40 Ultimate Best Books For Men

Welcome to the world where books aren’t just an escape, but a journey into the depths of what it means to be a man in today’s world. Forget the digital distractions; this is about the power of pages, the thrill of adventure, and the lessons in every line.

I’ve handpicked 40 phenomenal books that every man should experience at least once. These aren’t just any books; they are the beacons that have guided me through life’s twists and turns.

Inspired by The Bald Brothers blog, these selections are more than just reads; they’re the tools for building a life worth living. Dive in, and let’s redefine what it means to be well-read.

“It’s one of the greatest hobbies any man can have and has the ability to not only take you into a different world, but it can enable you to keep learning.”

Why You Should Be Reading

Now my brother and I both try and read as much as possible.

It helps us relax, teaches us a bit of history, we learn new skills and it will increase our overall vocabulary.

From historical novels or science fiction books to self-improvement, finance books, or even war memoirs, there are so many various types of books we men can read that’ll deeply improve our lives.

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Here are our favorite picks for you to check out!

Here are our favorite picks for you to check out!

Top Pick #1
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari



This inspiring tale teaches you a step by step approach to live life with better balance, abundance, courage and happiness.

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Top Pick #2
The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer



Follow the incredible true story about Lawrence Anthony and his relationship with a herd of wild, out of control elephants.


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Top Pick #3
Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor



The book goes deeper into the story of Marcus Luttrell and how he somehow survived one of the deadliest battles in war.

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40 Books For Men

Below I have put together a list of our ultimate favorite books which we have read over the past few years.

These include books about self improvement, finance and fitness books, award winning novels, memoirs, and much more.

Whether you are already a big reader or just getting started, these are the list of books for men you need to check out.

Enjoy, and keep on reading!

1. The Power Of Now

Power Of NowImmerse yourself in ‘The Power of Now,’ a must-read for any man striving to master inner peace and mindfulness. This book, ideal for those interested in the best books for mental health,’ offers a unique perspective on accessing ‘The Now’—a concept vital in today’s fast-paced world.

It’s not just a guide; it’s a journey into the realms of self-awareness and tranquility, making it a perfect addition to any list of ‘books all men should read.’

Discover how to break free from the relentless stream of thoughts and learn lessons that redefine ‘top books for men.’ ‘The Power of Now’ isn’t just about escaping reality; it’s about transforming it.

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2. Lone Survivor

Lone Survivor Book

If you have seen the film but haven’t read the book, then you are really missing out.

The book goes deeper into the story of Marcus Luttrell and how he somehow survived one of the deadliest battles in war. You’ll struggle to put this book down, that’s how good it is.

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3. Screw It, Let’s Do It

Screw it lets do it

Sir Richard Branson, an embodiment of ‘Top Books for Men,’ inspires with ‘Screw It, Let’s Do It.’ His book is more than just a business manual; it’s a manifesto for the adventurous spirit in every man.

Branson’s approach to life and business resonates with ‘Books All Men Should Read,’ offering lessons that extend beyond the boardroom. In this book, he shares insights that are crucial for every ‘Best Books for Salesman’ list, reflecting on risk-taking, innovation, and personal growth. His journey also touches on themes of resilience and mental fortitude, aligning with ‘Best Books for Mental Health.’

Dive into Branson’s world, where business acumen meets a zest for life, making it a must-read for those crafting their own path in today’s dynamic world.

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4. Shantaram


One of the great novels written by man!

Shantaram is a novel based on the extraordinary life of author Gregory David Roberts, and involves his crazy escape from prison. Landing in Bombay, India. And somehow becoming one of the most respected members of the Bombay mafia.

It’s a large book, but you will be taken into an entire new world.

Definitely one of the best books I have ever read.

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5. Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad Poor Dad Book For Men

“Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki is a groundbreaking entry in the realm of personal finance and a cornerstone on any ‘Best Books for Men’ list. Its insights go beyond typical financial advice, delving into the psychology of wealth—a topic that resonates with anyone looking into ‘books all men should read.’

Kiyosaki’s approach to money management and investment is not just about wealth accumulation; it’s a blueprint for financial independence, making it a top contender among ‘best books for financial freedom.’ This book demystifies complex financial concepts, making it accessible to every man, whether you’re a seasoned investor or just starting to explore personal finance.

Kiyosaki’s narrative challenges conventional norms, turning the idea of a ‘normal’ financial path on its head, which is why it stands out in the genre of ‘top financial books for men.’ It’s a transformative read that empowers you to rethink how money works in your life, urging you to make it work for you, not against you.

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6. The Elephant Whisperer

The Elephant Whisperer

Follow the incredible true story about Lawrence Anthony and his relationship with a herd of wild, out of control elephants.

If you ever wondered about the spirituality of elephants, then you need to read this book!

In this book, Lawrence shares his experiences of taking in rogue elephants which no one wanted. He soon learns a lot from them, and has his life changed forever.

Definitely one for any nature lovers!

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7. Once We Were Brothers

Once We Were Brothers book

“We Were Brothers” offers a profound and emotionally gripping exploration of family, loyalty, and the human experience set against the harrowing backdrop of World War II. This novel is a poignant addition to the category of ‘best historical novels for men,’ delving deep into the struggles of a family torn apart by the tumultuous events of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

The story of the two brothers, finding themselves on opposite sides of the conflict, offers a unique perspective on the war, making it a compelling read for anyone interested in ‘top books for men.’ The narrative not only provides an immersive historical experience but also challenges the reader to contemplate the complexities of familial bonds and moral choices in times of war.

It’s a remarkable journey that blends historical learning with deeply personal storytelling.

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8. Unbroken


The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an American Olympic long-distance runner turned war hero, is a tale of unfathomable resilience and mental fortitude. His ordeal as a prisoner of war in Japanese waters, surviving a plane crash and enduring daily challenges to his mental toughness, offers a compelling narrative for anyone interested in ‘best books for men.’

This story isn’t just inspiring; it’s a testament to the human spirit’s capacity to overcome the most daunting adversities. It’s a powerful read that not only captivates but also educates, making it a standout in any collection of ‘top historical books for men.

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9. Long Walk To Freedom

Nelson Mandela Book

Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ is more than a memoir; it’s a monumental testament to the indomitable spirit of one of the world’s most influential leaders.

This book is a masterclass in resilience and leadership, offering profound insights into Mandela’s journey from his early years to his pivotal role in South Africa’s fight against apartheid. The story, so compelling that it inspired a major motion picture, is a beacon of inspiration, embodying the essence of true grit and the power of unwavering conviction.

It’s an essential read for anyone looking to understand the depth of determination and the strength of character required to change the course of history.

This book stands tall in the ‘best autobiographies for men’ category, resonating deeply with themes of courage, perseverance, and the relentless pursuit of justice.

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10. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Self Help Book for Males

This inspiring tale teaches you a step by step approach to live life with better balance, abundance, courage and happiness.

If you feel that your life is kind of stuck at the moment, and that you aren’t really fulfilling your potential, then this book is a must.

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11. Into The Wild

Into The Wild

Follow the true story of Chris McCandless, who decided to invent a totally new life for himself by living in the wild.

Chris goes out to ‘find himself’ and starts running into many troubles which nature seems to always have!

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12. The Clifton Chronicles

Clifton Chronicles

“The Clifton Chronicles, a remarkable seven-book series, is a monumental addition to the ‘Top Books for Men’ and ‘Best Books for Men’ categories.

As you journey through the life of a young boy from Bristol, the series not only captures the essence of the early 1900s but also weaves accurate historical details into its narrative.

This masterful blend of history and fiction makes it a compelling read for those seeking ‘Books All Men Should Read.’ The richly detailed saga is an exemplary choice for any reader looking to dive into a world where history comes alive, making it a standout series in any collection of ‘best historical novels for men.’

Its depth, character development, and historical accuracy make it a must-read, promising to leave a lasting impact on its readers.

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13. The Godfather

The Godfather

“The Godfather,” a timeless classic, is more than just a renowned story; it’s a cultural phenomenon and a pivotal inclusion in any list of ‘Top Books for Men.’

Its enduring relevance and gripping narrative make it a must-read, transcending beyond its famous film adaptation. This book is not just a story about crime and family; it’s a masterful exploration of power, loyalty, and the human condition.

It stands as a benchmark in the ‘Best Books for Men’ category, appealing to a wide audience and showcasing the depth and complexity of storytelling.

Whether you’re a fan of the films or new to the saga, reading ‘The Godfather’ is an experience you shouldn’t miss, cementing its place as a cornerstone in the realm of influential literature.

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14. The Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra

You have heard it before, right?

Just buy the damn book and keep it for life!

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15. My Booky Wook

Russel Brand Book

Now Mr Russel Brand might not be your cup of tea, but he is helluva entertaining in this memoir about sex, drugs and stand-up comedy.

If you thought your life was a bit wild back in the day, you should see what this man got up to. Its a miracle he is still alive!

I found the book really entertaining, and couldn’t stop laughing half of the time.

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16. Five Families

5 Families

The American Mafia and all of its crazy stories is part of so many films and books, and why wouldn’t it be. It’s gripping, entertaining, and every man watching has a small belief inside him that he could also be a tough gangster.

Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of the most powerful families in the US mafia scene, and how they ruled New York for half a century.

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17. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Books Every Man Should Read Today

This best seller is one of the best inspirational books for men out there.

Learn how to become better, more productive and more effective.

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18. Cashflow Quadrant

Rich Dads Cash Flow Quadrant

Once you have read Rich Dad Poor Dad, you need to get your hands on this book.

It’s almost a continuation from Rich Dad Poor Dad, with a lot of simple and effective pieces of advice on cash.

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19. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs Book For Men

Whose this guy again?

One of, if not the most famous entrepreneur of his generation, Steve Jobs changed the world in more ways than one.

This biography written by Walter Isaacson really gives us a great insight into the mind of this genius.

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20. Let My People Go Surfing

Book for men

You know the outdoor brand Patagonia, right?

Well this is the story about the man behind the brand, and his extremely interesting way of viewing life, business and everything in between.

I think his philosophy on business is probably one of the best around. No corporate bullshit, ever.

This book’s all about how he came about building an empire, and how he still remains just a normal guy.

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21. The Last Rhinos

The last Rhinos - Books for men

Lawrence Anthony’s second book is just as amazing as his first.

In this book he retells his crazy adventure of trying to save the last few northern white rhinos. The only problem? They were deep in the territory run by the most feared terrorist organization in Africa, The Lord’s Resistance Army.

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22. Paths Of Glory

Paths of Glory - Books men should read

Inspired by the incredible true story of the famous mountaineer George Mallory, this novel is all about a man’s desire to conquer the biggest feat known to him: climbing Mount Everest.

Many do still believe that George Mallory was the first human to summit Everest, yet there is little to no proof of that ever happening.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and all of its historical facts!

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23. Band Of Brothers

Band of borthers

One of the best World War 2 books ever written, and contains details of some of the crazy things soldiers had to do during war.

You have definitely seen or heard of the famous Band Of Brothers TV series, but you need to read the book!

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24. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Books for all men today

There are so many lessons that can be learned and applied today from the Nazis.

Nazi history is pretty fascinating, and if you are a sucker for World War history, then you need to check this book out.

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25. Killing Pablo

Killing Pablo Book for men

You’ve seen the amazing Netflix series Narcos, but do you really know everything about Mr Escobar?

This book will tell you all!

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26. The 4-Hour Work Week

4 Hour Work Week

Written by New York Times bestselling author, The 4-Hour Work Week is all about showing people how you can work less and live more.

If you feel like you need to get out the 9 to 5 grind, then this book will maybe just help you get started.

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27. How To Win Friends & Influence People

Books for males

Old but gold, How To Win Friends & Influence People is still as relevant today as ever.

This self-help book should be in everyone’s bookshelf at home.

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28. The Way of The Iceman

WIm Hof Book For Men

If you haven’t watched any of his videos yet, then you really need to start learning more about Mr Wim Hof.

He has a completely different take on health, with the focus on cold water therapy, and how to use ice cld water to improve our health dramatically.

I recently started doing ice baths, and they really do work. Not only for muscle recovery, but for your overall health.

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29. Papillon

Papillon Book for men

The incredible story of one of the most insane prison escapes of all time.

Just read the book, it’s amazing! They recently made it into a studio film too.

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30. 100 Deadly Skills

100 Deadly Skills book for men

This book contains 100 practical, hands-on skills that you can use to survive if the time ever comes.

Being able to ensure you are always safe is a skill in itself, and this book teaches you some of the best skills around.

Oh, and it’s written by an ex Navy Seal so you know it’s legit!

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31. The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life

The 5am Club book for men

Most men don’t realize just how popular the first hour of the day is.

You can set yourself up for success if you do it right. This book explores that, and shows you how to win the day before anyone else even wakes up.

See related post: The Best Morning Routine For Men: How To Win The Day Within 30 Minutes

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32. The Fight

The Fight book for all men

One of the most famous boxing matches in history took place in African between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

This account of that event is for every sports fan out there.

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33. Hell’s Angels

Hell's ANgels Books for Men

The extraordinary book written by the famous Hunter S. Thompson.

Learn more about the most famous biker gang on Earth, and what Hunter S. Thompson learn’t from spending time with them.

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34. Tuesdays With Morrie

Books for male adults

A great book about a mentor and a mentee, life’s greatest lessons, and how to live a better life.

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35. The Illustrated Art of Manliness

AOM Book for men

If you haven’t done so yet, you should check out the Art Of Manliness blog. It’s a beaut!

Over the years they have put together some amazing content, and in this book they have combined all of their best illustrations and turned it into a how-to book for men.

Learn more than 100 practical skills, from self-defense to car repair.

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36. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank book for men

You sure have heard about Anne Frank, so if you haven’t read her famous diary written whist hiding from Nazis, then you really should!

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37. The Great Gatsby

Great Gatsby book for all men

Old but gold, this classic 1920s novel can teach us all a lesson about arrogance and pursuing things which have no value.

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38. Hatchet

Hatchet Book for men

13 Year old Brian Robeson is involved in a plane crash where he is the sole survivor. Armed with just a hatchet, he has to somehow survive.

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39. 48 Laws Of Power

Books for men in 2020

A really interesting book surrounding philosophies about power. It’s a book which should always be on any list that contains the best books for men!

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40. Steal Like An Artist

Best Books for Men

This is an inspiring guide to being creative in the digital age!

Build your life by being creative using certain principles.

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In wrapping up, this list of 40 transformative books is more than a reading guide—it’s a roadmap for the modern man’s journey.

Whether you’re a seasoned bookworm or just sparking your literary flame, there’s always a story waiting to challenge, inspire, and enlighten you. Our shared adventure in reading doesn’t end here.

If there’s a gem you believe should join this brotherhood of books, your insights are invaluable. Let’s continue building this library together, book by brilliant book.

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