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How to Be a Gentleman Revised & Updated: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy [Hardcover]

John Bridges
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Jan. 3 2012 Gentlemanners

Being a gentleman isn’t just being a nice guy, or aconsiderate guy, or the type of guy someone might take home to meet their mother.A gentleman realizes that he has the unique opportunity to distinguish himself fromthe rest of the crowd. He knows when an email is appropriate, and when nothingless than a handwritten note will do. He knows how to dress on the golf course,in church, and at a party. He knows how to breeze through an airport withoutthe slightest fumble of his carry-on or boarding pass. And those conversationalicebreakers—“Where do I know you from?” A gentleman knows better.Gentlemanliness is all in the details, and John Bridges is reclaiming the ideathat men—gentlemen—can be extraordinary in every facet of their lives.

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John Bridges, author of How to Be a Gentleman, is also the coauthor, with Bryan Curtis, of seven other volumes in the best-selling GentleManners series. He is a frequent guest on television and radio news programs, always championing gentlemanly behavior in modern society. Bridges has appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel, and CBS Sunday Morning, and has been profiled in People magazine and the New York Times.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Truly a mixed bag.... Feb. 2 2001
By A Customer
This book has some real pros and some real cons. The *majority* of the advice given is practical, no nonsense etiquette. For this reason I would heartily recommend this publication to a gentleman looking to improve upon such areas in his life. There are other books however that he should supplement his learning, in my opinion.
Now, having said that, there are some glaring problems w/ this book.
I.) The suggestion that a man should NEVER turn down an invitation is nuts. The author gave the reader the out in the event of illness or death in the family. Come on, there are times, for whatever reason, that you have to respectfully decline.
2.) Drink beer from a CAN!?! How did that slip in there? First, at a truly formal occasion you simply don't suck down the suds. At any other occasion it is more than acceptable, but how hard is it to put it in a glass? Drinking beer from a can in your living room by yourself (or w/ your wife) after a long hard week, sure that's fine, but elsewhere drink from a glass.
3.) There is one point that states simply, "If a gentleman can afford to do so, he should have someone else clean his home." Why? There is a fine line between snobbery and etiquette and this crossed it. If it said if the man and his wife are to busy to keep a house clean, then that would make a lot of practical sense. Otherwise, it's a waste.
4.) The other gives the reader full liberty to not wear socks in many occasions, but says w/o question he must wear a undershirt. Though I live in the North and always wear the two aforementioned articles, I could see why a gentleman from Dixie would not want to wear an undershirt during the summer. Socks are a must, IMHO.
5.) The quib about always bringing condoms was both out of place and inappropriate in my opinion. Such sexual matters are both personal and vary depending on a gentleman's religious background. It didn't belong in this book.
Good day.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A child's book Nov. 6 2003
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This book was misrepresented by Amazon as a book on how to be a gentleman, yet it simply a book full of short verses, but instead of reading sayings from the Bible saying Thou shall not, it reads as though an irritating Grandmother is scolding a teenager. I broke the book open at random to give two examples of the nonsense, "A gentleman always shares his umbrella" and "In warm weather a gentleman always wears an undershirt". I think most men, at least I did, buy a book like this to get the latest in style, how to handle ackward conversations, how to work a crowd, the proper behavior when attending funerals, weddings, etc.. My copy of this book is going into the trash, because a gentlemen wouldn't insult his friends by giving it to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative April 1 2010
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I breezed through this book in a couple of hours. It's got some great tips and is never dull. Short little one-liners throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Succinct Advice April 6 2004
What it means to be a "gentlemen" is always a matter of opinion. But John Bridges offers us a well-balanced path, addressing most areas of life in a brief 150 page book filled with brief statements, such as, "A gentlemen never tells jokes that may embarass other people, even if those other people are not in the room." The entire book is made up of similar directive sayings (no paragraphs), which is fine with me. It gets the authors points across quickly and clearly.
The chapter titles include, A Gentlemen Experiences Real Life, A Gentlemen Gets Dressed, A Gentlemen Goes to Dinner, A Gentlemen Says the Right Thing, A Gentlemen Gives A Party, A Gentlemen Goes to A Party, A Gentlemen and His Friends, A Gentlemen Goes to the Office, A Gentlmen Gets Equipped, and Extreme Etiquette: A Gentlemen Faces the Really Big Challenges.
I was very satsified with this book and highly recommend it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A simple book. Dec 2 2003
By A Customer
A couple of interesting details here and there, a simple reference book for the occasional gentleman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read... Nov. 4 2003
The biggest complaint people have against books on etiquette and manners is that most of what's in them is common sense. However,what they forget is that such books are usually given as gifts to children or significant others who probably can use the help. This book fits the bill. It's direct and to the point, and can be read in less than an hour. Everything in it is useful and correct, even though most of it will qualify as "common sense." While it is somewhat limited in scope, I have no hesitation in recommending it for a young man who needs some polishing, or for an older one who's lost it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer Oct. 14 2003
In an increasingly uncivilised world its nice to see that there are more of us who wish to engage in civility. This book gives excellent advice on not just being a gentleman but also about being a man in general. Knowing how to respond in certain situations can set you apart from others and give you an advantage at work, in an interview, or even make a better husband or boyfriend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Common Sense Sept. 10 2003
This book is wonderful at seeing beyond the minutiae of ordinary books on etiquette, and cutting to the core of what is truly useful in daily life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
A portion of the book is common sense, a portion gives practical guidelines for entertaining, a portion is about consideration for others and a portion is simply archaic or... Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by S. Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars an aspiring gentleman's view...
This book has its problems, to be sure, but the truth of the matter is that 85% (at least) of "How To Be A Gentleman : A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy" is usable,... Read more
Published on May 28 2003 by Steven Swain
4.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide for the contemporary gentleman
This is the sort of book interesting only to those people serious about self-perfection. The book offers easy and handy tips for how to behave as a gentleman -- and far from the... Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002 by John H. Teeple
1.0 out of 5 stars Foolish beyond belief
Although there are a few bits of useful information spinkled herein, they are inconsistent. Much of the "information" appears to be directed to barbarians (e.g. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by capefearcinema
4.0 out of 5 stars A brief but very useful guide
I bought this book for my young nephew, and he likes it so much he carries it around in his school backpack. This is a short book, and is not meant to be comprehensive. Read more
Published on April 26 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars A Gentleman's Guide to Common Courtesy
I bought this book, then promptly returned it a few days later. If the information was worth the price, I most certainly would have kept it. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2002
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