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The Rogue's Handbook: A Concise Guide to Conduct for the Aspiring Gentleman Rogue Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Jeff Metzger was born in Portland, Oregon. His fondest memories include masterminding a jailbreak in Cuba, rendezvousing with history's most infamous ex-CIA agent, and being chased through the streets of Madrid. At home in Austin, Mr. Metzger enjoys quiet mornings of writing and reading.
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The Gentleman Rogue is a character who has fascinated us for centuries, persistently popping up in literature and cinema with a roguish smirk, causing proper gentlemen to frown with indignation and the bosoms of proper damsels to swell and flush. However, the Gentleman Rogue seems to be a vanishing species in the twenty-first century; whenever we see him, he is speaking to us from another time and place: a pirate, an outlaw, a Depression-era gangster. This may be a tragedy; however, the scarcity of G-Rogues in the twenty-first century only proves to make them more appealing on the rare occasion that we encounter them. (Take Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, for example. How refreshing is it in this day and age to see a business tycoon who is not a crusty old killjoy, but rather a much younger, much richer version of Hugh Hefner?) Although the very fact that the Gentleman Rogue is an anachronism may account for a portion of our initial attraction to him, there are many other elements to his singular nature that contribute to the undeniable love/hate magnetism that he inspires in us. He may not be a nice person; he may not even be a fundamentally decent person; he is certainly not a very proper person. But no one can deny that he is interesting, providing a splash of color among the mass of men leading lives of quiet desperation.
Whether or not the Gentleman Rogue is praiseworthy or a useful member of society is not at issue here and will neither be studied, questioned, nor discussed. I do not submit that the Gentleman Rogue is commendable, but I do submit that he is fascinating.
Here we shall endeavor to study such G-Rogue All-Stars as Rhett Butler, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow, and a fictional character we will refer to simply as "G-Rogue," and try to learn exactly what it is about them that causes men to clench their fists and induces women to swoon. If your wish is to reinvent yourself as someone who leaves clenched fists and flushed, heaving bosoms in your wake, read on carefully.
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I suggest you make reading this book a priority. Of course, it goes without saying that this book should never take priority over the company of a beautiful lady or three. And if the latter is the case, I respectfully propose that you bypass this book and use your money to invest in learning something you have not already mastered.
*Originally published for San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review*
Metzger comes to the rescue by explaining how to fashion a devilishly magnetic persona using easily understood and frequently hilarious logic, illustrated by well-known examples from movies, books, and real life.
The Rogue's Handbook really shines when advising on how to take advantage of the small talk that often follows an introduction, such as when asked where you went to school or what you "do". Instead of giving a plain vanilla, factual answer, which can easy induce boredom (anathema to a Gentleman Rogue) Metzger shows you how to craft answers that delight and intrigue your acquaintance, such as replying "I do many things..." to the latter question and proceed to list the most interesting things you have done.
Other tips are intended to help you create a lifestyle built around Gentleman Roguery, such as "Never live where you grew up", which helps plant seeds of curiosity into your origins.
It is said "The best offense is a good defense", and The Rogue's Handbook provides ample instruction on how to handle the haters who will invariably be drawn by jealousy to attack your improving game, chiefly by employing judo-like responses to their verbal jabs or attempts at intimidation.
These principles are especially useful because they are based in universal psychology. Thus they will empower the practitioner to be more attractive to men and women, be it for friendship or romance.
The "Are You A G-Rogue?" quiz at the end is very instructive, serving both as a measure of your personality and a compass for its development. For example, if you have been timidly spending Thanksgiving with your family, you may be energized by the author's implicit suggestion to spend your next Turkey day in a Mexican brothel.
On a final note, the fit and finish of the book are top notch - I think it would make for an attractive gift.
Ladies, don't be fooled by the book's title - this book is for you too. Have you ever wondered why Han Solo, James Bond, and Wesley from "The Princess Bride" are the stuff of dreams? This book details the qualities and behaviors that have driven women wild from the dawn of time. You will laugh, sneer and swoon as these male showdogs of seduction flaunt their very best and dare you not to fall for them. Upon finishing the book, I ran out in a nostalgic fit to rent all the great films Metzger cites so I could relive classic gentleman roguery in action.