What is masculinity? Ask 10 men, and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world. If you've ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you.
©2012 Jack Donovan (P)2015 Jack Donovan
Where to start? An amazing book which makes you understand yourself as a man better, and how we fit into this world.
It addresses and answers so many questions a man goes through life asking himself. What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a good man? What does it mean to be good at BEING a man?
Most importantly. This book talks about what sort of lifestyle/society humanity had come from, and the dark direction we are going towards. It does get a bit dark towards the later chapters, but all throughout it is attention grabbing and interesting book.
It talks about topics of survival, masculinity, femininity, strength, courage, mastery, honor, society amongst many.
Chapter 13 was the one that hit home the hardest, look forward to it.
Give it a try, it was really a great book which I plan on letting my sons read. It will help you understand yourself better, what more could you ask for, for a mere 15 bucks?
Only reason for 4/5 Performance is that a small portion of the book, had choppy recorded audio and skipped. But it went away as book progressed. The book is narrated by the author, which conveys the information smoothly.
Some related books one might also read after this: No More Mr Nice Guy By Robert Glover and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
Age 30, love history. Mostly war stuff.
Neat topics.. Brings light to how caged up, softened and feminized men are becoming. Poor audio quality though.
It's a great reminder of why "people" want to change your world, because ultimately they just want to make it theirs........ Great book, well written with current examples in the world around us. Right after listening to this book we were in Traverse City, MI and ran into a winery named bonobo after the chimps bc of their style of resolving conflict. I almost died laughing when the lady was explaining it to me, bc she didn't know that it was a free love society where the females were together too. She was not so happy about the name afterwards..
Direct. Practical. Colorless.
The narration was done by the author so I give it points for that. I like to hear from the author when possible and Jack Donovan is very clear yet a bit gritty and tough sounding so it worked. However, it was slower than I preferred, yet that may be due to the writing style as well; shorter sentences with bold and direct phrases.
The chapter on Honor was just excellent! There were several points in the book where I though, "Hell yeah...this guy gets it!" I didn't always agree with the evolutionary comparison between men and chimps but it served to get the point across. There are a lot of funny phrases in the book as well and Donovan delivers them with the kind of dry humor most guys really get.
For a society that has lost much of what raw, innate masculinity looks like, this book really helps. Donovan strips away any moral conjectures we tend to start from or surround manliness with and goes straight to how men function when our backs are against the wall and we need each other to survive. For a Christian, such as myself, this is a refreshing point of view as I typically hear about manliness in the higher ethics and moral discussions. However, Donovan sets a foundation for how and why men respond, see, compare, work for, and honor, each other, essentially saying it is built-in and it is for survival. He also does a good job of building the case for manliness while calling out the lunacy of our modern efforts to find alternatives to the survival gang or living as men: porn, gaming, sports, work, etc. He does this in a humorous and direct way. Phrases like "The Noble Masturbation Society" are just hilarious, but the kind of funny that is both true and crude...the kind of humor men enjoy most.All in all it was a good book, but stops short of answering a lot of the questions modern day men have about being a man. I know that was not the intent and perhaps The Way of Men is really The Way of Men: Part 1. For what it is though, it is a good read that should get men engaged in a discussion about how to hold onto the raw masculinity while growing in the higher ethics\morals as well.
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The way of men is an extremely well written and researched work, which primary concerns the problems facing the man in this modern age. It fully answers the question "what is a man?" and " what is masculinity at it's core?". The work is extremely thought provoking as well as entertaining. The narration is spot on mostly because it was done by the author himself, so there is almost no way to hit the exact tons better. Over all I think this is a must buy for all men and that any man would benefit from its reading.
The reading was pretty cool and native, like performance poetry, obviously spoken as the author and narrator wanted it to be.
It is confronting material and perhaps a bitter pill but necessary.
we are drowning in pc crap, feminization of men and soggy soppy public policy that rewards weakness.
its worth the read or listen and then some if for no other reason than that it exists like a beacon in a dark night. agree or not, I recommend it...
This book brings light to s subject that has long been neglected of downright attacked by several generations. This book is a must read (or listen in this case) for anyone with boys, who works in a team environ or with mostly men. I even think women would benefit from this book as it address natural order at its finest. It's not coating masculinity with gender, equality, moral or religious beliefs. It's taking it from across the board.
The audio quality was top notch and having jack read it himself added a personal that's refreshing! 5/5 review here.
As a female with a nurturing side I rebel at the presentation, but as a philosopher that studies innate natures this was quite enlightening. I thank Donovan for saying it as plainly and intelligently as he did. Good job.
An eclectic mess: bibliophile, bushcrafter, archer, former infantryman, loather of statism and stupidity, not to be trusted around chocolate
The "tactical virtues" STRENGTH, COURAGE, MASTERY and HONOR are clearly described. And their value - though obvious to to those in the path- are laid out in a way that allows even the most uninformed weakling to make a different choice and embrace STRENGTH!!!!
Read. This. Book.
There are a bunch of glitches or possibly editing that's not done well in the beginning and a little more though out the rest of the boom here and there. A little annoying but not unbearable. Over all a great book! I plan to pick up multiple copies to give out to friend and family for birthdays and other gifts.
I wish I had this book when I was 15. I must read for any true man.
"A must read for any man feeling lost"
Jack Donovan strips masculinity down to it's raw elements and clearly explains what makes us men. He explains where masculine ideals come from and what they mean in modern society and in a civic sense.
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