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Title : The Ultimate Man's Survival Guide: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Manhood
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ISBN : 9781596985704
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Ultimate Man's Survival Guide: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Manhood Reviews

  • Peter Wolfley
    2018-11-18 09:37

    Pretty much the Boy Scout manual for adult men. The philosophy section was by far the most interesting.

  • Nicholas
    2018-11-28 14:39

    What I learned? How to tie a tourniquet and set a dislocated shoulder. But all that survival junk was kind of boring to me. The best parts of this were the philosophy sections. What does it mean to be a man in Western European culture? In Eastern culture? What books are books every man should read?Fun and entertaining.

  • Art
    2018-12-13 07:36

    This book teaches manly virtues and skills. I particularly liked the two appendixes listing the 100 books and 100 movies every man should see.

  • Aurel Mihai
    2018-12-06 14:46

    A long time ago I felt obliged to finish any book I started. Then I began to read a novel called Ebola. I can't recall who wrote it and I can't find it on Goodreads. It was so painfully uninteresting that, with only a few pages left, I put it down and never picked it up again. I hadn't the slightest curiosity regarding the outcome, the characters, the plot, the virus, or anything remotely related to that novel. Still, I had this notion that anything that somebody's gone through the trouble of writing, editing (supposedly), and publishing must be worth keeping around. This book, The Ultimate Man's Survival Guide by Frank Miniter, has shattered this final naive truth that I held dear, that all books are sacred and should be passed on to somebody who can appreciate them if the current reader does not. This book sets a new standard. It is so bad I shed a tear for the old newspapers and milk cartons that were recycled to print this book. They likely had more value.Frank Miniter has edited a few outdoor magazines. He put a picture of a bear on the cover of this book. The title contains the word guide. I initially approached this as a work of non-fiction. Early on this gem of manly pursuits teaches us how to make a compass from a needle, a cork and a container of water. This might be a fun activity for children in a middle school science class, but it would be futile and wasteful when actually lost in the wilderness. Fair enough. We can assume that most people have enough common sense to take the rudimentary compass instructions with a large grain of salt and continue reading for the sake of entertainment. He goes on to talk about self defense against bears. That's got to be useful, right? I mean, there's a bear on the cover of the book and the back cover claims that this guide teaches us how to fend off a bear attack. Miniter's advice is to carry bear spray or a firearm. The bear spray should contain at least 1% capsaicin to stop grizzlies. Now let's take a step back. What sort of firearm are we talking here? If you shoot a bear with a .22 you are more likely than not going to upset it just enough to make it charge you. If you take a weapon large enough to stop a bear out into the woods you are likely out there for the purpose of hunting something at least as large as a bear and don't need this guide. What about the spray? How do you use it? What if there's wind? How far will the spray go? I once bought a can of bear spray myself since I was going to be hiking extensively in bear country. Then I read about using it. It is remarkably difficult to use and I decided I would be better off hiking carefully - go slow, make lots of noise, be aware of your surroundings - than taking the bear spray along. Oh and by the way, since the "guide" mentions grizzlies, how does one identify a grizzly? Are all bears grizzlies? Is the bear on the cover a grizzly? There isn't even a picture of a bear in the book. The entire thing goes on like this, ranging from useless, vague generalities to downright dangerous oversimplification and misinformation. Nearly every bit of medical advice given in this book is dangerously wrong and all of it is incomplete. But that's just the beginning! That's only the first part of this book. Toward the second half of the book Miniter waxes philosophical and begins ranting about what he thinks a man should be. I think the author's narrow minded point of view is best exemplified by the #1 listing under "100 Books Men Should Read". Let me quote that first line, "Bible: The Bible is the guide for life." Sucks to be non-Christian I suppose.I can't imagine treating this book as a work of non-fiction and I see absolutely no entertainment value in this as fiction. I suppose there must be a few people out there who appreciate Miniter's good ol' boy soapbox rantings and are literate enough to read books without pictures in them. For myself, this is the first book I've ever read that isn't going back on my bookshelf and isn't headed for the charity bin. This one's going into the blue bin and I hope it finds greater meaning in a future life, perhaps as party hats or fortune cookie fortunes.

  • Dave
    2018-12-05 15:33

    This is an easy read. It is a book of quick facts and how-to-does. It tells the reader how to fend off a bear attack, survive alone in the wilderness, the basics of how to box. in a short page an a half I learned more about cigars than I'll ever need to know. It talks about firearms and how to start a fire without a match. It also has a bunch of lists. There is a list of 50 sports facts that every man should know. There is a list of 100 movies that every man should see, and 100 books that every man should read.The best thing about this book was part six called "The Philosopher". I liked that Frank Miniter distilled for the reader, the writings of Cicero.After the assassination of Julius Caesar by Cassius and Brutus, Mark Anthony was hoping to take the place of Julius Caesar and become the next dictator. Brutus looked across the hall to Cicero and yelled to him to "Restore the Republic". One of the books that he wrote in response to that calling was "De Officiis" (On Duties).Well, I freely admit that I'm too lazy to ever read Cicero's book "De Officiis". However, now I don't have to feel too guilty about that, because Miniter has distilled the teachings of Cicero in an easy to digest read. In Cicero's book, he breaks down the Man's Ultimate Philosophy into four parts, Wisdom, Justice, Courage, and Moderation.

  • Seth
    2018-12-14 11:39

    I learned a great deal from this book, however, I think it might be a good idea to bring this book with me next time I go camping or into a swamp. Lots of info, some really great, some interesting, and some overkill. (how to throw a baseball?) If you don't know how to throw a baseball you should probably read Eat Pray Love instead, no book will help you at this point to be a man. This was an easy read, but you could easily ponder the simple subjects for days. I particularly liked the "Being a Gentlemen" chapter.

  • Emmanuel
    2018-11-18 13:26

    This book was alot of fun. It teaches morals, virtues, wisdom, skills and gives a brief history on manly men the world over and what it takes to be a man (or a better man) all this is done with a few laughs along the way. If I'm ever attacked by a bear in suburban Brisbane (Australia) Frank Miniter has given me the knowledge and know how to come away unscathed from said bear attack hahahahha. I particularly liked the philosopher chapter and the 10 most masculine deaths of all time list. The appendices are also pretty cool. Men everywhere should read this.

  • K.C.
    2018-12-05 07:49

    I read about this book in one of my gun magazines, and it didn't disappoint. Along with tips on surviving a bear attack, on running with the bulls in Pamplona, and throwing a perfect curve ball, and not so useful skills like how to smoke a cigar and chose a wine at dinner, it also reminds us of heroic codes of honor and how to be a gentlemen. I also an appendix of great manly movies (I've seen most of them) and manly books (not enough of them on this list, but soon to be remedied).

  • Jaroslav Tuček
    2018-11-18 15:33

    I enjoyed the second half of the book (moral codes, heroic and gentlemanly conduct) much more than the first - which, focusing on nature survival, hunting and sports, attempts to be a sort of an instruction manual at places. But can one learn how to box from a book? What about shooting a gun or dressing a deer? I think those pages could have been filled better.

  • Janet
    2018-12-03 09:36

    Overall, I liked this book. It had great organization and overview of various topics like hero, athlete, survivor, etc. Since it tried to cover a variety of topics, none of them go into depth and it was a quick read. A few times I didn't agree with the author on his choices and sometimes he did repeat himself.

  • Aaron Guilmette
    2018-12-03 12:21

    Fun, quick read. Some good how-to info; obviously, some of the things (like how to fend off a bear) are hard to practice, but it's good to at least have something in your back pocket if such a need arises.

  • Jeff Olson
    2018-11-16 08:24

    This book was a very good book because it taught you many cool manly things. It also includes many true stories that are really interesting. Some of the things it teaches you is how to survive in the woods, how to throw curve ball, and how to fix a flat tire. It is an amazing book.

  • Monica
    2018-11-24 09:25

    The practical stuff was good but whenever the author went on an anecdotal rampage, I was bothered his narrow view points.

  • Donnie Edgemon
    2018-11-25 11:32

    This book is simple, but provokes thought about the duty that comes with the gender.