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Paul O'Donnell started his journalism career answering letters from disgruntled readers at Newsweek magazine, where he went on to cover all aspects of American life, from baseball strikes to Christian rock. He was a senior features editor at House & Garden magazine. Paul blogs on pop culture for Beliefnet.com, and his writing has appeared in Wired, New York magazine, Slate, and Commonweal among other publications. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three children.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (April 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157965391X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653910
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Beswick VINE VOICE on June 21, 2011
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This is a fun book that's hard to put down, providing straight-forward advice for problems that plague men of any age. The 'trouble' section is excellent - I honestly had no idea how to fix a flat or what the puddles under my car meant. But it's not all about heading off problems - I also appreciated "Ten classic rap albums every guy should know" since I'm like a walking anti-Pandora.

While I'm unlikely to use the advice about avoiding a roadblock or manhunt, there's plenty of actionable stuff about shaving and haircuts to make you realize you've been doing a lot wrong for a long time. So if you don't know how to stop a charging dog or have trouble tapping a keg, Man Up is a key resource for you to wise up, look cool and enjoy yourself in the process.
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I have always enjoyed reading books about developing skills needed to survive in our world. This great book provides an overview of vital and practical information every young (or old) man can use to survive in our world. In fact, it lists 367 skills men should master. A very small sample of some of the tips in this comprehensive book includes the following: How to run a marathon, how to play poker, building a social network, how to buy a used car, how to throw a punch, what to do if you are being followed, how to behave in a restaurant, should you rent or buy, how to prepare for a job interview, how to get a good workout using dumbbells and hundreds of other great tips and advice.

This 325 page book is organized into six sections. Section one titled Brand: Me, covers first impressions, dressing well and other related information. The second section, Necessities, deals with home economics, feathering your nest and car companion. The third section explains work issues such as getting a job, how to act on the job, the uniform and when business meets pleasure. Basic skills such as repairs, fix-ups, manly arts, games, gambling, eating out and other interesting tips are covered in section four. Section five provides information on the Birds and Bees issues like foreplay, getting serious and other factors. The final section, Trouble, explains what to do on the road, fisticuffs, handcuffs, lost and found.

In conclusion, this is a book every father should probably give to his son to read. This book can also be used as an excellent reference source because it has an enormous amount of practical information.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Heart: An old warrior's poetic tribute)
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Was at a lose as to what to buy my nephew for Christmas. He's 18 and a college freshman who doesn't want anything! He got a chuckle and I think he may actually use it at some point...great for a bathroom read.
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This is nothing more than a fashion guide. YouTube offers more "How-To's" in the form of manly skills. I purchased this for my nephew, so with being the decent male role model, I decided to read it myself before giving it to him. My beard started to hurt from the "metro" contents of this piece of literature. Would not recommend it. Instead of giving him this nancy book, I took him on a weekend camping trip and taught him valuable skills- how to start a fire, build a shelter, tell time without a watch, find North, filter water, and have him a brief talk of how to treat a young woman on a date. Needless to say my alternative course of action was far more influential than this garbage. I challenge the author to a disay of manliness should he (questionably she) ever read this review. Good day.
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I don't understand the negative reviews, this book is excellent, particularly for young gentleman. I learned plenty, and found it entertaining as well.

Wish it had come out 40 years ago...

They can graduate to John bridges later
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Half the skills are ridiculously useless for anyone not breaking the law. Like how to break through a police car barricade. O-kaayyyyy.....
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I guess in the ideal world, I'd find time to talk to my teenage son about all this stuff. Sure, he has already mastered some of the stuff in the book (he can change tires, he can tie a necktie, manage his bank account). But...there's all that other stuff...like shave with a razor...I never have, but he might want to try it! He's also not much of a book reader, but chipped away at the book for a few weeks, and generally had good things to say about it. As a Christmas gift, even if he only pulls a few handy tips from it....it was worth it. I read a few chapters, good mix of humor and advice.
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Good book for the teenager who won't listen and thinks they know everything. Hopefully mine won't take the title in the wrong way!
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