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One of the best places to gain skills and knowledge about a variety of topics has to be books. There are fiction books that allow us to escape from reality and enter a whole new world. There are nonfiction books that teach us things about ourselves we never knew were important. Overall reading is an important part of any man’s well being. Here is a list of our 5 books every man must read.

1. Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a classic book on social skills and forming lasting relationships with others. It teaches you the importance of being agreeable and basics like using peoples names when interacting with them. Now I don’t know if I necessarily agree with the “win friends” part of the book, because I don’t want friends that I have to cater towards their egos all the time. But, for a work environment or a sales environment this is must have that has been ingrained in our society as a timeless classic.

2. Robert B. Cialdini – Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion is another book in the same vein that is vital for any sales professional but will also help every man in their life. Whether you are trying to market something yourself or avoid tricky marketing tactics, this book has the core psychology principles inside to help. My favorite principle that the book discusses is the Reciprocation. I use this in my everyday life, “let me help you with that” knowing full well I am going to ask them for a favor later. The other way I use it is by asking people to “do me a favor and help me with this” when it is something small and unobstructive that I know they can help with. If you know someone that is looking to do a better job at understanding the marketing around them, this should be at the top of their list for books ever man must read.

3. Chuck Palahniuk – Fight Club

The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. Every male teenager had at least heard of the film adaptation of this adrenaline filled masterpiece featuring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. The book really drives home the underlying theme of emasculation of men in today’s society and gives words to feelings that a lot of people have but don’t realize. Now obviously it is a fiction book and forming an underground fight ring is insane but, creating a space to join other men in challenging each other to be better really isn’t.

4. Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram

The great part about Shantaram is its a coming of age story without having to deal with the classic tropes of a teenage novella. I actually picked up Shantaram originally about 13 years ago by chance. Standing in a book store, I was killing time waiting for my girlfriend when the book caught my eye. I read the intro and was hooked after “escaped from jail and fled to India” Its a book I often gift to others as one of the best fiction books I have ever read. Also, it apparently is being made into a series by Apple which is exciting.

5. Henry David Thoreau – Walden

With more men embracing the outdoors and looking to live a simpler life, Walden is a story many embrace. Walden is a story of self-reliance and the importance of hard work. It comes as no surprise being penned by one of the most famous Transcendentalists of all time. I have noticed a strong resurgance of the themes within Walden on Youtube of all places. Channels like “Primitive Technology” and “Mr.Chickadee” embrace the simplicity of hard work and being self-reliant. They prove that more people are chasing after this ideal with their growing view count. So if you are looking for story about the art of simplicity, Walden will satisfy that itch.

So there you have it. The list of our top 5 books that every man must read. We made sure to include some fiction and non-fiction in there for readers of every sort.

Do you have any other good book recommendations? Let us know in the comments down below!