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The Libraries of Great Men: Frederick Douglass

by Jeremy Anderberg

Welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. The eminent men of history were often voracious readers and their own philosophy represents a distillation of all the great works they fed into their minds. This series seeks to trace the stream of their thinking back to the source. For, as David Leach, […]

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The Libraries of Great Men: Theodore Roosevelt’s Reading List

by Jeremy Anderberg

Many men are quick to buy the newest book from their favorite business leader or sports hero. From the late Stephen Covey (a personal favorite of Brett and mine) to former NFL coach Tony Dungy, there are a seemingly infinite variety of modern books on philosophy and leadership from which we can glean advice. And […]

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43 Books About War Every Man Should Read

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Ryan Holiday. War is unquestionably mankind at his worst. Yet, paradoxically, it is in war that men — individual men — often show the very best of themselves. War is often the result of greed, stupidity, or depravity. But in it, men are often brave, loyal, and […]

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How to Read a Book

by Jeremy Anderberg

1. Open book. 2. Read words. 3. Close book. 4. Move on to next book. Reading a book seems like a pretty straightforward task, doesn’t it? And in some cases, it is. If you’re reading purely for entertainment or leisure, it certainly can be that easy. There’s another kind of reading, though, in which we […]

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Fiction for Men as Suggested by Art of Manliness Readers

by Brett & Kate McKay

Just over a year ago, we wrote a post on why men should read more fiction. I asked readers to suggest their favorite pieces of manly fiction in the comments so I could create a master “AoM Fiction for Men” list. We got a really good response, and we finally finished compiling the suggestions into […]

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Why Men Should Read More Fiction

by Brett & Kate McKay

At the Art of Manliness, we encourage our readers to read books. It’s through reading that we gain new perspectives and learn more about ourselves and the world around us. I’m a big believer in the saying that “Readers are leaders.” As I’ve studied the lives of great men throughout history, a common thread I’ve […]

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How to Write a Novel

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mark D. Niehus. Ever since our ancestors first scratched on a dark cave wall a tale of great conquest or success on a hunt, man has strived to write. Great men and great novelists like John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and Jack London wrote stories to share experiences, […]

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The Essential Adventure Library: 50 Non-fiction Adventure Books

by Chris

Following up on our recent look into the world of fictional adventure literature, we now turn to the true life tales of exploration, adventure, and survival against all odds that have inspired countless readers for generations. Unlike their fictional counterparts, these riveting tales of conquests and ill fated journeys are completely true, and stand as […]

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The Essential Man’s Library: 50 Fictional Adventure Books Edition

by Chris

Nothing speaks to the heart of man like a good tale of adventure. Whether in the form of a bedtime story read to young boys or a nail biting page turner that keeps you up at night, the adventure story is one genre of literature that stays with you for a lifetime. The very mention […]

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Discovering a Lost Genre: Safari Stories

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This post is from Chris Hutcheson, a former guest writer, and now official Art of Manliness contributor. His friend, Josh Parchman, helped research this article. Thanks Josh. Welcome Hutch! The site is even manlier with you on board. “Nowhere on earth (and possibly space either) can the senses as well as the emotions […]

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The Best and Worst Magazines for Men

by Brett & Kate McKay

One of the reasons I started the Art of Manliness website was because of the dearth of quality men’s magazines out there. None of them really took the idea of manliness and what it meant to be a man seriously, and they were filled with the same, tired articles on how to bed the ladies […]

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100 Must-Read Books: The Essential Man’s Library

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay Photo by the nonist There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your life. We can all look back on the books that have shaped our perspective on politics, religion, money, and love. Some will even become a […]

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