#5 12 Books (and an Author) That Every Man Must Read

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 A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.


My mom pretty much forced me to start reading as a child, which is a good thing.  While I never have as much time to read now as I would like it is still a favorite pastime.  So I started to make a list of books that I think every man should read including books from my childhood and also some of my more current reads.  A good book is more than an entertaining read, it is instruction for life.  With that being said, here is a list of books that every man must read, own and act upon.

The Dangerous Book For Boys– The ultimate “how to” for everything about being a man, it was one of my favorite books that unfortunately I lost in a flood.  It is a must have for men of all ages.  Contents include everything from how to tie knots and build tree houses, to famous speeches, how to tan hides and Latin phrases that “every boy should know.”  I would imagine that this book would be helpful  when raising a son.

The Catcher in The RyePerhaps my favorite novel of all time. I think this is the case because I too, like Holden am terrified, not so much of dying but of becoming old.

War and Peace– For some reason I always feel the need to compare this work with The Lord of The Rings series and in doing so War and Peace comes out on top every time.  To me it is the classic epic novel, with painstaking attention to detail.  There are numerous male characters to learn from here.  Hint: Buy the edition with the index of characters in the front, it is most helpful.

Robinson CrusoeMan vs. Wild well before Bear Grylls.  The language can be a bit cumbersome, but the story is one that every man dreams of at some point.  Many have copied the storyline, few have achieved the same result.

Lord of The Flies A depiction of the nature of man made even more terrifying by making the characters children.  A must read for the adventurer and philosopher alike.

Guns, Germs, and Steel– The story of how the world came to be.  A history of the movement of people groups, invasions, and the role that natural resources have played in the formation of societies.  A great book and I hear that another work by the same author, Collapse, is another great read as well.

Mountains Beyond Mountains The story of Paul Farmer and Partners in Health, an organization that provides a “preferential option for the poor” in healthcare. This book had a huge impact on my own life and it will undoubtedly do the same for many of you.  I had the chance to meet Dr. Farmer in Haiti and though the encounter was brief, he seemed to live up to all of the things said about him in this volume.

The Four Voyages­- The journals of Christopher Columbus detailing his four trips across the Atlantic to the new world.  A great insight into the times that should be taken with caution as the story was written by Columbus himself, not exactly a unbiased recounting.  The story is not the same as the one you learned in elementary school.

HatchetAnother survival classic from when I was a kid, pretty similar to some of the other books on the list.  I actually bought a hatchet after I read this one.

Harris and Me It is probably a bit below your reading level but still worth the time.  This is one of my favorite childhood stories about a city boy who moves to the country to spend some time with his cousin Harris while his own family is in turmoil.  It will make you laugh hard and often.

My Side of The Mountain­- As a kid this book made me want to move to the woods, hollow out a tree, and train a falcon to catch my food.  Think Robinson Crusoe but in upstate New York and for kids.

The Cost of Discipleship“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Bonhoeffer lived in Nazi Germany and took part in a plot to kill Hitler, even though he thought it was a sin to do so.  This is his classic work. I believe that when a person is killed for what they believe in, he was hanged for his role in the assassination attempt, you should at least take the time to look at their thoughts and ideas.

Anything By Graham Greene– William Golding, author of The Lord of The Flies described Greene as “the ultimate chronicler of twentieth-century man’s consciousness and anxiety.” I enjoy Graham Greene so much that he has his own list.  Go buy everything that he has ever written and enjoy, you can send me a thank you note later.  Try The Quiet American, The Power and The Glory, and The Comedians if you are looking for a place to start.

This list is by no means complete.  For another book list check out this one from Josh.  Let us know what books should be added to the list in the comment section below.

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