100 Books Men Should Read
All the information you need to succeed in life already exists. Other men have written it down for you. The problems you encounter have likely been challenged and overcome by millions of others before you. There is no excuse for letting natural selection kick your genes out of the pool of potential except that you really aren’t fit enough to survive and deserve extinction. So please enjoy this list of 100 books men should read.
I have listed these books intentionally in this order. It is based loosely on the memes of development in Spiral dynamics.
Level 0: Survival
Level 1: Group Survival
Level 2: Creating The Self
Level 3: Discipline & Self refinement
Level 4: Creativity & Ambition
Level 5: Self Awareness
If you are serious about evolving then reading a majority of these books is certainly possible.
Read these books and you will understand the world and your place in it better than 99 % of other men
Level 0: Survival
How would you protect yourself in dangerous unforeseen situations?
If you were lost in the wilderness how would you survive? How do you start fire?
How do you build a shelter? You may feel disconnected from these questions if you are surrounded by modern conveniences. However, know how to survive and it’s easier to figure out how to thrive.
1. Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected by Rory Miller
This book stands alone as an introduction to the context of self-defense. There are seven elements that must be addressed to bring self-defense training to something approaching complete. Any training that dismisses any of these areas leaves you vulnerable.
You are probably safe, but you should be prepared.
100 skills, adapted for civilians from actual field experiences of special-forces operations.
It’s useful to be prepared for any crisis and have critical life-saving knowledge if you ever need it.
Get in touch with your primitive roots and spend a week in the wilderness surviving with only these skills.
Level 1: Group Survival
Surviving on your own can be tough. It’s important to know how to cooperate with others and form useful relationships.
4. The Way of Men by Jack Donovan
The modern world is ripping apart Jack’s (and of course many men’s) notions of what it means to be a man and he naturally wants to resist.
Critical of recent trends in modern civilization threatening masculinity, this book attempts to inspire men to work together to maintain masculine environments.
5. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Many are more applicable to people with some sort of authority over others, however anyone can still
get value from this great book.
Just as the title says. Gary Spence’s vital tips for always winning an argument.
If you have trouble convincing people of your point of view this book offers solid guidance.
7. No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover
If you do nice things in the hopes of winning approval then you must read this book as soon as possible Dr. Glover reveals how the needy behavior of the “nice guy” is very manipulative, toxic and unattractive.
He explains how to stop approval seeking behavior to get what you want.
Every man should read this book.
8. The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi
A rational approach to intergender dynamics and the psychological motivations of intergender relations.
This book examines many annoying complexities of how men and women think and behave.
There are a lot of ideas in here for men to consider.
9. The Rational Male – Preventative Medicine by Rollo Tomassi
Preventive Medicine presents an outline of the phases of maturity and the most commonly predictable experiences men can expect from women as they progress through various stages of life.
Explores the intergender and social dynamics of each stage and provides a practical understanding for men in dealing with women in those phases.
Level 2: Creating The Self
1. can play nicely with others without being terrified of losing social approval and
2. Are starting to envy people for having what you don’t (Confidence, Success, etc.).
Then you are ready to unleash the selfish part of yourself and go get what you want in life. Go on adventures, take the risks you want to take, and indulge yourself.
This section includes inspirational biographies and ideas that will hopefully encourage you to consciously forge your own identity and conquer the barriers in your path.
10. Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
This book is filled with meaningful observations. It is one of my favorite novels. I’m really impressed with Yoshikawa’s insights into the way people think and act.
“The Peony, remarked Yoshino, was the king of flowers. Perhaps it was only natural that its withered branches had a quality not to be found in ordinary wood, just as certain men had a worth not displayed by others. “How many men are there,” she mused, “whose merit endures after the blossoms have faded and died?” With a melancholy smile, she answered her own question. “We human beings blossom only during our youth, then become dry, colorless skeletons even before we die.”
-Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa
11. The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by Willian Scott Wilson
Read if you want to know the real story and philosophy of Musashi.
He is a paragon of the potential of self-reliance.
12. The Book of Five Rings By Miyamoto Musashi
After you read about the undefeated Musashi you will likely want to read the manifesto on swordsmanship, strategy, and winning he wrote towards the end of his life.
“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
― Miyamoto Musashi
13. Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
An inspirational and original work that embodies the essence of the true martial artist.
Original artists don’t just copy masterpieces, they create them.
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
― Bruce Lee
Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms.
At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters.
15. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of humanity, Thoreau reaped from the land both physically and mentally, and pursued truth in the quiet of nature. In Walden, he explains how separating oneself from the world of men can truly awaken.
16. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas.
Even though this book has a handful of historical inaccuracies, it is still an incredible story of how a poor nomad boy grew up to become one of the greatest and most influential conquerors in the world.
17. Alexander the Great by philip freeman
Another life story of a great man with a great ego conquering and influencing the world.
As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was.
“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”
– Alexander the Great
18. Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder by Arnold Schwarzenegger
An autobiography of Arnold, up through the mid-70s. He conveys how he became what many believe to be the greatest bodybuilder of all-time.
He writes about many of the distractions of the early days — girls, school, parental disapproval, a year of army duty — and how he dealt with these to stay focused on his dream to be the best at the sport.
19. Strength Training Anatomy By Frederic Delavier
Extremely detailed explanations and illustrations on how to train effectively for strength and muscle while avoiding injury.
Intimidate men, attract women, and feel strong and confident by building your physique.
20. Fragments by Heraclitus
The disconnected writings of Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher (ca. 500 B.C.)
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” – Heraclitus
21. Cyropaedia: the Education of Cyrus by Xenophon
Xenophon was a student of Plato. This book was written in the fourth century BCE and is an account of Cyrus the great. There are many leadership and life lessons in this work and more people should read it.
This book contains the notes of emperor Aurelius he wrote to motivate himself. It is filled with powerful, quotable lines.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
23. The Hero with a Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell
The hero’s journey. This is the Monomyth shared by all cultures-
Campbell illustrates this as the eternal cycle of 1) the call to adventure; 2) the crossing of the threshold; 3) the tests, trials, and helpers; 4) the sacred marriage, apotheosis (becoming one with god), or elixir theft; 5)the flight 6) recrossing/resurrection; and 7) the return to society with hard won gifts.
A must read for any main character.
24. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The four agreements are:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
This book includes common hard truths to consider in the early stages of your development.
25. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Another classic self-help book. Don’t avoid it just because it’s popular.
It has some useful suggestions and is very well written.
“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”
— Stephen R. Covey
26. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
How much of your behavior is just unconscious habits?
If you have any bad habits, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
It explains the psychology of how habits are formed and how you can take advantage of this process to build more positive habits.
27. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
Provides an effective visualization method for breaking bad habits that hold back your potential.
However the author constantly repeats himself instead of moving on to the next point. I found it annoying.
With that said, it is still useful for building more positive habits.
28. The Rebel by Albert Camus
The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution and resisting the social pressure to conform.
“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”
— Albert Camus
As the title implies, this book includes practical advice for how to stop caring what people think about you.
30. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
Classic exposition of evolutionary thought.
31. The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
Rand insists on the primacy of the individual and individual concerns
Dating 101: We are still at Level 2: Creating the self. You know you want to date more, but might need some advice on the basics.
A summary of basic advice and knowledge applicable to attraction and dating.
If you haven’t read any similar books already this would be a good one to start with.
33. Make Any Girl Your Girlfriendby Maxim Adam
Make Any Girl your Girlfriend concisely explains how to start fun, attractive conversations, how to build a connection, seduce, and even how to maintain a healthy relationship if you decide to give a lucky woman the opportunity to be your girlfriend.
34. The Beta Male Revolution by Alan Roger Currie
Many men are unaware of the games both men and women play in society.
It encourages you to have higher standards for the women you allow into your life, and to think more consciously about your own dating behavior.
35. The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
Robert Greene’s Art of Seduction uses historical anecdotes to illustrate various lessons related to seduction.
“If no resistances or obstacles face you, you must create them. No seduction can proceed without them.”
― Robert Greene
Leadership: As you develop yourself, leadership skills will be useful.
36. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Practical advice illustrated with fascinating examples from history.
People have criticized this book as being “shameless and manipulative.” However, the methods of power and influence presented in this book are already very common in society, you only need to look for them.
37. Mastery by Robert Greene
“Each one of us has within us the potential to be a Master. Learn the secrets of the field you have chosen, submit to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorb the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surge past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and explode established patterns from within.”
A classic work on leadership theory.
39. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
Useful for understanding how the mind of the typical person operates.
This book views leadership with the goal of helping members of your team to mature and progress to higher levels of development.
Level 1 – “Life Sucks” – pathological, gang-like, angry.
Level 2 – “My Life Sucks” – a mix of learned helplessness, bitterness.
Level 3 – “I’m Great” – Productive and dynamic but egocentric.
Level 4 – “We’re Great” – tribe-oriented, creative, productive, tight.
Level 5 – “Life Is Great” – Big-picture, tribe-connecting.
41. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher
Why wouldn’t you want people to agree to what you want? Very useful negotiation advice for getting others to follow your vision of reality.
42. The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
Detailed manual on preparing yourself for conflict.
43. No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity by John Maxwell
Good book on owning up to your potential. Probably My favorite John Maxwell book.
44. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Written over 2500 years ago, this book has influenced many leaders throughout history.
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
You’ve heard of this classic, it’s time to finally read it.
45. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
Seth Godin argues that everyone has an opportunity to bring together a tribe of like-minded people and do amazing things. There are tribes everywhere, all of them hungry for connection, meaning and change. There are so many more leadership opportunities available now and you can choose to be a leader or a mindless follower.
Level 3: Self-Discipline & Refinement
By now, you’ve pissed off a lot of people with your selfishness. It’s time to be more considerate of the consequences of your actions.
It’s time to develop discipline and refine your skills to ensure your success.
46. 10 Days to Lifetime Self-Discipline by Adam Rockman
We start Level 3 with one of my most popular books. 10DTLSD started as a 10 day program on building habits for success. It eventually turned into this book as I refined the process after dealing with dozens of guys who have trouble changing bad habits. If you can commit to 10 days then you can commit to anything.
47. Social Confidence Mastery: How to Eliminate Social Anxiety, Insecurities, Shyness, And The Fear of Rejection by Adam Rockman
The goal of this book is to help you develop as much genuine confidence as possible
Without any of that ‘fake it ‘till you make it’ crap. This book also includes a template for a 10 day plan of facing your social fears that will knock you on your ass if you don’t mentally prepare yourself first. Don’t let that scare you. I have seen its effectiveness in action.
48. Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Ryan explains how the ego often gets in the way of success and contributing to the world.
The power of embracing adversity instead of resisting it.
“What is fear made of? Fear is made of ignorance of one’s own self. There is only one fear; it manifests in many ways, a thousand and one can be the manifestations, but basically fear is one, and that is that “Deep inside, I may not be.” And in a way it is true that you are not.” – Osho
“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.”
52. Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
53. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
“To recognize untruth as a condition of life–that certainly means resisting accustomed value feelings in a dangerous way; and a philosophy that risks this would by that token alone place itself beyond good and evil.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
54. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are by Robert Wright
“Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women’s interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books”
“Humans are a species splendid in their array of moral equipment, tragic in their propensity to misuse it, and pathetic in their constitutional ignorance of the misuse.”
― Robert Wright
55. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? by Michael Sandel
“Is killing sometimes morally required? Is the free market fair? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? What is justice, and what does it mean?
These and other questions are at the heart of Michael Sandel’s Justice. Considering the role of justice in our society and our lives, he reveals how an understanding of philosophy can help to make sense of politics, religion, morality – and our own convictions.”
56. The Republic by Plato
“Until philosophers rule as kings or those who are now called kings and leading men genuinely and adequately philosophize, that is, until political power and philosophy entirely coincide, while the many natures who at present pursue either one exclusively are forcibly prevented from doing so, cities will have no rest from evils,… nor, I think, will the human race.”
― Plato: The Republic
57. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
“A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how”.
— Viktor E. Frankl
Though it reiterates the same effective memory techniques found in many similar books, it is still a good read.
Having a good memory is obviously useful. It just takes some practice in the best methods of creating memories.
59. Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha: A Real World Guide to an Unreal Life: Build More Muscle. Burn More Fat. Have More Sex
It’s all in the title and subtitle. Personally I’ve found the advice in this book to be both accurate and effective.
Level 4: Creativity & Ambition
With the discipline you acquired at level 3 you may start to get annoyed with all the restrictions that compel you to conform. It’s time to focus your efforts on developing your potential.
These books will help you think more logically, creatively, and encourage you to pursue success.
60. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
— Napoleon Hill
“Instead of digging for gold, sell shovels. Instead of taking a class, offer a class. Instead of borrowing money, lend it. Instead of taking a job, hire for jobs. Break free from consumption, switch sides, and reorient to the world as producer.”
— M.J. DeMarco
62. Think: Why You Should Question Everything by Guy Harrison
“Changing your mind is okay. It shows wisdom and maturity. Never wavering from a belief no matter what is a mistake. What matters is trying to be as closely aligned with truth and reality as you can be at all times. And that requires many navigational adjustments over a lifetime.”
— Guy P. Harrison
63. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.”
— Daniel Kahneman
“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”
— Steven Pressfield
65. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
“People who suffer the most from a given state of affairs are paradoxically the least likely to question, challenge, reject, or change it.”
— Adam M. Grant
66. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
“No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter who your audience is: 30 percent will love it, 30 percent will hate it, and 30 percent won’t care. Stick with the people who love you and don’t spend a single second on the rest. Life will be better that way.”
— James Altucher
67. The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful by Michael Ellsberg
Conventional education does not adequately teach us to be financially successful in the world. Michael Ellsberg offers 7 success skills essential to success based on his interviews with self-made millionaires.
68. What To Say When You Talk To Your Self by Shad Helmstetter
“The brain simply believes what you tell it most. And what you tell it about you, it will create. It has no choice.” – Shad Helmstetter
“By ignoring my fear, I learned that the fear was groundless. Over the years, I have met people who took what seemed the safer path and were the lesser for it…I had taken a risk, and that risk yielded that greatest reward…Always take a chance on better, even if it seems threatening.”
— Ed Catmull
Dating 202: You have some experience, now you can mature.
After you’ve gone on your selfish heart breaking rampage (level 2: creating the Self) you may have decided to take a break and focus on improving yourself before dating seriously again (Level 3: Discipline) Now that you’ve matured, you are ready for the appropriate dating advice.(Level 4: Creativity and Ambition)
These books are about much more than getting laid. Here you will find advice on how to naturally attract women into your life who are the best fit for you. Doing this through honesty and integrity will ensure you don’t waste your time with the wrong person.
70: Models: Attract Women Through Honesty by Mark Manson
“Your Intentions are always speaking ten times louder than your actual words. What are they saying?”— Mark Manson
This book demonstrates how honesty ensures you make connections with women who will actually add value to your life rather than take it away. If you are ready for these lessons, there is a lot to gain from this book.
71. The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
“Paradoxically, the ability to be alone is the condition for the ability to love.”
— Erich Fromm
As the above quote implies, if you are scared of being alone you’ll never be sure if you really love anyone. Fromm has lots of poignant insights in this book.
“Modern man’s seemingly instinctive impulse to control women’s sexuality is not an intrinsic feature of human nature. It is a response to specific historical socioeconomic conditions—conditions very different from those in which our species evolved. This is key to understanding sexuality in the modern world.”
— Christopher Ryan
A Jungian psychologist counsels on how to cope with feelings of failure or regret in the latter half of life and how to open to a more meaningful existence, even if outer circumstances cannot be changed.
Level 5: Self Awareness Books Men Should Read
If you are still stuck at levels 2 or 3 some of these books may seem strange to you because you aren’t quite ready for their messages. If however you are at Level 5 in a majority of your life, then some of these will certainly interest you.
These books offer profound insights into the human condition and will help you develop compassion, mental strength, and a deeper understanding of your potential.
74. Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior by David R. Hawkins
“The only way to enhance one’s power in the world is by increasing one’s integrity, understanding, and capacity for compassion.”
— David R. Hawkins
Hawkins’ Scale of Consciousness can show you where you are and what kind of mental state to aim for next to keep evolving. Be sure to check it out.
75. Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender by David R. Hawkins
“The person who suffers from inner poverty is relentlessly driven to accumulate on the material level.”
— David R. Hawkins
Using his Scale of consciousness, Hawkins show you how to let got of negative emotions such as apathy, grief, sadness, fear, anger, desire and pride and get up to the level of courage in which you feel more confident to accept life’s challenges. Stick with the path and you might get to even higher emotions on the scale.
76. Boomeritis: A Novel That Will Set You Free! by Ken Wilber
A novelized discussion on Spiral Dynamics.
Anyone unfamiliar with Spiral Dynamics or annoyed by Western Societies’ recent emergence of the so called ‘social justice’ mob should read this book. Another great book on the subject is Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck. It goes into the subject in great detail. However, Wilber’s Boomeritis is easier to digest and more entertaining.
77. MEMEnomics: The Next-Generation Economic System by Said, Dawlabani
Reframes the US economy through the prism of values and culture backed up by Spiral Dynamics. Dawlabani provides suggestions of how one value system can best treat another. He also has a much more practical view of the implications of spiral dynamics that differs greatly with Wilber’s more new age, hippy perspective.
78. The Power of Now by eckhart Tolle
“It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living.”
— Eckhart Tolle
79. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
— Eckhart Tolle
How painful thoughts prevent growth and how to resolve them. Check out my article on The 4 Best Quotes from A New Earth.
80. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
— Michael Singer
An interesting story of Singer’s life after devoting it full-time to meditation and not resisting anything the universe threw at him.
A collection of essays on unconditional compassion by 10 contributing authors.
A short read with a few interesting insights.
82. I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
“Love is not selective, desire is selective. In love there are no strangers. When the centre of selfishness is no longer, all desires for pleasure and fear of pain cease; one is no longer interested in being happy; beyond happiness there is pure intensity, inexhaustible energy, the ecstasy of giving from a perennial source.”
— Nisargadatta Maharaj
“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
84. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.”
― Shunryu Suzuki
85. The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire
“By eliminating the safety net of comforts in your life, you have the opportunity to free fall in this moment between birth and death, right through the hole of your fear, into the unthreatenable openness which is the source of your gifts. The superior man lives as this spontaneous sacrifice of love.”
― David Deida
86. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”
― Ayn Rand
87. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
“Is it advisable to spread out all the conveniences of culture before people to whom a few steps up a stair to a library is a sufficient deterrent from reading?”
― Ayn Rand
88. Women by Charles Bukowski
“I was glad I wasn’t in love, that I wasn’t happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective. They lose their sense of humor. They become nervous, psychotic bores. They even become killers.”
― Charles Bukowski
89. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty
“I see you’re in a hurry to get someplace. It’s a great mistake to hurry.” “Why?” Joe asked, puzzled by almost everything the traveler said. “Because the grave’s our destination,” Mr. Sedgwick said. “Those who hurry usually get to it quicker than those who take their time.”
― Larry McMurtry
90. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
“In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely and without a passport; whereas Virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.”
― Herman Melville
91. Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell
92. The Stranger by Albert Camus
“One always has exaggerated ideas about what one doesn’t know.”
― Albert Camus
93. Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
― Umberto Eco
94. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
― Aldous Huxley
95. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
“The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.”
96. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
“And then there was the small matter of the snow leopard, whose terrible beauty is the very stuff of human longing. Its uncompromising yellow eyes, wired into the depths of its unfathomable spirit, gaze out from the cover of innumerable editions. It is, I think, the animal I would most like to be eaten by.”
― Peter Matthiessen
97. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
“- Why me?
– That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is. Have you ever seen bugs trapped in amber?
– Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.”
98. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
99. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”
― Leo Tolstoy
100. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
“Man cannot possess anything as long as he fears death. But to him who does not fear it, everything belongs. If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself. ”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Hopefully this list of books inspires you to fill in the gaps at your current major level of development and prepare for the next level and its challenges.
Bookmark this page and keep it as a reference. When you are facing some challenge in life it could very well be because you have some gap in understanding that a book in this list specifically addresses. If you are serious about your growth and achieving as close to the pinnacle of your potential as possible then this list of books can help you form your own path and self education that gets you to your various goals.
Do you have Suggestions for more books men should read? Please leave your suggestions in the comments.