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• Last updated: September 26, 2021

Best of Art of Manliness 2015

Christmas Painting of Some peoples and a car in front of the house.

Well, another year here at the Art of Manliness is in the books. We’re taking a break from publishing until the new year so we can spend time with family and friends, as well as plan for 2016. While we’re gone, take a look at our round-up of the very best of the Art of Manliness in 2015.

Most Popular Posts Based on Traffic

January: WWII Workout Week: Posture Training

February: How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne

March: How to Survive a Dog Attack

April: The Art of Small Talk: 5 Questions Never to Ask

May: De-Quasimodo Yourself: 6 Exercises to Counteract Slouching

June: 36 Books Every Young and Wildly Ambitious Man Should Read

July: The Best Damn Guide to Men’s T-Shirts on the Internet

August: The Prisoner Workout: Killer Bodyweight Exercises for Small Spaces

September: 100 Skills Every Man Should Know

October: 9 Ways to Entertain Your Toddler Without Using a Smartphone

November: The Power of Conversation: A Lesson from CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien

December: What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation

Editors’ Picks

Of course traffic isn’t the only measure of the worth of an article. Here are some of our personal favorites from this year:

The Winston Churchill School of Adulthood (began in 2014, finished in 2015)

Via Negativa: Adding to Your Life By Subtracting

What a Man Can Learn From Viking Mythology Series

Strip or Retire: Why Every Man Should Have Skin in the Game

Leashing the Black Dog: A Series on Male Depression

The Sioux Guide to Manliness Series

Beware the Too Compelling Narrative

You’ve Got to Be a Man, Before You Can Be a Gentleman

A Primer on Nietzsche

Shadow Work and the Rise of Middle-Class Serfdom

On the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day, Eugene B. Sledge Puts Your First World Problems Into Perspective

Stop Hacking Your Life

Wants Vs. Likes

The 3 Families Every Young Man Needs to Grow Up Well

The Way of the Monastic Warrior: Lessons from Major Dick Winters

Get 1% Better Every Day: The Kaizen Way to Self-Improvement

A Series on Male Status


It’s been fun to watch the AoM Podcast come into its own this year. What started out as a little side project back in 2009, grew into a larger component of the site in 2015. We’re now publishing two podcasts a week and the podcast is consistently in the top 100 in the iTunes Store. This year I worked to improve the quality of both the audio and the interviews themselves, and I’ll continue to try to make the show better and better.

This year we had many great guests come on the podcast to talk about a variety of topics on how to become a better man. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lessons from a Navy SEAL on Resilience

Why Men Fight & Why We Like to Watch

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice

What Craftsmanship Can Teach Us About the Good Life

The Code of Man

Taking Action in an Uncertain and Hack-Focused World

Self-Discipline & Personal Effectiveness

Christianity, Masculinity, and Manly Maxims

Keep It Fake — On Inventing an Authentic Life

The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation

The Perils of OverSuccess

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I slowed down with the videos this year. Instead of putting out one new video a week, towards the end of the year it was more like once a month. I’ve only got so much time in the day and videos take a lot of time to produce, especially if you want them to be top notch. And well, I just don’t enjoy making them as much as I do creating articles and podcasts! We’ll continue to produce videos on AoM, it will just be from time to time. With that said, we did create some great vids on a wide variety of topics this past year. Here are our favorites:

Starting Strength Barbell Series with Mark Rippetoe

How to Plan Your Week

Keeping Confidences

What Is Honor?

A Man’s Code of Honor

Interview With WWII Veteran Frank Slane

Why Every Man Should Carry a Pocket Knife

How to End a Conversation

14 Red Flags of Dating

The Art of Manliness Store

We launched several new products in the AoM Store this year. Thanks to everyone who has bought something. Your purchases help support the content we produce on the Art of Manliness.

Strength & Honor PT Shorts

Gentleman Barbarian and Fight in the Shade Tees

Jack London’s Creed Poster

Teddy Roosevelt “Do What You Can” Print

A Thank You to Our Readers

As always, a big thank you goes out to our wonderful readers. We’ve been really humbled and touched by those of you who reached out this year to say thanks and to let us know how the Art of Manliness has helped you in your life. Thank you as well to everyone who has shared our articles with their friends and family, and told folks about the Art of Manliness. Thanks for spreading the good word of manliness around the world!

We’ve got some really exciting things planned for 2016 and we can’t wait to share them with you. In the meantime, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Stay Manly!

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