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The Way of Men

Written by: Jack Donovan
Narrated by: Jack Donovan
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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Awesome Get it

Wake up call. Get up and get down. Definitely helped me to pull my head out of ass and put it back on my shoulders. I love the tone, I love the narration and the connection of the words to the heart of the author. Well done brother, you have done a great service to men and women alike.

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Really makes you think

An interesting take on men and society. It hits home but can at times feel a bit extreme. 10/10 will read again

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Good and Interesting

Its a good book and a thoughtful look into the problems of modern masculinity but it does come off as extreme with the idea of men forming gangs of their own to protect their own.

Im a big believer in men forming mens groups for the benefit of men and boys but no ones that are hostile to outsiders.

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The work is in being a Man

Being good at being a man and being a good man. Go find and build your Gang.

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enlightening

I really enjoyed this book. But like any book there were parts that I didn't quite understand where the author was going. I did in short order. This books explains a lot of behavior tenancies and urges I have and acted upon. My wife is now reading this book to help her understand our son and myself as this book helped me understand my wife and daughter a bit more. Good job and thanks.

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Great book

Great insights into masculinity. Most books on the topic seem to be antagonistic but jack lays it out without negative attacks.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 2017-05-19

Needs to be re-recorded

Author/Narrator is good, but technical glitches take away from the book.

Content is very interesting.

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  • SlimCognito
  • 2015-07-10

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.

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  • 2018-04-30

A good primer for more in depth exploration of men and masculinity

As a man that leads hundreds of men in the topics pertinent to men and masculinity, I have some issues with some notions Donovan presents. The balance between brawny and intellectual representation of masculinity is missed and shows a lack of finesse. There are times to be the traditional warrior, times to be the diplomat, and times to be both. Yet, the presentation is geared more toward the warrior who has little skill in being a diplomat and near zero capability toward being both.

I would certainly recommend this book as one of many books for men who are interested in the topic should read in order to expand their understanding of the full spectrum of perceptions and opinions on the matters discussed. But if you are looking for a book that will be a great guide into the world of masculinity and men, this book would be dangerous to base your future thoughts and conversations on. It’s off the mark enough to make you more hazard than help.

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  • Evan Resing
  • 2018-10-03

You should start a gang and rebel against society


Starts out interesting as he outlines the 4 underlying characteristics required of a manly man: strength, courage, mastery of skill and honor.  Unfortunately after laying the groundwork, the book devolves into an angry rant against the "globalists" and "feminists" who have bubble-wrapped our world and removed all outlets for manly expression.  Men are stuck watching porn and playing fantasy football to get their manly rocks off.  While this is certainly worthy of consideration, it's definitely not the only response to society's steady march of progress. The author yearns for the good old days when tribes of men brutally attacked one another for ownership of land, resources and mating rights with women.  The main problem I have with this book is that Donovan fails to make the case that returning men to acting on their tribal, violent and sexual impulses will actually increase their happiness. He argues that manliness has been stripped away by the comfort culture of plenty we have been born into and he insists we need to gang-up and rebel against woman and society and take back what is rightfully ours.  But for what?  So we can live in a patriarchal society dominated by the most brutish and violent among us?  I see the goal of society as reducing suffering.  I can't picture a scenario where violent gangs ruling over the fearful masses can possibly reduce more suffering than our modern "bubble-wrapped" world.
But if this "they stole our manliness" line of thought resonates with you and you want to hear this case made using stories from popular dude movies like Pulp Fiction, The Godfather, Gran Turino, Star Wars and DieHard, then this would be a good book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-12-03

audio was a little off.

Audio skipped a little. The book was a look into my heart,.Thanks for a voice for "us".

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  • MuseGlance
  • 2015-11-14

Unfortunately, quite understandable

As a female with a nurturing side I rebel at the presentation, but as a philosopher that studies innate natures this was quite enlightening. I thank Donovan for saying it as plainly and intelligently as he did. Good job.

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  • KIXX
  • 2017-02-02

Blow your Brains out!!!!

I was assigned by one of the presidents of the Motorcycle Club that I am prospecting for to read this. I started the book off with a mindset of... let me just get this task done so that I can appease him. After the first two chapters I found myself intrigued, addicted, blown away by the morals and values of what Jack Donovan was preaching.

I'm looking forward to getting started on his next book

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  • Otter
  • 2016-07-09

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.

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  • Jonathan Rayburn
  • 2018-06-01

Unimpressed

Didn’t get anything out of this book. Although I found the concepts expressed to be true. It is monotonous.

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  • Paxx
  • 2017-11-30

Beginning narration is terrible but worth getting past

Very refreshing point of view and many things to consideras you ponder the reality of man.

Well worth the time and money, not sure it is worth listening to again, but for any man or those that have a man in your lives I think this is well worth the time. Puts a different spin than what we are used to hearing.

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