[–] ardvarcus 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Quality books for a young man are the same as quality books for an old man, a young woman, or an old woman. You can't go wrong reading the classics. Here's a few suggestions:

  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Essays by Francis Bacon
  • Horatio Hornblower novels by C. S. Forester
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Prester John by John Buchen
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Sonnets by Shakespeare
  • The Divine Pymander by Hermes Trismegistus
  • The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau


[–] WD_Pelley 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

My man!


[–] Diggernicks 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

The novel 1984.


[–] NeedleStack 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

My first choice too. :) @BonerWizard, also read Brave New World.


[–] JunOS 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Reading this forcefully in school vs on your own is game changing.


[–] whoahson 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I think that's true for almost every book that was 'required' in high school.

I realize, now, when I'm thinking about what books/movies/games/whatever to recommend to someone, especially kids in high school/middle school, that my choices are made based on what I currently like or think is enlightening. I wouldn't make the same choices 5-10 years ago, and I won't make the same ones IN 5-10 years. Somehow, the teachers/policy makers who decided on literature books forgot that. They picked books that to them seemed relevant and informative/mind-opening.

If you were to take the list of books that you read in high school and middle school as literature and read through them again, you would be interested and able to finish/comprehend them. Experience in the world definitely changed my opinion of books that I would have decried as the most unimaginative and boring of them all, e.g. Great Expecations, 1984, Farenheit 451.


[–] Zinnsee 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Right now I'm reading "The True Story of Fake News" by Mark Dice. It's well written and nicely sourced.

Other books I recently read and can recommend are:

  • Gulag Archipelago by Solschenizyn
  • Low Level Hell by Hugh Mills
  • The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Damien Lewis
  • By Tank by Ken Tout
  • The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
  • Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson
  • The Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail
  • NATO's Secret Armies by Daniele Ganser
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (I saw 1984 and Brave New World already mentioned by other goats)

All of the books above made me think in one or another way. Some changed how I view the world and history.

Also the Metro books by Dimitry Glukhovsky if you're looking for a scifi/post apocalyptic novel.


[–] barraccuda 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Trade manuals.


[–] Kromulent 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ender's Game would be another good choice. If you like it, check out the other stuff by the same author.


[–] Fattynextdoor 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Into the fourth book of the series it is getting a bit religiously preechy. :/ Great books though, inspired.


[–] Kromulent 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 


[–] Voopin__Voopin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

also just saw this



[–] Voopin__Voopin 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

we have a reading list on the /v/theredpill sidebar if you're looking for more.

probably overlaps with some of the books suggested here.


[–] sugamari 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The Octopus: The Secret Government and Death of Danny Casolaro

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