How To Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman

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The ultimate sartorial and etiquette guide, from the ultimate life and style guru. By turns witty, sardonic, and always insightful, Glenn O’Brien’s advice column has been a must-read for several generations of men (and their spouses and girlfriends). Having cut his teeth as a contributor at Andy Warhol’s Interview in its heyday, O’Brien sharpened them as the creative director of advertising at the hip department store Barneys New York for ten years before starting his advice column at Details magazine in 1996. ...
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Overview

The ultimate sartorial and etiquette guide, from the ultimate life and style guru. By turns witty, sardonic, and always insightful, Glenn O’Brien’s advice column has been a must-read for several generations of men (and their spouses and girlfriends). Having cut his teeth as a contributor at Andy Warhol’s Interview in its heyday, O’Brien sharpened them as the creative director of advertising at the hip department store Barneys New York for ten years before starting his advice column at Details magazine in 1996. Eventually his column, "The Style Guy," migrated to its permanent home at GQ magazine, where O’Brien dispenses well-honed knowledge on matters ranging from how to throw a cocktail party (a diverse guest list is a must), putting together a wardrobe for a trip to Bermuda (pack more clothes for less dressing), or when it is appropriate to wear flip-flops in public (never). How To Be a Man is the culmination of O’Brien’s thirty years of accumulated style and etiquette wisdom, distilled through his gimlet eye and droll prose. With over forty chapters on style and fashion (and the difference), on dandies and dudes, grooming and decorating, on how to dress age-appropriately and how to age gracefully, this guide is the new essential read for men of all ages.
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“He’s been telling GQ readers how to dress and behave for eleven years. But Style Guy Glenn O’Brien’s true expertise may be the art of social navigation. So take it from the man who has always made sure he’s in the right circle. (Hell, he had a new-wave talk show! His boss was Andy Warhol!)” ~GQ
 
“Rather than a list of do’s and don’ts, How to Be a Man is part philosophy treatise, part sartorial self-help manual and part call to arms for the Renaissance man. It’s a clever collection of essays on topics ranging from grooming (‘Man is a Fur-Bearing Mammal’) and accessorizing (‘Jewels and the Man’) to behavior (‘How to Fight Like a Man’) and death (‘How to Exit’), all in prose that’s entertaining and fun to parse.” ~LA Times Magazine
 
“There are the requisite chapters on how to dress with panache for the occasion, as well as nuggets of humor and wisdom related to socializing, travel, dealing with doctors, dealing with religious people and even getting into fights. ‘Using the appropriate epithet is crucial,’ point out O’Brien.” ~WWD

“But Mr. O’Brien id also versed in design and fashion, the author of the long-running GQ advice column, The Style Guide, as well as a new book, How to Be a Man.” ~New York Times

How to Be a Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior For the Modern Gentleman is possible the best title for a book I’ve ever seen!” ~Slamxhype

“…I think I’m going to start leaving copies of [it] at bars and restaurants in LA so that locals can get some tips…” ~Champagne and Heels

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847835478
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 248,527
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn O’Brien is a famous author, essayist, and bon vivant. His world-syndicated column "The Style Guy" has been the style bible for several generations of men. Jean-Philippe Delhomme is the author of The Cultivated Life (Rizzoli, 2009).
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  • Posted May 10, 2011

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    Well worth the read for all men, young and old.

    First book I have ever pre-ordered. How could I resist? For the common man, this piece is heavily loaded with information and will definitely take more than one read followed by several days of marinating in your thoughts. Glenn does not take steps back so you may digest the information in baby spoons, you either keep up or you don't. This book is very different from other 'how to be a man' guides from its intricacy and lack of bs. Glenn takes manliness to another level for those who are motivated and enjoy a challenge. I may not be as enthusiastic when it comes to fashion (an incredible chunk of the book is on clothing), but he will not fail at enlightening you more than once. A wide knowledge in pop culture and literature is recommended and will enhance your reading. This book is definitely not for those with a short attention span; put it down and take a break if you must, but don't skip through parts! Definitely going to take care of this book for my future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    I hold this book in high regards

    a delightful insight in to what it means to be a gentlemen of the times all the while dealing with situations along the way

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Not very manly

    I believe, The title How to be a metrosexual would be appropiet although there is a very good recomendation for a book on etiquet

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    A guide for the modern gentleman. Funny and informative. Reads

    A guide for the modern gentleman. Funny and informative. Reads very well, since each chapter can be a short story and you may read any one of them in any order at whatever pace you want. Great for the beach or for night reading....

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