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My “Books To Read” List : Manliness (Part 1)

Continuing the “books to read” series with a list of 10 books about manliness that are on my wishlist. I made this post to give you some ideas about books that you may like or to discover books you’ve never heard of.

Let’s Begin

  1. King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

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Redefining age-old concepts of masculinity, Jungian analysts Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette make the argument that mature masculinity is not abusive or domineering, but generative, creative, and empowering of the self and others. Moore and Gillette clearly define the four mature male archetypes that stand out through myth and literature across history: the king (the energy of just and creative ordering), the warrior (the energy of aggressive but nonviolent action), the magician (the energy of initiation and transformation), and the lover (the energy that connects one to others and the world), as well as the four immature patterns that interfere with masculine potential (divine child, oedipal child, trickster and hero).  King, Warrior, Magician, Lover is an exploratory journey that will help men and women reimagine and deepen their understanding of the masculine psyche.

Available at:

Amazon (US) – King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

Amazon (UK) – King, Warrior, Magician, Lover : Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine


2. How To Become A Modern Viking: A Man’s Guide To Unleashing The Warrior Within

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Vikings were undoubtedly the manliest men in history. They came, they conquered, and they took whatever they wanted. They were strong men in both body and mindset, with a culture and religion that promoted men to be “men”. For their mastery and bravery in battle, they were rewarded with status, plunder and women!

Vikings were also passionately devoted to their brothers. Bonds formed in the bloody terror of battle, which they celebrated with much feasting and mead!

But today, you live in a modern world of smartphones, suits and safety. Pillaging and plundering opportunities are limited, and many of your friends are probably too concerned with their smartphones or Gluten Free Diets to be interested in going on a Viking campaign together.

But there is still hope! In this book, you will learn how to build the strong body and mindset of a Viking warrior and how to apply your increased masculinity in the modern world!

In this book, Liam Gooding walks you through his personal journey from the top to the bottom. He lost his multi-million dollar company, his house and his fiancée. But worst of all, he lost his masculinity.

But that’s when he discovered the power and strength hidden within ancient Viking culture. The liberating freedom of their mythology, the guiltless pride in building a strong and muscular body, the confident ambition of getting what you want in life (no matter who or what stands in your way).

This is a story about beating depression and emerging stronger than ever before. A guide for any man (or woman) to follow on how a stronger body builds a stronger mind, and how that builds better defences against depression and other mental health issues.

Becoming a Modern Viking allowed Liam to become a man again. To rebuild himself stronger than before, to embrace the body and the mindset that evolution and natural selection had intended, and to remove the chains and limitations of modern western society.

Chapter Highlights

  • Build a Viking Body using principles and guidelines such as ‘Lift Like A God’ and ‘Train Like A Warrior’
  • Follow a spreadsheet-free nutrition diet that allows a man to eat as much as he wants, and still boost testosterone and build muscle, or lose fat, depending on his goals (Vegetarian/Vegan options too)
  • How to stop worrying about overwhelming situations by thinking like a Viking in the shield wall
  • How to become more assertive in social and professional situations
  • How to live in Winter Season or Raiding Season to encourage your body to build muscle or lose fat with just a few small changes to your routine

Modern Viking is not a fitness and exercise book promising to help you look like an Instagram model. It isn’t a book to guide you on meditation or mindfulness bodyscans.

Modern Viking is a practical, no-nonsense self improvement book for men who want to become better men. Men who are suffering with depression or perhaps just the early warning signs of it. Men who feel like there must be more happiness in life than they are currently feeling.

Modern Viking can be especially effective for larger men – guys who are fed up of being told they should have “shredded abs” to feel great about themselves.Liam Gooding stands at 6’5″ and weighs 240 lb. He eats 4000 – 5000 kcal every day. And none of the women in his life ever complain that he doesn’t have “Instagram Abs”!

Modern Viking is about looking like a man who can swing an axe, row a boat, build a house, and then carry his woman to bed after the days work!

Available at:

Amazon (US) – How To Become A Modern Viking: A Man’s Guide To Unleashing The Warrior Within

Amazon (UK) – How To Become A Modern Viking: A Man’s Guide To Unleashing The Warrior Within


3.Extreme Ownership

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The #1 New York Times bestseller

Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.

Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.

A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

Available at:

Amazon (US) – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Amazon (UK) – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win


4.The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

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Thirty years ago, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A collector s item in its original edition, it has never been out of print as a paperback. This classic book is now reissued in hardcover, along with Theodore Rex, to coincide with the publication of Colonel Roosevelt, the third and concluding volume of Edmund Morris s definitive trilogy on the life of the twenty-sixth President.
Although Theodore Rex fully recounts TR s years in the White House (1901 1909), The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt begins with a brilliant Prologue describing the President at the apex of his international prestige. That was on New Year s Day, 1907, when TR, who had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, threw open the doors of the White House to the American people and shook 8,150 hands, more than any man before him. Morris re-creates the reception with such authentic detail that the reader gets almost as vivid an impression of TR as those who attended. One visitor remarked afterward, You go to the White House, you shake hands with Roosevelt and hear him talk and then you go home to wring the personality out of your clothes.
The rest of this book tells the story of TR s irresistible rise to power. (He himself compared his trajectory to that of a rocket.) It is, in effect, the biography of seven men a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician who merged at age forty-two to become the youngest President in our history. Rarely has any public figure exercised such a charismatic hold on the popular imagination. Edith Wharton likened TR s vitality to radium. H. G. Wells said that he was a very symbol of the creative will in man. Walter Lippmann characterized him simply as our only lovable chief executive.
During the years 1858 1901, Theodore Roosevelt, the son of a wealthy Yankee father and a plantation-bred southern belle, transformed himself from a frail, asthmatic boy into a full-blooded man. Fresh out of Harvard, he simultaneously published a distinguished work of naval history and became the fist-swinging leader of a Republican insurgency in the New York State Assembly. He had a youthful romance as lyrical and tragic as any in Victorian fiction. He chased thieves across the Badlands of North Dakota with a copy of Anna Karenina in one hand and a Winchester rifle in the other. Married to his childhood sweetheart in 1886, he became the country squire of Sagamore Hill on Long Island, a flamboyant civil service reformer in Washington, D.C., and a night-stalking police commissioner in New York City. As assistant secretary of the navy under President McKinley, he almost single-handedly brought about the Spanish-American War. After leading Roosevelt s Rough Riders in the famous charge up San Juan Hill, Cuba, he returned home a military hero, and was rewarded with the governorship of New York. In what he called his spare hours he fathered six children and wrote fourteen books. By 1901, the man Senator Mark Hanna called that damned cowboy was vice president of the United States. Seven months later, an assassin s bullet gave TR the national leadership he had always craved.
His is a story so prodigal in its variety, so surprising in its turns of fate, that previous biographers have treated it as a series of haphazard episodes. This book, the only full study of TR s pre-presidential years, shows that he was an inevitable chief executive, and recognized as such in his early teens. His apparently random adventures were precipitated and linked by various aspects of his character, not least an overwhelming will. It was as if he were subconsciously aware that he was a man of many selves, the author writes, and set about developing each one in turn, knowing that one day he would be President of all the people.

Available at:

Amazon (US) – The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library Paperbacks)

Amazon (UK) – The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt (Modern Library) by Morris. Edmund ( 2001 ) Paperback


5.Iron John: A Book About Men 

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Robert Bly writes that it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by popular culture are worn out, that a man can no longer depend on them. Iron John searches for a new vision of what a man is or could be, drawing on psychology, anthropology, mythology, folklore and legend. Robert Bly looks at the importance of the Wild Man (reminiscent of the Wild Woman in Women Who Run With the Wolves), who he compares to a Zen priest, a shaman or a woodman.

‘This book needs to be read, I believe, not as a dry work of scholarship to be judged coolly by the mind, but as the work of a poet struggling to convey an emotional experience and lead us to what he has found within himself’ Guardian

‘Eclectic and unclassifiable. Iron John is a work whose mentors are the prophetic poets and crazies, William Blake and Walt Whitman’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Important.timely.and powerful’ New York Times

Available at:

Amazon (US) –  Iron John: A Book about Men

Amazon (UK) –  Iron John: A Book About Men


6.The Art Of Virtue: Ben Franklin’s Formula for Successful Living

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Benjamin Franklin once wrote that he had “conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection…[and] wished to live without committing any fault at any time…to conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into.” Although he was never able to finish this project completely, Benjamin Franklin was able to lay down the beginnings of this work in his later writings. Collected here for the first time are essays by Benjamin Franklin on living a virtuous life. Starting with Franklin’s essay “Art of Virtue,” read on to find out his thoughts on justice, moderation, chastity, and more. An easy-to-read guide to living your life with as much virtue as possible, the way Benjamin Franklin envisioned it could be.



Available at:

Amazon (US) – The Art of Virtue: Ben Franklin’s Formula for Successful Living

Amazon (UK) – The Art of Virtue: Ben Franklin’s Formula for Successful Living


7.Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search for Masculine Identity

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An experience of the fragility of conventional images of masculinity is something many modern men share. Psychoanalyst Guy Corneau traces this experience to an even deeper feeling men have of their fathers’ silence or absence-sometimes literal, but especially emotional and spiritual. Why is this feeling so profound in the lives of the postwar “baby boom” generation-men who are now approaching middle age? Because, he says, this generation marks a critical phase in the loss of the masculine initiation rituals that in the past ensured a boy’s passage into manhood. In his engaging examination of the many different ways this missing link manifests in men’s lives, Corneau shows that, for men today, regaining the essential “second birth” into manhood lies in gaining the ability to be a father to themselves-not only as a means of healing psychological pain, but as a necessary step in the process of becoming whole.

Available at:

Amazon (US) – Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search for Masculine Identity

Amazon (UK) – Absent Fathers, Lost Sons: The Search for Masculine Identity


8.Man’s Search for Himself

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Loneliness, boredom, emptiness: These are the complaints that Rollo May encountered over and over from his patients. In response, he probes the hidden layers of personality to reveal the core of man’s integration–a basic and inborn sense of value. Man’s Search for Himself is an illuminating view of our predicament in an age of overwhelming anxieties and gives guidance on how to choose, judge, and act during such times.





Available at:

Amazon (US) – Man’s Search for Himself

Amazon (UK) – Man’s Search for Himself


9.Meditations (Penguin Classics)

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Originally written only for his personal consumption, Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations has become a key text in the understanding of Roman Stoic philosophy. This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes by Martin Hammond and an introduction by Diskin Clay.

Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditationsof Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and Aurelius’s own emotions. But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years.

Martin Hammond’s new translation fully expresses the intimacy and eloquence of the original work, with detailed notes elucidating the text. This edition also includes an introduction by Diskin Clay, exploring the nature and development of the Meditations, a chronology, further reading and full indexes.

Marcus Aelius Aurelius Antoninus (121-80) was adopted by the emperor Antoninus Pius and succeeded him in 161, (as joint emperor with adoptive brother Lucius Verus). He ruled alone from 169, and spent much of his reign in putting down various rebellions, and was a persecutor of Christians. His fame rest, above all, on his Meditations, a series of reflections, strongly influenced by Epictetus, which represent a Stoic outlook on life. He was succeeded by his natural son, thus ending the period of the adoptive emperors.

Available at:

Amazon (US) – Meditations (Penguin Classics) by Marcus Aurelius (2006-04-27)

Amazon (UK) – Meditations (Penguin Classics)


10.Self Reliance (Dover Thrift Editions)

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The 6 essays and one address in this volume outline the great transcendentalist’s moral idealism as well as hinting at the later scepticism that colored his thought. In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are “History,” “Friendship,” “The Over-Soul,” “The Poet” and “Experience,” plus the well-known and frequently read Harvard Divinity School Address.





Available at:

Amazon (US) – Self-Reliance and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions)

Amazon (UK) – Self Reliance (Dover Thrift Editions)

So here you have it folks, 10 books about manliness that you can check out if any of them seems interesting to you, I will be buying them in the near future and hopefully will do a book review on some of them one day.

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