Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Can you tie a tie? Men 10 Essential Skills Book Review

     I don't know how to tie a tie, do you?  I have always wanted to know how, but never really had the need.  I was recently sent the book Men 10 Essential Skills to review.  I was excited because it has a step by step guide on how to tie a tie.  It is a book for men so yes its for John, but secretly I wanted to read it too. 

    The book is set up in 10 chapters and each chapter is a guide for a certain skill.  They include:
  1. Tie a Tie (Bowtie included) by RVR
  2. Swing a Gold Club by Josh Will
  3. Play Poker by Bill Burton
  4. Light and Smoke a Cigar by Frank Seltzer
  5. Drive a Stick Shift by Michel Issa
  6. Propose A Toast by Fred Rivera
  7. Catch A Wave by Elliott Zuckerman
  8. Order and Taste Win in a Restaurant by Kurt Gunkel
  9. Mix a james bond Martini by Tommy Rowles
  10. Keep the Girl by RVR
     The book is really easy to read.  There are some pictures for examples where it is helpful.  In the first chapter not only does it tell you how to tie a tie, but it has a step by step guide and pictures to show you how to tie a tie 4 different ways plus a bow tie. This is my favorite chapter of the book.  I like how easy it is to follow the steps and look at the charts. 

     There are a couple more chapters that are useful.  I also like the chapter Play Poker.  I sometimes get confused with what beats what in poker.  Sure I know a three of a kind is better than a two of a kind.  But where there is a full house, straight, and flush then who wins??  The book has a easy little chart to let you know which wins and even what it takes to have these kinds of hands. 

     The last chapter was pretty funny.  First it wasn't based on facts and not written by a true professional.  It is funny and has some good tips on How to Keep a Girl.  But some of the tips are old fashion and would make a girl laugh a little.  Another fun thing about this book is at the end of each skill or chapter there is a list of movies that include that particular skill.  So after the chapter about how to swing a golf club the movies are, Caddy Shack, Tin Cup, and The Greatest Game Ever Played. 

     I really like this book.  I had John look it over and he found it interesting.  Of course he knew the poker stuff so that wasn't super interesting for him.  He did comment that he likes the Tie a Tie also.  Since he doesn't wear ties daily he doesn't have much practice in wearing and tying a tie.  I think this book will come in handy for reference purposes.  The book is really easy to read.  Since each chapter is another skill you can read it a chapter at a time and not get lost.

     MEN 10 Essential Skills would be a great gift for the man in your life that is so hard to shop for. I would recommend this book.

I was provided the above mentioned book for the purpose of the review.  I was not compensated in any way.  All opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone.  Disclosure

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