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One of the earliest articles we published on the Art of Manliness was “ Set among New York City elites in the roaring '20s, this book is. The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man [Brett McKay Mansfield's Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your. Editorial Reviews. Review. “I did appreciate the overall lightheartedness and humor .As the Part of the Art of Manliness Collection (2 Book Series).

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In the blog post, there is some discussion about whether the rules are the same for women; I think they are. I just learned that there are swine-flu handshake variations, such as the closed hand, knuckle-to-knuckle greeting. Be chivalrous. Open and hold doors for others, retrieve dropped items , and walk closest to the street on a sidewalk are all acceptable and desirable methods of being chivalrous. I ;notice and admire such behavior as it shows an awareness of other people's needs, willingness to be kind, and courage to take risks.

Knowing how to do certain things can instill calmness and confidence in everyday and emergency situations, a benefit of reading this book. The authors also want to redirect the notion of manliness from the "dithering dad" often depicted on television and "six-pack abs" kind of guy to a more sophisticated, honorable gentleman, not that there's anything wrong with great abs.

Instructions on interpersonal relationships were good though there wasn't much information on being a husband, considering the space devoted to courtship and fatherhood.

I agreed with much, though not all of the advice, particularly the recommendation to ask your intended's father for his blessing in a pending marriage. Even my greatest-generation dad would have felt uncomfortable, mainly because he wanted his daughters to make good decisions without being overly influenced by any man, including dad.

I did appreciate the overall lightheartedness and humor, something I think can be lacking in modern-day conversation. In a section on establishing rites of passage for boys to become men, for example: As the married mom of 2 sons nearing manhood and the daughter of a man from the Greatest Generation that the McKays esteem, I found the book to be practical and entertaining.

The links and mentions on this site may be affiliate links. But they do not affect the actual opinions and recommendations of the authors. Wise Bread is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon. I should buy this books read it and get out more instead of being glued to computers all day long.

I suppose that living within a mile of Lake Michigan my whole life makes me surprised that stone skipping is not an universal childhood activity. I suppose that someone would be just as surprised to learn that I can't swim more than five feet. So long as he's planning and packing ahead of time, why not just pack him some matches or a lighter? If you haven't you need to watch Survivorman with Les Stroud. Very informative without any fake stuff. Thanks Stacey -- I'll check it out.

What's funny, of course, is that with the possible exception of buying a suit those are all skills that both men and women can and frequently do both master and enjoy. And for that matter, to write with authority about since the book itself was written by a man and woman. Actually, since the unquestionably manly Chief Sitting Bull, General Tso or even Charles Gordon would have been completely at sea in either Brooks Brothers or Ross Dress for Less even the suit-choosing business isn't essential to manliness.

And maybe something on the manly art of calming another man who hasn't figured out there are ways besides trying to pick a fight to boost his momentarily-low testosterone levels. True, there's the problem of who'd want to read a three-chapter book But at the end of the day there aren't a lot of other genuinely and exclusively manly things to know And don't get me started on all the things men could learn that are supposed to be the exclusive domain of women. The book sounds interesting too, even though I disagree those are skills exclusive to men.

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I believe I have read that Swine Flu is not transmitted by hand contact but in the air, by coughing or sneezing. Therefore, at least in this case, a handshake is not prohibited for any polite person.

About Contact Advertise. While it's definitely more than just monster trucks, grilling and six-pack abs, true manliness is hard to define.

The words macho and manly are not synonymous. Taking lessons from classic gentlemen such as Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt, authors Brett and Kate McKay have created a collection of the most useful advice every man needs to know to live life to its full potential. This book contains a wealth of information that ranges from survival skills to social skills to advice on how to improve your character.

Whether you are braving the wilds with your friends, courting your girlfriend or raising a family, inside you'll find practical information and inspiration for every area of life. You'll learn the basics all modern men should know, including how to: Shave like your grandpa Be a perfect houseguest Fight like a gentleman using the art of bartitsu Help a friend with a problem Give a man hug Perform a fireman's carry Ask for a woman's hand in marriage Raise resilient kids Predict the weather like a frontiersman Start a fire without matches Give a dynamic speech Live a well-balanced life So jump in today and gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a real man in the 21st century.

Review quote "Luckily there are still some thinking men out there. He's helping a modern generation define manliness on a much deeper and more meaningful level. Art of Manliness helps men acquire new skills and become self-reliant, two things not as common as they once were.

You'll find practical advice that applies here and now, for almost every aspect of a man's life.

I found Art of Manliness to be a quick, engaging read. You will learn something from The Art of Manliness, and you'll come away a better man no matter where you come from. Other wore bearskins and the skulls of their enemies dangling from their waists. That was manly once, but I doubt you'll be walking outside dressed like that. When not only outdated, some advices are the diametric opposite of manly. I'm mainly referring to The Lover chapter. If you don't want t behave like a complete pussy and beta man, I suggest you don't use these "tips" in practice.

The chapter and the one about marriage is steeped in feminist propaganda which puts a woman on a raised dais and lowers the man to the status of a slave who has to dance on her every whim.

You're even provided with a chart detailing the subtle meaning of every flower, so you can combine them accordingly with your apology while you're kneeling in front of her begging for forgiveness or expressing your unwavering adoration for this most noble and precious creature of all in the Universe.

To top it off, one of the most absurd statements advises you to walk on the outside of the sidewalk, so that, I quote, "your lady [is] farther from the traffic. This way, if someone is going to be splashed, it will be you, not her. They do not want you to act like that.

They search for alpha males the definition of the term being far too complicated to discuss here , not whipped dogs that cower in front of them. All the bullshit aside, there are indeed some valuable advices to be found within these pages like the ones about raising resilient kids , while other are simply meh.

When all is said and done, I felt that much of this book was filler to reach a page quota, and certainly far from being some invaluable manly wisdom. Much of it are general tips and how-to's that you knew one way or the other.

To conclude, "The Art of Manliness" is a very mediocre read. View 2 comments. Jan 21, Jim rated it liked it Recommends it for: Teen males. I'm always moaning over the generally boorish behaviour of your average North American male, so every once in a while I like to read a little something to refresh those parts of my memory that deal with culture and etiquette. This book seemed ideal as it promised to deal with classic skills and manners for the modern man.

The book lives up to its promise, sort of, as it does touch lightly on manners, dress and propriety, but most of the book is nonsense. Well, not nonsense, exactly, but a bunch o I'm always moaning over the generally boorish behaviour of your average North American male, so every once in a while I like to read a little something to refresh those parts of my memory that deal with culture and etiquette.

Well, not nonsense, exactly, but a bunch of malarkey that will never be encountered by one man in a million. How to land an aircraft, for instance. Or treat a snakebite. Predict the weather. Tie knots. Fight a man with your overcoat. In other words, a bunch of filler. This is a book I could have written: If I had any instinct for success or profit, I could have been making money from a book like this instead of spending money on it.

Full points to the McKays for outsmarting me on this one.

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The book does have some parts that adolescent males and I will find amusing, such as this delightful excerpt from page Come on, that's funny right there, as Larry the Cable Guy would say. Another thing that got my goat was the fact that the book is poorly illustrated.

There are rather crude drawings to illustrate teaching points, but the points the authors chose to illustrate puzzled hell out of me. As an example, they go on a laborious explanation detailing how to tie a Windsor knot in a tie with never a diagram to shed some light on the mystery other than a drawing depicting the end result. Later in the chapter on chivalry they have a captioned drawing of a gentleman holding open a door for a lady. I would have preferred if they had permitted me to trust my imagination for the mental image of opening the door but given me a diagram of the steps of tying the knot.

Ultimately, I believe any male of my advanced years should be in possession of most of the information found herein. The book has a lot of good information in it, and does have a niche in the reading world. If we could get every male to read it at puberty, maybe it would do some good, but most adult men should have already been taught this behaviour by their fathers.

View all 4 comments. Feb 26, Josiah rated it really liked it. This book finds a more measured approach to the topic. General etiquette need not be lost with the rise of Facebook, there's nothing wrong with uphoding basic etiquette towards women while simultaneously championing gender equality and there's nothing "gay" about having close male friends that--only in recent generations--have been frowned upon if the connection goes "Manliness" has found itself sequestered to either the macho realm of false bravado or the neutered face of too many sitcom dads.

General etiquette need not be lost with the rise of Facebook, there's nothing wrong with uphoding basic etiquette towards women while simultaneously championing gender equality and there's nothing "gay" about having close male friends that--only in recent generations--have been frowned upon if the connection goes further than "drinking buddies" or guys to vent your womenly troubles with.

The book mentions men it perceives to be of great virtue some of which I questioned, but not wholly such as Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin and others who felt it okay to be a good man through virtuous acts and honest attempts at improvement It hearkens to a more "romantic" age where men could be exalted as "manly" without being arrogant, sarcastic, sexist and homophobic.

It was difficult for me to find much to disagree with, although I always shy away from looking at any period of time as the ideal age of anything.

It's a proper etiquette book for the post-enlightenment and post sexual-revolution generations and an interesting read for any guy looking for some inspiration and tips for improvement. It's witty, straight-forward and full of amusing anecdotes and "how-to" guides. I was entertained by it but--more importantly--found myself in some serious introspection that has lingered since reading it which seems to have been the author's ultimate goal.

There's a lot of bullshit in this book. For one, it denigrates individual therapy with a very broad brush, which is 1 crap because most of us emerge from our initial family life in an immature state, and no amount of walking in the woods will fix that and 2 it tells people like me, who have literally been saved from death by their own hand because of therapy, that they're wasting their time in therapy.

So fuck you, Brett McKay. I'm sure that you would have given my mother a really convincing a There's a lot of bullshit in this book. I'm sure that you would have given my mother a really convincing argument about how building a fire without a lighter would've kept me from jumping off of a bridge. There are some good things in here. The main thing that's obvious is that men need the community of other men, in person, on a routine basis.

If that's not group therapy, I don't know what it really is. He's advocating therapy while denigrating it and cloaking what he considers socially acceptable in a shroud of "manliness".

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What the fuck ever, dude. Brett McKay's writing makes him seem like a complete dick. View all 6 comments. Dec 19, Tom Metge rated it it was amazing. Being married for 10 years to the most wonderful woman I have ever met has taught me something that we all tend to admit only intellectually: The American society tends to devalue that difference in the name of seeking equality.

This goal is admirable, but the approach is wrong-footed. This is why I love this book: What is wonderful about this adm Being married for 10 years to the most wonderful woman I have ever met has taught me something that we all tend to admit only intellectually: What is wonderful about this admission is that, unlike our society's current approach to establishing gender equality, it assigns value to one gender without stripping it from the other. Others have said it and I will repeat it here: I wish I had read this book earlier in my life.

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The skills it teaches can be quaint but the message it sends is one I will share with my sons: Just as good, in fact, as being a woman.

Oct 22, Adil rated it it was amazing. The Art of Manliness is a guide to becoming a better man by focusing on one's mannerisms, dress, and intelligence. The book posits that modern men have become stuck in 'permanent adolescence' and are not up to task on the necessary virtues and strengths which belonged to the men of the past.

Leaning upon past paragons like Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin, this book covers different aspects of becoming a better man in today's society by eliminating time-wasters, maintaining cleanliness, a The Art of Manliness is a guide to becoming a better man by focusing on one's mannerisms, dress, and intelligence.

Leaning upon past paragons like Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin, this book covers different aspects of becoming a better man in today's society by eliminating time-wasters, maintaining cleanliness, and upholding fidelity. Different sections include: The Gentleman improve your manners and physical being , The Friend become a sturdy and reliable acquaintance , The Lover become a faithful and committed husband or significant-other , and The Leader project confidence and learn to shoulder some responsibility.

This book, while highly idealistic, is an essential read for what the authors call 'The Lost Generation' of current men. Apr 28, Eric Moote rated it really liked it Shelves: I have been a fan of the website for years and I was excited when this book and the Manvationals came out. The book, at times, felt like a summary of all of the website's articles, but for the not-so-fanatical, the book is a perfect balance of sage wisdom, inspirational advice and kick-in-the-pants motivation that every man needs from time to time.

I would and have recommended the books and the website to Overall: I would and have recommended the books and the website to every man, boy, man-boy, and woman that I know.

They are great sources of topics that will lead you down the path of discovering who you are as a man, husband, brother and friend. Buy the book. Then read it. Then follow the website. Jul 27, Keenan Johnston rated it did not like it.

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Obvious and Banal. Only good as a coffee table book. View 1 comment. Mar 02, Khanh Cao rated it really liked it Shelves: All in all, quite a book on how to practice the Art of Manliness. I should have given it a 3, but for the enjoyable last chapters, I give it a 4.

Most of the book involves in doing a set of particular things, to meet "a man's standard", but it does not answer the question "how do those things trigger a man's masculinity? Just like when you give someone great examples to follow but you forgot to tell them what are the underlying meanings of th All in all, quite a book on how to practice the Art of Manliness. Just like when you give someone great examples to follow but you forgot to tell them what are the underlying meanings of those, why the bad guys act like the bad guys and if in any other circumstances, would they act differently, etc My opinion is, if one hasn't got a good foundation on manliness theories already such as the answers to these questions: However, one should still read it if he is unclear of the actions he should take, but has already been sure of what his values and beliefs should be.

Mar 12, Pvw rated it really liked it Shelves: A truly remarkable book! At first I feared it might contain a lot of drabble about etiquette rules, but that fortunately wasn't so. Although that subject is mentioned, there are many things more, one of which is sound advice on how to be likeable to other people. But those are just a few of the myriad of subjects appearing in the book. All of that is contained in a stylish cover that perfectly fits the text and the illustrations.

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