24 Books Every Guy Needs On His Bookshelf

They always say don’t judge a book by its cover…but I am guilty of judging a man by his bookshelf.    Books have always been a passion of mine.  I have an expansive collection of books I just “can’t live without.” Ones that I have lugged throughout life with me everywhere I’ve lived and even a few places I haven’t.  So, it’s no wonder that nearly upon stepping foot into a man’s home I am drawn to gaze at what’s on his bookshelf.  I feel that the titles he chooses to read and the ones he saves and displays tell a lot about who he is, who his character is and what type of person he strives to be.

So without further adieu – here is my list of the books every guy needs to read and have on his bookshelf.  These are just a few of the many, but it’s a good starter list.

Business & Dealing With People

The Art of War – by Sun Tzu

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48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven R. Covey

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The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris

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Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy

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A Young Mans Guide to Late Capitalism – Peter Mountford

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 Literary Fiction

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

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The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (and The Hobbit) – JRR Tolkien

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Lord of the Flies – William Golding

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Character & Courage

Profiles In Courage – John F. Kennedy

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Fearless – Eric Blehm

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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey – Candice Millard

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand

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Into Thin Air – John Krakauer

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Stuff You Just Need To Know

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

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The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog – James W. Sire

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50 Things Every Young Gentleman Should Know – John Bridges & Brian Curtis

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The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll

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Fathers, Sons & Rules to Live By

1001 Rules for My Unborn Son – Walker Lamond

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The Dangerous Book for Boys – Conn Iggulden

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Modern Fiction

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk

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Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

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