- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 2 edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062080415
- ISBN-13: 978-0062080417
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
In Essential Manners for Men, etiquette expert Peter Post tackles the issues of real concern for today's man, enabling him to make the right decisions about what to do and say in every situation that counts, whether in daily life, social life, or on the job. Sharp, savvy, and sensible—filled with accessible sidebars, tips, and stories from the author's own experiences—this classic New York Times bestselling handbook has been updated to reflect the realities of our modern times with all new material, including:
- Social media: social networking, gaming, and the world of online dating
- Communication in person: greetings, handshakes, and how to make the all-important good first impression
- Communication on-the-go: texting, e-mailing, and using smart phones
- Life changes: dealing with bumps in the road, from divorce to layoffs
- Weddings: the man's role, from groom to best man to usher, and the changing nature of the bachelor party
- Entertaining, dining, tipping
Also: Sportsmanship • Parenting • Sharing living space with a roommate, spouse, or significant other • Navigating the business dinner • Throwing a great party or being a perfect guest . . . and much more.
About the Author
Peter Post, great-grandson of Emily Post and a passionate golfer, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men, Essential Manners for Couples, The Etiquette Advantage in Business (with Anna Post, Lizzie Post, and Daniel Post Senning), and his weekly business etiquette column Etiquette at Work in the Boston Globe. The father of two grown daughters, he lives with his wife in Vermont.
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My small concern is that I feel some of the lessons are slipping out of touch with modern society, or apply for people who are in a better financial position then I am. As a 26 year old, when I have dinner parties I don't see myself making multiple courses, or having a potluck in Martha's vineyard where dinner is cooked over cannon balls. I also don't have the wardrobe that is needed to fit in most social situations, but like any book, take it with a grain of salt and apply a little bit of yourself to the situation.
I had several epiphanies because this book explains WHY. Now I understand the *reason* for putting the toilet seat down, not using profanity, etc. These eye-openers were not what I expected and make the manners obvious so that there's nothing to remember. There is a simple discussion of staring (ogling) and how to avoid it, and it works!
The author acknowledges that etiquette does not apply everywhere. The two other books on men's manners I looked at were somewhat dogmatic and arbitrary, and this was the jewel.
Contrary to another review, the only mention of a vacation house and cricket is on pages 120-121 as a hypothetical example of something that the invited guest is UN-familiar with. For the record, I find Peter Post to be remarkably accessible and down-to-earth. He writes openly about passing gas, spitting, and other "small grossnesses." (The message is HOW to do these things if you must, rather than just "don't do it.") I did not find any paragraph to be the least bit pretentious, condescending, snooty, or hoity-toity.
A man is more attractive when confident. This book triggered long-overdue changes in how others respond to me, and raised my dignity.