#ManChat’s Favorite Books

Man Reading Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People"
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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.

@Mangan150 – Schopenhauer: The World As Will and Representation, trans Col. EFJ Payne. Explains the universe.

@RyanStephens – My favorite book is prob 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.

@paulorrj – I’m torn between Meditations and Letters From a Stoic.

@then_there_was – My favorite book of all time is The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

@dcllive1 – John Brockman’s 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.



@MikeRMedici – You need 3 things. What? How? & Do. What? – “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.

@Maurelius57 – As a kid with one year left I’d recommend 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.”

@HuttFrame – I’d put The Rational Male in an 18 year old’s hand. Boys are getting curved younger and younger.

@mjrill agrees: Would have been tremendous for me at 18-20. Then again, experience is the best teacher. Rational Male explains what one couldn’t put into words then.

@BusinessAndBull – Everything @aaron_clarey and @EdLatimore ever wrote. Layer the books for best effect. Roller coaster of knowledge & humor.



@TheFamilyAlpha – Gates of Fire by @SPressfield

@ManlyMerchant – Epic poems like Beowulf and The Epic of Gilgamesh are great.

@RyanStephens – WatchmanArt of Racing in the RainRosie ProjectEnder’s Game and Ready Player One.

@BusinessAndBull – Naked Came The Sasquatch. A convergence of Mystery, Comedy, Supernatural entities, and the obligatory romance.

Reading Resources

@farnamstreet‘s recommendations are always fantastic.  And @RyanHoliday‘s reading list is worth subscribing to

@patrick_oshag has an amazing list (PDF) here.

For excellent business books, check out @joshkaufman‘s Personal MBA list here.



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