In “Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top,” founder of the Protocol School of Washington, Dorothea Johnson, and Liv Tyler (yes, Steven Tyler’s daughter) offer a well-crafted overview of basic social and professional manners. Topics include protocol for meeting people, professionalism on the job, using electronic communication correctly, dining skills, and being a savvy host. Initially, I thought that this would be just an interesting book to gain a little bit of knowledge that I may not have had (I am from the South, so manners are ingrained in us!). I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by “Modern Manners.” Not only is the information well-written, but there are plenty of well-done graphics and anecdotes to keep the reader’s interest all the way through the book. Strangely enough, though much of what I encountered was already common knowledge, the book’s prose and style made it a fascinating read. Not only was the book well-written, concise, clear, and interesting, but it was also well crafted—a beautiful hardcover book with superior binding. This is a book that is not only elegant in content but also in presentation that lends the book an air of refinement, but not pretentiousness. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone looking to teach themselves or their kids proper manners without coming off as stodgy or boring.
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