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The Way of Men

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,410 ratings  ·  316 reviews
The Way of Men answers the question: “What is Masculinity?”

The so-called experts give the answers that suit their masters. They tell just-so stories to protect their ideology, their religion, their way of life. They look to women for a nod of approval before speaking. They give socially acceptable answers and half-truths.

If what they have to say resonates with men, it is o
Paperback, 170 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by Dissonant Hum (first published March 22nd 2012)
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Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Jack Donovan is bluntly honest, very precise, but not accurate. I agree with a lot of concepts in this book, like the way men view men - manliness is made of strength, courage, mastery, and honor - etc. However, his conclusions are misguided and frankly disappointing. This book was written by a trucker, and his disconnect with politics and economics show (not trying to bash - but the last two chapters elucidate this and really ruin the book for me).

Some abstractions are exaggerated - like women
Lord Falcon McSuave
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Horrible. This is what happens when a bro gets a thesaurus and learns about how to reference other authors. The first few chapters have some real insight, that's the only reason why I'm giving this book two stars. The rest of the book has some real jewels like the author's fear of capitalist-feminist world government conspiracy taking over, and how men should break up into self-sufficient gangs. I shit you not he says something like: why should men compete in politics if women can compete in it ...more
Michael Kalb
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book should take its place between the gun rack and self-defense books. While I will not give a full review, as I feel it should be read to full grasp this important piece, I will say that Mr. Donovan has once again hit many nails on the head with all the precision of a Bostitch pneumatic nail-gun. In this world of "politically correct" language and redundant male guilt, Jack not only slashes through the pervasive pantywastism, he gives a clear view in the difference between being a good m ...more
Zac Scy
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I try to read stuff that provokes me and challenges my assumptions. This is one of those books.

I found so many things annoying about this. Mainly the notion that men perhaps should rule because it's in our nature. That allowing females to occupy spaces where men traditionally and evolutionarily have been the "best".

I get that, for the longest time it's been that way and it has been beneficial for us as a species. Now, it's not been the best possible version of it because of, well, we've seen wha
David Donhoff
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an outstanding book! The entire time you'll simultaneously say to yourself;
Geez... this is incredibly obvious & self-evident, and,
Geez... why is nobody else writing/expressing this against the cacaphony of anti-male dicrimination!?!?

It goes on the "must read" list for my son...
Dave  Johnson
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I debated what to rate this because I vacillated between love and hate with so many points in this book. At its core, it is an attempt to make an amoral analysis of masculinity, and ultimately fails to make a convincing argument.

I LOVED parts of this book. His discussion of the "perimeter" and his explanation of his four "tactical virtues" (four amoral, universal traits of masculinity) were great. I also found his description of viewing the state of society and its history through a lens of mas
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an essential read for anyone cognizant of the unsustainability of the cheap oil, infinite credit, and infinite "progress" paradigm.

If you see the end of that paradigm coming sooner rather than later then you need to get your hands on a copy of this book. On the other hand, If you believe the cultural and spiritual vacuum of modernity still has plenty of "life" left in it's undead corpse; and long for the day of it's demise (and would like to give it a push over the edge) than this book,
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I tend to write shorter reviews of stuff I'm reading for my book group so I can share my opinions with real live people. I'm struggling to write a short review of this that expresses my vitriol at how moronic it is.
(Deep breath)
I see your entire book and raise you a single Wilfred Owen poem.
Trent Sartain
This book was...interesting. Though I thought there were some great insights into "The Way of Men", I found myself disagreeing with the author more and more. For every 1 or 2 sentences of brilliant insight, there were 2 or 3 of intolerant nonsense that would be better suited for a Trump rally. It's worth a read for sure, but I can't say I'd recommend it to many.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Simplified, Jack Donovan's book can be distilled down to two major points. The first half of the book explores the difference between being a good man and being good at being a man. When the circle of civilization is small, it is more important to be good at being a man and it is from these origins that manhood--in its most essential form--is derived. The author identifies four virtues that have defined masculinity and helped human civilization survive from its beginnings. Yes, he essentializes ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Way of Men is chock full of ideas about masculinity and the modern man. I have to say that I would rather be celibate and live as a Buddhist monk than live the life of a physically average, average personality guy in a sexless marriage with an unpleasant woman that allows herself to physically dwindle -- and augment, per se -- all to hell.

Nothing frightens me like the idea of living the standard beta American materialist life. Treeless suburb; overweight wife; unfulfilling career; kids that
Jul 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
My first 1 star review...

This book infuriated me, it spews a load of bull crap about aggression, tribes and men working in packs to overthrow others by means of tribal war. Absolute bollocks, leadership is skewed, I highly doubt the author of the book even knows who Sophocles is, let alone what the cause of the Peloponnesian war was, not to mention the battle between Achilles & Hector or how Agamemnon abused his women.

This book would be cash to a beggar, water to the dehydrated man, fire to
Јас Лично
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shallow logic, analysis to fit the stereotype. What a waste of time.
Diner Ismail
Mar 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Possibly one of the worst books I've ever read. Donovan has some very outdated thoughts on what a man should be, haven't learned anything useful from this.
Narendrāditya Nalwa
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2019
Extremely important read in the present scheme of things wherein an unhealthy feminism/globalism rules the roost. The book will clearly explain to you why warlike nationalism is such an anathema to The Left - a feminist globalist enterprise - or "a globalist masturbation society", as Donovan calls it. And his solution to go back to the way of men is simple - start a gang.
This end of men, this decline of males, this new bonobo masturbation society of peace and plenty—this No Man’s Land—is not i
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Men and women don't want the same things subconsciously or emotionally (just look at what they find as the most attractive sexual partner and how that's different from who they want to marry or spend there lives with) They might want the same thing rationally but allot of the human behavior is NOT a rational choice for example if someone upsets you or someone attracts you , most of that is not a rational choice.This book explores part of the "male" nature that is behind the rational mind but tha ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: calibre
This is a short book, but about an important topic. I've encountered it couple of times recently that my female friends and colleagues never considered (and afterwards couldn't believe) that men can have different values, experiences, and activities that give them satisfactions. They were also really surprised by the kind of communication we use when no females are around (for example that we do not apologize to each other, that admission of a mistake/wrongdoing is enough etc.). I think this boo ...more
Thomas Threlfo
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This four star rating is for the first 80% of the book, more or less, which had some fascinating theories about what men respect in other men, based off thousands of years of what we actually needed in other men to survive. He (almost always) does a great job of avoiding trying to draw any moral or value implications from this, and the few times he forgot to do that are what caused me to take away one star.

I didn't like the last few chapters on the economy and so on, as they started to sound a l
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shallow book
Halvor (Raknes)
This is an important book for any man concerned with preserving and developing manhood. It deals with the essential question of "how to be good at being a man" as opposed to the less controversial "how to be a good man". It analyses and lists the essential qualities that manhood can be broken into ('Strength', "Courage", "Mastery", "Honor"), virtues among many virtues which a man can have but which in contrast to many others define manhood.

The book argues that the original Way of Men was and con
Vlad Calus
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've started this book expecting to read on how to become a better man.

Instead, I read about how to create a better community of men.

Why is our nature different from the men in the primal era? Our activities now and then are totally different, which is completely alright. Unfortunately, it makes us weak. Men aren't getting more rational. They're getting more fearful. They're giving up more and more control.

The technological progress made men less actionable, use technologies instead of huntin
Marc Rocket
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn’t want to like this book and yet some parts were worth reading twice.

Is this book a one or a five? I’m not sure. The basic premise is that global forces are conspiring to eliminate the manly aspects of being male. I don’t agree. There is no conspiracy against men. The world is ever changing and societal roles that are becoming less gender specific. The author confuses what is with what should be. The author does not like change.

There were many parts of this book though that I consider e
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All men should read this book. It explains the difference between being a good man and being good at being a man....most times people are one or the other. We need to strive, especially in modern times, to be both because we are drifting towards what the author describes as “a masturbatory bonobo society” in which we don’t take anything seriously anymore, including sex and meaningful activities. Whether you are progressive or a conservative, you should read this book-everyone has something to le ...more
Swann Polydor
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Bonobo Masturbation Society chapter is well on point. I could not give it 5 stars because it's not a piece of art, but I came to agree with a lot of content from this book about the feminization of our society, and I surely plan to make my fair share of work toward building a more meaningful one.
Nate Riggle
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book. The best men are good men. But also good at being a man. Addresses a lot of duplicity in modern views on what a man should be. Lots of complexity in certain parts. He gets into the weeds with a weird monkey analogy that I thought didn’t translate very well. Has a few statements that seem like they are there for shock value. This book is a great expose that you can not strip a man of what makes him a man and expect the world to not suffer in some way. Explains what many men fail to pu ...more
Peter Keller
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Notes (mostly my edits to his words):

All of the men in a given army are part of the same big team, but the strength of the bonds between men will increase as the size of the unit decreases.
The fireteam-to-platoon sized gang is the smallest unit of us.
Beyond us is them, and the line that separates us from them is a circle of trust.
If you put males together for a short period of time and give them something to compete for, they will form a team of us vs. them.

Just as groups of men will compete aga
Iván Ferreira
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Algunas ideas interesantes, una investigación bien realizada pero igual, la ejecución de esta disertación en el significado de la masculinidad no me pareció bien realizada
Sumit Pal
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A controversial but eye-opening read on the troubles of men in the modern world. A very lucid account of the importance of Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honour. The Way of Men never dies, it merely changes form. There must always be gangs - an 'us' versus 'them'.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read. Jack Donovan has articulated the pangs of modern men and is leading the charge for men of all colors, creed, and loyalties. Every man should read this at least once in his lifetime.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Although many have tried to define masculinity, it still remains an elusive concept. Many perhaps associate it with the alpha male or Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. One sees a powerful man doing what he believes is right, regardless of what other people think. This image, however enchanting, is according to the author Jack Donovan an incomplete picture of what it implies to be a man.
Donovan views masculinity as arising as a survival mechanism: in order to survive in the jungle we have to cooper
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Jack Donovan is an American author known for his writing on masculinity and for his criticisms of feminism and gay culture.

Donovan is currently a contributor to, Counter Currents, Radix Journal, and an anti-feminist men's rights blog The Spearhead.
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“Men cannot be men—much less good or heroic men—unless their actions have meaningful consequences to people they truly care about. Strength requires an opposing force, courage requires risk, mastery requires hard work, honor requires accountability to other men. Without these things, we are little more than boys playing at being men, and there is no weekend retreat or mantra or half-assed rite of passage that can change that. A rite of passage must reflect a real change in status and responsibility for it to be anything more than theater. No reimagined manhood of convenience can hold its head high so long as the earth remains the tomb of our ancestors” 31 likes
“It’s tragic to think that heroic man’s great destiny is to become economic man, that men will be reduced to craven creatures who crawl across the globe competing for money, who spend their nights dreaming up new ways to swindle each other. That’s the path we’re on now. What a withering, ignoble end…” 25 likes
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