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The Books That Every Modern Man Needs to Read in 2019

Literature for the modern (gentle)man.

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Gentlemen, you’ve been done a major disservice from a cultural standpoint, you’ve been taught to think of reading as a useless, burdensome, annoying activity that’s reserved only for the socially inept among you. Nothing could be further from the truth.

For way too long, the stereotype of the sport obsessed, borderline alcoholic, junk food consuming, and out of shape man has been epitomized as the standard of masculinity, and they intend to keep it that way solely because it makes for a perfectly docile consumer.

Time to get back at them big time and reclaim your right as a gentleman of both brawn and, more, importantly, brain. Forget about the mindless entertainment of the tube, take a deep dive into the lessons the best books for men to read have got to teach you, you can only come out smarter after reading them.

#1 To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink
In a world where AI and tech are constantly threatening our human capital, EQ rises as the new measure of worth today. This book perfectly blends self awareness, control, understanding people, and persuasion. A must read for any businessman, husband, or father.

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#2 Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus by Nathan E. Richardson

Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier's Thesaurus by Nathan E. Richardson
Learning to Speak Guitar: A Luthier’s Thesaurus delivers a new way of understanding for all guitar lovers as it investigates the transfer of information between makers and players. This book is serves as the foundation for more beneficial and enjoyable relationships between makers, players, and their guitars by nurturing progress, dispelling myths, offering fresh perspectives, and fostering community in a source containing information found in no other single volume.

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#3 The Parents Manual of Sport Psychology by Ph.D., James I. Millhouse

The Parents Manual of Sport Psychology by Ph.D., James I. Millhouse
The book describes the game plan that separates the best athletes in the world from everybody else. It is written in the context of helping parents guide their children to do the things that will make them successful. However, the exact same procedures will work for anybody in any situation in which they want to be their best. The Imagine If program by unitedintentions.org that was created to increase students ability to excel in school is one application of the concepts in my book.

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#4 Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
This book stands out to me because it teaches the reader to take ownership of their lives, their work, their relationships, and to quit making excuses for behaviour. Men must embrace accountability and not drift into a culture of blame shifting and apathy. This book is very readable and inspires positive action, and for these reasons, I would totally recommend it to men everywhere.

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#5 Half the Child: A Novel by William J. McGee

Half the Child: A Novel by William J. McGee
HALF THE CHILD chronicles a painful parental custody and abduction drama–but it is the rare book that addresses these issues from the perspective of a loving and committed father. American publishers believe there is no market for novels about devoted dads, but HALF THE CHILD is resonating with both women and men, as well as the grown children of custodial battles.

The narrator Michael Mullen (an air traffic controller in New York City) is determined not to allow his young son Ben live apart from him, and this struggle ultimately threatens Michael’s physical health, emotional health, career, finances, and friendships. Yet together Michael and Ben write their own love story.

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#6 Beach Money by Jordan Adler

Beach Money by Jordan Adler
I am a self professed personal development junkie and started studying and reading books by successful people years ago. The great thing about Jordan’s books is they contain true stories and the way he writes makes you feel like he is just like you.

His first book, Beach Money, is an inspiration for everyone who has dreams and passion to do something with their life. Better Than Beach Money contains real life stories that we can all relate to.

I recommend that you read both books and follow your dreams the way Jordan has. He is a master networker and a master writer.

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Contributors to this article
Tony Leone from Whole Brain Selling

Nathan Richardson from Learning to Speak Guitar

James I. Millhouse from Atlanta Psychological Associates

Scott Perry from Catchers Home

William JMcGee from Half the Child

Alexandra Barnett from Scentsy

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