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George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732. As a young man, he learned the morals, manners, and knowledge necessary to become a Virginia gentleman. He was particularly interested in the military arts and western expansion. At the age of 16, he helped survey Shenandoah lands. At the age of 22, he was commissioned a lieutenant colonel and fought in the first battles of what became the French and Indian War. Unanimously elected as the first President of the United States, Washington served two terms before retiring to Mount Vernon. He passed away on December 14, 1799. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616403950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616403959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Cantor on November 1, 2010
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It's the ultimate book about the 110 rules of civility George Washington copied as a teenager: all the rules, their French antecedents, Moncure Conway's gloss on them, an introduction putting the rules in historical context, a foreword relating them to present-day culture by Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds, and beautiful illustrations throughout. Great gift, and a very interesting read.
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Imperative read for anyone! It fills the need for proper behavior in almost every situation. Civility is something seemingly lost in today's world. This book will help restore it.
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An excellent book, I gave it to my children and grandchildren. The book has led to many family discussion about society and proper demeanor.
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By NTru on November 7, 2011
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It's interesting to read Washington's ideas on civility and decent behavior. Even though it really was a man's world back then and some ideas are down-right funny, we still could all step back and take a page...or two of the rules of behavior and reincorporate them back into our modern society. Washington learned these rules as a child and carried them through life, and although he had his flaws by modern standards, for the times, he was a well-respected, dignified man and a great leader. Everyday I work with children and deal with some adults who should "know better". Course and rude behavior seem to have become the norm. Maybe this little book should be required reading.
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Hard to ever find fault with George Washington. Have not finished this book but know I will enjoy reading more about a man of such bravery and integrity, and especially his love for his troops. Proud to know he was chosen as our first president. Sure wish we could find a man of such honorable behavior and leanings again, instead of one who seems bent on destroying our wonderful America.
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I bought this book for fun - interesting to see the types of behavior that were important 200 years ago, but no longer. To sneeze in public was a major no-no!

Nice to read about how things used to be. Some of Washington's "rules" should be brought back - our society would be so much better if we had some discipline!
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This book is quite interesting. The speech is different, but the teaching of being proper is something everyone needs to learn. Most of it has gone out the window. It is all reapect for your fellow man.
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George Washington had guidelines and rules he used in his relationships with his army and friends. They are just as pertinent today as then. If those rules for decent behavior were practiced to day the wworld would be a much more pleasant and crime free place to live.
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