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This summer I hosted four Twitter Chats. These chats, poorly dubbed #ManChat (men don’t chat), often featured between 20-35 men (and a handful of women) discussing a number of topics including: marriage, career, and books.
The latter, “books,” generated over 40+ book recommendations from smart men of varying backgrounds.
The two most recommend books (5+ times each) were “
Meditations,” by General Marcus Aurelius and “ The Rational Male” by Rollo Tomassi.
Below are participants favorite books, recommended books for young men graduating college today, favorite fiction books and some great reading recommendations.
Enjoy the recommendations and remember:
“ In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.” — Charlie Munger (Billionaire business partner of Warren Buffett and the Vice Chairman at Berkshire Hathaway)
Leave a comment and let us know what
your favorite books are.
@ – 5stringTex Lord of the Rings. Great story, plus it teaches the importance of fulfilling destiny, courage, and brotherhood.
@ – Maurelius57 Meditations – makes you realize human problems are universal through time 2.) Rational Male basically the foundational knowledge.
– Schopenhauer: @Mangan150 The World As Will and Representation, trans Col. EFJ Payne. Explains the universe.
– My favorite book is prob @RyanStephens Meditations as well. Revisit it often. Shadow Divers was also unbelievable, easily my favorite narrative nonfiction. Some favorite excerpts here.
– @HuttFrame The Outsiders. Teaches that the world is “rough all over” and gives you the perspective to be happy with what you have.
– @AndrewQuackson Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
– @anymanfitness A Nation Of Wimps by Hara Estroff Marano. It’s a parenting book, but it’s fantastic – how to raise children who don’t need “safe spaces”.
– @StoicReason Super Consciousness and The Philosophers Stone by Colin Wilson. Books talk about “peak experiences” and how to induce them technically.
@ – realmarkbaxter No More Mr. Nice Guy and Your Money Or Your Life. 1 forms a crack in weakness, the other breaks you free of the debt slavery cycle.
– “ @BusinessAndBull The Golden Bough“, a deep study on Religion and Spirituality re: Humanity “ Hell, I Was There!” Auto Bio of Elmer Keith.
– “ @WellBuiltStyle Rejection Proof” and “ Watch My Back” – great books on how to push past fear in order to get more out of life.
– I’m torn between @paulorrj Meditations and Letters From a Stoic.
– My favorite book of all time is @then_there_was The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
@ – John Brockman’s dcllive1 Edge.org series of books, so much cool science info from the smartest minds.
– @CoreMasculinity Meditations on Violence, by Rory Miller. Unapologetically cuts through a lot of bullshit.
– @JohnRWinters The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason. Parables of financial wisdom. Easy to digest and fun to read. And it’s cheaper than dirt.
– @ManlyMerchant The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli and The Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto. The 1st book for guile and the 2nd book for strength.
– @Nexus974 The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and The Rational Male by @RationalMale.
– You need 3 things. What? How? & Do. What? – “ @MikeRMedici How to Get Rich” by Felix Dennis. How? “ Deep Work” by Cal Newport. Do? That’s up to you.
[Ed Note: I *highly* recommend “
Deep Work” if you perform knowledge work (i.e. sit at a desk and work at a computer.) Here are 90+ of my favorite takeaways from the book.]
@ – 5stringTex How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie.
@ – LimitlessMale Poor Charlie’s Almanac. If you can learn to follow the multidisciplinary mindset, life becomes easy. Start collecting mental models.
@ – As a kid with one year left I’d recommend Maurelius57 4 Hour Workweek.
@ – realDaveLoeffel So Good They Can’t Ignore You by @Calnewport – Research backed, find your calling book. Develop career capital. Craftsman mindset.
– @ManlyMerchant The Education of a Christian Prince by Desiderius Erasmus. The “mirror for princes” books would be good for a graduate.
@HuttFrame – Rich Dad Poor Dad. Life is about perspective and this book gives men the right perspective towards money.
– “ @RBeisert Bachelor Pad Economics” by Aaron Clarey, plus “The Rational Male.”
– I’d put The @HuttFrame Rational Male in an 18 year old’s hand. Boys are getting curved younger and younger.
agrees: Would have been tremendous for me at 18-20. Then again, experience is the best teacher. @mjrill Rational Male explains what one couldn’t put into words then.
Everything @BusinessAndBull – @aaron_clarey and @EdLatimore ever wrote. Layer the books for best effect. Roller coaster of knowledge & humor.
– @TheFamilyAlpha Gates of Fire by @SPressfield
– Epic poems like @ManlyMerchant Beowulf and The Epic of Gilgamesh are great.
– @RyanStephens Watchman, Art of Racing in the Rain, Rosie Project, Ender’s Game and Ready Player One.
– @BusinessAndBull Naked Came The Sasquatch. A convergence of Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural entities, and the obligatory romance.
‘s r @farnamstreet ecommendations are always fantastic. And @RyanHoliday‘s reading list is worth subscribing to
has an amazing list (PDF) @patrick_oshag here.
For excellent business books, check out
‘s Personal MBA list @joshkaufman here.
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