Old Time Bachelor Books

Bachelors have been around for a long time.  Even longer than married people.  Sometimes it’s interesting to read about how it was done in days of yore.

Below are some links to free old time bachelor books available from Project Gutenberg.  Enjoy.

 The Complete Bachelor — Manners for Men  

The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness

 and this one:


If you are a fan of true crime and mob history, you definitely want to get a copy of SHADOW OF MY FATHER, written by John Gotti Jr.

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This book, besides being a fascinating inside look at the workings of the mob in the eighties and nineties, and the dirty tricks the government uses to try and get convictions at any cost, serves as the basis for the forthcoming movie in the summer of 2018, about John Gotti and his son. John Travolta stars as the teflon don.

I had the good fortune of assisting John in the researching, fact checking and editing of this book, and have been his personal family attorney and close friend since 1999.

Buy it today.


A journey of a thousand  miles begins with the first step (unless you opt to drive, take a train, a ship, or fly), but c’mon let’s be nice to mangled old Chinese philosophical statements.  They work. So do the Japanese versions.

Step by step, inch by inch, that’s the Japanese Kaizen way.  Small improvements every day, leading to major beneficial changes in your lifestyle.  Whether it’s improving your living environment, your dress, your education, your finances, eat the elephant one bite at a time. That’s basically Kaizen philosophy.  Get the information you need to make those one small step at a time changes here:

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Nine more days to  Halloween.  Spooky reading anyone?

Here is a double for you to consume by candlelight in the dark to celebrate this Holiday of Horror.  It’s an e-book compilation on Kindle. If you don’t have the Kindle app, you can get it free from amazon when you order any kindle e-book.

DOUBLE DREADER-Horror Bundle  

Miranda Rites and Esprit De Corpse are combined in this Horror Bundle. Miranda Rites deals with a true crime story of an exorcism gone bad. Esprit De Corpse is a collection of horror stories guaranteed to entertain.

Check it out today it’s just the trick that will treat you to some shivers. And of course, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


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Many of you have heard of long time comedian and joke teller extraordinaire, JACKIE MARTLING.  You may remember him from the Howard Stern show.  He was the writer behind Stern, the real funny man behind the media facade.

Well now, Jackie has published his autobiography BOW TO STERN, which reveals the inner workings (and things which didn’t work) in his long time career as the Joke Man.

I am proud to be his friend for over fourteen years, and I heartily recommend his book to one and all.  Get it today.


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Oscar Wilde, playwright, poet, novelist, and one of the wittiest conversationalists ever to exist, had many opinions regarding women. (No need to go into why).

Here are some gems:

  1. Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.  (So keep up your energy levels with proper diet and exercise).
  2. A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her. (So don’t fall in love.  Sometimes you can’t help it, and when you can’t help it, get help from the thought that no matter how great you think she is, some other guy out there  who started loving her, was completely tired of her bullshit).
  3. Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat. (Any bachelor with any experience knows it is much easier to get into a relationship than get out of one where she wants to keep you, and you realize she is not only not the one, she isn’t even half of it).
  4. The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain. (Words to live by).

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Any bachelor worth his cocktail shaker knows about Hugh Hefner, the publisher of Playboy, a magazine that is at the time of this posting sixty four years old. (Fortunately the women pictured therein are a tad younger).  Hef started it when he was about twenty eight, and to update this post, he called it a day at 91 recently.  Heaven for Hef would be a downgrade.

But man, what an inspiration was Hef to the bachelors of the world, especially the VIP bachelor.  Besides the pictures of pulchritude, there were articles dealing with the major concerns of the bachelor: drinks, dress, food, stereo, cars, music, and more.

There were stories by famous authors, and advertisements that exemplified the swinging bachelor lifestyle of the fifties and sixties.

Want to know the real deal whole story behind the Man?

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Check out Hef’s Little Black Book.

The Bachelor Reads

How about a spooky spy story for your summer reading?  Just the thing to darken a day at the beach, or put a shiver in you on a hot night.

DARK JUSTICE features one of the most interesting villains in spy fiction: the sorcerer spy.

Von Zauber, the wealthy Neo-Nazi sorcerer and industrialist is back again!

He has fully recovered from his injuries sustained in his adventures in the first book, RED PHOENIX RISES.

This time he is working for Chinese and Cuban intelligence, fronting as a Palo Mayombe priest in New York, committing magical murders, and frustrating the police and the FBI alike.

One man, a broken down attorney with flexible ethics will oppose him, in a search for love, renewal and Dark Justice.

The Well Read Bachelor

Are you a fan of cold war spy novels?  The realistic kind by an author who was actually there?


Detachment Echo is a novel based on historical fact.

During the Cold War there was hard evidence that American POWs were being shipped from Vietnam to Eastern European “facilities” for medical experimentation.

It was covered up.

In Echo, a US Counterintelligence agent, sent to a border listening post to investigate drug abuse, bears witness to a chain of events that prove American POWs were being held in Eastern Europe.

He risks his life to reveal a coverup that goes all the way to the White House.

The screenplay version of Echo was up for nomination for a Humanitarian Award in an international contest. The author was an electronic spy during the cold war who served in some of the venues where Echo takes place, including NSA HQ.

If you like your spy thrillers written in a cinematic style,seasoned with reality and accuracy, you will want to read DETACHMENT ECHO.

The Law of Subtraction

Bachelors lead less complicated lives than married people.  No need to hand over the remote, no need to argue about restaurants, no alimony payments when you are tired of handing over the remote and arguing about restaurants.

It’s a good idea to keep things simple, to eliminate the useless in your life, and to prune your existence of that which does not benefit you.

One thing that will be of benefit is 


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