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The Alphabet Of Manliness

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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,579 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Sometimes in life you say certain words in conjunction with other words that you normally wouldn't, such as the word "holy" and the word "shit." Those times are rare and celebrated. Well, get your face hole ready, because this is one of those times: introducing The Alphabet of Manliness: Special Edition!

If it's a crime to be awesome, then I deserve three life sentences an

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Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Seizure Romero
I just picked this up in a used bookshop during lunch. I opened randomly to page 9, with the headline "Head-butt to the Ovaries" (in the first chapter, titled "A is for Ass-Kicking") I laughed out loud. This is Man Show humor, and I'm someone who thinks Adam Corolla is one the biggest jackasses in show business.

Yes, it's juvenile. It's also satire. It is a mockery of the manly stereotype and therefore itself. It probably helps that I'm tired-- I've put in more than 80 hours during the past 8 day
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Sam
I love Maddox's website, and my expectations were quite high for this book. Unfortunately, I was let down.

I only managed a chuckle from 'A is for Ass-Kicking' and 'U is for Urinal Etiquette.' The rest of the book feels like page after page of forced hyperbole, as opposed to the natural and free-flowing hyperbole normally found at thebestpageintheuniverse.com. That would be forgivable if the book at least brandished Maddox's trademark cleverness, but it was not to be found. Not even 'N is for Nor
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Danine
Mar 27, 2008 Danine rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ray, No one, my mom, hard core feminists
Recommended to Danine by: Kate to my husband then to me. Thanks Kate :)
This is a really awful book. I felt much shame in reading it. I thought about the feminists who worked so hard to eliminate this vulgar attitude toward woman. The shame didn't last very long though. At the same time I found myself laughing uncontrollably. My favs: A is for Ass-kicking. M is for Metal and N is for Chuck Norris.
Emory
Like most internet-inspired works, such as "Shit My Dad Says" or any of the Cheezburger network's many lolcat volumes, "The Alphabet of Manliness" is less manifesto of masculinity and more hardbound tasteless joke.

Maddox is a personality. Like Rush Limbaugh, Al Sharpton, or in the realm of comedy Stephen Colbert, his writing comes off as over-the-top, offensive, and one-dimensional because he is playing the part of a character. His rants are informed by his own opinions which he then injects wit
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Charles
This book is crap. I had raised expectations based on The Best Page in the Universe, but they were not remotely met. The website is mostly funny, but it's funny because 'Maddox' dabbles in a lot more than his lumberjack/pirate/misogynist schtick. Too much of that, and this book is exclusively that, is crap. Where's the social commentary? Where are the purposefully crappy Microsoft Paint illustrations? Both glaringly absent. Instead we get chapters on boobs, copping a feel, and Chuck Norris. Seri ...more
Evie
Funny, but it started to lose steam quickly toward the end. Certain topics didn't make much sense in terms of manliness ("zombies"?) Still, worth reading on a lark if you aren't easily offended.

The chapter on Chuck Norris almost made me pee my pants at work.
Dan
Dec 25, 2007 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the best page in the universe
This book is what it says it is from A is for Ass Kiciking to Z is for Zombie, this book is the alphabet of manliness. All the violence and self aggrandizing misogyny is appropriately tongue in cheek, and sufficiently well executed.

In the introduction Maddox shouts out Robert Hamburger for the Real Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Handbook saying that this seminal work paved the way for him. However, I think that this book imitates Hamburger's style too much. Whereas, Hamburger portrays wild e
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Carrie
Nov 06, 2007 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are insensitive
Shelves: funny
Brought to you by the mastermind behind www.thebestpageintheuniverse.com. He's not the kind of person to read if you are easily offended. But if you enjoy offending people, read this for some A material! Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a "manly" topic complete with illustrations.

A is for ass-kicking
B is for boners
C is for copping a feel
D is for taking a dump
E is for enlightenment
F is for female wrestling
G is for gas
H is for hot sauce
I is for irate
J is for beef jerky
K is for knocke
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Stephanie
Jul 25, 2007 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boy-men, and women who think that kind of offensiveness is funny
I was tipped off to Madox's website, thebestpageintheuniverse.com, or something like that by a friend who said his critiques and subsequent failing marks on childrens' artwork was hillarious. And it was. So I saw that he wrote a book and I went out and got it for my friend Brad's b-day. Since I had it and it was unwrapped, I did the tacky thing and read it.
I laughed outloud. I also felt embarrassment by the very gross graphic drawings throughout the book when I read it on the plane.
There are ch
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Martin
This is the burliest, hairiest, lumberjackiest, ahoy-me-matiest, chauvinistiest, ball-stompiest, tawdriest, camel-toeiest book on manliness ever written. It's also the only one, and so it's the best one. I put my brain cells in park to enjoy this one. Don't read it, it's not for impressionable minds, unless you want to become a MAN, man! I el oh elled at several points, which was a problem because the naughty graphics are not what you want an eavesdropper getting a peek at. I want to give this 5 ...more
Tim
Feb 12, 2008 Tim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grown men who can appreciate absurdity
I greatly appreciate a book that can make me laugh out loud while riding on public transportation. Although some of the subjects covered in this A-Z of manliness are worth skipping over, there are always a few lines in each that bring redemption to worthless subject. I personally love completely absurd statements and significant exaggeration both of which abound in this book. One of my personal favorite statements was in the letter M for Metal, Maddox goes to his first Heavy Metal concert and th ...more
Jonathan Discount
I love Maddox's website, "The Best Page in the Universe" at http://maddox.xmission.com. Unfortunately, this book didn't match the quality of many of his blog posts. The humor is, of course, raunchy -- and that's what you expect. What you don't expect is it to get tired -- which it does. In fact, the book starts very strong "A is for Ass-Kicking". But by the time you reach "O is for Obedience", the prose is a bit tired, not as original and Maddox appears to be going through the motions. The illus ...more
Dexter
hahah.. i read this at Christmas time and totally forgot to comment... the basic premise of this book is that the author goes through the alphabet letter by letter describing a topic and spends 3-4 pages describing what makes that topic so manly.


A is ass kicking
B is for Boners
C is for cock punches
D is for Dexter
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You get the picture. Absolutely awesomely funny.

The cover of the book has a man punching a gorilla. A FREAKING Gorilla!
Wilson
Aug 10, 2007 Wilson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: daycare workers
There is some giggle-like-a-girl hilarious crap in here. And if I were a lumberjack, I would live for the very day I could punch out Santa Claus. And then there is some boringly formulaic misogyny. Overall, I laughed my ass off in between saying, "Eh" or thinking "Crap. I hope I never hope to hold public office having read this part, because someone might find out I read this part." For the record, I did... not... read... those... paahts.
Rick Cummings
Nov 21, 2007 Rick Cummings rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sarcastic folk
We all know how sarcastic Maddox is... but 206 pages of it is a marathon. I found that halfway through the book, things became formulaic, and it seemed even Maddox himself was tired of writing by page 150. Overall, though, it does have a few good jokes, slathers it on thick, and makes a darn good argument as to why beef jerky is the greatest food on the planet. I'd give it a 3.5, but we'll round up.
Mark
As I sit here eating a steak with beer, have a Jon Wayne movie on in the background, my girlfriend doing the dishes, and am reading this book, I cannot help but feel that I cannot get any manlier.

If you enjoy Maddox's website, then you'll enjoy this. It's laugh out loud funny if you can take a joke without getting easily offended. This book should be on every man's coffee table.
Jim Greene
Jan 11, 2010 Jim Greene rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Male chauvinist pigs
OK. Yeah. It's funny in his own little twisted sense of humor, but it's not a book to be taken seriously. It's stupidity, really and the handbook for macho men (read: the most obnoxious and ridiculously narcissistic male figures in the world). So, yea, for a cheap laugh, read it. No other reason.
Jordan Munn
Oct 26, 2007 Jordan Munn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dudes and chicks
I learned that Event Horizon is not just a movie.

This book is great, but maybe not quite as good as the website because it's not as distilled. Still, The Alphabet of Manliness should be in the reference section of every library.
Sean Curry
For my review of this book, I want you to think of the sound a rocket or firework in a movie makes when it's lit but just putters about for a moment and then falls into a puddle. Plus a fart.
Jmswtsn
He has a funny and interesting website. The book is awful. Avoid at all costs.
Jason
So awesome it makes me want to punch a gorilla in the freakin' face!
Benjamin Siess
What a terrible book this was. It's basically a how to manual on how to do retarded stuff that no one cares about. It's a shame because Maddox's website is pretty fantastic. He ignores what he's good at (ranting about current issues with a satirical chauvinist spin) to give step by step instructions on subjects that are boring (how to cop a feel on a woman and get away with it). Who doesn't know how to grab a random boob every now and again?



1. Go to concert.



2. Stand behind a person who is stand
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Jan
"This is one book I am so glad I picked up becuase it was one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. It wasn't meant to be taken seriously as I can see that but more to make the reader smile. Now I understand everyone is different but for me, I couldn't help but laugh at some of the chapters - divided by letter - like the one on Chuck Norris and especially the one which had Socrates in it talking about being married and if she is good, you'll be happy and if she is bad you become a phi ...more
Adam Boudreau
Being a man, I certainly enjoyed this book. I have visited Maddox's website for a long time and his articles never cease to be awesome. Frankly, the book can't really compete with the website in terms of content, but that wasn't the point of the book. The book was published so Maddox could make money, which in turn would fund the website... the end. This is the greatest idea for extortion ever, tell people you are writing a book simply to make money and have them buy it whether it's good or not. ...more
Tyler
2.5/5

This isn't a bad book, but it's not that good either. It's kind of on that line where I don't think it's really worth reading but if you choose to you might enjoy it. I mildly enjoyed it.

I like Maddox. I like his website, and I like the few videos he's done. I think the guy is funny and talented and I love satire.

But the reason I don't love this is because a lot of it just isn't that funny. Another reviewer mentioned the copping a feel part, and I agree. Yeah it's a how-to manual, but it dr
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C.J. Caron
First off, no offense ladies, but this is a MAN'S book. Guys will get the humor and unique perspective of the world that only Maddox can provide. Ladies will read it and probably be totally disgusted. But I have to tell you that this isn't for all ages either. Think of it as more vulger version of "The Man Show". Maddox takes you on an A to Z journey through all things manly.
My wife considers it rude, offensive and stupid... So of course I loved it. I mean, look at the cover! It's a muscular du
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Dr. Detroit
Monstrous, audacious, irreverent satire from Maddox which welds the October 1982 National Lampoon article "The Utterly Monstrous, Mind-Roasting Summer of O.C. and Stiggs" and Tucker Max's "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" to a recovery guide for closed-head injury survivors still living in their mothers' basements.

If it's redolent with a faint whiff of testosterone, it's all here from A(ss Kicking) to Z(ombies) - and a newly-added section on "The Numbers of Manliness - with notable stops in betw
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Stefani
It is what it is--The Best Page in the Universe in the form of a book. A hilarious, politically-incorrect, satirical (and yet sometimes serious) look at manliness. Excellent entertainment; would make a great gag-gift.
Andy Phillips
This book isn't bad, but if you're looking for the sort of humour that Maddox displays on his website then I'm not 100% sure that you should bother. If you haven't seen his website then search for "The Best Page in the Universe" and you should find it. Start with that, and read all of it before you consider buying the book as it's generally much funnier.

The book is funny in parts, but the subject of manliness just seems a bit restrictive. Most of my favourite Maddox posts are laughing at popular
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Preston Lee
Jul 07, 2010 Preston Lee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young males that like teh stupid.
Shelves: humor
A gift from god.

But seriously... The Alphabet of Manliness is vulgar, crude, and immature: achieving a near epic level of obscenity. It will largely appeal to a younger male crowd appreciative of extraordinary levels of stupidity. Apparetly I still fall into this demographic because I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. Point deducted for several stream-of-consciousness chapters towards the end that don't make any sense.

Conclusion: If you do not fall squarely into this group, you are not ma
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