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
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
“This couple shows that you can be a man without being a jerk." (MDAA, Toronto Star.com)
An excellent book and a great resource for a dying breed, the gentleman. I highly recommend this book as well as the sequel, "Manvotionals"
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.
Absolutely. Especially a young man. I lost count of the number of faux pas Brett addressed that I've committed over and over again.
Shaving. I have since converted to safety razors for the economy and the attitude.
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.
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.
it points out how alienating the modern world can be to manly things, and then makes a joke out of it. it offers no real advice except boring, overly detailed explanations of how to do simple things like tie ties or shave - maybe this is ok in book form where pictures can be used, but this is terrible for audio books. the rare insight it offers is mostly on how to be a man 100 years ago, and basically states that the definition of manliness shouldn't change, but that men should change to be more like men of yesterday. so instead of helping to define manliness, it actually erodes and distorts it more.
I loved this book! It was exactly what people my age need in their lives, but I felt kinda left out when it came to the visual aspect of this book. There were many how-to's and I feel like seeing the usual awesome illustrations that Brett McKay uses will help understand how to bring down an airplane to safety or how to pick a hat for my ugly mug.
If I were you, whom of which have not purchased this yet, buy the actual book. It's like buying a dangerous book for boys on here. You need to see the steps and the visuals to grasp what he is trying to convey.
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.
No, better to have the book with pictures
interesting and well varied topics
there were heaps of bits that were good
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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