What is masculinity? Ask 10 men, and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world. If you've ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you.
©2012 Jack Donovan (P)2015 Jack Donovan
At first Jack's narration threw me off a little as he was getting into the rythm of the book but eventually i grew to enjoy it and this book is exceptional!!! i implore anyone who is seeking an explanation and direction in this PC and feminized world of too much red tape and male isolation. I am a fan.
"A book I plan on reccomending my sons"
Where to start? An amazing book which makes you understand yourself as a man better, and how we fit into this world.
It addresses and answers so many questions a man goes through life asking himself. What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a good man? What does it mean to be good at BEING a man?
Most importantly. This book talks about what sort of lifestyle/society humanity had come from, and the dark direction we are going towards. It does get a bit dark towards the later chapters, but all throughout it is attention grabbing and interesting book.
It talks about topics of survival, masculinity, femininity, strength, courage, mastery, honor, society amongst many.
Chapter 13 was the one that hit home the hardest, look forward to it.
Give it a try, it was really a great book which I plan on letting my sons read. It will help you understand yourself better, what more could you ask for, for a mere 15 bucks?
Only reason for 4/5 Performance is that a small portion of the book, had choppy recorded audio and skipped. But it went away as book progressed. The book is narrated by the author, which conveys the information smoothly.
Some related books one might also read after this: No More Mr Nice Guy By Robert Glover and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
"A must read for all men"
The way of men is an extremely well written and researched work, which primary concerns the problems facing the man in this modern age. It fully answers the question "what is a man?" and " what is masculinity at it's core?". The work is extremely thought provoking as well as entertaining. The narration is spot on mostly because it was done by the author himself, so there is almost no way to hit the exact tons better. Over all I think this is a must buy for all men and that any man would benefit from its reading.
"A great amoral look at masculinity from the roots"
Direct. Practical. Colorless.
The narration was done by the author so I give it points for that. I like to hear from the author when possible and Jack Donovan is very clear yet a bit gritty and tough sounding so it worked. However, it was slower than I preferred, yet that may be due to the writing style as well; shorter sentences with bold and direct phrases.
The chapter on Honor was just excellent! There were several points in the book where I though, "Hell yeah...this guy gets it!" I didn't always agree with the evolutionary comparison between men and chimps but it served to get the point across. There are a lot of funny phrases in the book as well and Donovan delivers them with the kind of dry humor most guys really get.
For a society that has lost much of what raw, innate masculinity looks like, this book really helps. Donovan strips away any moral conjectures we tend to start from or surround manliness with and goes straight to how men function when our backs are against the wall and we need each other to survive. For a Christian, such as myself, this is a refreshing point of view as I typically hear about manliness in the higher ethics and moral discussions. However, Donovan sets a foundation for how and why men respond, see, compare, work for, and honor, each other, essentially saying it is built-in and it is for survival. He also does a good job of building the case for manliness while calling out the lunacy of our modern efforts to find alternatives to the survival gang or living as men: porn, gaming, sports, work, etc. He does this in a humorous and direct way. Phrases like "The Noble Masturbation Society" are just hilarious, but the kind of funny that is both true and crude...the kind of humor men enjoy most.All in all it was a good book, but stops short of answering a lot of the questions modern day men have about being a man. I know that was not the intent and perhaps The Way of Men is really The Way of Men: Part 1. For what it is though, it is a good read that should get men engaged in a discussion about how to hold onto the raw masculinity while growing in the higher ethics\morals as well.
"Give it some time."
The technical issues early on are pretty brutal to get through, but once you do, it snowballs into a very interesting book. Actually bookmarked a couple things, which I rarely do. The book, and author's point of view, could easily been seen as controversial, and it was nice to see he didn't feel the need to pull any punches in expressing it. Would recommend.
"If it wasn't for the glitches it would have gotten 5 stars"
There are a bunch of glitches or possibly editing that's not done well in the beginning and a little more though out the rest of the boom here and there. A little annoying but not unbearable. Over all a great book! I plan to pick up multiple copies to give out to friend and family for birthdays and other gifts.
"Interesting take on men and modern society"
This book was an interesting and enjoyable read dealing with the idea that there is a biological and evolutionary basis to "The masculine" as a real and acknowledged facet of what it means to be a human male. The author goes into the characteristics of what it means to "be a man". The author discusses the implications of these characteristics and how the fulfillment or the sublimation or suppression of these manly characteristics can have an effect on the individual and society. The author's perspective is unique for a lay reader like myself, and politically incorrect. There is no reliance on archaeological nor social science data to back up his claims, though there are some literary/cultural examples given, and I would call it a book-length essay on the subject. Overall it is well-written and the narration by the author is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of listening to the book. I have listened to the book only once and mostly in the car and this review is based on that type of listening experience.
excellent book, very insightful. this is a great introduction and explanation of how things are and how they need to change. I recommend this book!
"Eye Opening Introspective Look"
Jack has written one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. Chapter 13 especially made me realize how society uses men and seeks to replicate pseudo masculine activities in an effort to placate men to get them to do it's bidding. I look forward to reading another book by Jack Donovan, Becoming A Barbarian, which was not available on Audible at the time this review was written.
This was a great book. It was able to articulate so many things I see happening around me but could never quite out into words. Definitely the type of book you put down in the middle of reading and just have to sit and think about what you've just read. This is a great read. I strongly recommend it to all my male friends and will even try to get my wife to read. Good read for mothers raising sons by themselves as well.
"Are you ready to hear the truth."
Great short book that fives deep into the question of masculinity and where " modern man" falls into today's society. if you're a man and your perspective seems to run against the grain of the rest of society then this is the book for you.
I wish I had this book when I was 15. I must read for any true man.
"A must read for any man feeling lost"
Jack Donovan strips masculinity down to it's raw elements and clearly explains what makes us men. He explains where masculine ideals come from and what they mean in modern society and in a civic sense.
"The Jock Manefesto"
A terrible book! Tribal nonsense, with a narrow and exclusive view of masculinity that borders on condoning bullying.
I was looking for an intelligent critique of manhood for the modern world and found ultra right wing propaganda, that sounded like survivalist indoctrination.
Do not waste your money.
"A great book"
A very, very good book and well worth a read, you will learn lots and it will motivate you. However it spends alot of time just telling you to establish a tribe or 'gang' of good mates in alot of different ways. It's good to hear it in the author's own voice and I smashed it out in two days, I also loved chapter 13, it really sent shivers down my spine!
"Love it or hate it"
Only specific friends. This book is not for everyone.
The audio kept breaking up. Audible needs to sort this out.Disappointing.
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