Hello guys. I was wondering what the manliest book/novel you've would like to read? Me, I like something with a lot of action or adventure in it, like a man's survival in the wilderness. Or a man's experience, like in a tough sport or a hunting trip. I wish there were more stuff like that.
I know you are looking for action books but I think there are tons that fill that need (James Bond, Jason Bourne, etc) without giving anything else. If you want a whole man's experience, including action but mainly all the rest that makes us men, I'd suggest some Hemingway like "For Whom the Bell Tolls" or "A Farewell to Arms". You have action (Spanish Civil War, Italian Front in WWI) but you also have love, sacrifice, friendship, and all other bits that make up being men with all our complexities.
One of the best books I've read in a long time, (and pour over quite often still), is Six Guns by Elmer Keith. It's a scattering of stories, anecdotes, advice and observations on handgun shooting, guiding, hunting, wildlife photography, police work, firearms, and blow by blow gunfights that actually happened.
For a one man against the wilderness/world piece of fiction, I love To the Far Blue Mountains, by Louis Lamour. I'm fond enough of that protagonist that my wife has had to fend off repeated attempts to name our first son Barnabus.
Now these sound like some great books to read, especially if it involves doing several manly things. I gotta remember to find these books later. Thanks for your input!
Steven Rinella "American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon"
That was a fantastic book, I got it for Christmas a few years ago from my dad. It went on to inspire a canoe borne deer hunt my brother and I ventured on the next November.
I have always enjoyed Louis Lamour. Last of the Breed, and Fair Blows the Wind are excellent.
I just recently read Fair Blows the Wind. That was a great tale, and really showed off the author's enviable knowledge of history and geography.
I like all the books of Rebecca Gable. Especially the Waringham series. Knights, fights of York and Lancaster; England vs France and Joan of Arc´s victory and burning at the stake...
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. This is one of my all-time favorite books. The writing is amazing. If Dumas wants you to feel anger, you will be angry, if he wants you sad, you'll be sad. Not only that, but you follow a narrative of a man screwed over by men out for benefit from his fall. Edmond Dantes seeks vengeance and just when you think you got this book figured out, Dumas keeps you reeling. It has Life lessons like this scattered throughout the book:
“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes.You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you as Albert Mondego, the man!”
This is definitely a great read!
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The main male heros are excellent examples of manliness. Hank Rearden, Francisco d'Anconia, Ragnar Danneskjöld, and of course John Galt all exhibit what I would consider quintessential manliness. If you've never read it, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I hate to be cliché, but Ernest Hemingway is always a good pick. I'm halfway through For Whom The Bell Tolls, and I think it's great!
NOTE — I rarely ever read books. So for me to say it's great is probably not worth much...