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

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

by Nan Marshall, Helen Broder
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What Would George Do?: Washington, on Civility in a Changing America by Nan Marshall, Helen Broder

This book takes a refreshing look at our everyday world and gives some helpful tips using George Washington's words of wisdom. Use this etiquette guide to avoid those social blunders of today's times. The appendix features a guide noting lesser-known precepts of refinement written by sixteenth-century Jesuits that Washington himself memorized.

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ISBN-13: 9781455618590
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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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What Would George Do?: Washington, on Civility in a Changing America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Marticia_McKinney More than 1 year ago
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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FloydTaylor More than 1 year ago
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.
MarkPendergrast More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.