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More than fifty years after it ceased publication, Gentry magazine is still one of the most influential men's magazines ever created.

Published between 1951 and 1957, this veritable style and culture bible for men is renowned for its innovation, superb design and production quality, keen eye for fashion, and excellent coverage of a broad spectrum of topics—art and culture; sports; food and drink; home, cars, and travel—not to mention diverse subjects on which every refined man should be well versed, from making a mean martini to playing craps.

The Gentry Man brings together for the first time a collection of articles selected from the magazine's twenty-two issues by Hal Rubenstein, former men's style editor of the New York Times Magazine and current fashion director of InStyle. In print once again, The Gentry Man is a collectible volume that belongs in every man's library.

About the Author

Hal Rubenstein is a writer, designer, and one of the founding editors at InStyle magazine, where he served as fashion director for fifteen years. In fall 2013, he launched his eponymous women’s collection on the Home Shopping Network and formed Hal Rubenstein & Associates, which has provided private consultation to brands such as Gabriel & Co. jewelers, the Raleigh Hotel, Giorgio Armani, and American Express. In 2015, he launched his website, Halrubenstein.com, which focuses on popular culture and provides advice on leading a better life; and with model-designer Iman Abdulmajid he introduced a new style show on Sirius Radio. The author of Paisley Goes with Nothing and the bestselling 100 Unforgettable Dresses (Harper Design, 2011), he is a special projects editor at Architectural Digest. He has also written cover stories and interviews, and served as a columnist on various pop-culture topics for The New Yorker, New York magazine, Interview, Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Details. He has been a frequent red-carpet commentator for such shows as The Today Show, Extra, and The View. He lives in New York City with his husband, David Nickle, and his dog, Murray.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; Original edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062088475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062088475
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on August 31, 2012
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I had never heard of "Gentry" before some of my favorite style bloggers began discussing this book a few months ago. But that's hardly surprising: Gentry ran for only 22 issues between 1951 and 1957. But what a run! Positioning itself as "A Guide for the Civilized Male," Gentry is far, far from your stereotypical 1950s men's magazine. This book serves best as a monument to the vision of the magazine's founder William C. Segal -- a man interesting enough that Ken Burns has turned his camera upon him (Seeing, Searching, Being: William Segal - Three Films By Ken Burns). But there's also a lot of just plain interesting reading here for the "civilized male" (and the women who love them?) in 2012 and beyond.

In its early years, "Playboy" magazine (Playboy was born roughly in the middle of Gentry's run) was known for promoting Hef's vision of bachelor culture -- not just women, but art, jazz, and a stylish pad. But Playboy seems positively parochial compared to the range of interests of the Gentry man -- interests which, I hasten to add, do not include prurient photographs of women, at least not in this book. If the Playboy man was a swingin' young bachelor, the Gentry man could have been his wealthier, better educated, and probably married older brother, a man of more diverse tastes, more widely traveled, and more comfortable in his preferences with less need to impress others with his hipness.

With sections devoted to "Style," "Home, Cars, and Travel," "Food and Drink," "Sports," "Art and Culture," and the still-valuable "What Every Man Should Know," this book covers a lot of ground.
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A compilation of some great articles from back when being a "classy" gentleman was the trend. You read everything from how to tie a tie, to classic cars and tips to use even in modern times.
Awesome book for any male.
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Thought this would be a classic piece of nostalgia but it is kind of corny and the design and layout are not that great. Everything seems depicted in shades of brown and red. Read a little, skimmed the rest, don't even know where it is now.
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Every man that wants to be a gentleman and every gentleman that wants to brush up now and again should give this more than a read. It should be standard. Oh yes, and funny as s***
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Was not sure exactly what Iwas getting when I purchased this, but the book is a condensed version of the Gentry magazine from the 50's. So of it is dated, but still a nice book to go through and check out things you might not have seen before.
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By jimmy on January 24, 2016
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Great Book! Gave to my dad for Christmas. Need to order another for myself!
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