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Culture#BookShelfChallenge (self.TheRedPill)

submitted by Modredpillschool

Everybody knows we're hip, which is why we use hashtags. And today's hashtag is the #BookShelfChallenge.

A common question we get in modmail as well as on askTRP is what books are worth reading? What books helped shape the men before us into the men we would like to become? What books provide good insight into the world, or elucidate a point that is otherwise misunderstood by the masses?

So today we have the #BookShelfChallenge. Post a picture or list of the books on your shelf that you think are quality reads that others should check out. Or just post a bunch of pretentious philosophy books so you can bathe in your superiority while you stroke your dick to your own reflection in the mirror while listening to Kant audio books.

GAYLUBEOIL DID IT.

I DID IT.

Now it's your turn.


As an aside, one of my books is written by one of our own (/u/adam-l) and I highly recommend it: The Empress is Naked - You can read my review here. (I have no affiliation with Adam, other than to say he's a prolific author and I always like a chance to promote our genuine content creators.)


[–]1-Fidelio- 127 points128 points  (20 children)

The man without qualities - Robert Musil - One of the most important novels of the 20th century and full of redpilled ideas about the human condition

King Warrior Magician Lover - Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette - An archetypical map for masculine psyche and developing yourself towards being high quality male.

Man and his Symbols - Carl Jung - Stop wasting your time with J. Peterson and read this and the book above instead.

Mind Gym - Gary Mack - Everything about psychology of a winning mindset, particularly for sports and exercise, but applicable to anything.

Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk - Exciting, electric and just good reading. If you want to become more unpredictable, being inspired by this book is a good way to get there. (fiction)

Purple Cow - Seth Godin - A marketing book about how to stand out, just as useful for making sure you are noticed among a crowd or being noticed among the cock carousel to get more attention, sex, love.

Trust me, I'm Lying - Ryan Holiday - A book that will open your mind about what current day press is like if you've been living under a rock and think you can ever trust anything you read, as well as a handbook at how to play them and win. I found the audacity inspiring.

The Culture of Critique - Kevin McDonald - If you're at any level interested in politics, then this is a must read. Without it you're colorblind and will miss what is happening at least half the time.

The remains of the day - Kazuo Ishiguro - Perhaps the noblest story one could write about a bluepill male. Beautiful in its tragedy. Basicly a what-not-to-do story. (fiction)

Nicomachean Ethics - Aristotle - Did more to unlock my thinking about everything than any other book. Hard to put into words.

Homage to Catalonia - George Orwell - Understanding what it's like to fight in a civil war as well as serve in a left-wing organisation (infighting and theft, but attractive in its message).

[–]3itiswr1tten 23 points24 points  (4 children)

It's "Nicomachean" fyi and is free to read via MIT. Excellent book.

Culture of Critique is an exploration of Jewish influence in western society and is worth the read, but I'd think critically as this is the gateway to alt right for the impressionable

[–]1-Fidelio- 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Thanks. Fixed.

It's funny that you say "I'd think critically". One might walk away with the idea that you're suggesting using a critical theory lens specifically for reading this book, which underscores only all the more what necessary reading it is.

[–]3itiswr1tten 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My advice is essentially don't go full /pol/ because of the book. But yes it does broach a subject that's totally taboo in the west, and counter culture thought should always be consumed

[–]1-Fidelio- 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I think getting angry is the right emotion when you realize how many lies have been put into your head and have to be purged from it, as it is with any significant redpill.

I don't know if that's what you mean by going full pol or not. It just seems manipulative and authoritarian to tell people how they should interpret something.

[–]AmblingRonin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's "Nicomachean Ethics". The "c" transliterates the Greek letter Kappa, not Chi.

All men should read and understand the Nicomachean Ethics. (We used to, if you went to college, and you can still find it taught in a number of courses.) Aristotle, like Plato, divides our psychology into three main parts, reason, the emotions, and the fundamental drives, and argues in a life well lived, reason will be the superior, controlling element. But, it's really interesting how structures this psychology and the role of the emotions.

Briefly, emotions are good or bad for a person, whether they promote or inhibit our ability to do what reason judges it is best for us to do. Anger and resolve on the battlefield are necessary and good. Fear, or at least, excessive, debilitating fear or indifference to the enemy are bad.

Despite the fact that it's fairly masculine, as you'd might expect if you're familiar with the ancient Greeks, feminists were oddly interested in the way Aristotle theorized the emotions, the important role they played in human life, and their relationship to reason.

[–]redblueninja 4 points5 points  (4 children)

All of these seem really interesting and I haven't heard of any of them. Thanks man!

[–]1-Fidelio- 5 points6 points  (3 children)

You won't regret it! Good luck to ya.

If you're unsure which one to start with, I'd recommend Mind Gym. I've read that book so often and it never stopped giving me a boost to whatever I was exerting myself for at the time.

[–]redblueninja 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Thanks. In return I suggest you read the war of art by Stephen Pressfield.

[–]1-Fidelio- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Appreciated. It's actually the first book that didn't make the list.

[–]GodOfDinosaurs 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Homage to Catalonia

Few people realize that Orwell was actually a socialist. It always cracks me up when Fox News quotes him in some polemic against universal healthcare.

[–]1-Fidelio- 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Ha ha, exactly.

Brave new world is a far better analogue... but too high brow for mass media. When you speak to the masses, you use the language of the masses.

[–]TheStoicCrane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not really even a matter of being high brow. If you educate the masses overly much they become difficult to control. Like Professeur Helmhurst in Brave New World.

[–]Ethifury 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Which one would you recommend reading first?

[–]1-Fidelio- 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I'd start with the ones not on my list but explicitly redpill. Rollo Tomassi's the rational male. Illimitable men. I was making a list that I considered a compliment to typically redpill books and the entire sidebar.

After that?

Mind gym. Having the right mindset trumps any knowledge in my opinion.

If you already are good at having a positive and effective mindset, King Warrior Magician Lover for helping to set goals worth going for with your good mindset. It's a framework that helps understand how to be a better man and understand masculinity.

If you are already comfortable in the 4 spheres of masculinity, the man without qualities. It's such a tour de force, which is just my fancy way of saying it's full of ideas worth reading.

After that any order would work fine. Any order would work fine anyways. All ways you develop yourself build on each other.

[–]Ethifury 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Thanks man. I’ll be sure to do that. Does it matter if I listen to the audiobook or read the physical book?

[–]1-Fidelio- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good luck

It matters in the sense that you can have to know how to read for one and need a device to listen with for the other.

[–]TheStoicCrane 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does it matter if you eat whey protein or drink whey protein after a lift? As long as you internalize the info it's just a matter of personal preference and time availability.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Have you read cofnas response?

[–]Pontydreaux 30 points31 points  (14 children)

The greatest minds and ideas of all time - will Durant

The charisma myth - Olivia cabane

The one thing

Influence - Robert cialdini

The lessons of history - will Durant

The black swan - nassim nicholas

48 laws of power

Awaken the giant within - tiny Robbins

Arnold Schwarzenegger biography

Salt sugar fat - Michael moss (this heavily influenced the way I eat)

Social - Matthew Lieberman

Sam Walton made in America

The selfish gene - Richard Dawkins

The 10x rule - grant cardone (All of grant cardones books Period.) Mastery - Robert greene

Think and grow rich

The way of the superior man

Tools of titans

The power of habit - duhigg

The kybalion

Rich dad poor dad

The obstacle is the way

Outwitting the devil

Evolutionary psychology

10 pillars of wealth

Poor Charlie's almanack

The art of not giving a fuck

Psycho-cybernetics

Unlimited memory

1984 - orwell

A Clockwork orange

Edit: more

Failing forward

Own the day

Grain brain

So good they can't ignore you

Mans search for meaning

Theory of everything

Nelson Mandela biography

Helen Keller biography

Confidence gap

The war of art

Seth speaks - Jane Roberts

Holy fuck I never realized I had so many books haha. This is only like 80% of my little library.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Black Swan changed me. I shrug at so many things people flip out about now. Black swan, bro. Answer to a lot of shit.

[–]dickens910 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Rich Dad Poor Dad, shouldn't be on this list. It's written by a motivational speaker and con artist.

[–]rigbed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He has other books with more detail and are actually helpful. He has classic sales funnel.

[–]Pestilence1911 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Reading 1984 right now, chapters has that and some other classics on for 6$.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (6 children)

I found about half of these books at my local 2nd hand store for $0.50 each. And they're worth $1000 each, at least.

[–]A_Edgelord 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I second 1984, it was a huge mindfuck for my teenage self. It contains some interesting insights about the function of totalitarian regimes and thought control through shaping language. It's also an enjoyable read, and by now has become a part of pop culture.

[–]93nuggets 86 points87 points  (9 children)

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

[–]SnatchWhistle 23 points24 points  (0 children)

I have given out like 6 copies of this book in the last year. A must read for all men

[–]freethinker_12 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I am reading this book right now

[–]hoffthecuff 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Same! It's dense, but it's been absolutely fantastic and I can tell I will be returning to it over and over again

[–]freethinker_12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, hard to believe that the intent of the author was only to keep the writings to himself!

[–]womans_algorithm 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Where is the best place to buy it? I want to buy a physical book.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It is called Amazon. They have a website.

[–]woodquest 24 points25 points  (4 children)

"Case Against Sugar and Why We Get Fat" - Gary Taubes.

If there was a red pill nutrition author, that would be him.

An eye opener if you struggle with weight loss/health problems, yet following all the official advices of undereating especially fat.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Second on that one.

Also check out The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

[–]Jake_le_Dog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Big one! I am in the process of evaluating many of the sources from the book and writing essays on collections of them.

[–]FoxyWolfGuy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He was also on Joe Rogan's podcast some time ago. I really enjoyed that episode

[–]ManguZa 21 points22 points  (4 children)

The Mating Mind by Geoffrey Miller

The Red Queen by Matt Ridley

Don't shoot the dog by Karen Pryor

Sperms Wars by Baker

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

And for women : Fascinating womanhood & The secret of fascinating womanhood.

[–]victi_vicimus 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I second Don't Shoot The Dog. It is an book on training and behavioral modification that has stuck with me over the years.

[–]Moreofmore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What kind of behavior modification? Like changing habits?

[–]victi_vicimus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It does a great job of teaching about positive reinforcement. It also explained why my dog won't eat when I'm in the room. I yelled (negative reinforcement) at my dog when she was doing something I didn't like, but she identified her eating as the behavior being rejected. The negative reinforcement worked, but on the wrong behavior.

[–]1-Fidelio- 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You recommended How to win friends and influence people as have other people in this thread. Since so many did, I have since bought and finished the first reading of the book.

Man did I underestimate it. It's really good.

[–]ValarMorghulis90 11 points12 points  (0 children)

All of Rollo Tomassi's work (he has a new book coming as well)

No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover

The Way of Men - Jack Donovan

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

I found these books helped me the most. I would also recommend searching for the Book of Pook online.

If you're familiar with Rian Stone, I believe he is working on something too. I'm anticipating that one.

[–]JackNapier368 24 points25 points  (0 children)

1- 48 laws of Power
2- The Rational Male
3- Art of Seduction
4- How to Win Friends and Influence People
5- Mastery

I've read 100's of books and I've narrowed it down to these 5. This will helps you into the world, get game and start winning. Thanks for this thread!

Jack

[–]Endorsed ContributorAuvergnat 18 points19 points  (0 children)

My own bookshelf is much larger than the list below, but I wrote a post a while ago listing my shortlist, in the right order, for the newly unplugged. Here's a copy-paste.


The couple of very best "mainstream-friendly" books on the importance of masculinity, to start gently and arouse curiosity:

  • 1- "No More Mr. Nice Guy", by Robert Glover

  • 2- "The Way of The Superior Man", by David Deida

Which should hopefully be enough to pave the way for the upcoming shock of unplugging that comes when you swallow the red pill bible:

  • 3- "The Rational Male", by Rollo Tomassi

  • 4- "The Rational Male Preventive Medicine", by Rollo Tomassi

(Note: Rollo now has a third book out, which is just as good, and reads better, but the basics are in the first two and remember this list is about efficient unplugging so let's carry on..)

Once aware that everything he knew about the world of humans' interactions was a lie, our unplugged man will then find the best general information on how to deal with Men and Women in the Real World in:

  • 5- "The 48 Laws of Power", by Robert Greene

  • 6- "Practical Female Psychology For the Practical Man", by Joseph South, David Clare and Franco

And only then, when our red-pill-aware man finally understands the theory on the real nature of women and of human interactions, he might want to read the best books that put that theory into practice to game and bang women:

  • 7- "Bang" and "Day bang", by Roosh V

  • 8- "Sex God Method", by Daniel Rose

With his eyes finally open and his sexual lust quenched temporarily, the newly unplugged man may feel at loss in this scary but very real world. He will need to redefine himself and his place in it. I then recommend:

  • 9- "Meditations", by Marcus Aurelius

  • 10- "The Way of Men", by Jack Donovan

[–]Johny_mcgregor 29 points30 points  (13 children)

1- the power of now

2-no more mr. nice guy

[–]InvictusDO 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I tried listening to the power of now on audiobook and i couldnt get over the guys fucking voice

[–]Johny_mcgregor 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Lmaoo... get the book, u can easily finish in 2-3 sittings

[–]InvictusDO 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I ordered it after making that comment. Good call

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I second the power of now. Powerful, needless to say.

[–]Endorsed ContributorWe_Are_Legion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"The Power of Now" is such a great book that naturally strengthens your frame. Highly recommended.

[–]JackNapier368 0 points1 point  (7 children)

What's your opinion about the misuse of the Power of Now by "new age" woman?

[–]NormalAndy 4 points5 points  (5 children)

First I've heard about it. Not surprised though. Got any links?

[–]Johny_mcgregor -1 points0 points  (3 children)

The power of now by ekhart tolle...google it

[–]NormalAndy 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I've got the book- had it years. I was wondering about the misuse, which I've not.

[–]TheJedi_Lied 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol. It’s just new age, but still good. People misuse shit all the time. My two cents

[–]∞ Mod | RP Vanguardbsutansalt 9 points10 points  (0 children)

  • The Game by Neil Strauss. Good read, entertaining, and a decent glimpse into the PUA community circa 2006.

  • Bachelor Pad Economics. Good blend of subjects from finances, to downsizing your life, to watching out for gold diggers.

  • Tactical guide to Women. Just a damn good book chock full of red pill advice, but from a normie perspective so it's easier to pass on to others who haven't quite taken the red pill yet.

[–]ahab_dies 8 points9 points  (1 child)

My advice is to read the literature by people you disagree with. It makes you far more equipped if you ever have to argue against it.

For example, I read Marx. I disagreed with Marxists already, and reading Marx I disagreed with him entirely. But knowing the literature makes you more agile.

[–]thenewmanintown 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Thus Spoke Zaratustra by Nietzche

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Genghis Khan by Jack Weatherfood

[–]push_pass 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hello, I have read all by Nietzsche. By your rec I have just now bought Genghis Khan.

[–]redblueninja 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The war of Art by Stephen Pressfield

[–]Senior Contributor: "The Court Jester"GayLubeOil 8 points9 points  (7 children)

For the Edgiest of EdgeLords living on the Edge I recommend Bow and The Club and Imperium. Amazon will definitely purge Imperium from it's shelves it's only a matter of time. So get it while you can.

If you like some hard left with your hard right: Start with Welcome To The Dessert of The Real then work your way up into Lacan.

If you want a deep understanding of Bodybuilding and arnt a bro lifter or 1000 pound leg press comprensation Dadlifter Robert Kennedy has an excellent encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.

If you are interested in becoming an endocrinologist of sorts or just wanna learn more about the hobby check out William Llewellyn's Anabolics 9th.

[–]Iwannachokekatie 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I have watched the Žižek monologue on the virtual real. I'm unable to really grasp what he's talking about, but I'm intrigued. Any recommendations for a good entry point?

Maybe I'm just too much of a normie to get it tho.

[–]Senior Contributor: "The Court Jester"GayLubeOil 0 points1 point  (1 child)

His movie Perverts Guide to Ideology

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    [–]CrimsonShiv 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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    The Kybalion - Three Initiates

    Reality Transurfing - Vadim Zeland

    The Slight Edge - Jeff Olson

    The Book Of Pook - Pook

    The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

    Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

    The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You - Johnny B. Truant

    The Narrow Road // How To Get Rich - Felix Dennis

    [–]Shaney96 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    1. The Power of Now
    2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
    3. How to Win Friends and Influence People
    4. The Charisma Myth
    5. The Rational Male
    6. Meditations

    [–]Killing__Time_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    The Brain: The Story Of You David Eagleman

    It is the single most fundamental book that has defined, to me, the concept of learning and the way that our brains work. It has helped me understand that repetition is the true secret behind skill-acquisition. It has made me think that what defines me is, in fact, not what I have learnt. Rather, what defines me is what I have unlearned over the past years.

    I have unlearned some of my beta principles, I have unlearned the way I used to be, I have unlearned being a pushover, and so on.

    This book blows your mind apart, and then puts it back in together.

    [–]TorpedoStudyGroup 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    • The World until Yesterday by Jared Diamond
      Account of how different current Stone Age societies (1960s onward) deal with topics diverse as Peace and War, Young and Old, Danger and Respons, Religion Language and Health. (Yes there are still Cavemens on this planet) If you are not redpilled after reading this book, no one can help you.

    • Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years by Thomas Standage
      Interesting read about how public communication developed and how we are currently returning to a previous stage through the invention of the internet.

    • On Killing - The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
      Excellent and afaik only book on the psychology of what makes men kill, why some do not kill and more.

    • War- What is it good for? by Ian Morris
      Interesting for me was the chapter "Red in Tooth and Claw: Why the Chimps of Gombe went to war". Social benefits of organizing collective violence.

    • La Force des emotions. Armour, colere, joie.. (french)/Die Macht der Emotionen und wie sie unseren Alltag beherrschen...(german) by Francois LeLord and Christophe Andre
      Excellent book about our basic emotions. How emotions appear, what function they have and so on. To each emotion I made a XY graph with X=Age, Y= Intensity of Emotion (0-10) and put in events I remembered. Also internal and external triggers I discovered. I lost my tunnel vision.
      French redpill on relationships, but it is not the main topic. Author is redpilled french psychiatrist.

    • The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions by Barbara and Allan Pease
      This is one of the best books on body language. Helps in all social sittings with reading and motivating people. Manipulating has such a bad connotation.

    • Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past - David Reich
      To keep up with the current developments in genetics and human history (up to 2015). Many general pearls of AF and BD (Beta Dies) sprinkled throughout it.

    • The German Genius - Peter Watson
      If you want a cultural history about the nation which lay the foundation for modernity.

    • The Way Things Work Now - David Macaulay
      I have been keeping up with it since childhood. Each boy should get a copy for free imo. Or can you explain to your kid why the smartphone knows in which position you are currently holding it?

    • The Great Johnson
      If you want to know something about vine.

    • De vita beata - Seneca
      Stoicism

    • On Democracy - Robert A. Dahl
      Because the slogan "This is undemocratic" means often "I do not agree with your opinion". Get to know what democracy is.

    • Maximum City by Suketu Metha
      If you want an account of how "shitholes" work internally by example of Bombay.

    • Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook - Edward N. Luttwak
      Because you can adapt it to many situations. And wherever you are, you might need it one day?

    • A History of Ancient Egypt - John Romer
      Because sometimes I need to relax.

    [–]BornShook 3 points4 points  (5 children)

    The outliers, and the tipping point by malcolm gladwell.

    Read one of those books, and you'll be wanting to read the other. I dont usually like reading but my grandfather, a very succesful man, urged me to read the tipping point for so long I had to read it. Both books are very captivating. Im not much of a book person but damn, worthy reads. Got me motivated and thinking of new ideas all at once. Anyone know any books similar to these two let me know. I need more reads.

    [–]Rhino4910 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    The Tipping Point was the first book that really got me into non-fiction. Once you get through that one, you will always look at the world a little bit differently

    [–]FrancisNevettshire 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    As a fellow man who doesn't usually like reading, I'm currently halfway through outliers thanks to your post and indeed, it's not bad.

    Do you perhaps know any more of those rare books you liked, so maybe I will like them as well?

    [–]BornShook 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I liked the tipping point and the outliers. The tipping point was the better of the two for sure. Ill let you know if I can think of any others though man. I know there were a few but Im drawing a blank right now.

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    [–]styrg 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    Frankl is such an essential one. Glad to see someone else who has read it. Its my go-to gift book.

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    You must be great at parties /s

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    [–]TorpedoStudyGroup 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Attacks - Erwin Rommel

    I second that :D
    "Infanterie greift an" in Original

    [–]styrg 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    How is the Rommel book? I'm fascinated by WWII history, and Rommel is a pretty interesting character.

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      [–]styrg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Oh I see, yeah sounds like it would be something I'd like. Thanks, I'll check it out.

      [–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Beginner.

      The Count of Monte Cristo.

      [–]PM_ME_YOUR_SALSA 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Seneca On The Shortness of Life.

      30 page essay that is an important read for any man.

      [–]The_Tempestuous_Man 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      The Simple Path to Wealth- JL Collins

      [–]CocaineOnYourClit 4 points5 points  (5 children)

      "Surely you are joking Mr Feynman". Especially valuable and enjoyable for RP men in STEM or looking to get in STEM areas. Richard Feynman was the most RP physicist and his adventures is not only a joy to read about but is also valuable

      [–]TheEagleAndTheSnake 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      • 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
      • 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene (they both go hand-in-hand)
      • The Gervais Principle by Venkatesh Rao
      • Games People Play by Eric Berne
      • Mind Illuminated by Culadasa
      • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
      • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (IMO best book on the list)
      • Start With Why by Simon Sinek
      • Propaganda by Edward Barneys
      • The Hero With the Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
      • Sex and Culture by J. D. Unwin
      • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

      [–]DarthPauly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      The Bible

      Extreme Ownership- Jocko Willink

      12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos- Jordan Peterson

      Rational Male- Rollo Tomassi

      The Book of 5 Rings- Musashi

      Never Split The Difference- Chris Voss

      Peak Performance- Steve Magness & Brad Stulberg

      [–]whuttupfoo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

      Pimp Iceberg Slim - a good look into how one man can have power over a group of women and the level of cunning manipulation it takes.

      The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa - The best, straight to the point guide to meditation. This will teach you how to meditate properly with the assistance of science and imagery.

      Efficiency by Wall Street Playboys - a red pilled guide to making your way into your first couple million dollars. It also goes over making your life efficient as possible from socializing to dating.

      [–]Senior Endorsed ContributorRian_Stone 10 points11 points  (4 children)

      I've thrown out more than it seems many have read

      The bible, Manipulated man, more workout manuals than you can shake a stick at, half a dozen books on art history, painting, photography; manuals for everything from Turbo Pascal to RSS HF communications. The sidebars are a given of here and MRP.

      the things I'm most proud of in mine. all those naval logs are stuff I've written, the 4 or 5 sketchbooks are all full, the navy history book was gifted for top of my class... My library isn't a library of consumption, many of the things there are production. the TKD and tablature books show thousands of hours invested in practicing the arts.

      Your library is an extension of who you are.

      I still stand by my assessment, this won't make a single guy in here lift who isn't currently lifting already.

      EDIT: called it. Not one user said all the sidebar books.

      [–]SteelSharpensSteel 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      People need a catalyst in their life to start lifting. Reading books won't do that.

      [–]Senior Endorsed ContributorRian_Stone 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That was my sentiment...

      [–]VickVaseline 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Kudos to Stoney for reading actual physical books!

      [–]Senior Endorsed ContributorRian_Stone 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Don't even get me started with this. The only thing I don't like about physical books is that idiots can use them as status symbols, showing off their intellect.

      I have many leather bound books that smell of rich mahogany.

      [–]1Captain_Save_A_Hoe_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      If you're interested in becoming an athlete in powerlifting or strong in general you should read how the strongest people did it before you. These books Ive listed are full of advice and knowledge no coach is going to teach you about. From mentality to training techniques.

      Destroy the Opposition by Jamie Lewis

      Steve Justa - Rock, Iron, Steel - 1998

      Brooks D Kubik-Dinosaur training_ Lost secrets of strength and development

      [–]fragpistol 2 points3 points  (3 children)

      Quo Vadis - Henryk Sienkiewicz

      [–]Veretox 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      Get the fuck out of here.. fucking Quo Vadis on TRP, what a time to be alive.

      [–]fragpistol 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Is there something wrong with the book? I thoroughly enjoyed it.

      [–]Veretox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      No no, sorry man, didn't mean to offend you or the book. I was just surprised to see polish author here, that's all.

      [–]Bear-With-Bit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (if you're curious about long term travel)

      Paratrooper by T Michael Booth and Duncan Spencer (must read if you like Band of Brothers)

      Love Yourself by Kamal Ravikant (very different than the simple "be tough" approach to living)

      The Warrior Ethos by Steven Pressfield (very different than the "love yourself" approach)

      [–]JirgaParaLhao 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      Iceberg Slim - Pimp: The story of my life

      Marcus Aurelius - Meditations

      The Great Gatsby ( Aka what happens when you've a oneitis )

      Houellebecq - Whatever

      [–]cluelessguitarist 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Psycho-cybernetics by maxwell maltz

      [–]BostonPillParty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life A physical print out of the TRP handbook Mark Rippeltoe’s books on lifting Ray Dalio’s Principles

      [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (5 children)

      The most red pill book I've ever read is Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' No one mentions it here. I've read the thing 20 times and it gets better each time.

      [–]georgiafisherman 0 points1 point  (4 children)

      Came here to say this and A Farewell To Arms. Glad you beat me to it. Life changing books in my opinion.

      [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

      Long story short, no book has had a greater impact on me than Farewell to Arms other than maybe the instruction booklet of Legend of Zelda. Farewell caused me to totally abandon the life I was living, get into a car and move someplace new where I knew no one and had no plans. I wasn't that into 'Bell' when I first read it, but as I got older it became much more important to me than Farewell. Glad you like the books, too. A lot of writers are famous because of hype, but Hemingway is some real shit. The short stories volume 1 and 2 are also amazing.

      [–]georgiafisherman 0 points1 point  (2 children)

      That’s amazing. I’m glad someone else was impacted by Hemingway as much as I have been. I first read A Farewell To Arms in 10th grade in high school and I remember throwing the book across the room when I finished it. I just sat there thinking heavily for a solid half hour afterwards. Aside from A Farewell To Arms, The Old Man and The Sea really stuck with me.

      I had never really given his short stories a chance until I recently read Hills Like White Elephants and it was again incredibly impressive and much more subtly impactful. The only other author that comes close to Hemingway’s impact on me has been William Faulkner.

      [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      The Hemingway short story, 'Big Two Hearted River' does something for me- it's just a tale of a dude walking around, going fishing. One of the most amazing stories I've ever read in its delivery and simplicity. Even though Old Man and The Sea is his most famous novel, I think it's fourth best behind 'Bell,' 'Farewell' and 'Sun Also Rises.' Just opinion. I've read all of these books dozens of times as they all mean something different to me at different points in my life. Each time I approach one of these books, I am a different man and it is a different story reflecting something back at me.

      I'll tell you a secret, I have a close friend who is an avid reader like me. He was never much into Hemingway but always liked Faulkner. I always loathed Faulkner and could never get into any of the novels. Then my friend basically forced me to read Faulkner's short stories. It is insane how good some of those stories are like 'Red Leaves,' 'Tall Men' and some of the others.

      You might try the short stories of Ralph Ellison, especially King of the Bingo Game and A Party Down at the Square.

      Maybe you too have wondered why great writers like these don't exist anymore. They were a product of the values of their time. Our writers now are all on drugs and have nothing to say. I got into these books way, way before I knew anything about Red Pill. I think even as a young man I saw something missing in my society, in my relationships and caught a whiff of it in these books. The old scent of grandad or something.

      [–]georgiafisherman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I haven’t read that short story by Hemingway but will be sure to check it out. I’ve been impressed with virtually everything I read by him and while I absolutely loved Old Man and The Sea I would have to agree he does have better work. I have always considered A Farewell To Arms to be his best, personally.

      If you liked those short stories by Faulkner, I’d highly recommend both A Rose For Emily and The Bear (or The Bear Hunt; something along those lines, I cannot recall). It is a story of men hunting in the woods and is truly excellent. The first thing I ever read by Faulkner was As I Lay Dying and in hindsight it certainly wasn’t the right place to start. While absolutely excellent, his short stories are certainly the way to go when foraying into the extremely complex world that is Faulkner.

      I’ll be sure to check out Ralph Ellison as well. I too have stumbled upon much of these works before The Red Pill and would completely agree; I was drawn to them by their sheer masculinity in a world so lacking. It really shaped who I was and how I thought growing up.

      [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Just recently read: How to Get Rich by Donald Trump's. Honestly, raced through it in 3 hours and loved it. 5 stars because easy yet lots of helpful bits

      Now I can't wait to read Art of the Deal.

      [–]framedaddy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      List was too long to format in a comment. Enjoy boys. I call it the enlightenment pack.

      https://pastebin.com/YyUAQjj5

      [–]Andgelyo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. Read that, and you can conquer the world.

      [–]Lightways434 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      The portrait of the artist as a young man- James Joyce Meetings with Remarkabe Men- G.I. Gurdjieff Beyond good and evil- Friedrich Nietzsche

      [–]ThePhilosopherDoctor 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Love in times of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It shows the effects that oneitis can have on a men. When the whole purpose of his life is to “possess” a certain women and how miserable that can make him

      Karamazov brothers - Fiodor Dostoyevsky The story of 3 brothers that represent 3 different ways to approach life. Virtue, intellectualism and hedonism. Like the others Dostoyevsky’s books this novel teaches you about yourself in a way no author can capture.

      Critique of Pure Reason - Immanuel Kant For the ones who are into Philosophy, this one is a masterpiece. Still today the ideas contained in this book are revolutionary.

      Anna Karenina- Léo Tolstoy Another red pill novel that shows woman’s hypergamy. A classic of literature for a good reason. I think it can teach you a lot about woman.

      Resurrection- Leo Tolstoy Tolstoy’s last novel. Awesome book about the notion of justice and our own moral compass.

      A Moveable Feast- Ernest Hemingway Autobiographical novel about his times in Paris. A delightful read with some Red Pill truths. Hemingway is a Red Pill example. Live your life in your own terms.

      The doors of perception- Aldous Huxley The only reported novel about the effects of Mescaline. Still today is cited in scientific articles about mescaline. For the people interested in philosophy of the mind is a must read.

      Finally, for the ones that study medicine : Robbins and Coltran Pathologic Basis of Disease ( the Big Robbins) is a mandatory read. If you want to be the best doctor you can be and know your trade well there is no away around it.

      [–]Arabian_Wolf 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Anything by Nassim Taleb, Robert Greene, George Orwell and Aldus Huxely

      Feeling good by Dr. David Burns

      The power of Now by Eckhard Tolle

      [–]TylerPonsford 3 points4 points  (8 children)

      Championship fighting by - Jack Dempsey

      Teaches someone the basics of attack and defence not only in boxing but also from a street fight POV

      Starting street fights unprovoked is stupid but a person must still have the knowledge of what to do if it occurs

      [–]ricoue 3 points4 points  (1 child)

      Are you seriously expecting to learn how to fight from reading a book?

      [–]TylerPonsford 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      It teaches you what you need and then you do it yourself. If you're expecting to become mike Tyson from it then no. I never explicitly stated that it will turn you into neo from the matrix.

      However, it will teach you basic self defence and how to hit properly and defend properly, enough so that any average person will not hurt you. Trust me there are plenty of so called "coaches" out there that don't teach proper technique so it can be useful even for someone who has some experience.

      [–]womans_algorithm 0 points1 point  (5 children)

      It's around 50$ on amazon, quite expensive I'd say. How long is it?

      [–]TylerPonsford 2 points3 points  (3 children)

      50$ don't know what country you are in but in the U.K. I got it for the equivalent of around 15 dollars. It's good so far, it goes over basics however it teaches you the "proper" way to actually get knock out strength even from a jab. Also good for aggressive counter punches and defence etc. If you can't get it for any cheaper I wouldn't say it was worth it unless you are actually into becoming some-what of a boxer.

      [–]womans_algorithm 0 points1 point  (2 children)

      I just googled name of the book, and saw it on Amazon for 50$, my country doesn't matter here.

      Anyway, is the "proper" way just explaining to use your whole body to rotate and give more strength to your punch?

      [–]TylerPonsford 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      It goes into more detail than that but it's the gist. I personally learn better from books than someone just telling me so it was useful. But no it's not worth 50$

      [–]womans_algorithm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Alright, thanks for your input.

      [–]supergill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Think a pdf is available online. Just google it. Not worth $50 imho

      [–]Peruaan 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      I would highly recommend the following books:

      1. The slight edge by Jeff Olson
      2. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
      3. The power of habit by Charles Duhigg
      4. Models by Mark Manson
      5. The Crowd by Gustave Le Bon
      6. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
      7. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari
      8. No more Mr nice guy by Robert Glover

      [–]Riverside82317 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      The Alcoholics Anonymous book helped shape me into an adult man worth being. Sure, there's a lot of religious references and it's for a specific crowd, but the philosophy within the book is applicable to anyone.

      [–]2Dmva100 4 points5 points  (1 child)

      Manipulated Man - Esther Vilar

      Sperm Wars (some guy)

      Art of War - Niccolo Machiavellia

      Protocols of the Elders of Zion - Idk they're prob dead

      [–]baby_alpha8020 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Art of war sun tzu or prince nicollo Machiavelli? Both, I say, both.

      [–]Jakob2293 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The mind illuminated - Jeremy Graves

      Pragmatic Thinking and Learning - Andy Hunt

      [–]Fulp_Piction 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      [–]Nathaestion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck - Mark Manson

      [–]SadFatElephant 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      List i recommend: Freakonomics Factfullness Homo deus The kite runner Surely you are joking mr feynman The man who mistook his wife for a hat

      [–]dub313 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Power of now Meditations Currently reading Outliers and 4 hour workweek

      [–]ironjohnred 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Anti-fragile - Nassim Taleb

      Gates of Fire - Steven Pressfield

      Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

      [–]ahmetsaka 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Fyodor Dostoyevski - Gambler

      [–]U-94 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      I prefer military memoirs, my favorites being soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars and sailors in WW2 German submarines. World War 1 memoirs are also excellent, plus the trench poets. Understanding these experiences through people's eyes at all levels of the chain of command really redefines history. I'm not just talking about describing battles but also opinions on politics and society. You see how nothing really changes between time periods and different countries.

      [–]AmStruggleNeedHelp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and 1984 by George Orwell off the top of my brain

      [–]soonerguy9782 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      No More Mr Nice Guy

      When I Say No I Feel Guilty

      Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win

      The Way of Men

      [–]Nic____ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The Slight Edge (along with the "Success For Teens"*, by the SUCCESS Fondation) - Jeff Olson (Small actions doing big results over time, for good and bad actions too)

      Living With A SEAL - Jesse Itzler (David Goggins being Goggins during 30 days)

      Unstoppable - Nick Vujicic (Faith In Action aka praying can do something only if actions are taken)

      The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Teens* - Sean Covey (Proactive, First Things First, etc)

      Discipline Equals Freedom - Jocko Willink (How can self-discipline can lead to freedom aka more free time)

      *I'm currently 15yo and read all of the above between being 13 and now

      [–]pro-complainer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      The game by Neill strauss ... Very cool book, but not sure about how real the events in the book are

      Also reading how to win friends and influence people ... This is a book that made me contemplate my interactions in life

      [–]TlMPPA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Zero to one - Best business book, lots of redpill knowledge. Will change your outlook on many things.

      Lord of the flies - A classic novel, shows what happens when you strip society down from it’s structures. Used in many psychology and leadership courses.

      The Egyptian - Novel about the unchanging nature of mankind and about the dangers of idealism.

      Crusial conversations - important book about communication skills in the high pressure moments.

      I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic - autobiography about one of the most controversial footballers in the world.

      Definitive book about body language - This book made my body language awareness better than any other book or video.

      Scaling lean - great book about growing your small or startup business. All-round information about small business.

      [–]3LiveAFTSOV 1 point2 points  (3 children)

      https://i.imgur.com/dRl8AXfh.jpg

      The kama sutra , Symbolic fictional stories, a bootleg version of "making friends and influencing people", roosh V classic, plus some Socrates and freud & jung psychology archetypes

      Oh yea and anthropological examinations of buddhism and what Jesus said

      [–]drl4k3 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      Hey man, first of all this is awesome ill definitely be reading all of this. and im a big fan of your youtube videos as well... all to the point.

      I just have one question man. Reading all your posts you seem to be one hell of a dude. how did you become the man you are today? Can you please guide me by telling me what to read after the sidebar and these books. What was the key thing you kept doing to get to this place in life. Would really like to hear it if you got the time.

      [–]3LiveAFTSOV 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      I grew up in love with the military - but was rebellious. Love fighting and guns.

      [–]drl4k3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      hmmm i wish you could elaborate on this as i didnt quite get what to do and what to read. Thanks again

      [–]VomarV 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

      [–]Archangel_1993 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      12 Rules for Life

      By Jordan Peterson

      [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Protocols of Zion:

      This is probably the most hated book ever written. I'm not out to prove that it is or isn't the true minutes of a zionist congress in the late 19th century, but I consider it a brilliant work of political philosophy.

      It is a book that is so diabolical in theme that it really made my skin crawl the first time I read it. The idea is that the "poison of liberalism" will be injected into a host society from all angles. The words "freedom" and "equality" and "universal brotherhood" are the slogans. They repeat those words "freedom" and "equality" from the mass media over and over again until the nation completely collapses internally - creating the conditions for power seeking elements to take over. I recommend it because a lot of people on subreddits like this will talk about how the problem is "liberalism" - and they don't know there is a book that talks about how liberalism can be used as a weapon in the takeover of a nation.

      I read a hundred or so books a year and still think this is one of the greatest books ever written.

      [–]EscortSportage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I tried pasting a like from TRP on a tread about books here, but it was removed.

      [–]IAmNotACrookAnymore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Any Rand — The Fountainhead

      [–]SpiderAlpha33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Truth - Hector Macdonald - A good read about how we're lied to on a daily basis and how conflicting truths can be used to shape how we think about something.

      [–]VoidInvincible 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      The Unchained Man by Caleb Jones from Blackdragon Blog is a brilliant book. Just read it. It's very red pilled. Goes over every facet of life a man needs to be happy.

      [–]dulkemaru51 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      The Egyptian, The Adventurer, The Wanderer, The Dark Angel, The Etruscan and lastly, The Roman by Finnish author Mika Waltari. Novels of renowned historical and cultural accuracy pertaining to the times. The POV characters seem more human than the ones in books by any other author that I've read. Emotion, internal conflict and the driving forces of the human animal are all elegantly captured. Some sneaky bitches in those books.

      Most stuff by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

      Frankenstein is a simple declaration of ambition(s), how it destroys us and how our conviction grows with our success (=attaining that which we feel we want).

      The ultimate RP literary work is (several bits of) the bible.

      Best horror book is My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday.

      [–]lurktolearn 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Here are some books that are rarely mentioned in this subreddit that you can still learn from.

      The Red Pill Handbook. Although it's not on the sidebar, this is a collection of top theredpill posts from a few years ago. All the posts inside of the handbook is before theredpill subreddit exploded into popularity with teenagers and incels. I have this on my phone, and if I am bored or I need some reminders, I read this book. The book is free, and you can find it by googling the name of the book.

      The Book of Pook. It's similar to The Red Pill Handbook except that The Book Of Pook is a collection of top posts from a user named pook. I also have this on my phone, and I also read this if I am bored or I need some reminders. The book is also free, and you can find it by google the name.

      The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success by Kevin Dutton. What's in the book is exactly what the title says. It's less about crazy psychopaths with their stories and more about what traits psychopaths have that makes them complete their objectives. Many leaders have psychopathic traits but are not psychopathic.

      The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida. An okay and short read. This is more of a beginner book for newly redpill exposed men. If you hadn't read it yet and you can shift through the spiritual shit and the slight purplepill stuff, go ahead and read it.

      The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. Have you ever wanted to get rid of your vices and start habits you want to do? I recommend this book. It has practical methods you can use to eliminate vices and begin habits you want in your life.

      The Path to Power by Robert Caro. This is a biography of the 36th U.S President, Lyndon Johnson. This is a biography of a man who manipulated his way from the bottom to the top of the United States. This is a very, very interesting read if you are redpill aware and dark triad aware. There are some valuable nuggets of information you can learn from Lyndon Johnson that you can apply in your life. I have read 1 of 4 books on the biography of Lyndon Johnson, and I plan on reading all 4 books.

      5/3/1 2nd Edition and Beyond 5/3/1 by Jim Wendler. This sub likes to promote Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. By all means, there is NOTHING wrong with Starting Strength—it's great for beginners. 5/3/1 is for those with certain goals. Want to look bigger? Want to be stronger? Want to look aesthetic? Jim Wendler gives you MANY templates that help you. And you don't necessarily have to buy the book, you can look up the templates online.

      [–]BostonPillParty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Nice username and nice that you have the pdf as well. Never considered why it was so damn good until you pointed out the new wave of TRPers who are kinda shitty or slow at really getting all of this.

      [–]HumptyDumptyFellHard 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence by Baltasar Gracián.

      Such an easy read packed with a shit ton of Machiavellian traits one must have.

      [–]le_wolfe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      1. The Way of Men

      2. Deep Nutrition

      3. Book of Pook

      4. Becoming A Barbarian

      5. My Secret Garden

      6. Thus Spoke Zarathustra

      7. The Rational Male

      [–]Jonmad17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Anything by Michel Houellebecq. He's considered one of the best contemporary French authors, and spreads red pill ideas about the sexual revolution, the male sexual hierarchy, and the dissolution of the family to millions of people.

      He wrote a satirical novel called Submission about an Islamic takeover of France, which coincidentally came out the same day as the Charlie Hebdo attacks. It's one of the best books i've ever read. It's sort of a dystopian novel where there's a civil war between right wing fascists and Islamists, but rather than focusing on that the book focuses on the protagonist, who's a literature professor who's so worn out and nihilistic that he ignores the war going on in the background and spend most of the novel talking about books and fucking prostitutes. It's the perfect metaphor for Western civilizational exhaustion.

      [–]phenixpker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

      Helped provide insight into what I believe are the potential pitfalls of a potentially hedonistic centered trp living. Keep your focus not on worldly pleasures but live a goal driven life unlike that of the protagonist.

      As well as numerous listed by others.

      [–]Cantloginhere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Some great titles listed. Here are some (other) old time classics to add to the list that expand the mind.

      The Naked Ape.

      Games People Play.

      The Interpretation of Dreams.

      Lateral Thinking.

      1984.

      I Robot - the Asimov short stories one!

      The Outsider - Albert Camus.

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