In the "good old days" before ALL kinds of information was available on the web various versions of the "little black book for men" existed. Then, when parents did not talk too freely with their sons (and daughters) about every type of topic, quite a few fathers may have bought such books and quietly handed them to their sons, so they would know what to do when taking out a young lady. Of course, these times are gone, such books aren't needed anymore but author Sam Martin rightfully points out, other skills have gotten lost since then.
His chapters: The Great Outdoors, Men and Machines, Man About the House, The Perfect Host and more shed light on these subjects. Sam Martin has authored the modern version for the 21st century.
"How to mow a Lawn" brings an irrefutable argument for reading up and adopting the presented manly skills.
Quoting from the intro: "You don't find to many smooth operators like Bogart and Brando around these days either. Men like that were gentle enough to out-charm a cobra while being principled enough to land a hard right to the jaw of any man who would say otherwise. Nowadays, most men no longer know what it takes to be real man."
I could not agree more. "How to a Lawn" delivers, which is why I bought if for my son when he was a teenager. Most impressive and useful is the last chapter "How to be a Hero". An excellent index completes the book. I also appreciated the charming drawings in the style of the fifties plus the excellent checklists and graphics, e.g. how to iron a shirt. [Indeed, in times of constantly being on the hunt for a better a job, this may come very handy.]
Definitively recommended to the parents of sons.
Gisela Hausmann -- author of life skills books & blogger