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Every man is born with just one thing: his sovereignty - his power to respond to his environment and his circumstances. Unfortunately, most men have spent much of their lives giving away that sovereignty. Every time a man passes blame or shirks his responsibility, every time he makes excuses for his performance, and every time he trades his unlimited potential for a little perceived safety and security, he willingly submits himself to the mercy of others.

Is it any wonder that men, in general, seem to have lost their way? You don't have to look very far to recognize that men don't seem to possess the same amount of vigor and purpose they once did. Take one sobering statistic - the rate of suicide in men - and you begin to see how damaging the effects of the voluntary subjugation of men to their families, their businesses, and their governments can be.

It's not hard to understand why we give up control to others - it's easy and we're expected to. Sovereignty: The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Men is a call for men to once again rise up and establish themselves as they once were - a revolution if you will.

Inside this book, we'll uncover the battle each man will inevitably engage in, the external forces fighting against the call to masculinity, and the internal struggle all men must overcome.

But make no mistake, this revolution is not a call for men to go their own way and rally against society. It's a call for men to become fully the men they are meant to be so they may more adequately take care of themselves and those they are responsible for. Men have always been expected to protect, provide, and preside over themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities.

©2018 Ryan Michler (P)2018 Ryan Michler

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Good, but not the best book on manliness

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The overall message was good. A lot of good quotes, and a good summary of what "being a man" should be. Its great to have more people fighting back against the current efforts to neutrilize masculinity by culture today. I especially liked the end where he gave concrete ways to put the plans into action.

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Alot of the calls to actions are straw man arguments. ie "Whoever doesn't do this stuff should put the blinders back on and go back to being sheep".

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Swing and a miss

I purchased this book based on a recommendation from a friend, who sold it to me as “What it is to be a man.” Interesting, I thought. I remember the speech my grandfather gave me when I was maybe only twelve years old on chivalry, etiquette, table manners, and how to shake a hand. I had so much hope that the book would similarly address a specific ethos or code for young men to aspire to; something that has traditionally been passed on by fathers, father figures, coaches, teachers, mentors and other strong role models for ages. I was hoping for a modern update to the education I received from my grandfather, my father, my step father- this is definitely not that.

The overwhelming impression I got from the first couple hours of this book was infomercial. While I don’t think he narration provided by Michler is terrible, he speaks with the cadence and tone of the “up-seller” we try to avoid while shopping. Strike one.

He gives examples of men driving minivans with loud kids and nagging wives who have essentially “given up their sovereignty” (my only assumption is that is his target audience) followed by snapshots of his life now that he’s regained his sovereignty. Basically, Michler is showing you the before and after Polaroid for OxyClean but with masculinity. Strike two.

Lastly, this book strikes such a causal tone, he could have added “Bro”, “Dude” and “Buddy” with a relatively short interval and you wouldn’t have noticed.

“Dude, she almost divorced me. But I made up my mind and changed myself. And you can too Bro. Now I’m married with a beautiful family and successful financial business. You got this, Buddy.”

He builds up with his past stories of battles at home and at work, citing a failing marriage, his family torn apart, and a failing career. The stories are honest but Michler makes the jumps so quickly from telling you about his problems to giving you his “solution” (spoiler alert: you’re in charge of you’re own actions- that’s basically it) that it really does not connect with me at all. He tries to make it relatable but for me, it just fails miserably. Strike three.

I do think Michler did a good good job of keeping this away from being chauvinistic. Respect remains a key concept even when acknowledging gender roles accepted by most as traditional (but not set in stone). Sovereignty seems like a forced term for a concept of self responsibility and ownership.

Michler’s honest portrayal of his experiences adds a measure of authenticity. His stories about his experience in the military speak to his honor, training and drive. Maybe this book just wasn’t written for me- I’m 32, happily married with a son on the way and have worked the better part of a decade as a Firefighter and Paramedic.
Maybe I was lucky and grandpa taught me the right things and the right age, learned early on to do the right thing, learned to own my own actions, and that integrity is above all else. Or maybe I just haven’t lost my sovereignty yet. Either way, for me, this book just struck out.

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Sovereign Thoughts

A little more wordy than it needs to be, could be more concise. I know of some books that keep values more concise and memorable. however appendix materials are excellent

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My new code

Great book to motivate you to make stronger decisions about who you are and how you would like to carry yourself.

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Backed by no science

Book backed by no science and slightly reaching toward old stereotypes of men and women

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Spectacular!!!

If you’re looking for a book that’s no fluff and full of actionable steps, this is the book for you! After hearing Ryan speak at an event, I knew this book was for me! I purchased the audio version for myself and the physical version for my cousin/best friend! POWERFUL!!! You will NOT be disappointed!!!

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dollar store version of Jocko

Feels like a weak version of Jocko Willink. Talks about the Dichotomy of Ownership (Dichotomy of Leadership and Extreme Ownership) and the last section of the book is a summary of The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran. Just feels like somebody who takes ideas from others and then tried to compile them while acting like it's a unique thing.

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Hard to get passed the masogyny

Some decent content about taking control of your life in here if you mentally filter out his prevailing tone that men can have this control because they are men instead of because they are human.

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a good book but not a good audiobook

I bought this because I'm a follower of the Order of man and wanted to find out more about Ryan himself. As he does on podcast, the content of this book is good too. But the problem is it's "listenability", I don't know if that's a word though, which means the content is pretty hard to grasp unless you're fully focusing on it. Maybe it's just me, but his narration sounds too aggressive. Probably needs some pause and relax.

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Good listen.

Great points made, but a little repetitive and the fluctuations in readers tone made it hard to listen to. That being said, I still enjoyed the overall message.

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  • BarefootRonin
  • 04-21-21

A little 'intense' and very American

I got this after watching the author being interviewed on YouTube because he seemed like a cool guy. However, and I accept it could be that I'm not manly enough or too liberal etc but I could only get about 45 mins in before I gave up. I guess it's not for me. I see where the author is coming from and it may very well be helpful to many a man, especially if they are feeling lost or something in their life is broken. However, if you already feel comfortable with who you are and don't aspire to think you need to man-up then do as the author says and "Give away all of your power and put the book down".

Why? Because it was just a little gung-ho and be a manly-man for me. I will not be unfair and suggest it is toxic masculinity etc because I don't think it is. It is a different view of being a man to the one I have and just a little bit 'American' and chest thumpy for this UK mind. I'm far more inspired by David Goggins and Jocko Willink but that could be because I don't lack confidence in who I am... Perhaps that is the difference.

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  • sin sin minkin
  • 08-27-20

Some wisdom...but

This is full of second-hand wisdom. I'm grateful that Ryan Michler pulled it together, but apart from the military tactics, I've heard it better said by Stoicism commentators.

Keep pushing, brothers and sisters.

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  • Ahmed Abba Aji
  • 03-24-22

Tried and True words rewritten for our times

I say “tried and true rewritten” not to disparage, but to underscore the importance and value of what this book has to offer.

It equips you with the mindset needed to learn to instruct yourself on how to live as man.

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  • yusuf
  • 11-01-21

Great!

For people who want to buy this to read along with the book, I can confirm it’s 100% word for word as written in the book.

As for the book. It was great.

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  • H L Noble
  • 07-01-21

God love Team America

Good production, nice sentiments but o so THE US of Awesomeness. Needs to tone down the Amercianize. Super gung oh and I think a spell in the Seals would help swallow it down.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-21

Grateful Thanks Ryan

Excellent, hard truth, no crap. I found this book hard to get thru because it showed me how I was lying to myself about my life. Have to lissen to this book over and over again: good advise from a wise, humble man who s figured it out.

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  • Stephen Pearson
  • 07-22-20

A must for all

Listened to this twice back to back. Great message in this book. Will give this to my children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-20

Recycling information

If you've read or listened to any self-help books in the last 10 years, especially former military authors, a lot of information is already known. However, reciting valuable lessons from the past is certainly powerful. Les we forget the most important ones. Though, certain points don't need elaboration and Ryan tends to keep dragging on certain lessons and their implications in life. I wanted to skip those parts badly.

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  • Ben Connolly
  • 03-07-20

Finally...

Finally a well-written, actionable resource for men to truly become who they need to be. Thank you Ryan.

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  • Lloyd
  • 08-04-19

Inspiring read, humble, authentic

I had only listened to a few of the author's podcasts when I decided to download this, but I really didn't regret it.
I had the thought that what right did the author have to comment as an authority on how men should live their lives. The answer I was given was that Ryan is a living breathing example of what he preaches and lives it daily. I found the book truly inspiring and motivating.
His is a message that is very rare in today's time but so essential - that men take on responsibility for their own lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-18

No bullshit motivation

Fantastic direct to the point life changer. Have been a huge order of man and Ryan Michler fan for some time now. Just completed and about to hit play for another go round. Great work Ryan

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  • Rohan Merry
  • 03-02-18

If you are a man read this book

I love this book because it teaches men that we all have tough circumstances however we must take responsibility for what life throws our way.
We need to all work on our daily habits and have the strength to be the men we are supposed to be.

No more wallowing around like victims work hard to provide for our family, keep strong and have integrity.

A wonderful book for men and even women that want to understand a man. I will be reading this with my son a chapter at a time so he gets the lessons.

Thank you Ryan men need more people like you and I am inspired by reading this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-21

Awesome.

A great book. Some really effective ways to honour yourself and become a better man ✊🏻✊🏻

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  • Shane
  • 09-19-21

amazing book..

one of the best books I've ever listened too..worth buying a hard copy ..great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-21

A Must For Men

this is such a powerful book every man needs to work through & implement.
thank you for all that you do

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  • Sod Oscarfono
  • 11-08-20

powerful

listened intently from start to finish on a bus trip from auckland to taupo. definitely a wake up call.

cheers Ryan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-20

this book is on point 👌

loved it so much I also brought the hard cover

thank you Ryan michler 🙌🤜🤛

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-19-19

inspiring.

Ryan is without a doubt super pursuasive in his words, this book inspired me to get off my ass and start seeking out a better version of myself. I've been a long time follower or Ryan's OOM and finally took the plunge and brought the book. No regret, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-02-19

Thank you Ryan

I have been listening to Ryan's work for over a year now and the book was just a good as I had hoped.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-19

Avoid this book

This book is very sad how to book. It was not worth the money I paid.