The Young Man's Guide

The Young Man's Guide

In the nineteenth century, William Alcott's The Young Man's Guide paved the way toward personal and financial success for thousands of men. Now, in this unique rendition of his classic work, you, too, can use his wisdom to unlock your greatest potential and live a happy and prosperous life. From refining your appearance and handling social interactions to managing your fin...

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Title:The Young Man's Guide
Author:William A. Alcott
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Edition Language:English

The Young Man's Guide Reviews

  • Alxandra

    I read the Kindle version from Project Gutenberg. The transcription is quite good with very rare errors.

    I've been reading a few of William Alcott's Guides, including

    . All of them provide fascinating insight into the turn 19th century. But, I was delighted to find this book provides more concrete examples and suggestions and covers information on how to conduct business, politeness, and choosing a wife. The book is heavily Christian based which is not surpri

    I read the Kindle version from Project Gutenberg. The transcription is quite good with very rare errors.

    I've been reading a few of William Alcott's Guides, including

    . All of them provide fascinating insight into the turn 19th century. But, I was delighted to find this book provides more concrete examples and suggestions and covers information on how to conduct business, politeness, and choosing a wife. The book is heavily Christian based which is not surprising given when it was written. The somewhat flowery advice in his books for ladies is skipped for bluntness in this book, although he does refer to masturbation as 'the solitary vice'.

    I thoroughly enjoyed a glimpse into turn of the century advice for young men.

  • John Yelverton

    I wish that I had been given this book before I entered college, started my first job, or even got married. Some of the advice in this book is pure, unadulterated gold, and I heartily recommend it for any young man looking for advice on how to conduct himself in life.

  • Hana Jay Klokner

    A book from 1834, The Young Man's Guide is a real gem between historical self-help / self-development books. I stumbled upon it by accident, downloaded the free Kindle edition and found it quite interesting.

    The author gives various advice on young men's lives, pretty much any topic you can imagine: from marriage to being neat, on how to behave in society, get an education, run a business, but even such advice as how many meals to eat thorough the day.

    While some of the ideas are old-fashioned (

    A book from 1834, The Young Man's Guide is a real gem between historical self-help / self-development books. I stumbled upon it by accident, downloaded the free Kindle edition and found it quite interesting.

    The author gives various advice on young men's lives, pretty much any topic you can imagine: from marriage to being neat, on how to behave in society, get an education, run a business, but even such advice as how many meals to eat thorough the day.

    While some of the ideas are old-fashioned (like the eating--only three times a day; we all know that five times a day is the "correct" way approved by nutritionists) and many of them are based on Bible and word of God, I found so many points interesting and still very up-to-date.

    It's true I skipped some parts of the book, simply because they were boring, but otherwise the writing was easy to read and felt quite fresh. Recommended especially if you're doing some research.

  • Bhupesh Doda

    I read this book because it was written a long time ago (1833) which gives a very good insight into the culture (American and little bit European). But more than that for readers especially young(i mean in their teens) will probably learn a lot from this book and ironically for 21st century young man in their 20's they will not benefit much from it as i think they are already ruined :P,but i believe its never too late to learn some few mantras of life which makes your life less miserable. In gen

    I read this book because it was written a long time ago (1833) which gives a very good insight into the culture (American and little bit European). But more than that for readers especially young(i mean in their teens) will probably learn a lot from this book and ironically for 21st century young man in their 20's they will not benefit much from it as i think they are already ruined :P,but i believe its never too late to learn some few mantras of life which makes your life less miserable. In general if you(a) are confused if your girlfriend can be a good wife (b) or you are setting up a business (c) or need some manliness tips then this a book for you.

  • Jericho Eames

    I think this is a handbook that everyone should have. It has little trinkets of reminders and how we should strive to live. It's interesting because even though it's written back in the 1700s, the lessons taught are still applicable in today's society.

  • Jaymason

    This book had plenty of good advice for a man just starting his life; However, it is dryer than an alum block. The first part of the book is easy to read, but once you're halfway through you'd prefer it just ended. I recommend it for anyone around college-age... as long as they're prepared for the boredome that ensues.

  • Mohammad Ali Abedi

    Let me tell you about this book. Released in 1834, it was a book aimed at young men on how to live a better life, involving things like how to improve as a person, how to entertain yourself, and so on. From what I remember from the book, it tells you what kind of wife to marry, the games you shouldn’t play (basically, it seems, all games are dangerous, because it can lead to betting, which can lead to vices, which can lead to early death and damnation), to constantly read, but not novels, becaus

    Let me tell you about this book. Released in 1834, it was a book aimed at young men on how to live a better life, involving things like how to improve as a person, how to entertain yourself, and so on. From what I remember from the book, it tells you what kind of wife to marry, the games you shouldn’t play (basically, it seems, all games are dangerous, because it can lead to betting, which can lead to vices, which can lead to early death and damnation), to constantly read, but not novels, because all novels are trashy, instead spend time on reading volumes of books on history, don’t go to the theatre, because theatres are full of vices and silly stuff, and so on.

    If the author, William Alcott, was somehow transferred to 2013, his heart would have exploded out of his chest. Today nerds like Alcott advise young people to pleaaaase go to the theatre and read novels, so if Alcott’s most evil activities are now the best advices given, how low has the world fallen?

    Alcott also dedicates a large portion of the book to masturbation. Summary, don’t do it. From what I can tell, masturbation is massively evil, not only does it lead you to other vices, but it also has a long range of diseases that are caused by it AND it will eventually lead you to an insane asylum.

    In his Wikipedia page, it says he wrote 108 books. Well, since he died at 60 and from what I can understand, he probably started writing from 35, that’s 108 books in 25 years, which is around 4 a year. No wonder the guy probably didn’t masturbate or drink or smoke or eat meat or dance or flirt or go to the theatres or play games. He was too busy writing books and being bland and because God is the coolest cat ever, he gave the guy lung infection. Hah hah.

  • Jeremy

    I do not recommend this book. I thought it would have some interesting things to say (though it's 150 years old), but most of its suggestions are severely outdated and meaningless in the modern era. The only quality advice it gives is "What man has done, man can do." That's a philosophy I sometimes employ.

  • Charles Reed

    Unfortunately I was expecting to get more out of this book, however like many books from the past the ideas are a bit dated, making it difficult to appreciate the authors stylings,perhaps if I was around 50 years back or so I would have been able to appreciate the workings of this book.

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