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An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
With engaging and artfully presented text, including sidebars on media mavens throughout history, social gaffes, and archaic manners, this book is as entertaining as it is informative. Readers delve into cultural similarities and differences through lively passages, colorful photography, and sidebars on unique history. Topics include Courtesies and Greetings, Communication ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by National Geographic (first published October 2011)
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Ann Keller
Sep 02, 2015 Ann Keller rated it it was amazing
I learned so much from this book about customs and mannerisms from around the world. Well worth the read.
This was not what I had expected from a book published by National Geographic. It read and looked more like a DK encyclopedia with its bright pictures and brief blurbs.
Each manner or custom gets a one-page treatment, nothing too in-depth, and seems to have been only briefly researched. There's just not a lot of information and much of it is hedged with "no one knows how this started" or "it may have come from..." Manners, customs and etiquette tend to be well-documented in many cultures and I fe
By national geographic. Each page (or two) focused on a specific courtesy throughout the ages like 'hellos' or bowing and the like. Fascinating information. Contained stuff that I've always wanted to know, but man, there was no way this thing was edited. No. Way. Punctuation flaws abounded and there was almost always a bias expressed in a way that my academic/historian/librarian mind cringe. I read the whole thing (because the information was correct), but I complained a lot while doing so.
Rebecca Angel
Mar 27, 2012 Rebecca Angel rated it liked it
A fun coffee table book about global courtesy and culture. It's not supposed to be read cover to cover, so just have it out and flip to a page and delight your friends with a fascinating fact. I think my favorite page is the man in Shanghai, China wearing PJs while at the supermarket, supposedly because the Chinese think it's dumb to change into different clothing when you go out of the house, and PJs are so comfortable.
Paul Black
Feb 08, 2015 Paul Black rated it it was ok
One page descriptions of how traditions and manners came to be and how things are done throughout the world. Although there are lots of interesting tidbits, I didn't find it comprehensive in any category or useful.
Oct 18, 2012 Duckpondwithoutducks rated it really liked it
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Each page in this book describes a different custom, habit or point of etiquette from places all around the world. It is full of photographs and really helps to educate you as to other cultures and what they consider to be good manners.
Feb 04, 2016 Lynn rated it it was ok
I would have rated this higher as it was quite entertaining. However, there were two errors that indicated that it wasn't as thoroughly researched as it should have been and therefore not to be used as a guide.
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