The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy and Vice

ISBN: 1580084303
ISBN 13: 9781580084307
By: Phineas Mollod Jason Tesauro

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THE MODERN GENTLEMAN is a visually stimulating, rib-tickling, thought-provoking sourcebook of manners and mischief for the 21st-century male. The book offers a panoramic snapshot of the gentleman: witty and poignant, traditional but spontaneous, flirtatious yet courting. Discussions range from the classic (Motoring, Oenophilia) and serious (Secrets & Lies, The Good Husband), to the racy (Kink & Fetish, To the Power of 3) and silly (Bumper Stickers, Fonzarelli Moves & Legerdemain ). And since it is inevitable that a gentleman will dabble in the friskier areas of excess, trouble, and chance, the book's naughty nucleus, “The Potent Gentleman,” explores leisure and dalliance, from alcohol and snuff to recreational botanicals and sex.All men aspire to be perpetually dapper, fluent in three languages, and hit 300-yard drives off the blue tees, not to mention quote poetry by the stanza and win a back-alley scrap. However, there is a dashing plateau more desirable than Hollywood perfection, a level of gallantry that makes one stand out, even in the elevator. So knot up your ascot, pour a glass of sherry, and crack open the MODERN GENTLEMAN: your Man Cycle is peaking.

Reader's Thoughts


Although it's a reference, it reads like anyother book. It's pretty funny. I used it like I do GQ: I may not follow it all, but you gotta know the rules before you break them. These days, a semi-gentleman is the best your gonna get.


An essential reference to being a gentleman. We all need some help here. Covers all topics imaginable, literally 100's of useful tidbits concerning modern etiquette. Example concerning flaskmanship: When is it appropriate to carry a flask? Guideline: Whenever you're wearing a sport jacket, otherwise you are under dressed.


Need lessons on how to be a classy gent? This is the book for you. It offers tips on how to be classy on numerous activities such as skinny dipping, tipping, and even crashing a party.

Legacy Dad

This is a great little tongue in cheek guide for the modern man or young man to learn a few basic life principles and a whole lot of culture. Superbly written with great use of the English language. I'd recommend this to all Bachelors, guys in college and 20 something’s.


The voice of the author drove me away, I'm sorry to say. It reads like an ancient ettiqite book and is just as dragging to get through. Tried to read it three times and kept putting it away to try again later.


Everything you need to know about being a proper dude.


Thank you baby-boomers, for completely fucking up any progress you made towards social liberation in the 60s. Now you're all divorced and addicted to benzodiazepenes, your kids hate you and you need a Prius plus a loft on 20th and Florida to ease the cognitive dissonance generated by the fact you sold out and will die very, very soon. Scary innit?Nah, but I got love. All I'm saying is us post-generation X'ers have to start all over again to define a rebellious generation. We grew up on ritalin, super-mario brothers and the internet. Fertile ground for over-educated, underpaid thrill addicts with the attention span of a drosophila. Furthermore, having shit like Max Hardcore and tubgirl as our primary introduction to sexuality has made for some questionable moral etiquette when it comes to summoning the stork.In spite of all this, we get by. The Modern Gentleman is a manifesto which sets to re-define virility and charm for lads like us. This isn't the regular "etiquette" book which orders banal gallantries like keeping elbows off the table, buy her drinks and bring her back before midnight; nor is it some creepy Speed Seduction coursebook on nailing MILFs via hypnosis...Instead, it elegantly chronicles the recipe for the modern man: One part charmer, two parts lush, 100% Dandy. For anyone looking to add a little variety to their etiquette, or simply in need of some original drink recipes...You really can't go wrong either way.

Jason Yang

This is the book of advice your dad gave you - if your dad was James Bond. Highly entertaining, Phineas and Tesauro offer portraits of gentlemanly charm. Chivalry is indeed not dead and the advice given here is thematically classic. As with all advice, it is important to use discretion and not apply these tips blindly. Still, this guide here will indeed make for a savvy lifestyle and some colorful stories.

Patrick Higgins

These are good bases for modern manners and the reasoning of why they are important. I find myself understanding more conventional roles men are supposed to play in society. Interesting. I agree with most, but not all aspects of their descriptions of the modern gentleman.


So far I think the author is gay, mention of how to where your ascot, but a good mix of humor and helpful hints on conduct and the like.


Cute book - all you need to know about how to be a proper gentleman. It's sort of like one of those "Survivors Handbooks", but with a bit more wit and a lot more sophistication. I'm a girl and I still liked reading through it! If anything, it gave me a good idea of what I should come to expect out of a man. ;)


Really well written and kind of hilarious. That is all.

Chris Royster

If chivalry and sophistication are a rarity amongst the modern cat,this book is the remedy!I read this book about 4 years ago.I gave my copy to a younger guy that would always ask me for advice on style and women and how to be original.Then I had to buy another copy asap!My bible!

Kyle Klymchuk

Maybe a little overly biased on certain apparel opinions but this book is exactly what it claims to be: An essential guide to manners, savvy and vice. For that, I'll give it 5 stars with the included consideration that Mollod and Tesauro wield 2 very powerful lexicons. A good read for the up-and-coming man in his 20s.


Phineas Mollod and Jason Tesauro masterly craft a pocket guidebook for those needing swift kick in the ascot. 329 pages concerning proper gentlemanly protocol on a variety of topics: entertaining, meeting the parents and flaskmanship; just to name a few. While not a definitive code of conduct, Mollod and Tesauro cover enough bases to make any Bush League Hooligan into a presentable Major League Player. While extremely enjoyable, The Modern Gentleman is more than just a light read. Due to quick wit and vocabulary, the book is perfect for any 50 minute puddle jump or commuter train ride. While some of the guidelines are already outdated, such as proper answering machine ediquette, most of the proposed conventions are ideals worth striving towards.In the end, the authors close with : "Best of luck to you noble Cavalier of Life. Go forward with strength, grace, mindfulness and the occasional glass of Chartreuse. The world will follow behind you."Cheers

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