*** 100 Books Every Monkey Should Read

Discussion in 'Survival Reading Room' started by Yard Dart, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    100 Books Every Man Should Read


    One of the earliest articles we published on the Art of Manliness was “100 Must-Read Books for Men.” The piece was a result of a collaboration between the AoM team and a few guest writers.

    The list was certainly decent enough, but some of the guest picks weren’t books we would personally recommend. So too, over the last nine years we’ve read some additional books worthy of inclusion.

    So today we present a revamped list of 100 books every man should read over the course of his lifetime. It’s a library that centers not on sheer enjoyment (though you’ll find that too), but on the books that expand mind and soul, build new mental models, and allow you to become more culturally literate and thus better able to participate in the Great Conversation. These are the books you’ll keep thinking about long after you’ve finished the last page (even when, or perhaps especially when, you disagree with their ideas), providing cognitive leftovers you’ll be chewing on for years, and decades, to come.

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Set among New York City elites in the roaring ‘20s, this book is considered one of America’s great literary products for a reason. Narrator Nick Carraway is befriended by his mysterious millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and proves to be a crucial link in Jay’s quixotic obsession with Nick’s cousin, Daisy. The metaphors, the beautiful writing, and the lessons one can garner about reliving the past all make The Great Gatsby worth reading, again and again. Our interview with NPR’s Maureen Corrigan is worth a listen. She is the author of So We Read On: How To Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures. We discussed her research into why a novel written about Jazz Age New York that resonates with Americans nearly a century later.

    100 Books Every Man Should Read | The Art of Manliness

    A great list of books for sure.... but what is missing that every Monkey should read? Lights Out for one..... tell us what books you would add to the list on the attached link!!
  2. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

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  3. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Unintended Consequences
    Should be required reading in high school.
    I have to admit I am surprised that I have read the majority of the books on the OP list.
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  4. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    It kind of surprised me as well how many of the 100 I had read in the past........
  5. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    Likewise. I lost quite a few of my owned copies to a flooded basement back around 93. The worst part is that reading them was long ago, and some of the messages have been lost to consciousness.
  6. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    What is missing from the list? I still twitch at ever having to read Les Miserables again.....
  7. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    Day of Infamy
    Where They Have Trod
    Lights Out
    A Brief History of Time
    War and Peace (if you can stand it.)
    Mein Kampf

    Any and all of Jules Verne, just for the fun of it, there are no messages.

    I read Les Miserables in French too damn long ago. Misery to the Nth power, then discussed it in class. Not gonna do a rerun on that in any language.
  8. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Well certainly 'Unintended Consequences' should be on the list. 'Plato's Republic' should not...what a load of tripe. Recently had to go through the damn book again with my niece for one of her university courses and it was even worse now that I am grown! I would pass on the 'Malcolm X autobiography' but that is just me. Read most that is on there...didn't read 'Lives' by Plutarch probably because name sounds too close to Plato! I think I can live without 'After Virtue' by Alasdair MacIntyre also...if I don't know what morality is now then doubtful I ever will...even more doubtful if I care. Ohhhh...'Gates of Fire' by Stephen Pressfield' - what a great story and Pressfield tells it the best! (Note to self: Read again. Soon!) But, where is Kipling? And, where is 'The Razor's Edge' by W. Somerset Maugham? Damn big nose Professors obviously skewed the list again. BAH!
  9. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    OMG! @Merkun Are you one of the few living souls that manage to finish not only 'War and Peace' but 'Mein Kampf'?!?!?!
    Sir, you indeed have my respect for I have tried no less than 3X for each (more like 5X for W&P) without success. I honestly couldn't get through either of them...
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  10. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    Heh. I utterly choked on "How to win friends and influence people."
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  11. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    Frankly, there should be at least 200 titles in the 100 Books Every Man Should Read.
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  12. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    LOL The book/play/movie is one of Sass's favorites. I refer to it as "Les is Miserable";)

    I'm a big fan of Hemingway so pretty much any of his stuff. Whether you like the guy or not the "Killing" series by Bill O' Reilly and Martin Dugard is excellent. I have read all of them and have learned something from each book. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Auther Conan Doyle is perhaps the best of the Holmes series and all of these are good reads. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes are excellent as well. The Law by Frederic Bastiat, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde are some others
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  13. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I have not read many of those books. I have read the authors but not the books listed. Good list for the book club, IMO.

    As for the comments above, Unintended Consequences was a good book. I read it, I own it but it was not one that I would read a few times. It did not hold that huge of an impact. Good history and a nice tale but I prefer M. Bracken's books.
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  14. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I can't speak for others but my reason for 'Unintended Consequences' was not its literary value but its historic value of 'untold' history of our government which is not taught and seldom documented. In many regards, like much of the Civil War, especially leading up to and the early days. As an amateur historian, who would have gladly been a history professor but didn't want to starve, for me its impact was absolutely tremendous, to put it mildly. As far as the story line, I concur but it chronological, in-depth facts makes it necessary reading to open the eyes, especially of the young who tend to want to believe, even need to do so. Anyway, that's my reasoning for not all books are of value due to their prose but their content also...
  15. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Meditations (Marcus Aurelius) "Death is a cessation of the impressions through the senses, and of the pulling of the strings which move the appetites, and of the discursive movements of the thoughts, and of the service to the flesh."

    The Enchiridion (Epictetus) "Let death and exile, and all other things which appear terrible, be daily before your eyes, but death chiefly; and you will never entertain an abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything."

    War and Peace
    (Leo Tolstoy) “Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.

    Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) “Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.

    Common Sense
    (Thomas Paine) “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.

    No Treason (Lysander Spooner) “A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.” - - “The only idea they have ever manifested as to what is a government of consent, is this--that it is one to which everybody must consent, or be shot.

    One book I mostly disagree with but still found worth reading:
    Politics (Aristotle) "But he who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god: he is no part of a state."

    I must, therefore be a God. By the way, you can find some of these books in our resources section and the rest can be found online for free and legally, too.
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  16. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I don't know, I always figured you as more of a beasty;)
  17. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    My goodness @Brokor !!! And, here we thought you were nothing but another pretty face! LOL!
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  18. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    As long as Tolkien is on the list, so should also be Grimm's Fairy Tales.
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  19. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    I think I could guess some ages by how old these book choices are. HAHA.
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  20. Merkun

    Merkun furious dreamer

    HAHA. That's because the younger ones can't read. Or maybe it's because there are no recent authors of note other than JKRowling.
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