still found the book to be funny and charming, much like the proposed G-Rouge itself.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hand on October 25, 2010
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This is the Manbook of Manbooks- Manbook=Man Handbook. If you like movies, romance, intrigue, comedy, and an all together GOOD READ- then get this book. Its G-Rogue Profiles are fun, witty, and put me in shoes I'd love to be wearing (at times :). If you have a coffee table, put this book on it. If you travel, make this a staple in your carry-on. You won't regret it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Socrates on November 9, 2010
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This stylish guidebook takes aim at a major problem of modern men in their personal relationships - lacking "edge" in their personalities. Some men never had it, while others have abandoned it in a counterproductive effort to increase social acceptance.

Metzger comes to the rescue by explaining how to fashion a devilishly magnetic persona using easily understood and frequently hilarious logic, illustrated by well-known examples from movies, books, and real life.

The Rogue's Handbook really shines when advising on how to take advantage of the small talk that often follows an introduction, such as when asked where you went to school or what you "do". Instead of giving a plain vanilla, factual answer, which can easy induce boredom (anathema to a Gentleman Rogue) Metzger shows you how to craft answers that delight and intrigue your acquaintance, such as replying "I do many things..." to the latter question and proceed to list the most interesting things you have done.

Other tips are intended to help you create a lifestyle built around Gentleman Roguery, such as "Never live where you grew up", which helps plant seeds of curiosity into your origins.

It is said "The best offense is a good defense", and The Rogue's Handbook provides ample instruction on how to handle the haters who will invariably be drawn by jealousy to attack your improving game, chiefly by employing judo-like responses to their verbal jabs or attempts at intimidation.

These principles are especially useful because they are based in universal psychology. Thus they will empower the practitioner to be more attractive to men and women, be it for friendship or romance.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Opera Mamma on November 12, 2010
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This book is a delicious read from start to finish. Metzger takes his reader on a wild crash course in wit, wisdom and sexual intrigue, gentleman rogue style. The subjects of study are a perfect gallery of the most uforgettable rogues from history and popular culture. Finally, someone has written a self-help book worth buying.

Ladies, don't be fooled by the book's title - this book is for you too. Have you ever wondered why Han Solo, James Bond, and Wesley from "The Princess Bride" are the stuff of dreams? This book details the qualities and behaviors that have driven women wild from the dawn of time. You will laugh, sneer and swoon as these male showdogs of seduction flaunt their very best and dare you not to fall for them. Upon finishing the book, I ran out in a nostalgic fit to rent all the great films Metzger cites so I could relive classic gentleman roguery in action.
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