Esquire's 75 Books Every Man Should Read

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A list compiled in 2008 of the 75 books that Esquire contributers consider to be essential reading for men.
Work
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1939) by James Agee
Lucky Jim (1954) by Kingsley Amis
Time's Arrow, or The Nature of the Offence (1991) by Martin Amis
Winesburg, Ohio (1919) by Sherwood Anderson
Affliction (1989) by Russell Banks
The Adventures of Augie March (1953) by Saul Bellow
Labyrinths (1962) by Jorge Luis Borges
Women (1978) by Charles Bukowski
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) by James M. Cain
What We Talk about When We Talk about Love (1981) by Raymond Carver
The Stories of John Cheever (1978) by John Cheever
Heart of Darkness (1899) by Joseph Conrad
What It Takes: The Way to the White House (1992) by Richard Ben Cramer
Underworld (1997) by Don DeLillo
Deliverance (1970) by James Dickey
The Brothers Karamazov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Invisible Man (1952) by Ralph Ellison
American Tabloid (1995) by James Ellroy
A Fan's Notes (1968) by Frederick Exley
As I Lay Dying (1930) by William Faulkner
The Crack-Up (1945) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sportswriter (1986) by Richard Ford
The Power and the Glory (1940) by Graham Greene
The Continental Op (1945) by Dashiell Hammett
Legends of the Fall (1979) by Jim Harrison
Plainsong (1999) by Kent Haruf
The Professional (2001) by W. C. Heinz
Winter's Tale (1983) by Mark Helprin
For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway
Dispatches (1977) by Michael Herr
The Known World (2003) by Edward P. Jones
Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce
The Dharma Bums (1958) by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey
The Shining (1977) by Stephen King
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963) by John le Carré
The Call of the Wild (1903) by Jack London
Under the Volcano (1947) by Malcolm Lowry
The Naked and the Dead (1948) by Norman Mailer
So Long, See You Tomorrow (1979) by William Maxwell
Blood Meridian (1985) by Cormac McCarthy
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge (1972) by David McCullough
Lonesome Dove (1985) by Larry McMurtry
A Sense of Where You Are (1965) by John McPhee
Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville
Tropic of Cancer (1934) by Henry Miller
Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov
Master and Commander (1969) by Patrick O'Brian
The Things They Carried (1990) by Tim O'Brien
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (1955) by Flannery O'Connor
American Pastoral (1997) by Philip Roth
Midnight's Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
A Sport and a Pastime (1967) by James Salter
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996) by George Saunders
The Killer Angels (1974) by Michael Shaara
Angle of Repose (1971) by Wallace Stegner
The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck
Dog Soldiers (1974) by Robert Stone
Sophie's Choice (1979) by William Styron
The Good War: An Oral History of World War II (1984) by Studs Terkel
Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (1966) by Hunter S. Thompson
War and Peace (1868) by Leo Tolstoy
A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) by John Kennedy Toole
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain
Rabbit, Run (1960) by John Updike
Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) by Kurt Vonnegut
All the King's Men (1946) by Robert Penn Warren
The Right Stuff (1979) by Tom Wolfe
This Boy's Life (1989) by Tobias Wolff
Winter's Bone (2006) by Daniel Woodrell
Native Son (1940) by Richard Wright
Going Native (1994) by Stephen Wright
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) by Malcolm X
Revolutionary Road (1961) by Richard Yates

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