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The Modern Man's Guide to Life
Published in Paperback by HarperCollins (paper) (November, 1987)
Authors: Denis Boyles, Alan Rose, and Alan Wellikoff
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Where 'Worst Case Scenarios' Got All Their Best Stuff!
What to Do If the Pilot Dies, How to Hop a Freight, all that and more is in this great classic. I bought a copy of this book when it first came out, and I've bought at least one copy (one way or another) every year since because my friends keep stealing mine. The tech stuff is dated, but the rest is golden. I'm ordering another copy now, probably the 20th one. Maybe someday this book will be the basis for some new Guy religion. I'm already a believer!

I hope this goes to print soon with additions!
Like some readers here I too got this book for high school graduation 9 years ago. The book is written in a straight-forward manner and easy to read. I enjoy reading and re-reading certain passages. In fact I use it as a reference to most anything. The only downside I can think of is it's datedness with some of the more technical aspects particularly with respect to surviving in the outdoors. Either way I hope it goes back to print.

A must have for male, high school graduates.
I received this book for my high school graduation and read it cover to cover. It has practical knowledge that is easy to read. "The Guide" talks about things my parents never had the never to discuss with me. I hope they go into print soon because many men could use what its got.

Man Eaters Motel and Other Stops on the Railway to Nowhere: An East African Traveller's Nightbook, Including a Summary History of Zanzibar and an Account of the Slaughter at Tsavo: Together With a Sketch of
Published in Hardcover by Ticknor & Fields (June, 1991)
Authors: Denis Boyles and Alan Rose
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Great adventure
I am planning a trip to Africa, so I bought this book (used) and "Ghosts of Tsavo" by Phillip Caputo and "Man Eaters," which is Patterson's book (he is the British officer who shot the man eating lions). I liked this one best of the three. It is really exciting in some places and tells the story of the man eating lions in Tsavo better than Paterson does, and he was there! I enjoyed the travel aspect too, where Boyles takes the train ride from Mombassa to Lake Victoria and gives a stop-by-stop account of the journey. This book is also very funny in places. I'm glad I took the trouble to get this book. I recommend it completely.

Better than being there
I read Boyles's other African book (African Lives) and loved it. When we decided to visit Kenya this year on vacation, I started looking for this book, which I had found discussed in some newsgroups, but it was "out of stock" (whatever that means!). My local public library did a search for it, but couldn't locate the book before we left. When we got home, it was there and I read it. I can't tell you how much I wish I'd had this book before I went. Not only is the writing wonderful, but since the book follows the railroad (telling the story and describing the places along the way) from the coast to Lake Victoria, the details are exactly the kind of things a visitor really needs. Our vacation was expensive and tame, even though we enjoyed the people and the scenery. This book was better than the trip, since it was free (from the library) and very exciting (funny, too).

The best things in it are hard to pick out, but I recommend the story of Patterson and the man-eaters (better than the hokie movie, by far), the depiction of Zanzibar, the social scene in Nairobi and the description of Lake Victoria. If we had known about the little winery in Naivasha, we would have gone there. This book is full of things I wish I'd known, but didn't. Find this book if you can.

African Lives: White Lies, Tropical Truth, Darkest Gossip, and Rumblings of Rumor from Chinese Gordon to Beryl Markham, and Beyond
Published in Paperback by Ballantine Books (Trd Pap) (August, 1989)
Author: Denis Boyles
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What a suprising little book!
I went into this book with the intention of ripping it to pieces. I came away disagreeing with the message and impressed at how well Mr. Boyles writes.

Any professional writer should read this book, if for no other reason than to explore some of the better subtleties of the trade. This book is well written, clear, it moves admirably well considering the subject matter which I previously would have thought to be prose-proof. It shows how enjoyable even subjects that one would previously have had no interest in can come alive for a reader with the right author.

Buy this book.

Everything You Need to Know About Philosophy (The Pocket Professor)
Published in Paperback by Pocket Books (July, 1999)
Authors: Steve Herman, Gregg Stebben, and Denis Boyles
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Outstanding Introduction
Shop around no more. If you are looking for a introduction into philosophy but have no idea where to begin, then this book is for you. It is cleverly written by Steve Herman and Gregg Stebben. The book doesn't waste time on details, because the authors wisely are targeting an audience who are approaching this subject for probably the first time.

It is only about 120 pages long and can be read and understaood in one setting. Most positions are quickly cited such as Theism and Atheism. They don't take sides and sometimes point out the strengths and weeknesses of certain positions. Chapters like a "Life Worth Living" are full of humor and interesting.

The authors successfully restrian themselves from putting in their bias, which for this type of book is extremely important. If you are not sure if you can handle the subject of philosophy, then get this book first. It will introduce you to this subject in a clear and concise manner.

Everything You Need to Know About Physics (The Pocket Professor)
Published in Paperback by Pocket Books (October, 1999)
Authors: Gregg Stebben, Daniel Orange, and Denis Boyles
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succeeds in its purpose
I picked up this book cos I knew SQUAT about physics...and now that I've read it, well, I still don't know much, but I know a bit more than squat. It doesn't go too deeply into any particular theory, but it is successful in condensing all the major ones into funny, easily digestible tidbits. -contains tons of tables, sidebars and anecdotes, plus book recommendations every 5 pages or so! The author(s) has a touch for breaking concepts down into everyday terms and a fine sense of humor (despite an incredibly inappropriate out-of-nowhere moral condemnation of Bill Clinton? ). It's a fun and incredibly quick read.

Everything You Need to Know About Religion (The Pocket Professor)
Published in Paperback by Pocket Books (July, 1999)
Authors: Dennis Boyles, Denis Boyles, and Gregg Stebben
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Great book in a good series
Somebody gave me this book as a joke because I am about the most fallen person there is. I was quite amazed when I found that this little book actually made me THINK. So now I must confess that it is smart and even funny (in an American sort of way)!

I even ordered one of the other books in the series (Economics) and think it's quite good too.

Everything You Need to Know About Economics (The Pocket Professor)
Published in Paperback by Pocket Books (November, 1999)
Authors: David J. Fike, Daniel Orange, Gregg Stebben, and Denis Boyles
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A Great Introduction or Review of Economic Concepts
I enjoyed reading the book. It has some very creative examples and very humorous section titles. Everything You Need To Know About Economics is a great review of economics in general and I recommend it to anyone who would like to have a learn more or brush up on economic principles.

Great Book For Anyone!
When I first picked it up I was very unsure of what I was getting in to. I wasn't sure if this would just another dry all-in-one type book with loads of info. Rather this book by Fike and Stebben, puts Economics in real life terms! Easy read and very easy to follow, makes Econ. and enjoyable subject, unlike those college classes.

Jimmy the Bartender's Guide to Life: Advice on Women, Sex, Money, Work and Other Stuff That Screws Up Men's Lives
Published in Paperback by Rodale Press (October, 1999)
Authors: James Kennedy, Denis Boyles, and Dennis Boyles
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Insipid! Perfect for the Victimized Man in Your in Life
Clearly a simpleton's view of the world that caters to the simpleton audience of victimized men. If you've failed at most the meaningful things in your life, and tend to blame others, you will love this book. Underlying sentiments are jaundiced as it attempts to preach on and aggrandize all that would seem painfully obvious to even the mildly secure and marginally successful man. These guys sound as if their world is dominated by women as they appear to yearn for an all-male utopia. Skip this book entirely...or better yet, go hang out with Jimmy in his bar with a bunch of "guys" while you get drunk and bad advice as the world passes by. What else would you expect from a bartender? PS: Jimmy's Bar is not on the Upper West Side.

Good job,Jimmy
If you read Jimmy's column in Men's Health magazine, you'll enjoy this book. It was well-spent [money], I must say. Humorous, clever advice from Jimmy made for entertaining, if less than profound, reading. Definitely worth purchasing.

Five Stars All The Way Through
This guy has good common sense when it comes to giving the right answers to men who have problems with women, the job, money etc. I first heard of him through Men's Health magazine, where he has his monthly column. Just about all of his answers to the men's questions on everyday problems will have you shaking your head in agreement. A great, entertaining book. I wish this guy was my bartender.

A Man's Life: The Complete Instructions
Published in Paperback by Perennial (October, 1996)
Authors: Denis Boyles, Gregg Stebben, and A. R. B.
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I'd write more, but I got bored after the eighth page
I have purchased a number of the men's guides, and found this the least useful. This book is rather verbose, without really saying anything. The author spends several pages instructing users to ignore instruction manuals (except for this book, which he admits is a manual on life). I suggest you take his advice, and skip this instruction manual as well.

Then again, I was filled with ennui and put down the book after the first chapter, it's possible that it improves, but by scanning through it, I somehow doubt it.

Wonderfully useful and wonderfully funny!
I have to admit that I am a woman. I bought this book for my husband for Father's Day. He read it. Then I read it. Now he has bought five more copies for his friends, and I have bought six for friends of mine, and the golf club we belong to now buys copies to give away for prizes! I just loved this book. I sat down and thumbed through it thinking "This won't be for me" and the next thing I knew I was reading it from cover to cover. Everything is in here! I loved "how to eat beer three meals a day" and all of the gardening things. My husband likes the men's fashion material and the entries on women (of course!). But all of it is very practical. And the writing is just the best.


A Girl's Guide to Life: The Complete Instructions
Published in Paperback by Penguin USA (Paper) (December, 1997)
Authors: Susan Pohlman, Priscilla Turner, Bob Staake, Planet Dexter, Planet Dexter (Firm), and Denis Boyles
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Okay for the younger girls...
This book is ok for a few things, but for girls 11+ it just wasn't telling us anything we didn't already know! It delt with cooking the basic things, making money the basic way, and games to play. This book didn't explain much, but if you are a girl 7-10, it would be really great.

It's Okay A little young and immature.
The book did not give a clear description about the age groups. I thought it would be for someone around the ages of 14 and up. It was pretty imature and I thought that it was more for 10 year olds than 14 year olds. We need to learn about sex, and drugs, not how to make lanyards.

Pretty Good
This book is pretty good, it tells you how to make some money, fix things, make food, and deal with life in general. But if you're over the age of 12, I wouldn't recommend it. Otherwise, it's very enjoyable and clever!

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