Lessons In Manliness

Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness from Byron “Whizzer” White

Lessons in Manliness from Byron “Whizzer” White

by Brett & Kate McKay

All-American halfback. The NFL’s leading rusher in 1938 and 1940. Rhodes scholar. Decorated war veteran. United States Deputy Attorney General. Supreme Court Justice. History is filled with men who seem larger than life-men surrounded by an inflated myth of accomplishment, an aura that collapses as soon as one takes a closer look. But a few […]

21 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: Chuck Yeager

Lessons in Manliness: Chuck Yeager

by Brett & Kate McKay

“In this fraternity…the world was divided into those that had it and those who did not. This quality, this it, was never named, however, nor was it talked about in any way. As to just what this ineffable quality was…well, it obviously involved bravery. But it was not bravery in the simple sense of being […]

18 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Civilian Conservation Corps: Training a Generation in Manliness

The Civilian Conservation Corps: Training a Generation in Manliness

by Brett

Men of the CCC at Work and Play Source: National Parks Service Editors Note: If you’ve ever been camping, you’ve probably hiked on a trail or used a lodge that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. But just what was the CCC? In this article, Philip Rodney Moon explains the origin of this New […]

44 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: Millican Dalton

Lessons in Manliness: Millican Dalton

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jorrit Jorritsma, the co-founder of Millican, maker of bags and outdoor products inspired by the life of Millican Dalton. Eccentricity often gets bad press. We can probably all think of eccentrics who are socially inadequate and who exhibit unpleasant character traits. But, of course, there is also a […]

12 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: Jimmy Stewart

Lessons in Manliness: Jimmy Stewart

by Brett & Kate McKay

“His type is as normally average as the hot dog and pop at Coney Island. He is good looking without being handsome, quiet without being a bore, ambitious without taking either himself or his job too seriously and unassuming without being dull. Stewart’s growing appeal has sometimes been difficult to peg. He’s no Gable and […]

51 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: Matthew Henson

Lessons in Manliness: Matthew Henson

by Brett & Kate McKay

When you think of history’s great Arctic explorers, what names spring to mind? Ernest Shackleton? Robert Peary? How about Matthew Henson?

Matthew who?

While Robert Edwin Peary’s name has come down to us as the first to set foot on the northernmost part of the world (although not without controversy), the story of the man who truly made that expedition possible has often been overlooked.

20 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for A Cowboy in the Jungle: Theodore Roosevelt and the River of Doubt

A Cowboy in the Jungle: Theodore Roosevelt and the River of Doubt

by Chris

“Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die.” -Theodore Roosevelt Sailing out of the New York harbor, Theodore Roosevelt had little indication that the journey he was embarking on, which he had referred to as “a delightful holiday” with “just the right amount of adventure,” would be the hardest test of […]

20 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: James J. Braddock

Lessons in Manliness: James J. Braddock

by Brett & Kate McKay

Boxing has always lent itself to metaphor. The idea of two men, squaring off toe to toe, battling with only their fists becomes an easy stand in for the life struggles of every man. Perhaps no boxing story has transcended the literal nature of the sport to become a grand symbol more than the story […]

16 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for The Hemingway You Didn’t Know: Papa’s Adventures

The Hemingway You Didn’t Know: Papa’s Adventures

by Chris

“Never confuse movement with action.” -Ernest Hemingway Nearly fifty years after his death, Ernest Hemingway remains a commanding presence in the literary world.  His works annually sell well into the seven figures, and several of his astounding 27 books and 50+ short stories are considered to be masterpieces of American literature.  Even the finest works […]

55 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness from Gene Kranz

Lessons in Manliness from Gene Kranz

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Today as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon, our thoughts often turn to the heroic astronauts who walked on lunar dust. But the men on the ground were just as essential to the success of the landing, maybe none of them more than Gene Kranz, Flight Director […]

14 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness from Winston Churchill

Lessons in Manliness from Winston Churchill

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jonathan W. Thomas. Mr. Thomas runs the world’s largest Anglophile blog – Anglotopia – which has become a gathering place for Anglophiles all over the world. You can connect with him on Twitter as @jonathanwthomas. As an ardent Anglophile, I have a lot of respect and admiration […]

44 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for 7 Lessons in Manliness From the Greatest Generation

7 Lessons in Manliness From the Greatest Generation

by Brett & Kate McKay

Every generation has its share of men who fully live the art of manliness. But there may never have been a generation when the ratio of honorable men to slackers was higher than the one born between 1914 and 1929. These were the men that grew up during the Great Depression. They’re the men who […]

114 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: Sir Richard Francis Burton

Lessons in Manliness: Sir Richard Francis Burton

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Chris Hutcheson. The Victorian Era (c.1837-1901) was a period of great prosperity for Britain. With the British Empire at its height, British explorers were spreading across the globe in an attempt to gain knowledge of distant lands and bring glory to themselves and the empire. In an […]

23 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness from It’s a Wonderful Life

Lessons in Manliness from It’s a Wonderful Life

by Brett

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Harland Pond. It’s that time of year again. Navigating social dangers at holiday work parties. Fighting extra calories off. Picking out the perfect present for your girl. Of course it is also the season of holiday movies.  From old classics like Rudolph to newer ones like Elf, […]

18 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for 6 Lessons in Manliness from James Bond

6 Lessons in Manliness from James Bond

by schaefer

Editor’s Note: In honor of Quantum of Solace being released today, AoM contributor Cameron Schaefer has put together this rundown of Bond’s most manly qualities. Admit it, if you’re a man, you’ve thought about how cool it would be to spend a day in the shoes of 007 himself, “Bond, James Bond.” The cars, adventure, […]

87 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Manly Advice from Robert E. Lee (Plus a Book Giveaway)

Manly Advice from Robert E. Lee (Plus a Book Giveaway)

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Richard G. Williams, Jr. Richard is a regular contributor to the Washington Times’ Military History Column and the author of The Maxims of Robert E. Lee for Young Gentlemen. Visit his blog: Old Virginia Blog Becoming a successful man in America today, as always, includes giving due […]

148 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Unmanliness: Willy Loman

Lessons in Unmanliness: Willy Loman

by Brett

Occasionally, the Art of Manliness runs a series called “Lessons in Manliness.” They are an attempt to glean important life lessons from successful and inspiring men. Today, we’re going to do something a little different. We’re going to look at a man who was a paragon of unmanliness. The hope is that we can learn […]

31 comments | Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Lessons in Manliness: Viktor Frankl

Lessons in Manliness: Viktor Frankl

by Brett

  Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Cory Edwards. Cory is a professional musician and songwriter. He lives with his wife and two children in St. Louis, MO. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) was a psychotherapist and brain surgeon who specialized in treating depression, especially for those prone to suicide. Being a Jew in Nazi […]

18 comments | Read the full article →

Lessons In Manliness: Private Ross A. McGinnis & Petty Officer Michael Monsoor

by Brett & Kate McKay

There are few manlier virtues than sacrifice. The ability to unselfishly put aside one’s own needs and desires to fulfill and protect the needs and desires of others requires a level of maturity and self-control few men ever truly attain. Instead, many men today are children living in man-sized bodies. They view the world and […]

26 comments | Read the full article →
Site Meter