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George Washington's Rules of Civility Traced to their Sources and Restored by Moncure D. Conway (TREDITION CLASSICS) Paperback – October 29, 2011

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  • Series: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: tredition (October 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3842445679
  • ISBN-13: 978-3842445673
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,786,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. McGregor VINE VOICE on February 20, 2012
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Civility. Who defines it and how it is passed along through the generations has turned out to be very interesting. This FREE book turned out to be quite illuminating.
Back in the olden days copybooks were common. A student would copy text onto the same page several times practicing what was once a necessary art, penmanship.
Now, even the word pen-man-ship isn't all that P.C. and script is no longer being taught in many 'progressive' schools today.
Shame.

Back to young George. In the forging of The Indispensable Man, much of what made him great came from years of preparation. The Rules of Civility were taught in school and practiced in copybooks. The great leaders I've come to admire over the years all have this in common, their civility.

The Founders, Washington foremost, and subsequent presidents, J.Quincy Adams, Lincoln, Regan, and many others were unusually civilized, or polite. On the other hand, the great thugs of life; Marx, Lennin, Stalin, Mao, etc., had no civility whatsoever. Paul Johnson focuses on that trait in his book, "Intellectuals", without naming it specifically. Civility does not call attention to itself. Lack thereof does.

The point is this: If we are to survive as a culture and a nation civility is essential.

This book may seem antiquated and silly in some areas, but take it for its overall message.
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I got this for my grandkids. They are a little young to read it right now, but when they are, and if they do read it and absorb 20% and use 10% of the 20, the world will be a much better place for it.
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I like the history in the introduction to the text. It has a good explanation of how and why the text was compiled. Reading the Rules they make a lot of sense for modern times as well, once translated into modern terms of understanding.
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An easy reading reference. One rule is truely prescient that drawing attention to yourself is not civil. Notice that Utopian Statist leaders like Mao, Stalin, Mussolini, Tojo, Hitler, Castro, Chavez, Putin, Obama all run on the cult of personality. Far from civil and closer to despotic.
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Positively without a doubt a superior read on appropriate behavior and comport, especially in today's careless age of "letting it fly" on social media, print, in your face, etc. This was the General's go to manuscript on conduct. If a man of this grandeur, strength, fortitude, respect, fearlessness and goodness found such high value in its contents and kept a copy in his inside vest pocket wherever he went, then I had to read it, which I did, and still reference. It's really quite amazing that it was written in the 1700s and no less valuable and pertinent today than it was then. (99% of the work is applicable to the world today.) If you're one of the rare folks that care about your social presentation and the beautiful influence you can have on other people by applying its contents, read this. It will not disappoint.
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I read this small book at a Washington, D.C store and had to have it.
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To bad this book isn't required reading in our schools today. If it were we may not be facing the inappropriate actions of so many people in their interpersonal relationships with each other. Some are just funny and provide a good laugh in this stressed out world we live in these days.
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If you are a history buff and like reading original works, give this a peek. It's an interesting view into the world of Washington.
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