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Becoming a Barbarian

Narrated by: Jack Donovan, James Dorton
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
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Becoming a Barbarian won't teach you how to swing a battle axe or crush your enemies (so that you can see them driven before you and then hear the lamentation of their women).

Becoming a Barbarian is a follow-up to Donovan's cult hit, The Way of Men. Good, modern, civilized Western men today are expected to think like "citizens of the world" - obligated to everyone and no one. Natural, meaningful tribal connections have been substituted with synthetic, disposable consumer identities. Without a sense of who they are and what group they have a place in, modern men are becoming increasingly detached, disoriented, vulnerable, and ever more easily manipulated.

Becoming a Barbarian attacks the emasculated emptiness of life in the modern West and shows men how to think tribally again. It reveals the weaknesses of universalistic thinking, and challenges listeners to become the kind of men who could go all-in and devote their lives to one group of people above all others.

Becoming a Barbarian is about finding a tribe, finding a purpose, and choosing to live the kind of life that undermines the narrative of the Empire.

©2016 Jack Donovan (P)2016 Jack Donovan

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Becoming a Villian

TLDR: the author foolishly sees society of only two camps. fools and villians. he wrongly insists that one must be a villian if he does not wish to be a fool the author has a twisted morality in which there is no right and wrong, there is only victims and perpetrators. this book is not entirely useless, it is useful to listen to it because one can easier affirm what he does believe in by acknowledging what he does not believe it the author begins each of his arguments by (correctly) stating things the fools of the world believe in (many of them left wind beliefs), and then stating things the villians of the world believe in (many of those things are from the far authoritarian wing) and insisting that those are the only two options and it is better to be a villian than a fool. and certainly it is true that to be a fool is the worst option but to suggest that there is no third option is ludacris and disingenuous. certainly one can be both mighty and moral. certainly one can be both unconquerable and non-aggressive. liberty is a movable coal, conquest is not. defence is necessary to liberty whilst an empire is not the author also insults the peace and prosperity brought by free markets (ironically by pointing out the flaws of government intervention in the market) yet whilst also romanticising the horror of war as somehow mankinds glorious purpose on earth don't be a fool, don't be a villian, be a free man

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Start a tribe and roam outside the empire

There is a lot of dangerous talk in this book and the previous one, which makes them engaging to listen to. It paints a good picture of the modern barbarian mentality. I imagine many will dismiss a number of the ideas as immoral, or fantasies that would land one in embarrassing social circumstances or prison. To spiritually rebel against the theatrically termed 'empire of nothing' is likely to be a one way door, and so would require substantial conviction. That being said, there is wisdom in here that is immediately applicable. For example, I'm wondering how much value there is in writing this review for someone I've never met, when it is simply one more thing drawing me away from engaging with a pack or tribe 'in person', basically spending meaningful time with my friends?

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great book

the second book in series just as great as the first. i highly recommend this

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  • Jaron
  • 15-02-2018

Great Follow Up to Way of Man

some may say there are "racist" undertones to this book however as a black man I understand that he is talking about "Men" and with Jack Donovan being a white man he is commenting on the state of his assigned racial tribe. Do not let this detour you. This is still a great book that ANY man should consume.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-2017

good listen

highly recommend too anyone wanting too become a barbarian for sure gave me some new outlook on life

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  • Will
  • 20-07-2017

beating a dead horse

I don't disagree with the ideas in this book but way too much repeating!

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  • Forest
  • 07-08-2017

A must read for men!

Men, get this book! Rediscover what you know to be true despite what modern society tries to shove down your throat. Unplug from the status quo and give yourself permission to be the man that you know you should be. You don't have to be a Barbarian but you should embrace how you were created. This is an outstanding and short listen. I recommend listening at 1.5x speed and finish in one shot to get the full blitz effect...Then listen once more to capture the details. But just get it already!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-2017

A neccesary awakening for the modern male

I loved it.My most memorable part was the in depth criticism of the modern male citizen and description of the empire of nothing.A must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2019

My favorite audiobook thus far

I have read lots of books and I have almost a solid eight days of listening time just on audible, but this one is my favorite. I’ve listened to it three times and I have also listened to The Way of Men and A More Complete Beast. This is also the first time I’ve reviewed a book but I felt obligated.

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  • Justice Campbell
  • 22-03-2018

Strength mindset vs nativity

Another excellent book by Donovan. The overarching theme is this book is - your allegiance and concern is owed to those closest to you (your tribe, family), not to the world, the law, the government, or to other esoteric feminist nurturing conceptualizations. Be a good man, but not naive - by limiting your concerns to those that matter to you in reality vs those you’re “supposed to” care about.

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  • nicholas hancock
  • 22-10-2017

Golden

All rounds hit center mass, correct thought and execution. I can't think of a more direct well written message, become what you admire.

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  • Jason M. Hester
  • 23-05-2019

Becoming a barbarian is Modern Man vs. The State

Excellent book detailing the plight of modern man. The cultural disease that subverts masculine values to preserve and protect ones tribe to the misguided support of the modern empire. Men need to get back to their roots, embrace their masculine role, and bring back useful discrimination that protects ones tribe and loved ones. Those closest to us who truly deserve our discerning love.

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  • D. A. MARTINEZ
  • 03-02-2019

Not as good as way of men

not as good as the way of men, but still interesting if you want to become more like an outlaw

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  • Wesley
  • 27-04-2017

interesting view on the world

I personally love this book. it's hillarious and speaks a lot of truth that people aren't willing to face up to.
take it with a pinch of salt mind... very aggressively delivered and I believe that is the point.
having a close, tight knit group of people who support each other and work towards common goals or with common values is definately something that helps me in my life and something I'm going to be building plenty more of thanks to this book!

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  • M. J. Atkinson
  • 03-02-2017

Excellent

Jack Donovan gets better and better with each book. Great reading by the author in which you can hear his passion for the subject matter.
Excellent follow up to The Way of Men. Both recommended.

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  • Steve W
  • 15-11-2018

Great book.

enjoyed this book. Challenged my ideas and redirected my way of thinking. Very highly recommended

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  • Charlie Crome
  • 23-05-2019

white supremacy in diguse

this book is a joke, and It speaks to the authors lack of worldly experience. the performance was good but the ideas discussed are extremely shortsighted and are a reflection of the echo-chamber environment that the internet provides. I'd love to see these ideas discussed on Joe Rogan's podcast because honestly I don't think they'd hold ground when questioned.

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  • They Esli
  • 06-05-2017

Would appeal to the simple minded one

Read something like a cult propaganda/rant out of the movie Fight Club. Didn't actually teach anything useful to me.

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