Why Manners Matter: What Confucius, Jefferson, and Jackie O Knew and You ShouldToo

Why Manners Matter: What Confucius, Jefferson, and Jackie O Knew and You ShouldToo

by Lucinda Holdforth

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ISBN-13: 9781101028667
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 210 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lucinda Holdforth has been a researcher at ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) television, an official in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a speechwriter to former deputy prime minister Kim Beazley, and a communications specialist for a management consulting firm. She lives in Sydney.

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"Lucinda Holdforth (what a perfect name!) is the Marcus Aurelius of manners. She's a genius at how to live. Why Manners Matter is a wonderful, enticing, brash, deep, witty book. Read it. It will make you the nicest person of your generation." -E.Jean Carroll, Elle columnist

"Don't miss this small but compelling book." -P. M. Forni, author of The Civility Solution

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Why Manners Matter: The Case for Civilized Behavior in a Barbarous World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Copperskye on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is a surprisingly delightful essay on manners. Not the keep your elbows off the table, don¿t chew with your mouth full manners (although in the end, that¿s what it would trickle down to) but the importance of civil, mannerly behavior on society as a whole. Lucinda Holdforth includes a lot of interesting historical notes and has a lovely conversational style. I didn¿t expect to read this cover to cover but I did. And I can¿t help but think that, more and more, we could use a little more of the social niceties to keep us civil.
easyreaderLM More than 1 year ago
For those looking for a guide that will explain which fork to use at a formal dinner, go to Amy Vanderbilt. If, however, anyone wants an excellent examination of why our collective behavior has deteriorated in recent decades, this is a must read. It can be devoured with ease in a single sitting as I discovered on a recent flight from VA to Chicago. Holdforth's insights are brilliant, clear, humorous, and straight from the hip accurate. She wins points by providing evidence of her own lapses in courtesy and investigates what has contributed to them. This book makes readers think, and with luck, they will have a better understanding of how technology and modern conveniences have contributed to the decline in acceptable behavior. A great gift or personal purchase for anyone who concentrates more on iPods, laptops, HD tv, Blackberries, or DVDs than on actual people with whom they must live and communicate.