What Ten Books Must All Men Read BeforeThey Die ?


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Trad climber
Kennewick wa
Oct 21, 2009 - 06:33pm PT

The Road to Serfdom - FA Hayak

Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

Riders of the Purple Sage - Zane Grey

Human Action - Ludwig Von Mises

Fable of the Bees - Bernard Mandeville

Free to Choose - Milton Friedman

The Man Who Killed the Deer - Frank Waters

Sherman Exposed - John Sherman

Common Sense - Thomas Paine

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Oct 21, 2009 - 06:54pm PT
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Oct 21, 2009 - 06:55pm PT
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Oct 21, 2009 - 06:58pm PT
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Oct 21, 2009 - 06:59pm PT
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Social climber
Oct 21, 2009 - 08:21pm PT
What all men and women should do is read- and read often. Anything form the back of the soup can to every Louis L'Amour
Here's the murf list:

Huckleberry Finn i re-read it about every other year
Gone With the Wind I was bummed when it was over- My choice between Huck Finn for The Great American Novel
Mark Twain's 3 Travelogues: Roughing It, Innocents Abroad,Life on the River Read them to see Twain developing his style
All of the Freak Brothers Comix- Got me through college-very very funny
Desert Solitaire- Because of the honesty
Steinbeck: Cannery Row, Travels with Charlie, Log from the sea of Cortez- Because of the non-judgemental humanity
Tolkein Trilogy- What a story
Michael Herr's Dispatches- Viet Nam Viet Nam Viet Nam We've all been there
Bible= changed my life
Kerouac's On the Road-Written during Burr haircut 1950's america. So bad Ass

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 21, 2009 - 08:47pm PT
All young men definitely will enjoy "Catcher in the Rye" I ate that book up. The whole idea of the anti-hero was new to me, as was the angst.

Other books worth reading,

"Catch-22" Joseph Heller. I still enjoy quoting from that one. A black comedic look at war, capitalism, and the value of insanity.

"Black Boy" Richard Wright, an autobiography of living in the Jim Crow South. Pretty powerful stuff and no bullshitting.

"At the Mountains of Madness" H.P. Lovecraft, best horror novella Lovecraft has written, though some of his short stories are even better like "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "The Dunwhich Horror" But it should get you going.

Social climber
Oct 21, 2009 - 08:51pm PT
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.


Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Oct 21, 2009 - 10:09pm PT
Hats off to the previous literary pundits!!

I am going to stay on thread and keep this to the 10 books that sent me to where I am today. I will attempt to explain along the way.

I have read many of the classic books mentioned in previous posts, but they did not shape who I am. It appears that late 20th century authors have captured my imagination.

Also----thanks to Mr. E and Hobo Dan for reminding me of these gems of literature that every manly man should read.

I should further note that almost all women that I have tried to force these books on have found most: “boring, violent, and stupid.”

I will add that most all of these books read easily.

1. Catch 22, J. Heller. At age 13: this book changed my life. It had sex, war, and the real theme of: fighting the system. This book moved me from Young Republican to Liberal in a few sweaty, pubescent days.

2. Lord of the Flies, Golding. High school eye opener on just how bad, groups of your peers can be.

3. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain. Skip digging for symbolism! Another high school eye-opener, that was easy reading.

4. Any of the older Heinlein science fiction books! They simply gave me another way to look at our culture, and what might become of it.

5. Autobiography of a Yogi, P. Yogananda. I was never very religious and still am not. This long book hit me like a “ton of bricks” in my early 20’s and allowed me to appreciate other people’s beliefs and the major world religions.

6. Sometimes A Great Notion, Ken Kesey. OK---I am guilty of following a theme here. This is another novel about people bucking the system. I think it is equal to “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and not as much of a downer.

7. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey, A. Lansing. It is a good idea to read this: so you can quit bitching about “how tough life is.”

8. The Monkeywrench Gang, Ed Abbey. Another book about someone who had the guts to fight the system.

9. Games Climbers Play. If you only read one climbing book-----this distills the best stories.

10. Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner. A non-fiction read on how the west has been shaped for “optimal water use.” My favorite quote from the book: “water runs uphill, towards money.”


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 21, 2009 - 10:41pm PT

Good choices.

The Family of Secrets (about the shrub family)

Blackwater. . .

The Dark Side

And I can't imagine this was left out

Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner

An Oil Field
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:01pm PT
There is some damn good stuff above.

I agree with almost anything that Wallace Stegner wrote. I think Ed Abbey was a blowhard..mainly because I have been in a lot of the places he wrote about, and I thought he would go over the top. Philosphically I agree with him.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom is right up there. By T.E. Lawrence. Or just go rent Lawrence of Arabia and watch the movie. The book is way better if you can bite into it.

To be quite honest, I made it all the way to thirty reading nothing but Penthouse Forum in that hole under Bachar Cracker.


Social climber
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:41pm PT

Real Frank Zappa Book.

Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga.

The Marijuana Papers.

Kaddish and Other Poems.

Your Brain is God.

The Good Earth.

The Old Man and the Sea.


In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex .

Downward Bound.

Trad climber
Oct 21, 2009 - 11:57pm PT
Bhagavad Gita

(recommended even by one of my patron saints, Thoreau;)

"The New Testament is remarkable for its pure morality, the best of the Vedic Scripture, for its pure intellectuality. But the reader is nowhere raised into and sustained in a bigger, purer, or rarer region of thought than in the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita's 'sanity and sublimity' have impressed the minds even of soldiers and merchants."

(edit; while I'm at it, Emerson seems to have liked it too:
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavat-Gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spake to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions that exercise us.")
mark miller

Social climber
Oct 22, 2009 - 12:28am PT
Great list Mr. E,(The peaceful Warrior was given to me in a bar room fight from an innocent bystander) and glad to see "Downward bound" on someone's list.
I really preferred the writings of Frank Herbert over Tolkeins but you say Tomato......The bible and other cornerstones of the modern world obviously should be required reading and the 40 ways of power by .....
But what about such delightful tales such as "A New Sweater for Harry" and " Where the Wild Things Are"? Reading can do more for the soul then just deep intellectual or spiritual self awareness, how about some whimsical Joy?

Oct 22, 2009 - 12:45am PT
If you're talkin' about "manly" books, how about something from Cormac McCarthy? The Old West, blood, violence, mayhem. How can you go wrong with that?

I'll second A Clockwork Orange. I have never hated a character so much, and then felt so bad for him.

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Oct 22, 2009 - 03:13pm PT
At different stages I'd say the following were important to me:

1. Chronicles of Narnia/and Hobbit

2. Catch-22

3. Sometimes a Great Notion

4. Crime and Punishment

5. War and Peace

6. Soldier of the Great War

7. Out of Africa

8. The Virginian

9. Lolita

10. All of Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels!

Mountain climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 22, 2009 - 06:41pm PT
To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch rules!

Big Wall climber
Oct 22, 2009 - 06:57pm PT
Failure is not an Option - Gene Kranz
The best book I ever read about the space program.

CMOS Cookbook

TTL Cookbook

Practical Electronics for Inventors

The Way Things Work (2 Book Set)

How Things Work (4 Book Set)

K2 - American Expedition


Trad climber
Oct 23, 2009 - 03:24am PT
How to Sh#t In The Woods by Kathleen Meyer, and this one.
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Trad climber
Oct 23, 2009 - 05:01am PT
I totally agree that every manuscript previously submitted is a must read!
I am pleased that I have the honor of nominating” GORILLA MONSOON” by John Long as my personal all time Favorite !
So there!
Way to go Largo!
IMHO: YOU hit a home run first time at bat!
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