Lessons In Manliness

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Lessons in Unmanliness from Victor Frankenstein

by Jeremy Anderberg

Victor Frankenstein does not get much attention in popular culture. It is Frankenstein’s creation – a nameless monster (often mistakenly called Frankenstein) – in all his green, bumbling glory that attracts the attention and the horrified screams of people worldwide. To the contrary of how film directors and producers have portrayed Frankenstein’s monster, Mary Shelley […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Andrew Jackson

by Brett & Kate McKay

“I was born for a storm and a calm does not suit me.” While his countenance graces our $20 bill, many Americans do not know much about the life of Andrew Jackson. He is often remembered as the hero of the Battle of New Orleans or condemned as the man responsible for the Trail of […]

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Lessons in Manliness: The Hobbit

by Jeremy Anderberg

The Hobbit has been a favorite of children and adults alike since its publication in 1937. It used to take a backseat to The Lord of the Rings, but with the movie being released last summer, interest has been renewed in Bilbo Baggins’ adventure. When it was originally published, it was put into the children’s […]

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Cato: Lessons From a Self-Made Man

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, co-authors of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato. Cato the Younger—the great Roman soldier, senator, and Stoic—was a hard man to like. He was ungracious in his friendships, uncompromising in his politics, blunt in his conversations, yet able to talk the […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Dante

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Ratelle. “I see man’s mind cannot be satisfied unless it be illumined by that truth beyond which there exists no other truth.” – Paradiso IV.124-126. Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker, is probably the single most well-known depiction of the poet Dante. Originally entitled The Poet […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Friday Night Lights

by Brett & Kate McKay

There aren’t too many television shows out there that portray men in a positive light these days. Men on sitcoms are usually dimwitted doofuses or cartoonishly macho. It’s not much better on TV dramas.  While I can point to books or movies that inspire me to be a better man, it’s hard for me to do […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Charles Atlas

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Let Me Prove in 7 Days That I Can Make You a New Man!” “The Insult That Made a Man Out of Mac” “Hey, Skinny! Yer Ribs Are Showing!” It’s an ad the majority of readers out there can easily conjure up in their heads. A cartoon of a skinny, 97-pound weakling who gets sand […]

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Leadership Lessons from Ernest Shackleton

by Brett & Kate McKay

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In September of 1914, Anglo-Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton set out on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition with the goal of being the first man to traverse the Antarctic continent. While he did not complete the transcontinental journey he had hoped for, he brought back all 27 of his men alive, a feat of magnificent leadership without parallel. How did he do it? Shackleton’s leadership abilities were myriad, but today we will focus on the two most vital: his resilience and service.

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Lessons in Manliness from The Old Man and the Sea

by Bryan Schatz

“Que va,” the boy said, “It is what a man must do.” “Success” is all too often assumed to be the indicator of the value of a man. But success, in and of itself, merely speaks to a particular status and may have nothing to do with the journey that the man took to get […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Bass Reeves

by Brett & Kate McKay

Who was the greatest Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Old West? Wyatt Earp? Wild Bill Hickok? How about Bass Reeves? Bass who? Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, […]

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The Napping Habits of 8 Famous Men

by Brett & Kate McKay

A few weeks ago, we covered the myriad of amazing benefits provided by the too-oft maligned nap. If you’re still not convinced of the benefits of napping and are in need of some additional inspiration, or, you’re simply curious about how some of history’s most famous nappers, today we provide a look at the napping […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Atticus Finch

by Brett & Kate McKay

When it comes to manly characters in literature, my thoughts always return to one man: Atticus Finch. Perhaps this character from To Kill a Mockingbird seems like an unusual choice. A gentleman in a three piece suit. A widower of two kids, Jem and Scout. A man who was quiet instead of brash. Polite instead […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Harry Houdini

by Brett & Kate McKay

Harry Houdini. “The Handcuff King.” “The Man Who Walked Through Walls.” Master Magician. Escape Artist Extraordinaire. Almost a century has passed since his death, and Houdini, who was the most famous entertainer of his time, is still a name nearly everyone knows and reveres. He was king of the “Golden Age of Magic.” His enormous […]

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Skydiving from Space Part II: Nick Piantanida’s “Magnificent Failure”

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The story of Nick Piantanida is not the straightforward, unambiguously heroic tale of Joseph Kittinger. It ends in tragedy, not triumph. Piantanida did not accomplish what he sought […]

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Skydiving from Space-Part I: Joseph W. Kittinger’s Long, Lonely Leap

by Brett & Kate McKay

On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger parachuted from nearly 20 miles above the earth’s surface. What drives a man to jump from space? Scientific discovery certainly. The jump represented more than a daredevil’s thrill or a desire to break records; this was nascent space travel, the world’s first manned space program. Kittinger’s work with Projects […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Beowulf

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Ratelle. “For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark… Endure your troubles today. Bear up and be the man I […]

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The Whole Man: 25 Men Who Cultivated Both Mind and Body

by Brett & Kate McKay

They are the two stock characters of many a movie and television show, especially those set in high school or college: the jock and the nerd. Brains and brawn. The meathead and the brainiac. AC Slater and Screech. The jock excels at sports, but has little between his ears. The nerd is a whiz in […]

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Lessons in Manliness: Chiune Sugihara

by Brett & Kate McKay

Share In June of 1940, the Jews of Lithuania were worried. Some had just recently fled from Poland, narrowly escaping Hitler’s reach. They had hoped to find in Lithuania a safe haven. But the Soviets had moved to occupy the country and had begun making arrests, confiscating property, and harassing the Jewish population. At the […]

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Art of Manliness Group Writing Project: Lessons in Manliness

by Brett

ShareIf you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you probably know about our series called Lessons in Manliness. The articles in this series offer a glimpse into the lives of great men in history and highlight some lessons from them that can motivate and inspire today’s men to be the best they can be. But […]

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