Top 100 All-Time Books for Men


As Ultra Manly men, we decided to put together a list of the best 100 books EVER written. We’re making a pretty bold claim, so you need to know we used a very sophisticated formula to select each book. We compiled the ten best book lists from reputable sources (Modern Library, the Telegraph, Radcliff, the Times, etc.) and averaged them together to create a master list. We then assigned a manliness coefficient to each book. This allowed us to eliminate books like Pride and Prejudice that may have scored highly on the master list but are obviously not Ultra Manly. The final list is ordered in terms of popularity and Ultra-Manliness.
So without further ado, we give you the best books of ALL TIME for men.

  1. Lord of the Flies
    William Goulding
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four
    George Orwell
  3. Animal Farm
    George Orwell
  4. Catch-22
    Joseph Heller
  5. On the Road
    Jack Kerouac
  6. The Catcher in the Rye
    JD Salinger
  7. The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Slaughterhouse-Five
    Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Ulysses
    James Joyce
  10. The Grapes of Wrath
    John Steinbeck
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird
    Harper Lee
  12. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Alex Haley
  13. Brave New World
    Aldous Huxley
  14. Tropic of Cancer
    Henry Miller
  15. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Ken Kesey
  16. Maltese Falcon
    Dashiell Hammett
  17. A Clockwork Orange
    Anthony Burgess
  18. The Sound and the Fury
    William Faulkner
  19. Blood Meridian
    Cormac McCarthy
  20. For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Ernest Hemingway
  21. Hamlet
    William Shakespeare
  22. Naked Lunch
    William S. Burroughs
  23. Native Son
    Richard Wright
  24. The Naked and the Dead
    Norman Mailer
  25. A Farewell to Arms
    Ernest Hemingway
  26. Heart of Darkness
    Joseph Conrad
  27. Invisible Man
    Ralph Ellison
  28. Midnight’s Children
    Salman Rushdie
  29. A Passage to India
    EM Forster
  30. All the King’s Men
    Robert Penn Warren
  31. As I Lay Dying
    William Faulkner
  32. Death Comes for the Archbishop
    Willa Cather
  33. Go Tell It on the Mountain
    James Baldwin
  34. I, Claudius
    Robert Graves
  35. War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy
  36. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Mark Twain
  37. Frankenstein
    Mary Shelley
  38. From Here to Eternity
    James Jones
  39. In Cold Blood
    Truman Capote
  40. Leviathan
    Thomas Hobbes
  41. Moby Dick
    Herman Melville
  42. Paradise Lost
    John Milton
  43. Rabbit, Run
    John Updike
  44. The Call of the Wild
    Jack London
  45. The Count of Monte Cristo
    Alexander Dumas
  46. The Divine Comedy
    Dante
  47. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    Douglas Adams
  48. The Hobbit
    JRR Tolkien
  49. The Iliad and The Odyssey
    Homer
  50. The Prince
    Machiavelli
  1. Treasure Island
    Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Watership Down
    Richard Adams
  3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Robert Pirsig
  4. Lord Jim
    Joseph Conrad
  5. The Education of Henry Adams
    Henry Adams
  6. Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    CS Lewis
  7. Politics
    Aristotle
  8. Holy Bible
  9. A River Runs Through It
    Norman Maclean
  10. A Separate Peace
    John Knowles
  11. The Strenuous Life
    Theodore Roosevelt
  12. All Quiet on the Western Front
    Erich Maria Remarque
  13. Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand
  14. The Brothers Karamazov
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
  15. The Call of the Wild
    Jack London
  16. A Confederacy of Dunces
    John Kennedy Toole
  17. Crime And Punishment
    Fyodor Dostoevsky
  18. Deliverance
    James Dickey
  19. Dune
    Frank Herbert
  20. East of Eden
    John Steinbeck
  21. Ender’s Game
    Orson Scott Card
  22. Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury
  23. Great Expectations
    Charles Dickens
  24. Hatchet
    Gary Paulsen
  25. His Dark Materials Trilogy
    Philip Pullman
  26. How To Win Friends and Influence People
    Dale Carnegie
  27. Into the Wild
    Jon Krakauer
  28. Into Thin Air
    John Krakauer
  29. King Solomon’s Mines
    H Rider Haggard
  30. Les Misérables
    Victor Hugo
  31. Lonesome Dove
    Larry McMurty
  32. Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Dafoe
  33. The Swiss Family Robinson
    Johann Davis Wyss
  34. Tarzan of the Apes
    Edgar Rice Burroughs
  35. The Art of Warfare
    Sun Tzu
  36. The Killer Angels
    Michael Shaara
  37. The Red Badge of Courage
    Stephen Crane
  38. Don Quixote
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  39. Dracula
    Bram Stoker
  40. The Origin Of Species
    Charles Darwin
  41. The Thin Red Line
    James Jones
  42. The Wealth of Nations
    Adam Smith
  43. David Copperfield
    Charles Dickens
  44. Of Mice and Men
    John Steinbeck
  45. One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  46. The Picture Of Dorian Gray
    Oscar Wilde
  47. A Prayer for Owen Meany
    John Irving
  48. A Tale of Two Cities
    Charles Dickens
  49. The Island of Dr. Moreau
    HG Wells
  50. Republic
    Plato

Comments

  1. No Louis L’amour – seriously fellas.

    • This list is solely an aggregation of 10 top sources, so we had no say in who made the list and who didn’t. That said, what book would you take off the list to add L’amour?

      • Rick Pribyl says:

        The absolute most exciting novel for men to read is Pat Conroy’s “The Lords of Discipline.” No other novel has excited my 12th grade students like this novel.

  2. Kim by Rudyard Kipling shoud be on the list. I would take off Hatchet; leave it for the youth list.

    Great website!

  3. The Call of the Wild is both #44 and #65

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  5. Riley Womack says:

    No Matterhorn?

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  10. marylynne pitz says:

    I am surprised that Philipp Meyer’s fabulous novel, “The Son” is not on this list. I recommend it highly. M.L. Pitz

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