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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (April 26 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607740060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607740063
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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“Peculiar, brilliant, funny, smart, and it will turn you into a cool person, like CNN’s Anderson Cooper and me.” 
—Augusten Burroughs, Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Phineas Mollod uses his Vanderbilt law degree to counsel his wayward pals in divorces and landlord-tenant imbroglios and write about technology law in New York City. 
Jason Tesauro forewent law school for a mastery of wine, spirits, style, and sustainable food. You’ll find him swinging a croquet mallet in Richmond, Virginia, or wielding a champagne saber as he conducts the Modern Gentleman Seminar Series and other events of consequence around the world. 

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I had the idea this book might be an interesting, amusing read from which I could actually benefit. As it turned out, this was not the case.

I found the book extremely superficial, and providing the same quality of advice: how to create a veneer of sophistication, no more. The title, it seems, is disturbingly apt; in modern society, with its hype and glitter, the 'modern' gentleman is apparently nothing more than a convenient mask one wears to appear classy and garner approbation.

Nowhere in the book, however, is there discussion on what it means to actually BE classy. For example, rather than noting that true gentlemen do not have affairs on their wives, it emphasizes the need for discretion and the fact that if one is caught, it's not really defensible.

Needless to say, an indepth read became a casual perusal became a skim became the book going in the recycling. I not only wish I could get my money back, but the time I spent looking at it.

Milage may vary.
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HASH(0xa514bf90) out of 5 stars Better than first edition May 16 2011
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This is the wittiest, funniest, savviest collection of observations on how to be an effective male in the twentieth first century you can find. Don't confuse this vast smorgasbord of essays on everything from wine, dating, music choice, sex, in-laws, kink, and clothes with the kind of pseudo-cool yet actually uptight advice you'd find in GQ or similar post-frat boy rags. Practical and highly amusing at the same time.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5402fc0) out of 5 stars Every man should own this book June 4 2011
By NickJamesZ - Published on
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I reference this book as much as the bible. It has become my second bible. I take it everywhere I go right in my napsack, in my car and whenever boarding a plane. Imagine all of the witty advice columns you've read in Playboy, Maxim, GQ, Mens Health, etc. and you have the MG series in one tidy and handsome package. Read it, soak it in and live like a gentleman. And if nothing else it is an excellent conversation starter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5390690) out of 5 stars Young men everywhere could benefit from this............. May 22 2014
By Steve-o - Published on
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This was a gift from my daughter, and when I'm done, my two prospective SIL's will find this required reading by their new "old man". While much of the pompous and effete prose was a distraction, there are many great passages to help a man up his game and improve his lifestyle. Many of the asides were inside jokes that only the culturally elite would get, and did nothing for the book. The sections on wine and single malt were excellent as were wardrobe and accessories. One can only hope that by now, these two aging frat boys have actually found real work and are gainfully employed.
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HASH(0xa513e378) out of 5 stars Good read Oct. 17 2013
By S. H. Moore - Published on
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This book touches on a lot of things, some I feel might have become extinct long before today's time but it is still nice to see how a gentleman should conduct himself. Even if the situations are from another time, seeing how to behave can still be used to construct a better understanding for oneself and thus improvement.

Call me closed minded but I had to pull a star for the part about homosexuality, sorry but I felt it was just thrown in there at the end of the chapter as to try and say "hey gay readers we have something for you too".
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HASH(0xa513e858) out of 5 stars SEND THIS TO A FRIEND June 6 2014
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If you are a man or know a man this book is a must. I originally bought the first edition in high school back in early 2000, and i was impressed so much that i decided to apply a lot of what i learned. this book really helped me out, especially when i was in college trying to balance my social life with work and school. among a few things i learned that i often get kudos for in my adult life that i can credit the book with are basic skills for mixing drinks, hosting gatherings, and grooming standards.