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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 2004
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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 Greensboro, NC, United States 02-08-12
    mike Greensboro, NC, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2010
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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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    Carl Tehachapi, CA, United States 02-03-14
    Carl Tehachapi, CA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2010
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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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    Robert Corpus Christi, TX, United States 03-25-13
    Robert Corpus Christi, TX, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book for Brushing up on Your Etiquette"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking to brush up on your basic manly etiquette, I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Blackburn, United Kingdom 02-11-13
    A Blackburn, United Kingdom 02-11-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Not much use as an audiobook"

    Trying to picture how to tie different styles of knots is a futile exercise - a companion PDF would have made all the difference in the world.

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    Evan James Johannesburg, South Africa 08-05-12
    Evan James Johannesburg, South Africa 08-05-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Mandatory Reading"

    This should be mandatory reading for all 12-year old boys, parents of boys, and teachers of boys. Younger parents and teachers especially should read this; it might help stop the ill-guided feminisation of boys.

    The only criticism I can level is that some parts are not suited to the audio format. However, buying the book in addition to the audiobook solves this problem.

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    Jamie launceston, Australia 02-12-12
    Jamie launceston, Australia 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "feminine concepts in manly english"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    as this book doesn't really seem to cover the topics of manhood so much of how to be sensitive, it might be better suited to a heartless lumberjack who wants to be more sensitive than anyone interested in what it means to be a man...


    What could Brett McKay and Kate McKay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    i think really the approach the authors have taken is not quite there... maybe its just the title that wrong... perhaps it could be called 'how to be a sensitive new age kinda guy explained in manly terms'


    What aspect of Todd McLaren’s performance would you have changed?

    really, the performance wasn't too bad...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    i was mostly just disappointed. having popped in to the art of manliness webpage (i think from the same author?) i was disappointed in the content of the book... it touches on the things that make the website great, but for the most part misses it.


    Any additional comments?

    further to the above comment, this maybe isn't the best book for audio... lots of lists and how to instructions...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Stormbrook L. T. G. NW 02-04-12

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    "Best audio book ever."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Manliness to be better than the print version?

    YES!! I would certainly say that the author's voice is so much better. You can hear it as a conversation. His words spoken a as a man to a man, a boy becoming a man or a young man seeking advice is best heard from a man. If you are seeking guidance this book helps so much. I can remember it three weeks later after listening to the book. If I read the book I may remember only a few sentences for a few days!


    What other book might you compare The Art of Manliness to and why?

    I would compare this book to Conversationally speaking.


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

    You experience a role model speaking to you. It can be funny.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Art of Manliness?

    It's hilarious but realistic, so if you are just sitting around, listen. It will apply to your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Try applying some of the tips, you never know where this book will take you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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