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The Ultimate Man's Survival Guide: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Manhood Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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Having enjoyed Miniter's previous book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Hunting, I looked forward to this latest. Just the title was enough to insure a read. I didn't know what to expect except for a laundry list of manly activities and events to accomplish with teeth-clenched knives, torque wrenches, and duct tape all shaken not stirred. How to escape an attacking alligator. Check. How to find North without a compass. Check. How to choose a cigar. Check. How to throw a curveball. Check. 100 Manly Movies. Check. If you're looking for checklists, Miniter's book provides significant ones. However, the most important thing that Miniter's book provides is the provocative thesis that real manhood is much deeper than hunting, boxing, tying a bow tie, or rescuing damsels in distress.
The key to The Ultimate Man, is found in the chapter about heroes. Miniter posits that heroic conduct is not a single life-saving moment spawned by desperate need but should be an entire life based on developing and sticking to a moral code of conduct. He's hit the nail on the head--and not just for defining heroism. This is the essence of true manhood. In today's fatherless, entertainer obsessed world, genuine examples of moral, self-disciplined manhood are rare, indeed.Read more ›
This book is divided into six parts:
1) Survivor - you learn about what to do out in nature if you need start a fire, if you are threatened by animals, if you need water, if you are injured, and much more.
2) Provider - You learn about rifles, hand guns, hunting, dressing deer, and fishing.
3) Athlete - How to throw a baseball, shoot a basketball, boxing basics, throwing a forward pass, the golf swing, soccer, some track and field, and climbing.
4) Hero - Codes of honor and conduct from the Texas Rangers, the Marine Corps (a small typo on page 115 show's that perfect editorial skills isn't necessarily needed by a true man - they have the possessive of the Marine Corps and Marine Corp's). the Bushido Virtues, a guide to running with the bulls in Pamplona, how to put out a fire, standing up for justice, how to ford a stream, help someone being electrocuted, how to fight wild animals, and much more.
5) Gentleman - this section seems dated to me. I don't are a fig about cigars, pipes, wine, whisky, or mixed drinks, but maybe you do. That information is here.Read more ›
While there is certainly nothing wrong (and lots right) about femininity for women, the American society has been on a crusade to attack masculinity in many ways. That starts with quests to prescribe Ritalin for boys in school for acting like boys and it goes on from there.
Frank Miniter has put together a book that helps to counter this trend. It is divided chapters entitled as follows: Survivor, Provider, Athlete, Hero, Gentleman , and Philosopher. Each one of these has some great content. Here are some examples:
Survivor - emergency gear, navigation, how to make a fire without matches, first aid, and dealing with predatory creatures.
Provider - shooting (firearm and bows), setting a snare, and field dressing game.
Athlete - lots of sports basics and knots. I think the section on knots is one that could and should be expanded a lot for future editions.
Hero - Heroic codes, chivalry, stopping a dog fight, defending the weak, and self defense (another part that should be lengthened).
Gentleman - How to tie bowties and Windsor knots, Gentleman's 20 Rules of Conduct, How to Set a Table, as well as the author's thoughts on vices such as smokings cigars, alcohol, and gambling.
Philosopher - Great moral codes, self improvement, self reliance, and more.
Included throughout the book are portraits of various great men throughout history. There are also two well done appendices that cover '100 Movies Men Should See' and '100 Books Men Should Read'.
I have little quarrel with most of the contents although I personally think that some of Miniter's views on vices is a bit silly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the second half of the book (moral codes, heroic and gentlemanly conduct) much more than the first - which, focusing on nature survival, hunting and sports, attempts to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jaroslav Tuček
An excellent book full of information that is becoming lost now days. Every young man should have a copy.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
We haven't yet read this but the three men in the family have read some of it and are pleased. The two women in the family are a little jealous of their new found man skills and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by reader girl
Meh, my big takeaway was how to properly set a table (one of my wife's pet peeves).Published 8 months ago by BMac