Joe Rogan Recommended Books & Reading List


Discover and read the best books Joe Rogan has recommended. Find out what books Joe Rogan has read, and which ones have inspired and changed his life.

Joe Rogan has given his top picks for recommended books, but there is also a mix of mentions and suggestions on this reading list.

Joe Rogan

Joseph James Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American UFC color commentator, podcaster, comedian, actor, and former television presenter. He hosts The Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast in which he discusses current events, comedy, politics, philosophy, science, and hobbies with a variety of guests.


1. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

James Nestor
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Nothing is more vital to our health and well-being than breathing: inhale air, exhale air, and repeat 25,000 times a day. However, humans as a species have lost the ability to breathe properly, which has serious repercussions.

James Nestor, a journalist, explores the globe to determine what went wrong and how to solve it. In order to put long-held notions about how we breathe to the test scientifically, Nestor hunts down individuals investigating the hidden science behind traditional breathing techniques like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo. He also works with pulmonary tinkerers.

2. The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name

Brian C. Muraresku
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
A ground-breaking investigation into the part that psychedelics played in the development of Western civilization as well as a genuine Holy Grail search.

For the original Eucharist, the hallowed wine that is claimed to ensure life beyond death for those who drink the blood of Jesus, there is no archaeological evidence. The magical items that made up the Holy Grail have never been discovered. For the 2.5 billion Christians in the world today, whatever occurred at the Last Supper remains a matter of faith in the lack of any empirical evidence.

3. The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
The Book of Five Rings is regarded as one of the most incisive works on the subtle arts of conflict and triumph to emerge from Asia, along with Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.

One of the most brilliant books to come out of Asian culture on the subtle arts of conflict and triumph is The Book of Five Rings. The book studies the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underpins every level of human interaction. It was written not only for martial artists but for anybody who wishes to apply the eternal ideas of this work to their life.

4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Harari
Publication Date: June 10, 2018
A prominent historian has written a ground-breaking account of humanity’s origins and development that has become a worldwide blockbuster. It examines how biology and history have shaped who we are and improved our knowledge of what it means to be “human.”

Dr. Harari urges us to look ahead because humans have started to defy natural selection laws that have guided life for the previous four billion years in recent years. We are developing the capacity to create not just the environment around us but also our own self.

5. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work

Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
This ground-breaking book in the manner of Daniel Pink’s Drive and Charles Duhigg’s Smarter Faster Better analyzes altered states of consciousness and how they can spark passion, feed creativity, and hasten problem-solving. The author of the popular book Bold and The Rise of Superman.

The biggest revolution you’ve never heard of is right under your nose. All of our preconceived notions about high performance have been proven wrong in the past ten years by Silicon Valley leaders like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like Navy SEALs and Green Berets, and unconventional scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy. These trailblazers have discovered an unexpected shortcut in place of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours.

6. The Terminal List I: A Thriller

Jack Carr
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
In this political thriller that is, a Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for when he learns that the American government is responsible for the deaths of his crew.

Lieutenant Commander James Reece’s whole team perished in a terrible ambush during his most recent military assignment. Reece learns that the deaths of those closest to him on the day of his return home were the result of a conspiracy that extends to the highest echelons of government rather than a war crime committed by an enemy nation.

7. The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins
Publication Date: September 18, 2006
The world’s most well-known atheists and famous scientists argue against the absurdity of religious belief and the severe harm it has caused to society, including the Crusades and 9/11.

From the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benevolent (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker preferred by some Enlightenment philosophers, Dawkins examines God in all of his manifestations with precision and wit. He dismantles the main justifications for religion and shows how unlikely a superior deity is.

8. Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas

Tom Papa
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Nobody knows it better than stand-up comedian, family man, and “Live From Here” head writer and performer Tom Papa. Being a person is difficult, especially in a family.

A warm and funny book called Your Dad Stole My Rake saws deeply into every branch of the family tree and reveals the strangest and surprisingly profound aspects of our life. He outs everyone, even insane aunts with mustaches, ranting grandparents, and uncles who smoke marijuana as a condiment.

9. Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West

Hampton Sides
Publication Date: October 9, 2007
A great history of the American conquest of the West is now available from the author of Ghost Soldiers. It is “a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy.”

The Army of the West passed through Santa Fe in the summer of 1846 on its way to attack and take control of the Western regions that Mexico had claimed. This land grab would result in a protracted conflict between the United States and the Navajos, the highly resistant people who controlled a sizable portion of the rocky desert wilderness. It was motivated by the new philosophy of “Manifest Destiny.”

10. Scars and Stripes: An Unapologetically American Story of Fighting the Taliban, UFC Warriors, and Myself

Tim Kennedy & Nick Palmisciano
Publication Date: June 7, 2022
The hilarious, motivational memoir “Embrace Failure and Weather Storms” by distinguished Green Beret sniper, UFC star, and all-around badass Tim Kennedy offers lessons on how to accept failure and weather storms in order to reveal the strongest version of yourself.

Tim Kennedy struggles because he only feels alive just before he is going to pass away. Kennedy, a Green Beret, distinguished Army sharpshooter, and UFC star, has hunted poachers, human traffickers, and the Taliban while traveling the world and tackling bulls with his bare hands, jumping out of airplanes, and diving to the bottom of the ocean.

11. Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary

Joe Jackson
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Black Elk Speaks, one of the most read and admired pieces of American Indian literature, was transcribed by the poet John G. Neihardt from a series of interviews with Black Elk and other elders at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Joe Jackson gives the authoritative biographical narrative of a person whose dramatic life intersected with some of the most significant moments in the history of the American West in this expansive book. Black Elk, who was born during a period of escalating hostility between the Sioux, white settlers, and American government troops, killed his first man at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, saw his second cousin Crazy Horse slaughtered, and went to Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

12. Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties

Tom O'Neill
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
In this gripping reexamination of a notorious case in American history, a journalist’s twenty-year interest with the Manson murders results in disturbing new disclosures about the FBI’s participation.

All around the galaxy, the war raged. Billion after billion have already perished and were doomed. Moons, planets, and even the stars themselves faced ruthless, violent, and worse, arbitrary devastation. The Culture fought for its moral right to exist, while the Idirans fought for their Faith. There were issues of principles. There was no surrender possible.

13. Meditations

Marcus Aurelius
Publication Date: May 14, 2018
Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor, and author of Meditations is one of the most well-known and significant works in history (A.D. 121–180).

This eloquent and touching book borrows from and expands the heritage of Stoicism, which emphasizes the pursuit of inner calm and ethical certainty in an ostensibly chaotic world. It does so by reflecting the emperor’s own noble and self-sacrificing code of behavior.

14. The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East

John M. Allegro
Publication Date: November 12, 2009
In The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, John Allegro describes his journey across the language tree to discover the origins of Christianity.

This book questions everything we believe to be true about religion. Christianity’s foundational fertility cult from antiquity. the dynamic force behind cultic rituals and symbols. The sacred mushroom serves as a symbol and representation of divinity.

15. Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change

Barbara Freese
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Environmental lawyer Barbara Freese had to deal with corporate denial when she cross-examined coal industry witnesses who denied the science behind climate change years ago.

When confronted with evidence that their actions are harming people or the environment, corporations have a long history of disputing the facts, placing blame on the victims, accusing their detractors of engaging in witch hunts, attacking the intentions of their critics, and using other justifications. Campaigns of denial have allowed businesses to carry on harmful practices that result in widespread misery, fatalities, and environmental degradation.

16. The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
A ground-breaking, eye-opening exposé by the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat presents the compelling argument that sugar is the cigarettes of the new millennium: supported by strong lobbies, ingrained in our lives, and seriously harming us.

Diabetes is more common than ever among Americans today, and obesity has reached epidemic levels. Nearly 10% of youngsters are considered to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And the cause of these and other serious health issues affecting the entire population is sugar.

17. Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

Sean Carroll
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
For the first time, Something Deeply Hidden demonstrates how our understanding of space and time is completely altered when we confront the central paradox of quantum mechanics.

Each second, thousands of copies of you are created. According to the Many Worlds Theory of quantum behavior, every time there is a quantum event, a world splits off with identical content, except that the quantum event didn’t occur in that other world.

18. DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

Rick Strassman
Publication Date: January 1, 2001
One of the most potent psychedelics known as DMT is studied by a clinical psychiatrist. Psychedelic research at the bleeding edge is revealed in this behind-the-scenes glimpse, and a novel scientific theory is offered to explain the phenomena of alien abduction encounters.

Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. studies from 1990 to 1995. He administered DMT, one of the most potent psychedelics known, to sixty volunteers as part of government-approved and supported clinical research at the University of New Mexico. His thorough account of those experiences is a fascinating investigation into the workings of the human mind and the possible benefits of psychedelics for treating mental health issues.

19. The Terminal List III: Savage Son: A Thriller

Jack Carr
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Savage Son explores the deepest inclinations of humanity through the eyes of a man who has seen both the finest and worst of it, making it Jack Carr’s most visceral and heart-pounding thriller to date.

While recovering from brain surgery halfway around the world, James Reece is slowly putting his life back together with the aid of Katie Buranek, an investigative reporter, and Raife Hastings, a longtime friend, and SEAL comrade. Unbeknownst to them, Reece is the target of a deadly cat-and-mouse game being played by the Russian mafia.

20. Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me

Charlamagne Tha God 
Publication Date: May 12, 2011
Charlamange wants Shook One to serve as a wake-up signal that everyone has a right to get help.

In the number-one best-seller Shook One, Charlamagne details his battle with those worries and lays out a strategy you can follow to conquer your own. Ironically, Charlamagne’s fear of failing—of succumbing to the life of mediocrity or criminality that had ensnared so many of his friends and relatives in his hometown of Moncks Corner—has been the force behind his success.

21. The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity

Douglas Murray
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Douglas Murray examines the perils of “woke” culture and the growth of identity politics in The Madness of Crowds.

With interludes on the Marxist roots of “wokeness,” the impact of technology, and how, in an increasingly online age, we must relearn the ability to forgive, he examines the most contentious subjects of our time: sexuality, gender, technology, and race.

22. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Jonathan Haidt
Publication Date: December 1, 2006
The most ingenious and clear-cut examination of morality and happiness is found in the body of positive psychology literature.

Ten Great Ideas are discussed in the book The Happiness Hypothesis. In each chapter, we make an effort to savor a particular concept that has been discovered by a number of civilizations around the world, to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, to draw lessons that still hold true for our contemporary lives, and to shed light on the factors that contribute to human flourishing.

23. The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

Joseph M. Marshall III
Publication Date: September 27, 2005
The genuine narrative of how one man’s struggle for the survival of his people awakened his true genius as a strategist, commander, and dependable leader is told in The Journey of Crazy Horse.

The majority of the world views Crazy Horse as a legendary warrior who helped the United States. The army is brought to its knees at the Little Bighorn battle. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a devout son and a modest warrior who, with courage, energy, respect, and unmatched leadership, fought for the land, way of life, and honor of his people.

24. A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life

Heather Heying & Bret Weinstein
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Our evolutionary biology is the source of both civilization’s success and failure, according to a daring, thought-provoking history of our species.

The problem is that the modern environment is out of step with our prehistoric brains and bodies, according to evolutionary biologists Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein. We were meant to live in clans, yet most people nowadays don’t even know the names of their neighbors. In our early communities, survival depends on taking advantage of our sex differences, but in modern society, even the idea of biological sex is increasingly regarded as objectionable.

25. The Terminal List II: True Believer A Thriller

Jack Carr 
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
True Believer, a thrilling roller-coaster ride that establishes Jack Carr as the new master of political thrillers, explodes with action and authenticity.

The general markets tank when a spate of horrifying terrorist acts rocks the Western world around the holidays. An enigmatic former Iraqi commando who vanished into the European underworld is organizing the attacks.

26. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Lawrence Wright
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
An “utterly vital account” (The Wall Street Journal) revealing the inner workings of the church of Scientology, one of the most shrouded organizations in existence today, is presented by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower.

While promoting itself as a scientific method for achieving spiritual enlightenment, Scientology has long been cloaked in secrecy. With the aid of his investigative skills, years of archival research, and more than 200 in-depth interviews with present and former Scientologists, Lawrence Wright is now able to reveal the inner workings of the church.

27. The Art of Living and Dying

Publication Date: June 4, 2013
“Repeating that death does not exist does not negate the reality of death. It will be necessary to come to terms with, confront, and live with death. You must familiarize yourself with it.” —Osho

In The Art of Living and Dying, Osho not only makes it clear that our fear of death stems from an incorrect knowledge of how life works, but also that it presents a fantastic chance for personal development. Death is a process, not an occurrence, and it starts with birth.

28. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger 
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Tribe, a book that combines history, psychology, and anthropology, looks at what we can learn about loyalty, belonging, and the never-ending search for meaning from tribal communities.

Before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin bemoaned the fact that while English settlers frequently fled to the Indians, the latter hardly ever did the same. For hundreds of years, tribal societies have drawn Westerners almost gravitationally, and the root of this attraction is our shared evolutionary history as social creatures.

29. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell
Publication Date: January 7, 2002
Discover Malcolm Gladwell’s ground-breaking debut and investigate the science behind viral tendencies in business, marketing, and human behavior in this book from the bestselling author of The Bomber Mafia.

The magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior passes a threshold, tips, and takes off like wildfire is known as the tipping point. A little but precisely targeted push can result in a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a decline in crime, just as one sick person can start an epidemic of the flu.

30. Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization

Graham Hancock
Publication Date: April 2, 1996
Could human history be far older than we previously thought? Graham Hancock makes a strong argument that it is using resources as diverse as computer analysis of ancient stories, geology, and archaeo-astronomy.

Hancock sets out on a global journey to piece together the many fascinating bits of the hidden history of humanity in “Fingerprints of the Gods“. He uncovers startling evidence of the vast sophistication, technological advancement, and advanced scientific knowledge of an unidentified civilization from remote antiquity in monuments as diverse as Egypt’s Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tiahuanaco, and Mexico’s breathtaking Temples of the Sun and Moon.

31. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Steven Pressfield & Shawn Coyne
Publication Date: January 11, 2012
This tremendously uplifting, no-nonsense manual for overcoming creative barriers of all kinds combines elements of The Art of War and The Artist’s Way.

Best-selling author Steven Pressfield teaches readers how to recognize, overcome, and unlock the inner hurdles to creativity in this compelling, straight-from-the-hip analysis of the internal barriers to achievement. THE WAR OF ART is a motivational, humorous, well-timed kick in the pants sure to inspire any aspiring artist, activist, or businessperson.

32. The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.

Daniel Coyle
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
What makes someone talented? How do we open it up? This ground-breaking book gives readers the skills they need to bring out the best in both themselves and others.

This ground-breaking book demonstrates how to develop ability by utilizing a recently discovered brain process, regardless of whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a youngster to play the piano, writing a novel, or attempting to improve your golf swing.

33. Race Matters, 25th Anniversary: With a New Introduction

Cornel West
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Race Matters is a book that every American should read because it will help us create a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium.

Dr. West claims that we are experiencing a spiritual blackout that is marked by imperial decay, racial hostility, and unbridled brutality and terror, as seen in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charlottesville, in a new preface for the edition marking its 25th anniversary.

34. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

David Goggins
Publication Date: December 3, 2018
He discusses his incredible life experience in “Can’t Hurt Me” and demonstrates that most people only use 40% of their potential.

Childhood for David Goggins was a nightmare filled with deprivation, discrimination, and physical abuse. But Goggins converted himself from an overweight, miserable young guy with no future to a U.S. citizen via self-control, mental fortitude, and hard work. one of the best endurance athletes in the world and an icon of the military.

35. Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse: Another Cookbook of Sorts

Frederic Morin, David McMillan &Meredith Erickson
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
From the James Beard Award-nominated culinary adventurers and owners of the adored restaurant, Joe Beef, comes a new cookbook/survival guide/love letter to Montreal for these end-of-the-world times.

FrĂ©dĂ©ric Morin, David McMillan, and Meredith Erickson introduced readers to the art of living the Joe Beef way in their acclaimed debut cookbook. With more than 150 new dishes, some pulled directly from the menus of Fred and Dave’s renowned Montreal restaurants, others drawn from summers spent on Laurentian lakes and Sunday dinners at home, they’re back with another incredibly intimate and refreshingly simple compilation.

36. Son of the Morning Star: Custer and the Little Bighorn

Evan S. Connell
Publication Date: October 1, 1997
The renowned American author Evan S. Connell’s factual account of General Custer is titled Son of the Morning Star.

One of the best-remembered episodes in American history is Custer’s Last Stand; even today, more than a century after it occurred, people debate even the most fundamental facts concerning the Little Bighorn. The most trustworthy and compulsively readable description of the topic was written by Evan S. Connell, who Joyce Carol Oates called “one of our most interesting and brilliant American authors.”

37. Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Adam Alter 
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction, when at least one behavior is a problem for half of the American population.

Adam Alter, a professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, charts the growth of behavioral addiction in this ground-breaking book and explains why so many products on the market today are hard to resist. These items’ amazing and occasionally destructive magnetism is no accident, despite the fact that they magically dissolve the distances separating individuals throughout the world.

38. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

Don Miguel Ruiz
Publication Date: November 7, 1997
The Four Agreements address the advantages of being flawless with your word, not taking anything personally, not making assumptions, and always giving your best effort. It grounds philosophical ideas in specific, everyday events.

Don Miguel Ruiz, a best-selling author of The Four Agreements, exposes the root of self-limiting ideas that rob us of joy and cause unnecessarily painful suffering. The Four Agreements, a strong rule of behavior based on the wisdom of the Toltecs, can quickly change our lives and usher in a new sense of liberation, genuine happiness, and love.

39. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Jared Diamond Ph.D.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Best-selling author and neurologist Sam Harris makes the case in his book Lying that by simply stating the truth in circumstances where others frequently lie, we may drastically simplify our lives and advance society.

Life is just like Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello. Lies fuel and sustain the majority of personal vices and social vices. Acts of adultery and other forms of personal betrayal, financial fraud, political corruption, and even murder, and genocide, typically call for a second moral flaw: a readiness to lie.

40. American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

Steven Rinella
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
A quest to find the American buffalo—an exciting, fascinating investigation of an animal that has long preoccupied Americans’ thoughts.

This narrative tells the story of Rinella’s hunt for buffalo. But more than that, it tells the tale of how the buffalo has influenced our sense of who we are as a country in several ways. In quest of the buffalo’s past, present, and future, Rinella leads us across the continent to the Bering Land Bridge, where researchers look for buffalo bones among the remains of the region’s first occupants.

41. Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

S.C. Gwynne
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
S. was praised by critics. The narrative of these events by C. Gwynne is thoroughly researched, thought-provoking, and, most importantly, thrillingly told. He is recognized as a significant new author of American history because of the Empire of the Summer Moon.

Two astounding stories are included in Empire of the Summer Moon. The first chronicles the Comanches’ ascent and decline as the most dominant Indian tribe in American history. The epic adventure of pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who rose to become the last and greatest chief of the Comanches, is one of the most astonishing stories to have ever emerged from the Old West.

42. Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell
Publication Date: June 7, 2011
Learn what makes exceptional achievers unique—from Bill Gates to the Beatles—in this essential study from “a distinctive genius” by the bestselling author of The Bomber Mafia.

Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual tour of the “outliers” world—the finest and the brightest, the most well-known and successful people—in this astonishing new book. What differentiates exceptional achievers, he wonders?

43. Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

Terence McKenna
Publication Date: January 1, 1993
Information on prehistoric partnership communities, the roles of spices and spirits in the establishment of dominator societies, and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol are presented as part of an exploration of humans’ symbiotic interactions with plants and chemicals.

In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist Terence McKenna explores the evolution of man’s interaction with chemicals, revealing a window into the divine and potentially a method to save our ailing planet. McKenna offers a reexamination of the historical significance of drugs in both the East and the West.

44. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Clarity is key when we are bombarded with useless information. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is necessary reading since it presents complex modern issues in an understandable manner.

Harari expands on the concepts covered in his previous books in twenty-one readable chapters that are both thought-provoking and profound. He untangles political, technological, social, and existential issues and provides guidance on how to get ready for a future that will be very different from the one we currently live in.

45. Zen in the Art of Archery

Eugen Herrigel 
Publication Date: January 26, 1999
An important work of Eastern philosophy as well as a charming and illuminating account of one man’s Zen practice.

Zen in the Art of Archery, a classic treatise on Eastern philosophy, is a pleasant and profoundly informative account of one man’s encounter with Zen. Eugen Herrigel, a German philosopher who taught in Tokyo, started learning archery as a way to better understand Zen Buddhism.

46. Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha 
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
“Sex at Dawn seriously questions prevailing ideas about sex. The authors are able to demonstrate the flaws and limitations of prevalent views put out by the majority of specialists by looking at the prehistoric roots of human sexual behavior. — Andrew Weil, M.D.

An idea-driven, contentious book that questions everything you (believe you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and families. “A brilliantly intriguing and well-written book which entirely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the source of many of our social and psychological maladies,” is how Steve Taylor described Sex at Dawn.

47. Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

David S. Lifton 
Publication Date: January 1, 1988
Lifton argues that the evidence used by the Warren Commission and the House Assassinations Committee was fabricated and explains how the cover-up plot operated as well as the many discrepancies in the record.

His 15-year quest for the truth regarding the Kennedy assassination is chronicled in Best Evidence, a first-person, chronological account told in the first person. It is designed to illustrate his personal attempt to solve the mystery through a painstaking and time-consuming search for new evidence that could eventually settle the numerous factual contradictions in the record, not only to provide a theory of what happened on November 22, 1963.

48. The Hustler

Walter Tevis
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
The Hustler, which was initially published in 1959, was the first and best novel ever to be written about pool in its 400-year history.

“Fast” Eddie Felson at first appears to be a sloppy pool player with sparkling eyes and an astonishing grin to the strangers he plays with in dimly lit billiard clubs. But when real money is at stake, they realize that Eddie is a first-class hustler.

49. Coyote America

Flores Dan
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
The five million-year life story of this unique species, from its beginnings to its apotheosis, is told in Coyote America. One of the major epics of the modern era.

Legends fall short of adequately describing the extraordinary tale of the coyote. Coyotes not only survived, but thrived in the face of centuries-long eradication efforts that used chemicals, helicopters, and manmade illnesses, spreading across the continent from Alaska to New York City, Maine, and beyond.

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