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post #16 of 26
Oddly, they have the review available online today:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1152...l?mod=2_1167_1

I could not find it yesterday. Knowing the WSJ, this will be up for about two weeks at most and then spirited away behind a firewall.
post #17 of 26
I think that's the best review I've read so far because it captures exactly how i feel about the book. As I see it, some of the tips in the book are useful but the book is kind of hyperbolic. You're not going to be ruined by wearing a buttondown shirt with a double breasted jacket, but it's kind of funny and entertaining the way Manton presents it (e.g., I always think to myself of a guy that shows up to work everyday in a patterned suit because he has no solid suits and one day his boss says to him "Damn you Smith for your patterned suits, you're fired and you will never work in this town again". Then Smith loses his job, can't find another one, he defaults on his mortgage and the bank forecloses, his wife leaves him, he becomes homeless, the neighbors scorn him, his family disowns him and he ends up living under a bridge and begging for money from tourists so that he can buy his next hit of crack cocaine). Of course it would never happen, but it's kind of funny and entertaining to make up little scenarios like that.
post #18 of 26
"Ruin" is one of Machiavelli's absolutely most favorite terms. Having had the opportunity to play with it myself, I can see why. It's like a toy that once you pick up, it's hard to put down.
post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Manton
"Ruin" is one of Machiavelli's absolutely most favorite terms. Having had the opportunity to play with it myself, I can see why. It's like a toy that once you pick up, it's hard to put down.

Actually, if I had to name one thing that I've incorporated into my daily life from the book, I would have to say that it's the use of the word "ruin." I've noticed that I use that word a lot more now after reading the book than I did before I read the book.
post #20 of 26
Manton,

I'm reading your book and really enjoying it. Well done! Sort of reminds me of Bruce Boyer's excellent work in places.
post #21 of 26
One omission from the (wonderful) book that I've wondered about concerns the chapter on formal wear. I was surprised, Manton, that you did not mention in the book that the morning coat also survives amongst that small class of attorneys appearing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the US Government. What gives? (I should add that my surprise is not due to some sense that this tradition is of such note that it was a faux pas not mentioning it, but rather that it seemed to fit into the historical context of the chapter and, given your time in D.C., a natural target.)
post #22 of 26
Just finished The Suit. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Learned a lot.

Bravo


Cheers,
D
post #23 of 26
I finished it over the weekend. Great read. Thanks Manton.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Stax
One omission from the (wonderful) book that I've wondered about concerns the chapter on formal wear. I was surprised, Manton, that you did not mention in the book that the morning coat also survives amongst that small class of attorneys appearing before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the US Government.

Does it? A sketch of Solicitor General Paul Clement arguing before the Court in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights appears to suggest otherwise.

post #25 of 26
After some additional research, I gather that the tradition endures, although the sketch really makes it appear as if Clement is wearing a lounge suit.

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1149757520854
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
After some additional research, I gather that the tradition endures, although the sketch really makes it appear as if Clement is wearing a lounge suit.

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1149757520854
Scalia was correct, in general, wasn't he? I wonder when/how/why the black vest tradition for government attorneys began.
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