What Would George Do?: Washington, on Civility in a Changing America

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"Nan Marshall and Helen Broder have provided a modern context to the timeless precepts of George Washington's Rules of Civility. In an age when basic civility is on the wane, this is a much needed treatise."
-Curt Viebranz, president of George Washington's Mount Vernon

"What Would George Do? is delightful, fascinating and thought-provoking. It's also serious emergency treatment for our injured culture. [This book] should be read aloud in every classroom."
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Overview

"Nan Marshall and Helen Broder have provided a modern context to the timeless precepts of George Washington's Rules of Civility. In an age when basic civility is on the wane, this is a much needed treatise."
-Curt Viebranz, president of George Washington's Mount Vernon

"What Would George Do? is delightful, fascinating and thought-provoking. It's also serious emergency treatment for our injured culture. [This book] should be read aloud in every classroom."
-Rod Gragg, historian and author of George Washington: An Interactive Biography

"The book is a joy! Helen and Nan have created a simple-to-use, easy-to-read guide on how to personally interact with others."
-Cam Marston, author, speaker, and president of Generational Insights

"[A] very important book for our time. You'll be a nicer and better person for reading it."
-Mark Sanborn, author, speaker, and president of Sanborn and Associates, Inc.

"Nan Marshall and Helen Broder remind us that social graces are advantages much like business skills."
-Doc Lawrence, travel journalist and coauthor of Southern Thymes Shared

"This book is necessary! . . . a life changer."
-Ross Shafer, speaker and president of Ross Shafer Consultants, Inc.

"Having strived to represent my country well in my years of competing around the world, I found What Would George Do? to be an enjoyable handbook that reinforces the importance of civility."
-Bonnie Blair, five-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating

Mother-daughter duo Nan Marshall and Helen Broder bring a morally alert yet entertaining perspective to the question of what it means to be a civilized American today.

Marshall holds a degree in history from Vassar College and has been a successful businesswoman and teacher. Broder graduated from Georgetown University with honors. She is an alumna of the Protocol School of Washington and represents several well-known Olympians, authors, and professional speakers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455618590
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 510,354
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nan Marshall and Helen Broder are a formidable mother-daughter pair of steel magnolias. Marshall earned a degree in history from Vassar College and has since had a multifaceted career. A teacher for fifteen years, Marshall has been a regular contributor to business and family publications in coastal South Carolina and Georgia, focusing on social change and the people who lead it. Marshall lives with her husband in Savannah, Georgia.

Broder graduated from Georgetown University with several honors, including the prestigious Reverent Joseph S. Sebes, S. J. Award. She is also an alumna of the Protocol School of Washington . Broder represents several well-known Olympians, authors, and professional speakers. She resides with her husband and twin sons in northern Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    This is an enjoyable book if you like American history and insig

    This is an enjoyable book if you like American history and insights into the manners and mores of our early leaders. The challenge of any historical work is to discover the past and introduce it to us in the present. In this lively work, filled with vivid examples, Nan Marshall and Helen Broder remind us to remember the etiquette that taught George Washington to make it a habit to slow down, listen to, and look out for the other person.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    In this modern era of social media and cultural revisionism, tho

    In this modern era of social media and cultural revisionism, those of us who were raised on Emily Post have lost our bearings. In a day when the closest thing to good manners is political correctness and what would once have been considered gross rudeness seems to be acceptable in too many circles, some of us are left wondering how we are supposed to live and function graciously. How should we act when attending a party? What if we are the host? What are the new rules for table manners or manners anywhere else, for that matter? Have e-mails and texting really replaced handwritten notes? If you have these questions, What Would George Do? has the answers.

    What Would George Do? by Nan Marshall and Helen Broder takes the time-honored Rules of Civility, which George Washington transcribed, memorized and used as a guide to his conduct throughout his life, and applies them to life in modern American society. The authors recognize that there is a sort of universalism about good manners that transcends time. Whether at a party, in the gym, or at a funeral we are constantly confronted with the need for good manners. Surely what was good enough for our founding father and first president is good enough for us.

    What Would George Do? is more than a book of rules about whose name to speak first in an introduction or which fork to use with which dish. This is a book about becoming a better—and indeed more civilized—person from the inside out. What Would George Do? deals both with good manners and with the attitudes toward oneself and others that produce those manners. While recognizing that there is a problem of incivility in this modern world, What Would George Do? approaches the problem in a way that doesn’t break the rules it seeks to teach. In What Would George Do? the authors set the tone for civility in their writing by avoiding any hint of condescension and, instead, with wit, humor and grace offer some very practical advice for how to live as a civil member of contemporary American society.

    From the title to the last page, I found What Would George Do? thoroughly entertaining and informative. It’s a great book for parents, educators and anyone seeking a better social life or career advancement.



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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    These refined ladies have taken what might be considered well pl

    These refined ladies have taken what might be considered well ploughed ground and have validated its significance by reflecting George Washington's values. They instruct without preaching through well organized facts and personal insight. It is for anyone who would like to do a private checkup on the lessons learned at Grandmother and Mother's knee. It was interesting reading for the Male who more often pursues other areas of interest. I recommend reading it and passing it on to the family.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    I was really surprised to find that this book was so thought-pro

    I was really surprised to find that this book was so thought-provoking, practical, even inspiring. I have never been keen on etiquette, by which I mean which side of the plate the forks or napkins go, how wide your tie should be, etc. Nor have I been impressed with George Washington as the rather stolid father of our country, he of the strong arm, cannot-tell-a-lie, and wooden teeth. But after reading What Would George Do?, I have revised my opinion of Washington and, more particularly, of the wisdom of this particular form of etiquette. Using the “Rules of Civility” that Washington copied as a young teen as their jumping-off point, Nan Marshall and Helen Broder (mother-daughter) have written a commentary on our frazzled 21st century lifestyle that urges us to slow down, look up from our cell phones or iPads, and reacquaint ourselves with the real flesh-and-blood people around us.

    Their first chapter, “Making Time,” sets the tone. “For some, being busy has become an excuse to be rude or, at best, less than gracious. There’s no such thing as civility on the fly.” They go on to identify various types of personalities who use busyness as an excuse, out of either self-importance, guilt, fright, confusion, crisis-addiction, information-junkishness, or inability to say No. In contrast, George Washington never appeared to be in a hurry. “Despite the hustle and bustle of war, politics, and farming, he always maintained an elegant air and comfortable ease.”

    The rest of the book goes on to look at social graces (including hosting or attending parties), communication (by letter, phone, email, or other cyberspace options), the art of conversation, sportsmanship, dress and posture (yes, this includes the proper width of my tie), table manners, travel, illness and death, and parenting . All of the short chapters (the book is only 130 pages) are peppered with quotations from Washington’s life and quotes from his “Rules of Civility,” such as Be not apt to relate News if you know not the truth thereof (in the chapter on communication, about spreading rumors on the Internet).

    A great gift for family and friends who will be amused, educated, and (hopefully) provoked into becoming a bit more civilized.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Brief and pithy with room for wit and telling anecdote What Woul

    Brief and pithy with room for wit and telling anecdote What Would George Do? reminds us of the heritage we have forgotten - the courtesies silently gone out of mind in the rush of daily living. With lively intelligence and a sense of fun, Broder and Marshall remind the reader that giving and caring run deep in the American character and help unify and much divided nation.

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    Posted January 31, 2014

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