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The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man | [Brett McKay, Kate McKay]

The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

Authors Brett and Kate McKay provide a guide for every 21st-century man to achieve true manliness and live life to its full potential.
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Publisher's Summary

Man Up!

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.

©2009 Brett and Kate McKay (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“This couple shows that you can be a man without being a jerk." (MDAA, Toronto Star.com)

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    Gunnar Flovenz 110 Reykjavík, Iceland 12-21-11
    Gunnar Flovenz 110 Reykjavík, Iceland 12-21-11 Member Since 2005
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    "An excellent resource for gentlemen"

    An excellent book and a great resource for a dying breed, the gentleman. I highly recommend this book as well as the sequel, "Manvotionals"

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mike 02-08-12
    mike 02-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A fun, light read ... that should be mandatory"

    I enjoyed it. In the book, the author states that the purpose of this book was to pass on sage-like advice to the younger generation. This generation is missing out on proven wisdom since the passing on of this information has gone out of common practice. If anyone has actually talked to anyone in the 16-23 age bracket, it's a hard assertion to argue with. So, I think the authors should know that they've done exactly what they set out to do. I picked up this book for those very reasons. As is pretty common for folks of my generation, I didn't have much of a relationship with my own dad. Same for my older brother. As a result, I always felt I missed out on some of the fundamental manly teachings that these authors address. Some tips were mundane (like how to tie a tie), while others (how to be a good husband and father) were ethical tips that mirror my own beliefs that definitely seem to grow exceedingly out of vogue with each new generation that comes across.

    I wish I had this book when I was 15.

    There were parts of the book that dragged a little (the parts about camping and how to help give birth were a little dry to me) and that was my main reason for not giving it a full 5 stars (if half stars were an option my true rating would be 4.5 stars).

    It was a fun and interesting read, and was perfect to break up the sci-fi/fantasy rut I found myself in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john United States 08-11-15
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    "Great book"

    This book touches on a lot of what is missing in our modern pseudo f-u society. I think men in general have lost what it means to be a man and a gentleman at that. Some of the stuff about camping is pretty basic. But the book has a point. People would rather buy outdoorsy clothes to look outdoorsy but they rarely get out and camp. I recommend this book to any male between the ages of 18-60.

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    Edward 07-08-15
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    "Would be better off with the actual book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, better to have the book with pictures


    What did you like best about this story?

    interesting and well varied topics


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there were heaps of bits that were good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Not really suited to being an audiobook, much better to have lying around the house so you can flick through it every now and then

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    Joe 05-12-15
    Joe 05-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "great advice!"

    I have never listened to a book before that I couldn't disagree with any part of it. here is a first. please listen and heed their advice

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    Matthew 05-08-15
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    "We need more men like this!"

    This is what we need more of in America! Good ol' fashioned MEN!

    Great read! Every man of every age should have a copy of this book and use it as their personal bible.

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    Roberto J. Perez 02-21-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great concepts"

    Really enjoyed the overall flow of the book. The overall concepts in the book are sound and very applicable to every day life. Men should at least check this book out once, it may help you better define what is important in your quest for manliness!

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    Dion detroit, mi United States 02-15-15
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    "Every male looking to become a man. Must hear."

    Every man looking to become what a real man is supposed to be. Must read or listen to this.

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    Timothy 02-01-15
    Timothy 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simple, and Necessary"

    A must read for any young man growing up in today's society. Brett and Kate McKay lay a solid foundation for what it truly means to be not only a man, but a gentleman. The narrator, Todd McLaren reads wonderfully, his voice is easy to listen to and draws in the listener. Simply put, the book is a masterpiece, both simple, and necessary.

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    Carl 02-03-14
    Carl 02-03-14
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Especially a young man. I lost count of the number of faux pas Brett addressed that I've committed over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shaving. I have since converted to safety razors for the economy and the attitude.


    What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just as in the Altered Carbon series, Todd brings a casual, almost quirky attitude to the text, as if he is always half smiling. I'd buy him a beer if I met him on the street; he is my favorite narrator thus far.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too much information. In fact, I bought the hard-copy to use as a reference. If not for me, then certainly for my son.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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