In Which Miss Manners Defends American Etiquette (for Change)
By Judith Martin
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393048612, 224pp.)
Publication Date: November 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Hailed by George Will as "The National Bureau of Standards, " Judith Martin recounts here with characteristic wit how Americans fashioned this etiquette of egalitarian respect -- a fascinating story that spans the misunderstood origins of our table manners to the much-overlooked legacy of African slaves to etiquette. Ultimately, Star-Spangled Manners pays playful homage to the American character, the revolutionary roots and creative independence of our newly minted manners.