Must-read Books (a definitive list)


Obviously the "must-read books" for any given individual must vary, based on that person's abilities, inclinations, and situation. However, I believe for many on this forum the following four works are likely to be of interest and value

Sociobiology by EO Wilson : For those seriously interested in a meaningful understanding of the evolutionary-psych concepts that underpin so much of the manosphere's thought and ideology, this seminal work is a must read. It's not incredibly difficult, but it is very long. It is one of the few works so powerfully composed and written that the author's brilliance seems to jump off the page straight at you. Highly recommended for anyone with a real intellectual interest in biology, sociology, or psychology.

The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump : If you haven't read this one yet, but consider yourself to have any sort of interest in politics or in the Trump Phenomena itself, you're doing yourself a grave disservice. Besides offering an insight into the thoughts and deeds of the man of the decade, the work offers up more substantive content on how to successfully conduct negotiations. Additionally, it demonstrates the importance of hiring an excellent ghost writer.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy : If you haven't delved into Russian literature at all, if you haven't uplifted your soul with War and Peace and Anna Karenina, if you haven't ever read a masterpiece of human genius and artistry before, or if you just have an honest interest in Quality - read this novella tomorrow. A profound meditation on life, death, and meaning, Tolstoy's finest work of short fiction shouldn't take a skilled reader more than two or three hours to finish. I promise, reading this will be the most productive possible use of that time. It's a jaw-droppingly fantastic work in its own right, and provides a great bridge into the rest of the oeuvre of Tolstoy - unquestionably one of the foremost geniuses in human history, and perhaps the finest writer in the Western Canon to ever set pen to paper. Lots of red pill truths about the failings of marriage and career in here too, for what that's worth.

Emma by Jane Austen : If you snorted at the inclusion of a "women's book" on this list, turn down your autism knob three or four full rotations. Though not her most famous work, Emma might be Austen's finest, displaying the electric prose and canny understanding of social situations Austen is famous for. Beyond the sheer aesthetic value of the work, having read some Jane Austen tends to be a fantastic tool for anytime you find in yourself in conversation with a girl who isn't just a pretty face and a gap. Bitches love Jane Austen, and with good reason: she's one of the best writers of English prose ever. If you needed any further reasons, reading the artful prose of an Austen is sure to improve anyone's writing.


Chris Brown said:
Is Baudrillards Simulacra and Simulation a must read or is it complete garbage?

Quite the disjunct you have there. I mean depends on what you deem to be a must-read, obviously, but I'd ask why you're interested in the work. Are you super into postmodern continental philosophy? Then yeah, you should read Baudrillard. If not, I don't know, the time would probably be better spent on something else.


I mean yeah its a major book in the field its in (and famously referenced in the matrix) but a lot of people (including myself, for the most part) do think that field is kinda full of nonsense


Piankhi said:
Has anyone read Anthony C Sutton?

Yes. I read his Wall Street trilogy (Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, Wall Street and Hitler, Wall Street and FDR).

I highly recommend his books. He references everything and goes very deep. Brilliant and meticulous researcher.
The Brother's Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoevsky
Nicomachean Ethics- Aristotle
Economics in One Lesson- Henry Hazlitt
Mere Christianity- C.S. Lewis
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
The Importance of Living- Lin Yutang
Imitation of Christ- Thomas A Kempis
The Fall- Albert Camus
Heart of Darkness- Joseph Conrad
Lord of the Rings- J.R.R. Tolkien
Norwegian Wood- Haruki Murakami
Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
Man's Search for Meaning- Viktor Frankl
Camus "the stranger"-- Great primer to existentialism, and a extremely philosophically dense book for being so short.
Any ian fleming Bond novel-- Great Red Pill series, and what makes the Bond novels so good is that they're based on Fleming's experiences as a spy.


Anything by the great Russians; Tolstoy, Dostoeyevsky, Solzhenitsyn etc

Some others off the top of my head:

Viktor Frankl - Man's Search For Meaning

Nietzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Plato's Republic

The classic section in any good book store; this is where the real gold is.


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•All books by Robert Greene exept The art of seduction which is strange for me to say on a place like this forum but I think his other books are more worth your time.
•The Rational male series, although I havent read the latest instalment.
•What every BODY is saying, by Joe Navarro. Good book on body language as you learn to read others aswell as making you own movements more dominant and masculine.
•Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
Solid book that makes your mindset shift to taking more responsebility and thus giving you ultimate control over your life and future.
•Bachelorpad Economics is a solid book that I think every ~23y/o and younger should read but I guess older readers may take away something from it aswell.
•Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
•The Way of Men by Jack Donovan.
The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)

The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First

The Alabaster Girl

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
DraperJ.hank said:
@Only8sandup I own The Alabamster Girl, havent gotten to it yet. What did you like about it?
That adopting the mindset in the book gets you girls. :)

EDIT: But if you're into the redpill stuff where it's negative and gloomy, this book isn't really for you. It's a different way of thinking than redpill. I don't care either way and don't care about redpill, bluepill, orangepill, whatever color pill. Whatever gives me quality results, I'll do it.


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It's an interesting read, because it's much closer to the future utopia the globalists have been planning for us than Orwell's 1984, we're basically halfway there already.


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Its not a cliche to say this book changed my life.

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Not for the faint hearted...

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