The Manly Reading List

When I began venturing from The Well Educated Mind reading list, I found this great book list at The Art of Manliness.  If you click on the link below, you will see the gorgeous book covers for the suggested titles.  Some of these I have already read, some are on TWEM list, and other are on my TBR list.  A few I have never heard of, but I thought I would like to use this list as part of my great book study to the classical education I never had.  There is no time limit to complete it, so here I go...

100 Must Read Books: The Essential Man's Library 
from The Art of Manliness

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Prince - Machiavelli
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
1984 - George Orwell
The Republic – Plato (quit after 100 pages)
Brother’s Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
The Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Hemingway
The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
Brave New World – Huxley (read)
Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt – Edmund Morris
Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss
Dharma Bums – Jack Kerouac
The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller (I tried...)
Walden – Thoreau 
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
Bluebeard – Kurt Vonnegut
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Another Roadside Attraction – Tom Robbins
White Noise – Don Delillo
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Young Man’s Guide – William Alcott
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West – Cormac McCarthy
Seek: Report from the Edges of America and Beyond – Denis Johnson
Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky
Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry
The Art of Warfare – Sun Tzu
Don Quixote – Cervantes
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
The Divine Comedy – Dante
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Rough Riders – Teddy Roosevelt
East of Eden – Steinbeck
Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes
The Thin Red Line – James Jones
The Politics – Aristotle
First Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand
Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
The Crisis – Winston Churchill
The Naked and The Dead – Norman Mailer
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Animal Farm – Orwell (read)
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Beyond Good and Evil – Freidrich Nietzsche
The Federalist Papers – Hamilton, Jay, Madison (read some)
Moby Dick – Melville
Essential Manners for Men – Peter Post
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Hamlet – Shakespeare
The Boys of Summer – Roger Kahn
A Separate Peace – John Knowles
A Farewell to Arms – Hemingway
The Stranger – Camus
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Dafoe
The Pearl – Steinbeck (read)
On the Road – Jack Kerouac
TreasureIsland – Stevenson
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
The Great Railway Bazaar – Paul Theroux
Fear and Trembling – Soren Kierkegaard
Undaunted Courage – Stephen Ambrose
Paradise Lost – John Milton
Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
American Boys’ Handy Book
Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
A River Runs Through It – Norman F. Maclean
The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
Theodore Rex – Edmund Morris
The Count of Monte Cristo – Dumas (attempted and quit)
All Quiet of the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque 
The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
The Strenuous Life – Theodore Roosevelt
The Bible (always reading)
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (read)
The Dangerous Book for Boys – Conn and Hal Igguiden
The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
TheHistories – Herodotus
From Here to Eternity – James Jones
The Frontier in American History – Frederick Jackson Turner
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig (read)
Self Reliance – Emerson (read)


Unknown said...

This is such an intriguing concept that I do not think I can resist the challenge. Let me think about it for a while. I will let you about my decision either here or via my own blog -- Beyond Eastrod.

Ruth said...

Oh, great! There are some awesome titles on the list.

Carol Apple said...

Wonderful list. Most of the men I know could really stand to read more books. So I think I will need to share this post. I counted the ones I had read as I scanned down the list. Thirty two. Not nearly enough. But three of them are upcoming on my "Must Read in 2015" list: Fear and Trembling, Paradise Lost, and A Confederacy of Dunces. But the way, a good friend of mine, who is male, loves that website The Art of Manliness. I am about to ask my son, age 18, if he has checked it out yet.

Ruth said...

I should share it w/ my husband. I doubt he would follow it, but it may inspire him to read some of them. It is a great website!

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