The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

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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.

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Overview


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.
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"This couple shows that you can be a man without being a jerk." —-MDAA, Toronto Star.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600614620
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 76,899
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brett McKay is a man. Kate McKay loves manly men. Together this husband and wife team reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and run the ArtofManliness.com, the manliest website on the Internet.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Gentleman 4

Dress Like a Gentleman

Getting Fitted for a Suit

HowtoRockaPocket Square

Three Ways to Tie aTie

Bringing Back the Hat

Attention to Details

Groom Like a Gentleman

Why Every Man Should Go to a Barbershop

Shave Like Your Grandpa

Behave Like a Gentleman

How to Be the Perfect Party Guest

Table Manners for Gentlemen

The Dos and Don'ts of Conversation

How to Be the Perfect Houseguest

The Art of Thank-You-Note Writing

A Gentleman's Guide to Tipping

Modern Technology and the New Rules of Etiquette

Chapter 2 The Friend 64

The History of Man Friendships

Band of Brothers: Making and Keeping Strong Friendships

Learn the Secret Handshake: Join a Fraternal Lodge

How to Help a Friend With a Problem

The Mechanics of the Man Hug

Beyond G-Strings and Keg Stands: Throwing a Classy Bach-elor Party

Give a Best Man Speech That Won't Make People Cringe

Chapter 3 The Hero 89

Fight Like a Gentleman

Break Down a Door

Perform the Fireman's Carry

Save a Drowning Person

Treat a Snakebite

Be a Hero on the Road

Mayday! Mayday! Land a Plane in an Emergency

Chapter 4 The Lover 116

The Art of Chivalry

Stop Hanging Out With Women and Start Dating Them

Nice Guys Don't Have to Finish Last

Give Flowers Like a Victorian Gentleman

Break Up With a Woman Like a Gentleman

How Do You Know When She's the One?

Stop Dragging Your Feet and Make a Commitment

Asking for a Woman's Hand in Marriage

Affair-Proof Your Marriage

Chapter 5 The Father 143

Take Care of a Pregnant Wife

Deliver a Baby in a Pinch

Change a Diaper

Quiet a Crying Baby

Balance Work and Family

Raise ResilientKids

Teach Your Kid to Ridea Bike

Entertain the Kids

Have "The Talk" With Your Kids

Give Your Son a Rite of Passage

Chapter 6 The Outdoorsman 177

Streamline Your Camping Trip

set Up Camp

Man and Fire

Five Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches

Predict the Weather Like a Frontiersman

Navigate Without a Compass

Four Knots Every Man Should Know

Chapter 7 The Leader 207

Five Traits of Leadership

Exude Magnetic Charisma

How to Shake Hands Like a Man

Prepare and Deliver a Dynamite Speech

Give and Accept Criticism Without Coming Off Like a Cad

Chapter 8 The Virtuous Man 230

Franklin's Quest for Moral Perfection

Applying Franklin's Pursuit of "The Virtuous life" to Your Life

Temperance

Silence

Order

Resolution

Frugality

Industry

Sincerity

Justice

Moderation

Cleanliness

Tranquillity

Chastity

Humility

Afterword 264

Appendix A One Hundred Books Every Man Should Read 266

Appendix B Glossary Of Manly Nineteenth-Century Vernacular 271

Appendix C Cards To Cut Out And Carry 274

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Must have for a man of any age

    This book is great for a man in his 20s who is either clueless or eager to learn. It is also very nostalgic- my grandfather and I spent hours paging through the book during conversation.

    Their blog and facebook page is also great to read!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

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    Must have for all guys.

    If you are clueless about etiquette, among other things, then this is the book for you. There is a plethora of information that I was clueless about. It's a good one to have around to refer back to occassinally, too.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    Get this book.

    Every child should have this read to them, then be told either "This is the man you need to be" or "This is the man you need to marry." The world would be a better place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    A Wonderful Reminder of a Long Forgotten Art

    The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

    The McKay’s (Brett and Kate) did a fantastic job throughout this book providing useful insights for men (and women alike) to follow. There were some points/skills that seemed somewhat obvious to me. However, with that being said the new skillsets that are learned are essential. Give this book a shot, you will most likely learn a new perspective on life and also gain a greater appreciation for a few of the remarkable men of yesteryear.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    A must read for Men

    I admire McKay in again reminding men that there is a 'art' to manliness. I would recommend this book to any guy who knows that there is more to being a man than testosterone. As a lady I enjoyed the book as a reminder there are still me out there who are striving to be 'Gentlemen"!

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    Recommend it.

    I would recommend this book for all young men. It could be the revival of "manliness".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Great Book!

    My fiance LOVES this book. Full of fun facts. Of course the shipping etc was great with B&N too!

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