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, colourful photography, and sidebars on unique history. Topics include Courtesies and Greetings, Communication and Correspondence, Dining and Entertaining, Hierarchies and Protocol, Hospitality and Occasions, Amusements and Institutions, Boundaries and Cultural Differences, New Technology and Old Manners. Whether you are planning a trip abroad or just want a fascinating, browsable read, find out what is universal and what is merely a product of one’s culture.
- ASIN : 1426208138
- Publisher : National Geographic Society; Illustrated edition (18 October 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781426208133
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426208133
- Dimensions : 19.43 x 2.67 x 24.28 cm
"Refinement in table manners signals that a person has taken time to consider what best suits other people, whether they're seated at left or right, or across the table," declares the brand-new "An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy: How Manners Shaped the World" (National Geographic, $40) by Bethanne Patrick. "No wonder that elaborate dinners are often a precursor to being hired in large, formal companies -- he or she who demonstrates deft precision with cutlery will usually practice the same when faced with a crucial deal." -Chicago Tribune
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