Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility

The 110 Precepts That Guided Our First President in War and Peace

Book - 2003 | 1st University of Virginia Press ed
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Book News
The National Review's senior editor annotates principles that guided President Washington. Examples: "Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience." "Rinse not your mouth in the presence of others." Includes illustrations and references. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer

As a young man, George Washington admired and copied into a little notebook 110 rules for civil behavior that originated from a Jesuit textbook. Washington took these rules very much to heart, and that handwritten list remained with him throughout his life, serving as inspiring guidance from his military days at Valley Forge and Yorktown to his two terms as president.Guidance that at first sounds archaic, it is in fact just as relevant as—indeed, possibly more necessary than—it was nearly three hundred years ago. Richard Brookhiser makes clear the pertinence of these rules for modern readers and proposes that now more than ever we will be wise to follow the modest example of such a great man. Witty and insightful, Brookhiser’s commentary offers real-world instruction in the lost art of self-discipline, and his new preface provides a compelling and timely context in which to employ these guidelines today.

Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2003
Edition: 1st University of Virginia Press ed
ISBN: 9780813922188
Branch Call Number: 973.41 WAS
Characteristics: vi, 90 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Brookhiser, Richard


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at IndyPL

To Top