Civility (Hardcover)

George Washington's 110 Rules for Today

By Steven Michael Selzer

Andrews McMeel Publishing, 9781524852443, 208pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2019

List Price: 16.99*
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With advice for handling conflict, managing stress, and promoting respect, this book is for anyone longing for a more civil world.

Rudeness. Crudeness. Thoughtlessness. Hostility. Uncivilized behavior is everywhere. We all recognize how much happier we’d be if the prevailing culture were a civil one. Sometimes, in order to move forward, we need to take a long look back. At the age of fourteen, George Washington wrote 110 guidelines to cultivate civility and orient himself toward others, which he called Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. In this book author Steven Selzer examines and expands on Washington’s rules, proving they’re still as necessary today as they were 250 years ago. With subjects ranging from media literacy to choosing friends to nail biting, the principles and proposals in Civility will enable readers to better handle interpersonal conflicts, conduct business, manage everyday stress with grace, and treat their fellow citizens with more respect.

About the Author

After receiving both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from George Washington University, Steven Michael Selzer practiced law in Maryland for over forty years.

During this time he authored three books—Life’s Little Relaxation BookBy George: Mr. Washington’s Guide to Civility Today, and Meet the Real Joe Black—and received the David J. Hjortsberg Award for civility and professionalism from the Maryland State Bar Association in 2001.

Since retiring in 2015, Steven spends his time volunteering, keeping up with his five grandchildren, laughing at himself, and speaking on the subject of civility to schools, civic organizations, businesses, professional associations, national fraternities and sororities, and non-profits. He lives in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Adrianne and rescued standard poodle, Chloe.

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Praise For Civility: George Washington's 110 Rules for Today

“As the title states, the book centers around the first U.S. president’s 110 rules to live by. He is believed to have written them at age 14, though Selzer said some historians believe the rules actually originated from the French Jesuits and were written up by Washington for a school assignment. What really matters is that Washington lived by the rules, Selzer said.” (Frederick News Post)

"There has never in our country, since the end of the American Civil War, been such a need for "Civility: George Washington's 110 Rules for Today" to be read by every citizen who cares about such things as social justice, honest political discourse, and our national security. [I] unreservedly endorse and urgently recommended for community, college, and university library collections, [in addition to] the personal reading lists of students, academia, political/social activists, governmental policy makers, and politicians of all parties." (The Midwest Book Review)