Must-read Books (a definitive list)

Gladiator by Philip Wylie -
It's speculative fiction, it's pretty old, and was inarguably the basis for Superman. I don't know much about the author but it's clear to me that he was part of the old intelligentsia who favored eugenics. It's not some kind of gay superhero book either, the main character is actually compelling, he has incredible gifts that could have benefitted the world but is unable to find his place within it. A lot of the book is a rant against the frailty and pretentiousness of humanity coupled with an immense loathing towards the average.

1984 - most of us haven't read it since 8th grade. It's worth a revisit. Take a few minutes and leaf through the glossary too, mine has a 'newspeak dictionary' in it.

I was wrong to think it was a pedestrian novel at the time. Orwell might have been stabbing in the dark for some of the novel but a lot of the shit going down in that particular dystopia are going on now. Poisoning relationships between men, women, and children (even the kids squeal on their parents in 1984), destruction of language, thoughtcrime, duckspeak (read Jezebel for examples), 'Big Brother's' omni-oppressive society, women being the most fanatical proselytizers of fascism. You can draw any number of parallels between the shitty government in the book and cultural marxists, globalists, and feminists today.
 

YoungBlade

Hummingbird
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, if for this quote on masculinity (from a 10 year old boy, no less) alone:

What ye will do, and what ye will not do, is not yours to say. That matter is with me; and that we may see the matter more plainly, I, the man, have brought here a little of the Red Flower which ye, dogs, fear."
Pure imposition of his will on reality.
 

TheBulldozer

Ostrich
Gold Member
Tex said:
Pride male said:
I read Heart of Darkness. It was aiight, but what was so great about it?
The great qualities of the book are how he paints the environment in the Congo and the mystery of an untamed continent from a European perspective. You have to really be engaged in the book in order to see it. Conrad goes out of his way to paint Africa at the time as an exaggerated wasteland full of terror and mystery, and he does this so he can explore the themes of man confronting the worst of the world on that world's terms.

The idea of venturing deep into a mysterious, hostile continent to meet a man living on the fringes of the world lends itself well to the thought experiment in Heart of Darkness—that thought experiment being what happens when you put a man from outside the world (in other words, from industrialized Europe) back into that world to confront basic conflict without his old comforts.

Though a lot of people who read it seem to get lost in the random details about the various trading posts and interior stations and read it as a dude making a business trip in an African colony, which is easy to see.
Have a look at Exterminate All The Brutes. It takes everything in Heart of Darkness and draws from primary sources. I won't give away the author's thesis, but it is profound. Absolutely one of the most direct and cutting texts I've ever read.
 

Pride male

Hummingbird
Animal Farm taught me that soon enough revolutionary leaders become as corrupt as those they ousted. Its a work of genius. I read he got the idea when he worked at his farm.
 

Buakaw

Woodpecker
Gold Member
Hannibal said:
The Millionaire Fastlane. This book is the converse of ERE, it illustrates how to "make it big" and gives you a framework to work with. Very basic rundown of the book is that you work your ass off on a business model, the best ones have leverage (as in worldwide reach), don't depend on human labor, and over time use up less of your time. There are commandments but I don't remember them exactly.
The guy made his millions on a limousine driver referral website where he would find clients to refer to limousine businesses and basically take a finders fee. Over time he figured out how to program the website to run on it's own, at which point a company bought him out for a large sum of money. There's more to the story but that's a pretty good outline.
I second this one. I also recommend the 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris.
This book opened my eyes to location independent entrepreneurship.
 
Nascimento said:
A Guide to the Good Life: Stoic Joy - William Irvine

- Consider everything you have temporary - from material possessions to people - for when you inevitably lose them in life the pain won't sting as much. Added bonus is that you'll cherish that which you'll lose much more while you have it
- Negative visualization--imagine losing what you already have so that you can stop endlessly lusting for more
- Take pride in having the simplest pleasures
- It's not about living with less or being frugal. Rather it's about being able to live with less so that your well-being is not shattered when the going gets rough
I would double this recommendation. This book led me to making some real life changes and going on to read Seneca and then Marcus Aurelius which I would highly recommend also.

Now my personal reading of Stoicism has led me to a much more frugal existence. However, it does not mean I can't fly to a foreign city and game for a week. ;-)

One take away from the Stoic books is to avoid dogma or crowdthink and make your own decisions which I have applied wholeheartedly.
 

SirTimothy

Kingfisher
The Culture of Critique - Kevin MacDonald
I read one this after Roosh reviewed it. It's a complicated but excellent book that explains why ethnic Jews are over-represented in certain radical political and cultural movements. It was a breath of fresh air to hear someone who could explain this sort of thing in a non-prejudiced, non-tinfoil-hat sort of way, but at the same time not be scared of a touchy subject. Great book that sheds light on why our politics and culture are in such a messed-up state.

Lincoln Über Alles - John Avery Emison
A book about Lincoln's presidency and the Civil War. It destroys the popular "Lincoln freed the slaves" meme, (just read the Emancipation Proclamation sometime) and also talks about Lincoln's influences, the legality of secession, slavery/race laws in the North, the circumstances leading up to the Civil War, and Reconstruction. If most of your knowledge of Lincoln and the Civil War is from public schools or universities, I'd highly recommend this book.

Moscow 1941 - Rodric Braithwaite
Historical book that mainly covers the Siege of Moscow in 1941 by the Germans. As historical books go, this one is like a microscope. It goes into detail on Soviet expansion, subsequent invasion by the Nazis, battlefield conditions, government propaganda, internal power struggles, and daily life in besieged Moscow. It quotes people from generals all the way down to peasants. The book really gives a sense of what it must have been like in that situation - the desperation, the confusion, and the relief when it was all over. The most exciting history book I know of.
 
Hi there. These ones Helped me out.

H.G. Wells : 1, A Modern Utopia. 2, The Shape of things to come .3,The open Conspiracy

Zbigniew Brzezinski : 1, The grand Chessboard . 2,Between two ages

Carroll Quigley : 1, The Anglo-American Establishment. 2, Tragedy and Hope

Jacques Ellul: The Technological society

Bertrand Russell : 1, Proposed roads to freedom. 2, Icarus. 3, The impact of science on society. 4, The scientific outlook. 5, The conquest of happiness. 6, Education and the good life.

Jacques Attali : 1, Millennium- Winners and losers in the comingworld order. 2, A brief history of the future

Eric G. Wilson: Everyone loves a good Train wreck

William Barrett: Irrational Man- A study in Existential Pholosophy

Theodor Adorno: the Culture industry

Robert H. Thouless: Straight and crooked thinking

Arno Gruen: The insanity of Normaility -Toward understanding Human destructiveness

Robert B. Cialdini: Influence- The psychology of persuasion

Martha Stout: The myth of sanity -Divided consciousness and the promise of awareness-Tales of multiple personality in everyday life

Timothy D. Wilson : Strangers to ourselves - Discovering the adptive unconscious

John C. Parkin : F**k it - The ultimate spiritual way

Stanley Milgram: Obedience to Authority

Andrew M. Lobaczewski: Political ponerology

Robert D. Hare: Without conscience-The disturbing world of psychopaths amoung us

Key Redfield Jamison : Night falls fast- Understanding suicide

Nien Cheng: life and death in Shanghai

Rene A. Wormser: Foundations- Their power and influence

Ronald T. Potter Efron : Angry all the time -An emergency Guide to Anger control

John Bradshaw: Healing the shame that binds you

Gustave Le Bon: The crowd- A study of the popular Mind

Charles Galton Darwin : The next millian years

Daniel Estulin : The Bilderberg Group

Antony C. Sutton: 1, Wall street and the Bolshevik revolution. 2, Wall street and FDR.
3, Wall street and the rise of Hitler

Aldous Huxley: 1, Brave new world. 2, Brave new world Revisited

Edward Bernays: Propaganda

Matthew Josephson : The Robber Barons

John Wyndham: The Chrysalids

George Orwell: 1, Animal Farm. 2, 1984

Yevgeny Zamyatin : We

Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451

Rosa Koire : Behind the green mask -U.N Agenda 21

Alan Watt : 1, Cutting Through Volumes 1,2,3. 2, Waiting for the Miracle- The Symbiosis of Exoteric and Esoteric Societies and their unfaltering goals down through the ages.

Roosh V: A dead Bat in Paraguay
 
1. Christopher Maurer's interpretation of Baltasar Gracián's The Art of Worldly Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle. I read it once a year.
2. Horse Sense: The Key to Success Is Finding a Horse to Ride, by Al Ries Jack Trout. One of the most down to earth, red pill business books I have ever read. If you want to start a business, read this book first.
3. The Book of Proverbs (Old Testament). Speaks more about money and business acumen than any other topic. I prefer the New American Standard Updated Version (any NASB published after 1995).

I could list dozens as I'm an avid reader, but these three had a personal impact on me.
 

emuelle1

Woodpecker
Gold Member
I agree with Proverbs. I try to read a chapter a day based on the calendar date (today is Proverbs 26). Also Ecclesiastes, which helps you to realize just what all the stuff you accumulate amounts to. It keeps life in perspective.

+1 to The Art of the Deal. Also, Think Big And Kick Ass in Business and in Life. I read that one a few months ago, and it definitely changed my way of thinking.

Straus and Howe's "The Fourth Turning" is a great perspective on generations and the cycles of history.

Anything by Covey, but especially The Seven Habits. I used to listen to the audiobook of it at least once a year. I should start again.
 

Condog

Pigeon
Into the Silence by Wade Davis

Wade Davis is an anthropologist by trade. I first learned of him through his book Light at the Edge of the World. This book blows that out of the fucking ocean, and then into orbit.

Into the Silence is the best book I have ever read.

It chronicles the original exploration, surveillance, mapping and subsequent 3 summit attempts made on Mt. Everest by the British in the early 1920's.

What makes the story truly spectacular is that it also delves into the history of each man on the exploratory teams, who coincidentally enough all served through World War 1 in various capacities.

It sheds light on just how terrifically macabre that time in history was, as well as the pure triumphs of each of these men to grind through The Great War and thrive throughout the rest of their lives.

It gives you harrowing accounts of the actual battles that took place during the war and the pure incompetence of the Allied officers and General Haig's offensive strategy that led to so many deaths. It supplies eyewitness accounts of the brutality that wreaked havoc on the bodies and minds of so many forcibly hapless young men and the Allied citizenry.

Davis provides an excellent narrative and put in what seems like decades of work compiling all the relevant newspaper clippings, correspondence and personal diaries of these men.

Mostly soldiers or ex-military, these were some of the hardest men to ever live. The photos included are truly amazing and show these canned-milk drinking, hardboiled-egg eating, tweed-wearing HEROES attempt to dominate the most treachorous landscape on Earth after already living through the most formidable battles in the history of mankind.

Read it.

-C
 
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