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The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style Hardcover – May 23, 2006
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About the Author
Nicholas Antongiavanni is the nom de plum for a former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The author currently works for a powerful media mogul and lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and small child. A leading expert on men's tailoring, he owns more suits than he would care to admit.
Top Customer Reviews
This feeling that the barbarians are at the gate would have been familiar to the author of The Prince. Spain was newly united and expansionist, France was meddling again, and the great Lorenzo de'Medici was dead. Florence warred with itself as power swung from royalists to republicans and back. Machiavelli feared for the state's survival. Personally, he cared less for whom he worked, and more that he merely be allowed to serve his city. The advice in his little treatise emphasized that the man of virtú - the strong and effective individual - could change the course of history.
Nicholas Antongiavanni clearly sympathizes with this view. His delightful book stands with those who build (or want to build) a personal style based on good fit and one of several aesthetic traditions, rather than being at the mercy of corporate accountants, fickle designers, and depressing statistics about average body measurements.Read more ›
Antongiavanni's dry wit might not be fully appreciated by those who are not devotees to the work of Machiavelli but the parody is hilarious to the well read gent with a grasp of matters sartorial.
How refreshing to see a book on mens clothing not targeted to the recent grad on his first interview!
Great read, well thought out and quite entertaining. Antongiavanni pulls off a neat trick by making the book entertaining and useful for those who HAVEN'T read Machiavelli while leaving those who have to marvel at his ability to parody such divergent topics. Well done!
I have not read the Prince and as such cannot compare its writing style. However, I will comment on its content. This is a book certainly aimed for (at least somewhat) advanced readers with a passion for fine men's apparel. The advice given in this book is top-rate & is in the very best of taste, though often it may appear (especially to new readers) as highly subjective or opinionated. The rules and laws explained in this book... that govern the field of men's business wear... are correct and in accordance with how they were established during the golden era of men's wear. You may (as a reader in 21st century) opt to discard these old rules and that is perfectly fine... in fact the author often suggests it. But in any case, you need to know the basics before you can properly discard them and this book provides a decent dose of historic info too.
It's greatest shortcoming is only that WHAT COULD NOT made it into the book, such as lavish illustrations and pictures (but the price certainly reflects this also). But whatever DID made it into this book is (for the most part) as first rate as it gets.
Naturally you would like to ask... how am I suppose to know that the advice is indeed first rate? Well, should you find yourself shopping in the most reputable of men's stores... (may that be your Haberdasher on 5th Ave or your esteemed tailor on Savile Row) discuss with them some of the concepts explained in this book and chances are most of the time... a knowledgeable sales person or your tailor will echo exactly what is said in the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written in the style of Machiavelli, down to the chapter titles and even the individual paragraphs (yes, I compared them against each other). Read morePublished 21 days ago by Pathoboy
Not only is the information contained in the book sound and easy to follow, the artistic twist of letting himself be inspired by Machiavelli's The Prince means that it reads well... Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Schjerlund
I have not read the book as a result of the title which tells me more than enough about the author and the contents of the book.Published 23 months ago by gda259
This book is for you. Classic never goes out of style and that is what this book is all about. The author is clear about what a man should and should not wear if he wants to be... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Scott J. Taylor
Witty, accurate, and lots of fun to read. Lots of great information in a compact volume. A great reference book Recommended!Published on September 25, 2013 by J. Brown
Very congenial writting that left me sratching my head at times soI will probably have to go back thru it once or twice more to make sure i was able to asorb it all.Published on April 5, 2013 by C. M. Bryant
O waste of good paper and ink. If you are into fashion and a store-buyer it should be worth about $1.00 to you. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by d leonard
I love it! It is written with such sharp wit and solid knowledge that I'd suggest everyone read it. It presents an extremely traditionalist approach to style, but that is pretty... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Coralio