MANDATORY READING LIST

Reading is the best way to train your mind. A man ought to read as much as possible. In our day and age it can be difficult to find, among the seas of politically correct but deeply dishonest and propagandistic publications, those books that can singlehandedly turn a man's life around. 
Every one of these books has had a positive impact in my life. These are books that will benefit every single man.

READ ON. 

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MASCULINITY

THE WAY OF MEN JACK DONOVAN

 For many of us, the book that started the fight for masculinity.
I remember reading The Way of Men for the first time: my brother gave it to me, and I am eternally grateful with him. This booked opened my eyes to some of the most fundamental truths about how a man ought to be, and probably saved me from falling prey to the feminist and soy propaganda of the 21st century. 
The book is a blueprint for how men should behave within a group of other men, eliminating the female influence from the question "what makes a man valuable to his tribe?". Tribal, truthful, and very well-written, The Way of Men is an absolute must for any man trying to find his way in this deeply feminized world. 
 

MANSFIELD'S BOOK OF MANLY MEN
STEPHEN MANSFIELD

A personal favorite of mine, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men is a call to action for every man to reclaim a mature, Christian sort of masculinity, one that is focused on family, spiritual growth, and above all, virtuous action. 
This book is filled with insightful historical depictions about manly men, and draws inspiration from real stories of great men. 
I enjoyed it from start to finish, I've read it multiple times and it always amazes me how Mansfield manages to present such a thorough and detailed description of how a man should act while also maintaining a clear, easy to follow narrative. Amazing book, definitely recommended. 
 

HARD TIMES CREATE STRONG MEN
STEFAN AARNIO

Utterly unapologetic, controversial, blunt and brutally honest, Hard Times Create Strong Men is exactly what most men need in their libraries nowadays. No more soft and politically correct texts, no more cattering to the mob. Just the truth, open, honest, and as real as it gets. 
Whereas most books about masculinity focus on just one thing (masculinity, of course), this book is much more than a simple guide about how men should behave. The book is a complete X-Ray of the state of the western world, one in which every illness, social, political, and economical problem is discussed and shown to be tied to the crisis of masculinity that is so prevalent in western countries. If you could only choose one book about masculinity, Hard Times would be a very solid choice. 
Buy this for yourself and for every man that you know to be struggling in this decaying society.
 

PHILOSOPHY

MEDITATIONS
MARCUS AURELIUS

This is a collection of thoughts and teachings written by one of the most renowned stoics of all time, the emperor Marcus Aurelius. Meditations is a book about much more than stoicisim, though. It is the entire philosophy of life of a great, great man.
This is a must read for any man who wants to get to know what stoicism is all about, as the teacchings from this book come directly from the source: a true stoic. 
 

THE PRINCE
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI

I honestly do not know why this book is considered controversial. It's a book about power. Specifically, how to maintain it. It is, as most good books, blunt and honest. The teachings of Machiavelli, if for nothing else, serve to make us aware of how politics work at the deepest level, so that we can avoid being taken advantage of as if we were innocent children. 
Although not particularly difficult to read, it also isn't easy, so make sure that you take your time and concentrate on reading, if you want to absord as much knowledge as possible from its pages. 
A truly timeless work, and a must read for any man who wants to understand the fundamental motivations of human nature. 
 

WEALTH

THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON
GEORGE S. CLASON

The very first book that I read about wealth and making money, The Richest Man in Babylon is a sensational book: simple, easy to read and digest, short, and teaches, through the use of parables and stories, timeless lessons about saving, investing,  and multiplying your wealth. 
I'd recommend this book to absolutely everyone, young or old. It's always important to master the basics in any edeavor, and when it comes to making money, this book is the place to start. 
 

THINK AND GROW RICH
NAPOLEON HILL

This is another timeless classic, but, as opposed to The Richest Man in Babylon, Think and Grow Rich focuses not in the practical aspects of saving and investing, but rather on the mindset, thoughts, and spiritual realtionship that any person aspiring to riches should have. 
Even though it's not as practical as other books, the lessons of this book are no less important: the way we think determines the way our life looks like. If you are negative, resentful, and nihilistic about money, you will never accumulate wealth. Think and Grow Rich teaches the right mindset to have, and it should be read and digested slowly to fully grasp the relevance of the principles in it presented. 

 

THE MILLIONAIRE FASTLANE
MJ DEMARCO

The title of this book makes it sound as any other worthless "Get rih quick" book, but The Millionaire Fastlane couldn't be further from that. 
While the previous two books are mostly about fundamental and universal principles of wealth, this one is extremely applicable and exclusively written to give you all the tools you need to start a business in the postmodern world, with tips and advice ranging from legal loopholes to scalable business ideas. 
This is hands down my favorite book on the topic of wealth, and I'm sure it would be very valuable for you as well. 

 

NOVELS

FIGHT CLUB
CHUCK PALAHNIUK

The book upon which the movie Fight Club is based, this is probably the single most relevant novel about the state of western masculinity. Filled with the deepest of truths about the emptiness of the modern lifestyle, Fight Club is a book that speaks to every man within the depths of his soul. 
Every single man needs to read it. Most men feel a lack of fulfillment, and Fight Club comes extremely close to explaining why. 
This is a book that needs to be read multiple times, to truly grasp the depth of the philosphical concepts that support the amazing story written in it. 
This is a book that will save you from emasculation. I think I too will read it again soon. 
Buy it, read it, join your local fight club. 

 

THE FOUNTAINHEAD
AYN RAND

Even though Rand's books are too fond of capitalism, a bit too obsessed with material success and way too individualistic for my liking, I remember the first time I read The Fountainhead, I was finally able to understand why my soul felt uncomfortable with some concepts that are being heavily pushed in our times: altruism, "public good", and the sacrificing of one's own persona for the sake of an ill-defined public that somehows deserves everything that you have worked so hard to get. 
I believe this book played a big part in my being able to feel comfortable in my beliefs and in my convictions as a man. It's a sensational novel, very recommended. 

 

DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

A short but very deep and very enjoyable novel about the duality of man, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of the most well-known classics in the genre of gothic novels. It tells the story of the respected, educated scientist (Dr. Jekyll), and his relationship with the evil Mr. Hyde. If you haven't read it, or for some reason don't know the story, I won't spoil it so that you can enjoy the book fully. 
This is one of my favorite novels of all time, it's very easy to read and it's a book that every man should read to better understand the polarity of his essence.

 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
OSCAR WILDE

A classic novel about narcissism, hedonism, and superficiality. The story and its ending are absolutely amazing, but the book can be considered a bit slow at times. I still enjoyed it thoroughly every time I've read it, as it is not only an interesting story, but a cautionary tale for those too consumed with pleasure-seeking. 
It's one of those books that a man has to read, so if you haven't already, make sure to check it out. 

 

SURVIVOR
CHUCK PALAHNIUK

The second one of Palahniuks books that I read. While not as deep and as relevant as Fight Club, I loved this book mainly becasue it was hillarious. The dark humor with which it's filled and the ease with which one can read it makes it a very fun read. I laughed aloud a couple of times.
As most of the author's works, this book takes serious issues and ridiculizes them to the extreme. It tells the story of the last survivor of a death cult and his rise to superstardom. 
My second favorite Palahinuk book. Very recommended.