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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

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A book I plan on reccomending my sons

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.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Eye Opening Introspective Look

Jack has written one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. Chapter 13 especially made me realize how society uses men and seeks to replicate pseudo masculine activities in an effort to placate men to get them to do it's bidding. I look forward to reading another book by Jack Donovan, Becoming A Barbarian, which was not available on Audible at the time this review was written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Unfortunately, quite understandable

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Brookyln, NY, United States
  • 05-05-15

A must read for all men

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.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

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A much needed book for a separated veteran

Listen to this book, if you have served and are struggling in finding your meaning after serv8ce this book will spark something inside you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Bible of masculine resurgence

Today masculinity is often viewed as "toxic" with that ridiculous viewpoint has grown opposition. This book proves that there are still real men out there willing to stand up to this wave of filth that we are facing.

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Interesting, but simplistic

The book has some interesting concepts for consideration, but there is a marked lack of depth in terms of practicality.

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Blow your Brains out!!!!

I was assigned by one of the presidents of the Motorcycle Club that I am prospecting for to read this. I started the book off with a mindset of... let me just get this task done so that I can appease him. After the first two chapters I found myself intrigued, addicted, blown away by the morals and values of what Jack Donovan was preaching.

I'm looking forward to getting started on his next book

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A great amoral look at masculinity from the roots

If you could sum up The Way of Men in three words, what would they be?

Direct. Practical. Colorless.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Alexander
  • levittoewn, PA, United States
  • 07-03-15

If it wasn't for the glitches it would have gotten 5 stars

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.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-20-17

A great book

A very, very good book and well worth a read, you will learn lots and it will motivate you. However it spends alot of time just telling you to establish a tribe or 'gang' of good mates in alot of different ways. It's good to hear it in the author's own voice and I smashed it out in two days, I also loved chapter 13, it really sent shivers down my spine!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • wulfgar
  • 10-06-15

every man

I wish I had this book when I was 15. I must read for any true man.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward Corby
  • 09-28-16

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • M
  • 03-18-17

The Jock Manefesto

A terrible book! Tribal nonsense, with a narrow and exclusive view of masculinity that borders on condoning bullying.

I was looking for an intelligent critique of manhood for the modern world and found ultra right wing propaganda, that sounded like survivalist indoctrination.

Do not waste your money.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • LondonUtd
  • 01-29-18

Close, but outdated.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Strength, courage, mastery and honour: I completely agree that these are attributes that modern men aspire to, but the perspective on these is fairly outdated. Although I would change strength for power, these are all generally attributes that are important to develop independence and self sufficiency. It is at this point I have mixed feelings on the overall message of the book: yes, modern men do need to think about and develop these as they develop, BUT no, in modern western society being able to compete is a universal need not just a male one. Women need these attributes as well as men; these are a selection of important attributes for becoming a functional adult and in becoming men (as adult males).

Worth a listen to reflect on the importance of self sufficiency and what it means in the modern world, however it's worth doing so with the understanding that whether your talking about ancient Rome, the Seventeenth century, or even the early 20th century; gender roles have shifted hugely especially economically.


TL:DR - Strength, courage, mastery and honour are all important in competition, but competition is no longer specific to men. However, these are useful concepts for many men to think of and develop.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Donovan? Why or why not?

Possibly, it would be interesting to see if he is maintains his perspectives over time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Donovan’s performances?

Jack Donovan's reading was decent, but the editing was very choppy in places which definitely was an injustice to Donovan's reading.

Do you think The Way of Men needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Does it need a follow up? Not inherently, but any extra works helping men develop healthy masculinity is positive.

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  • Richard Acquaye
  • 12-28-17

Words from an father or uncle I wish I had

If you could sum up The Way of Men in three words, what would they be?

Retrospective, reassuring and aspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the contrast between men of old to men in this day and age. Jack describes man's need for skill mastery and strength in order to attain social standing. He also explains the need for male company, camaraderie and team work.

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, I have my dad and uncles in my life but I haven't felt they've been rolemodels to pull me aside and grant manly wisdom. Though I've sought their guidance, most times i'm given generic anecdotes or no answer at all which leaves the women to raise the most of me.

But I digress... I recommend this book to any boy approaching adulthood or any man deemed as a "nice guy".

My only gripe with this audiobook is when Jack always says "Quote" when referring to a quotation.

In my opinion i'd prefer

"As the saying goes: {quotation}. {author, year}" or "{author} once said, {quotation}"

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  • S12345
  • 05-06-17

For Modern Man

Understand Psychology Behind Men In Their Truest Nature. To Survive This System. Peace. Love. Light.

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  • Ross
  • 01-27-17

Love it or hate it

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only specific friends. This book is not for everyone.

Could you see The Way of Men being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

The audio kept breaking up. Audible needs to sort this out.Disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-16-17

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  • Grant Cowan
  • 11-21-17

Poor recording

This is a poor recording, skipping all over the place cutting out words making it frustrating to listen to.
How about you pay a professional reader to read your book. Also pay for a professional recording. it sounds like your recording this on your phone.
I'm not angry at you, just disappointed.

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  • Neil
  • 01-03-17

Amazing observation on PC culture<br />

At first Jack's narration threw me off a little as he was getting into the rythm of the book but eventually i grew to enjoy it and this book is exceptional!!! i implore anyone who is seeking an explanation and direction in this PC and feminized world of too much red tape and male isolation. I am a fan.

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  • Sean James Finn
  • 08-11-16

Awesome

Purely inspiring, everyman should read this book. Reclaim your right to be a man, now.

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  • Lobby
  • 10-07-17

Painful!

The most painful book I've ever listened to. Made 56 min by the skin of my teeth. If you want some baseless information on how to be a man this is the book for you. There's no facts in this just the thoughts that are coming to his head while he strokes himself

0 of 1 people found this review helpful