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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It by Daniel Carter Beard
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Beyond Good & Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Bible by Bible
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry by Christine de Pizan
Boy Scout Handbook by Boy Scouts of America
The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Crisis by Winston Churchill
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand
The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why by Peter Post
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Histories by Herodotus
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Master and Margarita by Michail Bulgakow
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch
Politics by Aristoteles
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Republic by Plato
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond by Denis Johnson
Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris
The Thin Red Line by James Jones
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
Ulysses by James Joyce
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas… by Stephen Ambrose
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Wealth of Nations: Books 1-3 (Penguin Classics) by Adam Smith
White Noise by Don DeLillo
The Works of Theodore Roosevelt - Statesman Edition (12) by Theodore Roosevelt
The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

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The Essential Man's Library was a top 100 list compiled by Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay for the website artofmanliness.com in 2008. The list is meant to be of the most important books that have shaped the lives of individual men while also helping to define broader cultural ideas of what it means to be a man.

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