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Becoming a Barbarian

Written by: Jack Donovan
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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a strange follow up to Way of Men

Way of Men was a great read-- but I found that this sequel took things a little far. There is a feeling throughout that a white nationalist agenda bubbles under the surface. The shout out to Richard Spencer at the end confirmed the suspicion. kind of a bad taste in the mouth there.

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  • 2017-08-28

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
  • 2017-07-20

beating a dead horse

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

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  • Forest
  • 2017-08-07

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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  • nicholas hancock
  • 2017-10-22

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-09-12

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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  • Christien Louviere
  • Atlanta, GA USA
  • 2017-08-01

Important for People Men and Women to Read

You have talent, but you are nothing without a tribe. Stand for for your tribe not for everyone.

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  • Daniel Franco
  • 2017-07-20

Good things to keep in mind, take with a grain of salt

There are a lot of good lessons in this book, such as the futility of trying to care for everyone in the world equally. It's just not humanly possible - our brains can truly care for only about 250 of the people we know closest. Trying to care for everyone will at best give a thin sense of identity, because there would be no group to whom you truly belong. Belonging and identity come from having a close-knit group (your tribe).

I agree with all of these and many of the other lessons taught in this book, but I advise listeners to take his decidedly politically incorrect delivery with a grain of salt. He automatically lost some points with me by calling people who disagreed with one of his friends "virgin nerds." Use your best judgment, but also don't immediately discard what could be valuable information simply because the author doesn't try to be the nicest person in his delivery.

One criticism I have is that this book provides a lot of not-to-do lists (don't try to care about everyone equally, don't become a product of the empire, etc.), but few to zero actual to-do lists. I would have liked some advice or guidelines on how to start and foster a tribe, for instance.

High marks for performance though. I could listen to Jack Donovan's voice all day.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-12-09

Made me think. Made me laugh. Made me act.

If you have delicate sensibilities, this book is not for you. If you feel that what has become the societal norm just doesn't fit, you might want to give this a read.

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  • 2017-03-02

Not easily digested

This is an uncomfortable book, with points that you will disagree with.
It is also a book written, seemingly, with naught but honesty.
It is likely worth some amount of your time and consideration.

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  • 2017-02-14

Wonderful narration, and a sincere message

Another masterfully written book by Jack Donovan. I definitely recommend this for anyone bold and humble enough to evaluate their societal surroundings.

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