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Book Review: The Way of Men

For the modern man, something is missing. I’ve always known a void that could only be filled with reckless adventure, war, and sex. I wondered why that was. Now I know.

Very Piratey! Argh!

When I picked up a copy of Jack Donovan’s The Way of Men I didn’t know what to expect. Fuck me though, this book is excellent. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book faster.

The Way of Men answers the question “What is masculinity?”

Donovan concludes that The Way of Men is the way of the primal survival gang. The simple, amoral, tactical virtues of the gang define our most basic conception of manliness. The “crisis of masculinity” is really a timeless push-and-pull between masculinity and civilization. The world has changed more than men have, and the security and luxury of modernity have put us conflict with our own natures. The path back to honour for men may be through a new dark age.

The book is extremely well written, well structured, insightful and thought provoking. It is naked modern man, sedated and bewildered, staring at himself in the mirror with a cerebral eye,  a fiery heart, and a clenched fist.

It’s sad but true, but men have become little feminised bitches, “forced to exercise their masculinity vicariously through video games and trying to screwing everything that moves.” That’s not a direct quote, but it sums up a lot of what he’s talking about.

This book is a must-read for men who wish to understand themselves on a very deep, profound, and primal level. I’ve never met Jack, but I want to shake the guy’s hand. I feel a lot more connected with my masculinity – and my identity has been enriched as a result.

I particularly liked the parables in the book and the historical journey of masculinity from the story of Rome to the modern age. Fantastic stuff. Although I don’t share some of the author’s political views and his Orwellian prognosis of globalism, I was enthralled the whole way through reading The Way of Men. As somebody in a gang of Sangarian pirates, this book really resonated with me. It was like reading The Way of the Pirate.

This book made me want to go into the wild and start hunting buffalo with a spear.

Bottom Line: One the most powerful books I’ve read in years. Read it!

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6 Responses to Book Review: The Way of Men

  1. Jack Donovan July 17, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    Thanks for the review, man.

  2. fogal March 15, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    too bad my library doesnt have this book would love to read it

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