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The Young Man's Guide [Paperback]

William A. Alcott
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March 18 2008
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and interesting June 25 2011
By kwokzon
The Young Man's Guide is a very interesting read, providing us with some insights that still hold very true even decades later. It really does change our perspectives on many things of our everyday life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stiff Rectitude to Us; Warm and Fuzzy to 1836. May 23 2010
By J. P. Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
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This reviewer is not here going into detail, citings and/or rhetorical devices. Short and sweet.

Mr. Alcott's work is from the heart and it is inspired by the spirit of community improvement, which is one of the fundamental prinicples he proposes ought to be included in an American male's psyche as a key motivator.

That principle still has merit, as do many of the others he advances. On the very first page of Chapter One, he defines every man's purpose in life: "to be of the greatest possible usefulness." No problem.

Those guys seem always to have been producing something. They had no TV, no iPad, Kindle, smart phone, Google search, Bing (just for comparison.) But there were, as always, distractions. Handle them.

If you are conversant with contemporary thought and practice in parenting and aware of some developmental psychology - not that the reviewer so purports - as "MyCousin Vinnie" would say, "it holds water." (Granted, Alcott's era is nothing even close to recognizably touchy-feel-y, but he loves youth and says that kids playing is an absolute must- after the work is done, of course.)

Between what Alcott reports and what the informed reader already knows of boy character building, virtually all of the history of traditional American values is within grasp.

Keep in mind that not many people were eligible to vote then. Women CEO's could be counted on the fingers of no hands. Because of those anachronisms and more, I'd bet some unfortunates today will find the book laughable, as they judge Alcott by 2010 sensibilities. That's often a mistake.
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