10 Books Every Man Should Read

December 4, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: main

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

mans search for meaning by viktor e frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning is one of those rare books that can shift our core.

Frankl, a psychologist and Holocaust survivor, retells his three-year journey in Nazi death camps. He lost everyone he loved, starved nearly to death, was beaten and terrorized on a daily basis, and faced death numerous times. Yet, he lived to tell about it..

In the dark recesses of his human experience, Frankl found what he believed to be the true meaning of life. Even in the face of torture and inhumane treatment, Frankl was able to dive deep into his own psyche and come out the other side with profound insight on the meaning of life.



The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road has been called by some a love story between father and son, and nothing could better describe it. The book powerfully puts the beauty and sorrow of fatherhood in stark perspective, revealing paternal love intensely close to the bone. An unnamed father and his son pilgrimage across a dreary, ashen, post-apocalyptic America, pushing a shopping cart of their supplies and perpetually scavenging for their next meal. As the father watches out for the “bad guys” (savage tribes of baby-eating men who maraud across the landscape), he teaches his son to remain one of the good guys — to always carry the fire.



The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Greene

It is impossible to describe this book and do it justice. But if you plan on living life on your terms, climbing as high as you’d like to go, and avoid being controlled by others, then you need to read this book. Robert is an amazing researcher and storyteller — he has a profound ability to explain timeless truths through story and example.

You can read the classics and not always understand the lessons. But if you read the The 48 Laws, I promise you will leave not just with actionable lessons but an indelible sense of what to do in many trying and confusing situations.

As a young person, one of the most important laws to master is to “always say less than necessary.” Always ask yourself: “Am I saying this because I want to prove how smart I am or am I saying this because it needs to be said?”



The Grapes Of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

One of the great American novels, The Grapes of Wrath is set in the Dust Bowl-era Midwest. Forced to move, the Joad family drives westward with thousands of other down-on-their-luck Okies in order to try to find a better life for themselves in California. There’s perhaps no better snapshot of this time period of American history than Steinbeck’s masterpiece. Plus, the final scene is one that will stick with you for a long time to come.



Band Of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

Band Of Brothers by Stephen E Ambrose

Stephen Ambrose, who passed far before his time, has given us some of the best histories of WWII out there, with Band of Brothers being the best of the bunch. From their rigorous training in Georgia to the end of the war, Ambrose tells the incredible story of the men of Easy Company. They were soldiers who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, and whose inspiring story lives on not only in this book, but in dozens of others, and of course, the popular HBO miniseries.



Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

meditations by Marcus Aurelius

It is the definitive text on self-discipline, personal ethics, humility, self-actualization, and strength.

Bill Clinton reads it every year, and so have countless other leaders, statesmen, and soldiers. It is a book written by one of the most powerful men who ever lived on the lessons that power, responsibility, and philosophy teach us. This book will make you a better person and better able to manage the success you desire.



Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

think and grow rich by napoleon dynamite

This is an iconic book. Legendary.

This book has been a game changer for so many people — men and women alike.

Napoleon Hill worked with some of the greatest minds in the early 20th century and had the opportunity to study icons like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and more.

Hill spent two decades studying some of the most successful and influential people in various industries to understand the psychology of success. And while Hill doesn’t use the word mindset as we do today, this book is about developing and cultivating the right mindset for abundance and wealth.



1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

Set in a future dystopian world of perpetual war and constant government surveillance, our protagonist, Winston, is a quintessential everyman who works for the Ministry of Truth rewriting history to the government’s party lines rhetoric. He comes upon a secret organization which seeks to destroy the state, and together with a mysterious woman, joins the cause to fight against Big Brother. Although published in the late 1940s, it resonates today more strongly than ever. Will you be a lemming? Or will you be an independent thinker and actor?



All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

all quiet on the western front

Banned in Germany shortly after its publication, All Quiet on the Western Frontis the sobering story of German soldiers in the trenches of WWI. We see the extreme physical and mental stress they felt during the war, as well as the detachment from civilian life many of these soldiers experienced upon returning home. It was one of the first novels to depict the modern brutalities of battle and the way technological advances had destroyed war’s heroic romanticism.



The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

the great gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Set among New York City elites in the roaring ‘20s, this book is considered one of America’s great literary products for a reason. Narrator Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and proves to be a crucial link in Jay’s quixotic obsession with Nick’s cousin, Daisy. The metaphors, the beautiful writing, and the lessons one can garner about reliving the past all make The Great Gatsby worth reading, again and again.

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  • Roar52

    what about “the art of the deal”

  • Bill Clinton reads it every year………….

    Yeaaaaaah, I’m not so sure I wanna read a book that Bill Clinton is obsessed with.

    • MattTarango

      He’s obsessed with Leaves Of Grass too.

    • Greg

      Wanna re-think that?

      • Not really………….

  • Greg

    Great works all! Although “Western Front” and “1984” actually predicted the future.