14 Manliest Books of All Time

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Yes, men do read — and most like it.

Below is a list of books that will ensure the man cave shelves are covered in literature that is worthy of any man cave. No, this is not a list of the greatest, most enlightening books every man should own or have read based on specific criteria — i.e. before he is 30 — it is simply a list of books for his man cave.

14 Manliest Books of All Time:

1. How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy, by John Bridges

Because sometimes the unspoken rules of refinement and chivalry get blurred. This book has the answers.

2. How’s Your Drink?: Cocktails, Culture, and the Art of Drinking Well, by Eric Felton

Because drinking isn’t just something you do with your best friends while watching football — it’s a fine art that takes finesse.

3. The Odyssey, by Homer

This poem is literature’s grandest evocation of every man’s journey through life.

4. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Nothing is more patriotic, therefore manly, than a book about the founding of America; especially one about the spies who aided in the founding of America.

5. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry

What list of manly books would be complete without a Western in its collection? McMurtry’s prose is as sparse and expansive as the landscape he describes.

6. Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh

Yes, the movie is a cult classic — but the book is wider in scope, funnier, and even more ruthless.

7. Mission at Nuremberg, by Tim Townsend

How would you feel about praying for the souls of dying Nazi war criminals? If you want to answer that while giving your moral compass a thrill ride, give this a read.

8. The Bonfire Of The Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

This book should act as a vivid reminder that every man is but one mistake away from ruin. Enjoy!

9. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

If nothing else, Holden Caufield should serve as a point of reference for the angst and cynicism that every young man once had, or ideally never had.

10. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

One man’s obsession with catching the infamous White Whale is really a metaphor for something entirely different. You’ve got to read the book to find out.

11. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

This is what happens when a group of young boys find themselves stranded on a tropical island. Let your girlfriend read The Hunger Games; this book is for you.

12. The Professional, by W.C. Heinz

Hemingway called this book, “the only good novel about a fighter that I’ve ever read.” So there you go, one sports book on the list.

13. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Manliness isn’t just about adventure stories and detectives. But it should be.

14. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

The original self-help book. Even though it was originally published in 1936, it still has plenty of lessons for getting on in life.