Courtesy, kindness and consideration- these are the basic principles of etiquette, which after all is merely a matter of being comfortable in the company of others and making them comfortable in yours. Mrs. Roosevelt has shown a genius for this in all of her public life. She recognizes the need of road signs- rules of etiquette which make those familiar with them more at ease, more secure. And this book explores every channel while omitting some of the extraneous subjects too often cluttering books of this kind. Wisely she starts with manners between husband and wife, between parents and children, between host and guest and stresses the philosophy of good manners, as well as the knowledge of the minutiae that oil the wheels. Entertaining in its many phases is discussed, from the invitation to the parting gesture. Travelling at home and abroad- the do's and the dont's which, properly observed, would make travelling more comfortable for all concerned. Etiquette in business -- in restaurants, stores, hotels, buses, and so on -- simple formalities that make for pleasanter human relations all this is integral to this ""common sense etiquette"". Writing of letters, proper forms of address, protocol -- In some of these areas Mrs. Roosevelt can speak with more authority than most. Some who cherish absence of formality as an indication of freedom and democracy would do well to study this thoughtfully. Others who want to know how to overcome the awkwardness that ignorance produces will find the answers to their problems here. Mrs. Roosevelt's wide circle will provide the springboard.