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The Way of Men [Kindle Edition]

Jack Donovan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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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. 

Editorial Reviews


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: 2781 KB
  • Print Length: 137 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dangerous Book. July 11, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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93 of 106 people found the following review helpful
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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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I tried to like it October 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I impulsively bought this book because I had heard it circling around the manosphere long enough and decided to take the bait. I wanted to be excited about this book. I was hoping for something original, or at the very least, an interesting description of hard truths. I was fairly disappointed by the sheer lightness of this book. It's as though the author read "Confessions of an Online Hustler" and took the main premise of creating an info-product to heart, thus churning this project which must have taken no more than a month to write from scratch, and no more than a couple of days to compile from old blog posts.

It is essentially a long blog post, and the main premise argued that men should bond with other men. Well, in that I agree, but I disagree that men should do so because we are violent. You see, I don't come from a background of bachelors prowling for women and constantly fighting each other to be top dog. I come from a background that looks at a loving wife, healthy children, a productive job, and ethical values (religious or secular) as the stuff that builds civilization. Most of the gangs that the author seems to condone (he only ever offers a caveat of their destruction at the end of the book) out of their sheer manliness are gangs that literally destroy production and civilization. The way of the knight, the samurai, and the roman legion kept civilization from advancing with their constant warfare and complete disregard for other humans; it was really only until gunpowder that the lower classes were able to put up a resistance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended-More pessismism about men....
Well, luckily, I was lent a copy and didn't buy this...

Ironically, this man's view on masculinity is as awful as the feminist's he presumably hates... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Rifftastic
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Purchase!
Absolutely badass!! Thanks!!
Published 3 days ago by Matthew Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read this year
Best book I've read this year. I really appreciate his definition and defense of masculinity. I highly recommend this book.
Published 4 days ago by Dustin Hannahs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book, highly recommend
Published 5 days ago by rob
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
Entertaining and a good read. Makes a lot of good points and I read it in one sitting, worth the price for sure. Read more
Published 6 days ago by majo
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book Too many comparisons to monkeys
Nice book
Too many comparisons to monkeys.
Published 7 days ago by Jaymus Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an excellent book. im definitely going to read it again
Published 8 days ago by Benjamin Bakker
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring tripe
Boring tripe. I actually found this book in a used book store and it was a dollar, so I bought it out of curiosity. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Lizard
5.0 out of 5 stars "A man who is more concerned with being a good man than being good at...
Its by far the best book I have ever read. Tons of information that made me understand myself far better. 5 stars? No This book gets 7 stars! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Phlip
3.0 out of 5 stars dope book with some weak points
The book overall satisfied my thirst for understanding male to male bonding. It made particular sense around what we may call in some places, soft a** people, or, cookie cutter... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Miguel
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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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