Every books list from Ryan Holy

Books To Base Your Life on

Books to Base Your Life On

  1. The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    1.  The Inner Citadel Pierre Hadot
    2. Philosophy as a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot
  2. Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
    1. the essays in On the Shortness of Life are excellent as well
    2. also read: How To Live, a biography of Montaigne
    3. read: The Black Swan, Fooled By Randomness and The Bed of Procrustes).
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
    1. His other two books on the topic, Will To Meaning 
    2. and Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning have gems in them as well.
  4. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
    1. If you want a simpler entry point, start with The 50th Law, which I was the researcher for.
  5. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (Truly life-changing)
    1. I cannot speak highly enough of What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
    2. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    3. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

War/Strategy Books

  1. Rules for Radicals and
  2. Reveille for Radicals Saul D. Alinsky
  3. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
  4. Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American by BH Liddell Hart (I think William T. Sherman is one of the greatest strategists who ever lived)
  5. 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
  6. The Strategy Paradox by Raynor
  7. Machiavelli’s The Prince
  8. Von Clausewitz’ On War

Evolutionary Psychology

  1. The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
    1. a similar read is Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters
  2. Sex on the Brain by Deborah Blum
  3. Sperm Wars by Robin Baker
  4. The Game by Neil Strauss
  5. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  6. The Evolution of Desire by David Buss
  7. Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every Student
  8. The Origins of Virtue by Matt Ridley

The Internet

  1. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations — Clay Shirky
  2. Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization* — John Robb
  3. The Pirates Dilemma–Matt Mason
  4. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto — Jaron Lanier
  5. The New New Thing–Michael Lewis
  6. The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom — Evgeny Morozov
  7. Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age–Paul Graham (or you can read his essays here)
  8. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything–Don Tapscott
  9. The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source–Eric S Raymond

Biographies

  1. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
  2. and The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    1. My Life and Battles by Jack Johnson
  3. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  4. Wouldn’t it Be Nice by Brian Wilson
  5. William Seabrook, Asylum: An Alcoholic Takes the Cure and No Hiding Place

43 Books About War Every Man Should Read

  1. The Persian Expedition by Xenophon
  2. Greek Tragedy by Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles
  3. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  4. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
  5. The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece by Victor Davis Hanson
  6. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  7. The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian
  8. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
  9. The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
  10. Napoleon: A Life by Paul Johnson
  11. On War by Carl von Clausewitz
  12. The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo by Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy
  13. Civil War Stories by Ambrose Bierce
  14. Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters by Ulysses S. Grant
  15. Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American by B.H. Liddell Hart
  16. Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  17. Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure by William Pittenger
  18. Incidents and Anecdotes of the Civil War by Admiral David Porter
  19. The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote
  20. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  21. Company K by William March
  22. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence
  23. The Liberator by Alex Kershaw
  24. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E.B. Sledge
  25. Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific by Robert Leckie
  26. Losing the War by Lee Sandlin
  27. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin: A Novel by Louis de Bernieres
  28. Knight’s Cross: A Life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel by David Fraser
  29. American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coram
  30. What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes
  31. A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo
  32. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
  33. Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile
  34. My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd
  35. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
  36. The Heart and the Fist: The education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens
  37. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
  38. Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization by John Robb
  39. The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
  40. The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost by Victor Davis Hanson
  41. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  42. WAR by Sebastian Junger
  43. Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

24 Books You’ve Probably Never Heard Of But Will Change Your Life

  1. Cyropaedia (a more accessible translation can be found in Xenophon’s Cyrus The Great: The Arts of Leadership and War)
  2. The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave by Publius Syrus
  3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  4. The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari
  5. The Man Without a Country by Edward E. Hale
  6. 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
    1. This book is just as good as Frederick Douglass’ memoir
  7. Civil War Stories by Ambrose Bierce
  8. Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George Devol
  9. Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  10. Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son by George Horace Lorimer
  11. My Life and Battles by Jack Johnson
  12. Company K by William March
  13. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  14. Asylum: An Alcoholic Takes the Cure by William Seabrook
  15. Ask the Dust by John Fante
  16. Why Don’t We Learn from History? and Strategy by BH Liddell Hart
  17. The Crack Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  18. On the Rock: Twenty Five Years in Alcatraz by Alvin Karpis
  19. Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
  20. The Harder They Fall by Budd Schulberg
  21. Losing the War by Lee Sandlin
  22. The Measure of My Days by Florida Scott Maxwell
  23. The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ and Other Essays by Jay Haley
  24. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

24 Books To Hone Your Strategic Mind

  1. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

  2. Rules for Radicals,

  3. Reveille for Radicals by Saul Alinsky

  4. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro

  5. The 33 Strategies of War,

  6. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

  7. How To Profit By One’s Enemies by Plutarch

  8. The Works of BH Liddell Hart

    1. Strategy
    2. Why Don’t We Learn From History
    3. William T. Sherman
  9. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram

  10. The Book of Five Rings by Musashi

  11. The Prince by Machiavelli

  12. The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads to Failure (And What to do About It) by Michael Raynor

  13. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson

  14. Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate — The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff

  15. Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Frank Luntz

  16. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

  17. The Art of War by Sun-Tzu

  18. On War by Carl Von Clausewitz

  19. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard B. Thaler & Cass R. Sunstein

  20. Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Past 25 Years by Paul B. Carroll & Chunka Mui

  21. The Big Con: The Story of Confidence Men, Whiz Mob: A Correlation of the Technical Argot of Pickpockets with Their Behavior Pattern by David W. Maurer

  22. The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

  23. The Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant

  24. Williams T. Sherman

25 Recommendations For Life Changing Biographies For The Voracious Reader In You

  1. Plutarch’s Lives Volumes One & Two by Plutarch
  2. The Power Broker by Robert Caro
  3. Socrates: A Man For Our Times, Napoleon: A Life,
  4. and Churchill by Paul Johnson
  5. Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
  6. All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro
  7. Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
  8. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
  9. Edison: A Biography by Matthew Josephson
  10. Eleanor Roosevelt Volume One and Volume Two by Blanche Weisen Cook
  11. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen
  12. Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O’Malley Greenburg
  13. No Hiding Place: An Autobiography
  14. & Asylum: An Alcoholic Takes the Cure by William Seabrook
  15. Cyropaedia (a more accessible translation can be found in Xenophon’s Cyrus The Great: The Arts of Leadership and War) by Xenophon
  16. Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American by B.H. Liddell Hart
  17. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
  18. The Kid Stays In The Picture: A Notorious Life by Robert Evans
  19. My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass
  20. Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs and Selected Letters by Ulysses S. Grant
  21. Knight’s Cross: A Life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel by David Fraser
  22. Hurricane: The Life of Rubin Carter, Fighter by James S. Hirsch
  23. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr. by Ron Chernow
  24. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X, Alex Haley
  25. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
  26. & Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  27. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  28. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacsonx
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