How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy

How to Be a Gentleman A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy Should you take a business call on your cellular phone during a dinner date How do you act at a funeral What is the best way to accept a compliment When do you say I m sorry John Bridges answers thes

  • Title: How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy
  • Author: John Bridges Bryan Curtis
  • ISBN: 9781558535961
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Should you take a business call on your cellular phone during a dinner date How do you act at a funeral What is the best way to accept a compliment When do you say, I m sorry John Bridges answers these questions and in a book for men that combines Emily Post and Miss Manners without being snobbish, boring, or intimidating This book is an indispensable guide forShould you take a business call on your cellular phone during a dinner date How do you act at a funeral What is the best way to accept a compliment When do you say, I m sorry John Bridges answers these questions and in a book for men that combines Emily Post and Miss Manners without being snobbish, boring, or intimidating This book is an indispensable guide for men of all ages who aspire to become gentlemen.

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    1. Its difficult for me to rate this book. I don't like part of its style, in that it simply describes 'what the gentleman ought to do' with alot less of the why than I would like. Manners are not esoteric rules that people memorize, they are the result of consistent courtesy and reflection about the best way to do things. They should be intelligible. There is however another dimension to learning especially with behavior and relationships, and that is by observing or by doing (i.e. gentlemanly beh [...]

    2. An excellent reference to give as a gift to those friends or relatives who wants to be a better man. I'm please to had a father to teach me most of the manners and customs included in the book.

    3. Well I was not impressed by this book. In this book there are a lot of examples that are out dated and nowadays are not actual but it is understandable because book was written almost 20 years ago. I got feeling that book was intended for British citizens and were not meant for wide variety of readers. Thou if you are looking for easy reading material and some tips for the first time then take it from shelf and read it.

    4. I took am etiquete course when I was 12, apparently my mother felt I needed a crash course. Ultimately I don't know why I read this book.

    5. 1. A gentleman says "please" and "thank you," readily and often.2. A gentleman does not disparage the beliefs of others-whether they relate to matters of faith, politics, or sports teams.3. A gentleman always carries a handkerchief, and is ready to lend it, especially to a weeping lady, should the need arise.4. A gentleman never allows a door to slam in the face of another personmale or female, young or old, absolute stranger or longtime best friend.5. A gentleman does not make jokes about race, [...]

    6. Pros:How to be a Gentleman by John Bridges is overall a interesting and enjoying book. One positive aspect of the book is the fact that it is not written as a normal book; instead, it is written as a guide with steps, pictures and short paragraphs. This makes the book a lot more enjoyable because the book does not take a lecture approach, but instead a more friendly approach.Another pro of this book is that whenever it uses sophisticated or advanced language it explains the meaning of the word. [...]

    7. I just want to say that I am a fan of this etiquette-type literature (so I am a bit biased), not so much because I take it as literal rules to live by (I think people should live exactly as they wish at parties and elsewhere-- this is what makes life such an adventure.), but because I find the arbitrariness and randomness of some of the rules in these books completely hilarious. When Bridges follows something that sounds somewhat serious and practical ("A gentleman always lets his suit jacket sp [...]

    8. I seriously read this while I was bored in a Mississippi living room. It's a great reminder of why upper class white Southern people are the most boring people imaginable if only I needed reminders?

    9. A guide to be a Gentleman with a lot of silly rules. But still it is important to note that good manners have not become obsolete.

    10. This is a helpful and short introduction to common etiquette for men. Although some of the cellphone use information is outdated, overall it is very useful.

    11. Upon completion of this book my transformation from Jack Black to Ryan Seacrest was complete. It was a great review of the basics of gentlemanly manners which are disappearing from today's society.

    12. I remember when my brother saw this book on my shelf. "Oh, no" he exclaimed, "Tell me you didn't buy this book!" Of course, I did, because my perusal in the store lent itself to that end.And I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down to read the whole thing. Bridges doesn't just give rules about what to do and what not to do, although a first glance might lead to that conclusion. Being a gentleman is not about rules. It is, as Bridges observes, "about making life easier and making others comfort [...]

    13. Have you ever fiind yourself in a situation where common sense does not offer you a pertinent solution out of an embarrassing situation? Reading a book like this will surely put an ease some of your concerns. In a world were people tend to be more self absorbed than ever this book reminds us how important it is to be kind and attentive to everyone around us. The style in which the book is written may seem a bit controversial, giving you the impression that you are reading a bunch of math formula [...]

    14. I took my father-in-law to see Kingsmen. That turned out to be less than wise, but the premise got me thinking. The idea of being a gentleman is passe, but the movie, if nothing else, makes it attractive. So I grabbed this book. John Bridges has written a book on etiquette, and I recommend it. We're more confident when we know what to do in social situations, and courtesy and manners are always a good thing. As I look back, society has trained me to be brash, egotistical, and boorish. A dinner p [...]

    15. I skimmed through this on Booksale and had to keep myself from laughing out loud and encouraging people's judgmental stares.I could think of a few men who need to learn from this book. Sure, some advice are common sense, but common sense really isn't that common. I had an itch to buy this and give this to a guy I know, but I'm sure he isn't worth the effort money.Some snippets:1. A gentleman says "please" and "thank you," readily and often.2. A gentleman does not disparage the beliefs of others- [...]

    16. I'm not a gentleman, but I *am* curious. I read this book on a whim, just to see what it had to say. It's a solid text filled with pithy little notes, and longer explanations as necessary, and even some helpful diagrams about things like how to tie a bowtie. A quick, easy read (even though I didn't agree with everything in it - serious political differences, for example, are a great reason to decline an invitation to the White House) full of rules of conduct that I wish more men would abide by. [...]

    17. Most things didn't really apply to me because of my young age (and also sometimes due to religion) For example a lesson in wine - in no will I be drinking wine at this age and faith. I wouldn't say the courtesies outlined in this book were all-encompassing (it was a short read). I think this is more of an addition to Other How To Be a GentleMan books. Most of the articles also will probably not apply to young men - more like those in their prime (25-45 years old). But again, I got this book from [...]

    18. When I was in college, I used to subscribe to Esquire, and back in those days (late 70s, early 80s), it contained short bits on how men were expected to behave. I rather liked them, and I definitely got something out of them. Most of the rest of what I know about how to behave, I picked up from reading many, many novels.That being said, I don't feel like I got a lot out of this book, reading it at 50. As the author acknowledges, most of behavior is determined based on consideration for others, s [...]

    19. Written primarily as a series of brief, axiomatic statements about what a gentleman does and does not do, 'How to be a Gentleman' by Bridges provides some updated insight into proper etiquette and how to make others feel comfortable in one's presence.For those who are interested in new ways to be polite and make the people around them feel comfortable and happy, this book will have a few key insights that may be useful tucked in among a great deal of advice that we all (hopefully) learned growin [...]

    20. This short volume is intended to be a primer on gentlemanly behavior. It's organized as a collection of short pithy comments and guidelines with very little depth.Much of the advice boils down to common sense and should be a review for most people. But I definitely had my share of "ah-ha!" moments, when I realized I had just never adequately thought through a situation before and was not behaving appropriately. I suspect all but the most refined of readers would have similar moments of discovery [...]

    21. A dry, basic guide to manners. Good enough for what it is and smartly organized, Bridges dishes solid advice on how to be a modern day gentleman. Even though I think a lot of what this book has to say is common knowledge, I guess if it truly was common then we wouldn't need this book in the first place. I enjoyed the example dialog that illustrates the point Bridges is making in each section, as it comes off as a little cheesy and humorous. This book is clearly meant for people with an upper cla [...]

    22. Over a 3.5 avg rating? Mom, Dad I owe you Big Time! I don't want to come off as a know it all or perfect gentleman but I found this to be a collection of very basic and common sense etiquette. I gained very little (if anything) from this book. I gave it two stars because I see it maybe useful for boys or men who weren't as fortunate to learn the basics growing up, or lack common sense, or those that don't know how to be respectful, treat their mothers poorly etc. It is, if nothing, thorough. Do [...]

    23. I learned useful tidbits such as "anytime a person can identify the brand of scent that a man is wearing, he is wearing too much."Also "if the food set before him is intended to be eaten piping-hot (or icy cold), and if a gentleman is the first person to be served at his table, he waits for one other person to be served, and then he begins to eat." It has a light, practical tone with snippets of advice instead of long lists of rules. The book intends to help the gentleman behave in a way that hi [...]

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