Actually I do think that etiquette is a lost art and that these books do need some preservation. Your average public library’s youth nonfiction collection is not that place. Yes, good manners are timeless. Referring to young men as “studs” or “cats,” though – not so much. For a brief moment I thought the book was written by Sammy Davis Jr. Yes, courtesy is a lost art. Yes, there are good things in this book. I love that this author included a chapter on safe and polite driving. (I nearly wept at the idea that one day we could all merge onto the highway without cussing or a raised middle finger.) We could discuss the decline of these social skills forever.
Is this the way that good manners on the job or at school are going to be communicated? Probably not. This book looks like it hasn’t been touched in an ice age or two. Frankly, I am on board with anything that might communicate cell phone etiquette and tasteful Facebook behavior. (Just say no to over-sharing!)