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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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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!

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every man

I wish I had this book when I was 15. I must read for any true man.

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content good. some performance issues

content good. some performance issues. skipped a bit. not sure if my phone or the recording.

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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.

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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.

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interesting listening

Very good, it has a slow start but then it keeps getting more and more interesting. The audience it is aimed at are clearly men and all men should give this book a try. It really helps to understand what is the essemce of being a man. And Jack has a nice voice, so I overall enjoyed it very much.

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I think it's a master peace .<br />

I think every men deep inside dose feel the need for integrity but most times young men do not understand why , brilliant inside how to chanel what is already in as men .

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Words from an father or uncle I wish I had

If you could sum up The Way of Men in three words, what would they be?

Retrospective, reassuring and aspiring.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the contrast between men of old to men in this day and age. Jack describes man's need for skill mastery and strength in order to attain social standing. He also explains the need for male company, camaraderie and team work.

Any additional comments?

Don't get me wrong, I have my dad and uncles in my life but I haven't felt they've been rolemodels to pull me aside and grant manly wisdom. Though I've sought their guidance, most times i'm given generic anecdotes or no answer at all which leaves the women to raise the most of me.

But I digress... I recommend this book to any boy approaching adulthood or any man deemed as a "nice guy".

My only gripe with this audiobook is when Jack always says "Quote" when referring to a quotation.

In my opinion i'd prefer

"As the saying goes: {quotation}. {author, year}" or "{author} once said, {quotation}"

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For Modern Man

Understand Psychology Behind Men In Their Truest Nature. To Survive This System. Peace. Love. Light.

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Close, but outdated.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Strength, courage, mastery and honour: I completely agree that these are attributes that modern men aspire to, but the perspective on these is fairly outdated. Although I would change strength for power, these are all generally attributes that are important to develop independence and self sufficiency. It is at this point I have mixed feelings on the overall message of the book: yes, modern men do need to think about and develop these as they develop, BUT no, in modern western society being able to compete is a universal need not just a male one. Women need these attributes as well as men; these are a selection of important attributes for becoming a functional adult and in becoming men (as adult males).

Worth a listen to reflect on the importance of self sufficiency and what it means in the modern world, however it's worth doing so with the understanding that whether your talking about ancient Rome, the Seventeenth century, or even the early 20th century; gender roles have shifted hugely especially economically.


TL:DR - Strength, courage, mastery and honour are all important in competition, but competition is no longer specific to men. However, these are useful concepts for many men to think of and develop.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Donovan? Why or why not?

Possibly, it would be interesting to see if he is maintains his perspectives over time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jack Donovan’s performances?

Jack Donovan's reading was decent, but the editing was very choppy in places which definitely was an injustice to Donovan's reading.

Do you think The Way of Men needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Does it need a follow up? Not inherently, but any extra works helping men develop healthy masculinity is positive.

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  • SlimCognito
  • 10-07-15

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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  • 19-05-17

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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  • Otter
  • 09-07-16

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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  • MuseGlance
  • 14-11-15

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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  • David
  • 07-05-18

Utterly Disappointing

The Author fails to address today's modern condition and challenges of Masculinity in civilized western society, and instead focuses militaristic/gang and "alien and zombie" apocalyptic, standards of hunter / gatherer conditions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-03-18

Psycho train

Not what i thought it was.
Author has some serious issues. For this guy even KKK and Hitler were not enough. He is into some fake barbarian cr*p, iron pumping, steroid loving, face painting, arian di*k riding.
Worst purchase ever.
Feeling ashamed just by listening to it.
Check author's FB page. That should steer any sane person away from this atrocity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-18

Poorly written and bereft of meaningful substance

This book is a horribly simplistic and primitive overview of masculinity. The author seems to attack intellectual masculine thought while simultaneously glorifying the primal, aggressive, and animalistic nature of chimpanzees. The author concludes the book with a dangerously nihilistic interpretation of the role of men in modern civil society fit for Tolstoy. Nietzsche would be proud. The author essentially asserts the only purpose left for men in modern society, is to form a gang and wait for the apocalypse. The author never delves into the deeper virtues of masculinity throughout the book. Character, sacrifice, rectitude, temperance, benevolence, charity all of which are essential checks to raw strength and courage within the make up of masculinity. With out such checks on strength and courage you get tyranny. At one point the author seems to even go so far as to glorify the rape of the Sabine women at the founding of Rome. He does this by rationalizing the tyrannical abduction and possible wholesale rape of an entire tribe of women as a necessity for the continued growth of the city. Because, what better way to illustrate the essence of manhood than by glorifying the tyrannical denial of liberty to a whole community of women via kidnapping and rape. Well done.

The only thing more lacking than the book’s laughably incomplete substance is the Shatneresque stop gap performance by the narrator. Don’t waste your money on this book.

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  • Theadford Christian
  • 08-11-17

A free thinking Black males perspective

As a black male this book brings alot of things in to perspective for me. This really gives me a confirmation on what I am doing right and what I am doing wrong. In all honesty if you are super liberal this book may not be for you. If you are in the middle or conservative this will be a nice pick me up.

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  • Rhett M.
  • 20-08-17

A much needed book for a separated veteran

Listen to this book, if you have served and are struggling in finding your meaning after serv8ce this book will spark something inside you.

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  • Jacob Murphy
  • 14-08-17

The Bible of masculine resurgence

Today masculinity is often viewed as "toxic" with that ridiculous viewpoint has grown opposition. This book proves that there are still real men out there willing to stand up to this wave of filth that we are facing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful