A Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man [NOOK Book]


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If the word "metrosexual" makes you vaguely uncomfortable and you savor thoughts of hard liquor, good cigars, and weekends at Vegas, this is the book for you. Tough-guy actor Frank Vincent (The Sopranos; Goodfellas; Raging Bull) knows that you don't become a man's man by bullying the shrimps; you become one by dressing like a champ and taking on the world. His Guy's Guide to Being a Man's Man contains all you will need to become a tough, smart, confident, charming, classy, all-around good fella.
New York Daily News
A light-hearted primer on old-school masculinity.
Cigar Aficionado
This tongue in cheek how-to book offers men advice on the finer things in life.
The Bergen Record
The book covers everything from dating, to smoking cigars, to dressing, to doing Las Vegas right, to treating women with respect.
Player Magazine
The official wiseguy's guide to being a man's man.
Giant Magazine
Frank Vincent, the endlessly classy (and often terrifying) character actor's new book teaches you how to date, gamble, dress, eat and smoke with style.
Newark Star-Ledger
Offers sartorial tips and advice on entertaining, cigar-smoking, cooking and manly music and movies.
Total Film Magazine
Sly, funny, and elegantly mocking of the saturated self-help market.
Boston Herald
A primer for men on how to dress sharp, command respect, and appreciate the finer things in life.
The New York Times
Vincent is a believable authority on manliness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440623691
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/2/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 629,623
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Vincent is a veteran of over 50 films by some of the world's most respected directors, including Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Do the Right Thing, and Casino.

Steven Priggé is the co-author of the Italian-American celebrity cookbook Shut Up and Eat!, and the author of Movie Moguls Speak and Created By. He also writes freelance articles for one of the most widely read food magazines in the world, Bon Appetit.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword   James Gandolfini     xv
Introduction     xvii
Dating Like a Man's Man     1
Getting the Digits     7
The First Date     13
Tell the Ex to Go Home and Get His Shinebox!     18
Going Steady     21
Watching Movies Like a Man's Man     27
Gangster Flicks     31
Western Flicks     38
Sports Flicks     45
War Flicks     52
Chick Flicks     59
Smoking Cigars Like a Man's Man     61
What to Smoke     66
Back to Basics     74
Man's Man Interview with Vincent "Big Pussy" Pastore     83
Mangia Like a Man's Man     91
Man's Man Restaurants     96
Your Mother's Always the Best Cook     110
That's Entertaining     117
Salud!     125
Listening to Music Like a Man's Man     135
Top Man's Man Music Legends     139
Music Picks     148
Man's Man Interview with Steven Van Zandt     158
Visiting Vegas Like a Man's Man     167
A Man's Man Las Vegas History     174
Top Ten Man's Man Hotels     180
Man's Man Interview with James Caan     204
Looking Like a Man's Man     211
The Looks     216
Getting Past the Doorman     224
Grooming     230
Accessories     237
Epilogue     245
Frank Vincent Filmography     249
Photo Credits     251
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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Frank Vincent

Why did you decide to write a book for guys about being a man's man?

FV: I think a lot of guys today haven't learned the traditional values of being a real man's man, in work, life, love and play. Men need to get back to the basics.

How did your upbringing prepare you for being a real man's man later in life?

FV: My father was a true man's man. I learned everything from him. He taught me very early on that a man's man has integrity, honor, respect, and loyalty. I have never lost sight of those traits throughout my entire life.

How do you think being a man's man has helped you get ahead in your acting career?

FV: On-screen, I think the characters I've played throughout my career have usually been strong and carried a large presence. Off-screen, working as a professional actor is tough. There's a lot of rejection no matter how much talent you have. So, I think the man's man qualities of a strong work ethic and never giving up have served me well.

What kind of guys stand to get the most from your book?

FV: I think any guy who is willing to take a close look at himself and wants to strive to make himself better will get something out of this book. Hey, there's always room for improvement with anybody!

Will women benefit from reading this book, too? If so, how?

FV: Absolutely. This is the ultimate resource for any woman who desires to turn her "guy" into a man's man. We're mixing old school values like always opening the door for a lady and "just because" flowers with hip and cutting-edge ideas. I think actor Denis Leary said it best in his blurb on the book jacket, "Men should read this book and take lots of notes. Women should read it and take even more."

For those guys out there who need to practice becoming men's men, how much training do you think a guy should devote to it? What kind of hits and misses can he expect?

FV: Practice makes perfect. It's an old cliché, but it's definitely still applicable. You have to put in the effort to get the results. The dating section might be the most complicated. Why? Well, because women are complicated. No two women are alike so there will be some trial and error in this area. But, you will get better and better as time goes on. After reading the section "Dating Like a Man's Man," men will be very pleased with the results.

Some guys might have trouble affording the must-haves for being a real man's man - fine cigars, playing it up in Vegas, or high-end restaurants. Can you offer any tips for them that won't make them look like a total loser or a cheapskate to the ladies?

FV: If you can't afford to take your lovely lady out to eat, you should follow one of my recipes in the book and make a romantic dinner at your place. If you can't afford a dozen roses, then buy one rose and give it to her with style. A man's man also remembers, "it's the thought that counts."

In the book's Epilogue, you explain what being a real man's man is all about. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

FV: Well, I talk about some pricey things in the book such as lavish trips to Las Vegas, top restaurants, expensive suits, etc. However, those are not the core qualities of being a man's man. For instance, you could be dressed in the best custom-made tuxedo at a friends wedding, but if you're drunk, grope the bride's sister, and knock over the wedding cake, you're not a man's man. It's about how you carry yourself in all the situations that life throws your way. Also, a man's man does not have to make a lot of money. A man's man can be a blue-collar worker or a CEO of a top company. It doesn't matter because it's what's inside you that truly matters. James Gandolfini summed it up nicely in his foreword, "There's an old saying that 'clothes make the man.' In Frank's case, as with many members of The Sopranos cast, it's also what's under the clothes that make the man."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Great book

    A good read for a lot of mans life lessons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    Great starter book for learning the foundations of dating, cigars, dining, music, tipping, respect, and style

    I found this book gave good starter information on the finer etiquette manners I mentioned in my headline and then some. My advice is not to follow the book word for word. The advice Mr. Frank Vincent provides is definitely from his lifestyle. However, he presents great basics for any man¿s man. Since I am a married cigar aficionado, I did not receive much from the dating and cigar section. However, I learned a lot from Frank Vincent¿s advice on recommended dining locations and style. For example, Frank Vincent¿s advice on wearing a tuxedo is ditching the bow tie and going with a regular tie. Otherwise, you may be mistaken for a server or host. The best advice was at the end of the book in the epilogue. Not to give anything away, but definitely read that section first, it is only a few pages. Then read it again once you are done with the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    Do yourself a favor and get this book

    A hilarious book with many useful tips, an easy read something you'll want to pick up again and again.

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