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How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners [Hardcover]

By John Bridges (Author)
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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.29" Width: 6.55" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1401603351  
EAN  9781401603359  
UPC  031869002386  

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Offers advice on traditional etiquette, such as how to order a bottle of wine, as well as modern points of etiquette, including airport security and Blackberry usage.

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How to Be a Gentleman: A Timely Guide to Timeless Manners is the revised and updated edition of the smash-hit How to Be a Gentleman and offers practical advice on being a gentleman in the twenty-first century.

Should you take your BlackBerry on vacation? What is the best way to accept a compliment? Is an e-mail an acceptable means of writing a Thank-You note? While the tenets of gracious behavior never change, the situations a gentleman faces do and have changed significantly in the last ten years. In this revised, updated, and expanded version of the bestselling How to Be a Gentleman, Bridges addresses new issues such as airport security, Bluetooth and BlackBerry usage, and appropriate internet and instant message communication. Still featured are topics ranging from how to receive a compliment to how to act at funerals. Certain to be the must-have guide for the modern gentleman, this revised edition will echo the success of its predecessor.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bridges is the senior editor for the Nashville Scene. His weekly column, "Keeping Up" is syndicated in independent news weeklies around the southeast.

John Bridges currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. John Bridges was born in 1950.

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A must have for gentlemen!  May 17, 2010
Loaded with practical approaches to being a gentleman (lost art) in todays archaic society. An Emily Post for men. Quirky anecdotes on manners, dress, dating, etc. Applications for how to host a party to formal dining. Makes a good gift for the young man coming of age!
Not as expected  Apr 27, 2010
Unlike the corresponding "How to be a Lady", this book does not help men to understand when they should and should not speak, what to do or not, how to treat their lady, how/when to converse, keep a secret,etc. It was disappointing and focused too much on silly things such as when to wear brown shoes!
How to Be a Gentleman: A timely Guide to TImeless Manners  Jan 1, 2010
Don't grow up without it! My mother, still alive at 93, first gave my son a copy of a John Bridges manners book about when he was 13. He is now 26. Over the years, we have given him every book in the series and he has loved every one of them. He feels they have helped him know what to do when, and he feels it is important to maintain a level of civility that seems to be diluting over time maybe due to the technology age. Anyway these books make great gifts, better men, and happier moms and grandmothers. :-).
I came across this book in Borders and went straight home and ordered it from this site at a much better price.

This book is full of helpful manners that as a mother I did not think of ALL the ones this author published. Easy, short manners and tips that will make any guy get noticed!!

Wonderful book for any 18+ young man. GREAT LIFETIME INVESTMENT!!!!
It's Not About You  Nov 9, 2009
That may be the most important lesson this book sets out to teach because as the authors put it in the introduction, "Simply acting like a gentleman is not enough. It is being a gentleman that is important." Or to put it another way, if your gentlemanly behavior is attracting favorable attention, chances are that you are doing it wrong...

or for the wrong reasons.

Much of this material will be familiar to those knowledgeable about traditional etiquette, but much of it is as new as the latest technology. Cell phone usage, including camera phone usage and texting, are covered, as is the proper use of email, along with more traditional guidance about formalwear (how to tie a bow tie with diagrams), how to know which fork to use and how to set a dinner table properly (with diagrams) so as to prevent confusion about the former, etc.

I was particularly struck by the wisdom of the advice concerning smoking. It begins with the common courtesy taught more than a century ago and segues into the modern era of restrictions, finishing up with VERY important advice on how to be a gentlemanly NONsmoker. The same evenhandedness is displayed when the topic is dietary restrictions, whether imposed for health, religious, or political reasons. It is quite refreshing to see both nonsmokers and vegetarians reminded that gentlemanly behavior is their obligation, too.

Defects? I noted very few. How to eat an artichoke would have benefitted from a diagram in addition to the detailed instructions, a topical index would have been nice, and there are always minor things over which gentlemen may disagree agreeably. The only two truly discordant notes might have been attempts at humor, which elsewhere in the book is usually well done. For example:

"If a gentleman feels the urge to color his mustache, he shaves his mustache off."

Ha ha, very funny. However, in going for the joke, the authors have neglected their primary task, guiding men into gentlemanly behavior. Since the authors nowhere condemn coloring the hair on top of the head or the wearing of facial hair, they present the graying, facial hair wearing, would-be gentleman with an unsolvable problem, which is not necessarily alleviated by deciding not to color the rest of his hair either. A man doesn't always gray uniformly, and going au natural can result in a man looking as if he actually has colored his hair...


The other possible joke comes in the instructions (with diagrams) for how to properly fold and read a newspaper in a confined space:

"A gentleman reads a national newspaper, preferably the New York Times, on a regular basis."

The jacket blurb mentions that one of the authors, John Bridges, has been profiled in the New York Times, but even so it has been a long time since one could recommend reading the New York Times for the purpose of being informed...

except in a punch line.

These minor nits aside, it is a wonderful book, ideal for reading in small bits.

Note: This is part of a whole series of Gentlemanners books for further reading and more detailed instruction in specific areas: A Gentleman Entertains, As A Gentleman Would Say, A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up, A Gentleman at the Table, Toasts & Tributes, A Gentleman Abroad, How To Be A Lady, As a Lady Would Say, A Lady at the Table, 50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know, How To Raise A Gentleman, and How To Raise A Lady.

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