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The Art of Manliness (Book Review)

Book of the month for September 2017 – The Art of Manliness by – Brett McKay

Back in 2013 this is one of the first books I have ever read and definitely one of the first books I’ve read on masculinity. After starting to read excessively “the art of manliness” website, I decided to buy the book and was not really sure what to expect from it.

I read the book at the right time, I have just started to make a shift in my mindset and way of thinking. I was on a journey of self discovery and in pursuit of the meaning of manliness and how to become a better version of myself.

I think that manliness and masculinity is a skill and an ability that needs to be worked upon as often as possible. There are many things that a young man can do in order to better himself and feel more manly and grounded. Reading, writing, physical exercise and trying out as much different experiences as possible.

As I have mentioned in my previous book review ( The Art of Manliness – Manvotionals ) there is a masculine crises in young men nowadays, that it’s not addressed in the mainstream that often.

My best advice for young guys especially if you’re below 35 years old. Do as much reading as possible, and I don’t mean only these types of books, read whatever you like, but make sure you read as much as you can. It made an unbelievable change in my life and the way I think. Reading books change my life (and I’m not exaggerating here).

I will be writing a separate post on how reading books changed my life, what I have learned from it and what type of books to read and why.

Now let’s get back to this review because I got off sided for a bit.

Product Description (from Amazon)

Man Up!

While it’s definitely more than just monster trucks, grilling and six-pack abs, true manliness is hard to define. The words macho and manly are not synonymous.

Taking lessons from classic gentlemen such as Benjamin Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt, authors Brett and Kate McKay have created a collection of the most useful advice every man needs to know to live life to its full potential.

This book contains a wealth of information that ranges from survival skills to social skills to advice on how to improve your character. Whether you are braving the wilds with your friends, courting your girlfriend or raising a family, inside you’ll find practical information and inspiration for every area of life. You’ll learn the basics all modern men should know, including how to:

  • Shave like your grandpa
  • Be a perfect houseguest
  • Fight like a gentleman using the art of bartitsu
  • Help a friend with a problem
  • Give a man hug
  • Perform a fireman’s carry
  • Ask for a woman’s hand in marriage
  • Raise resilient kids
  • Predict the weather like a frontiersman
  • Start a fire without matches
  • Give a dynamic speech
  • Live a well-balanced life

So jump in today and gain the skills and knowledge you need to be a real man in the 21st century.

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: How Design Books (18 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600614620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600614620
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm

What I think about this book?

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. The book itself is a combination of advice, tips and how to manual for developing manly skills. I was expecting more essays, mythical storytelling and historical depictions of legendary brave men. Instead the book is a manual guide. If you are after the essays and stories make sure you get the “Manvotionals” instead of this one. But overall I’m happy with the books. It has a lot of really nice illustrations, the cover is really good and has a vintage feel to it. The book is really well made and very well crafted.

The overall advice is good, some things are very basic knowledge that most men know, and some of the things are a bit unnecessary for me, but overall a good book with some interesting advice.

It makes a really good present (I actually gave one for Christmas to a family member of mine).

You can purchase this book from:

Amazon (US) –  The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

Amazon (UK)  – The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

Amazon (Canada) – The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

Overall rating 4.5/5

I hope this book review will help you the next time you stumble across this book or you need a good read.

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