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The Way of Men [Kindle Edition]

Jack Donovan
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Book Description

What is masculinity?

When someone tells a man to be a man, they mean that there is a way to be a man. A man is not just a thing to be--it is also a way to be, a path to follow and a way to walk.

People are talking about "the end of men," "the decline of males," and the so-called "crisis of masculinity." There are many diagnoses for the troubles men face today, but the chattering class is short on solutions. They refuse to deal honestly with the differences between men and women, and fail to entertain the possibility that their vision of the future offers little of value to average males.

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 honor for men may be through a new dark age. 

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Advance Praise for The Way of Men:
"Jack Donovan has written a thought-provoking treatise on the essential struggle of men, taking on timeless concepts, in an honest examination of what manhood means to him. The book is carefully reasoned with his own impressive, self-made intellect. He's done his research, and pondered deep, and while I didn't always agree with everything he said--I am a better man for reading it." 
- Sam Sheridan, A Fighter's Heart, A Fighter's Mind

"A thought provoking read on what it means to be a man today in a world that's increasingly finding masculinity undesirable and un-needed. Donovan makes bold and unapologetic arguments on what The Way of Men needs to be in the future."
- Brett McKay, The Art of Manliness, Manvotionals

 "In an age where traditional masculinity is disparaged, deconstructed, feared and scorned, Jack Donovan has engaged in the necessary task of reconstructing what masculinity is, and how it fits into modern society. It seems unlikely that one could learn manhood from a book, but this would be a good place to try."
- Scott Locklin; Writer, Taki's Magazine

"Absolutely love this book!  I found Jack's comments on the underlying primal instincts that motivate men and what can generate unity within a group to be both thought provoking and spot on from a leadership perspective."
- Chris Duffin, AAPF and APA record-holding competitive powerlifter, coach, and gym owner.

"Peering behind the layers of civility we indulge in as a matter of pretense, Donovan explores the primal relationship between tribal identity and masculinity, and emerges endorsing a type of Nietzschean struggle for significance through conflict"
- Brett Stevens,

About the Author

Jack Donovan moonlights as an advocate for men, tribalism, and paleomasculinity. He has contributed popular essays and reviews to The Spearhead, Alternative Right, Counter CurrentsThe Hall of Manly Excellence, Amerika and other sites. He lives and works near Portland, Oregon. This is his third book. For more, visit:

Product Details

  • File Size: 336 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DISSONANT HUM; 1 edition (March 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O0Y1ZE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dangerous Book. July 11, 2013
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Men, especially young men (before it's too late): find or rediscover yourselves here. This isn't a vapid, chest-thumping defense of misogyny or other stupid and useless male excesses. Donovan's treatise on the nature of men is a well-reasoned, historically valid argumentation of man and manhood as definable, socio-biological facts, and not the changeable "social constructs" described (or desired) by feminism and other post-structuralist thought. Men and manhood exist, and increasingly exist at odds with and within systems that want to control, change or even dispose of them. Moreover, men and manhood - properly defined - have both a right and a reason to exist. Donovan expounds on and justifies these rationales brilliantly. For Generation Xers in particular, "The Way of Men" is the how-to manual our fathers wish they'd been allowed to give us as we were entering manhood. In fact, I suspect more than a few single mothers would impart this knowledge to their fatherless sons as they discover firsthand the real nature of men in the pubescent behavior of their rudderless, confused boys.

Why call such a necessary book dangerous? Because it is. It subverts everything men are taught about their attributes, worth and roles in the modern world, and defies the modern world's expectation that men will simply shut up and submit to a mechanical, inhuman order antithetical to their own nature and history. If you want to become a better man, read this. If you want a better understanding of men, read this. And by every means make sure the next generation of men reads this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enticing alternative to modern ethics March 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you are fan of Mr. Donovan's other works, I think you will not be surprised by his latest work, The Way of Men. It's utterly straightforward and honest, full of historical anecdotes, and uncompromising in it's vision. Jack really does understand the state of men and he relays the information pretty well. His core beliefs, however, are very Left Handed ,if you know what I mean and as such, his writing only for really intrepid readers. Jack's dangerous ideas often bring to my mind Nietzsche, Simon LeVay and Ayn Rand for, to read this book properly, you must accept, if only temporarily, that "Might is Right." I do wish he had not used quite so many words- even for a short book, it drags bottom in places- but the author does not aim to entertain. For the fictional, entertaining version of this book, try the perennial favorite, Fight Club, because the two works really describe the same scenario: the crisis of modern manhood. Men are getting softer, fatter, lazier, more feminine, more dependent on a government that we do not trust and which does not values us, dependent on others for food, water and safety. Gender roles in the author's hometown of Portland are decidedly unhip, quaint even. Women compete in the work place, earning as much and more as their male counterparts. Physical, dangerous jobs are going away. We all sit behind desks for a paycheck. Hell, even the military, the manliest joint around, is blowing up Afghan's via robot drones! What a tough sell- masculinity is perceived to be rooted in violence, aggression, chauvinism, and war: characteristics many, including yours truly, believe dangerous and even deeply unevolved. Modern men are left unfulfilled without an outlet for all that testosterone, for good or for bad. Read more ›
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, what is masculinity? April 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're not familiar with the so-called "menosphere" and you never heard of Jack Donovan, I warn you: he's is not a gamer. Maybe we could call him a baller. Or a playmaker. And, for sure, a shot caller. Few writers have the ability to write a book that any man would like to pick up and read right away. Mr. Donovan is one of those. He can be direct and profound, right to the point and comprehensive, lean and stylish. As you navigate through the chapters, you feel as if you knew the author from your local pub, like an old buddy from college talking directly to you. A great joy. With beers, if possible.

In your gut, you know that women are remaking the world in their own image and you know that you don't wanna live in a world like that, but maybe you lack the argumentative tools to draw a precise picture of the situation inside your own head. Sure, you wanna know what is masculinity today. But, more importantly, what has been masculinity for thousands of years? What makes a man good in being a man, that is what "The Way of Men" is all about. When you hear that masculinity it is being completely redefined, maybe you should consider that this definition lies in the past, on our genes, on our history as human beings.

Highly quotable, this book will give you lots of accessible concepts and, without even noticing, you'll repeat on you daily life that "The way of men is the way of the gang", or "Masculinity is about what men want from each other", or "Strength, Courage, Mastery, and Honor are the alpha virtues of men all over the world". And I think that is exactly the purpose of the author: you'll see the world differently and, most important, you'll see yourself differently. If you have a Y chromosome and never thought about those subjects, buy the book and start it right away. You sure don't want to be a slave, do you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any man living in this society full of...
This is a book that truly makes you think on what the hell men are doing with themselves nowadays, and what the hell you as a man are doing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Marcelo E. Zarate
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I heartily approve.
Published 1 day ago by Chainsaw
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for all young men and ...
This book is a must for all young men and those men who are in any way contemplating their life and purpose.
Published 1 day ago by david kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
What a very informative and practical book. It was very hard to put down. It's a book that I will share with my son
Published 8 days ago by JoelAcevedo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, important message.
Good read, an important opinion but slightly too dark. I did get a lot out of it being part of the men's movement myself.
Published 12 days ago by Michael Larocco
5.0 out of 5 stars and short and I mean that in the best way possible
Nasty, brutish, and short and I mean that in the best way possible. Jack Donovan does not right to make you feel better about your self or the place in the world, he writes to let... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Grubendol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book. Worth the purchase. Worth your time.
A well researched book on masculinity and what it means to be a man through the ages.
Published 27 days ago by DavidBFeeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Jack Donovan postulates that men will have to start gangs to repossess the fallen world, as Romulus and Remus had to with Rome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Tarbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Required pre-requisite for all further self-help, right-wing...
There are many men in our society who, while having within them the capacity for greatness, through no real fault of their own, and usually owing to the confused and decadent... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ref
5.0 out of 5 stars and deeply enjoyed this incisive and thoroughly researched book
Was surprised, challenged, and deeply enjoyed this incisive and thoroughly researched book. While most books on the subject attempt to create an ideal of masculinity based on the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Navy Jo
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Jack Donovan (1974-) is an American known for his writing on masculinity, tribalism and the alternative right.

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