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The Rational Male Paperback – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
Rollo Tomassi is one of the most prominent voices in the globally growing, male-focused online consortium known as the “Manosphere” as well as one of the ‘Godfathers’ of intersexual Red Pill awareness. Rollo is the author of The Rational Male blog, a foundational fixture in the Red Pill community.
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What if I told you that much of what you were told and taught growing up about romance & intergender relationships was not only false but also severely crippling your relationships and your life in general? Wouldn't you want to know the truth, and be liberated from said falsehoods (before it's too late)? Would you like to finally understand how to navigate romance, and life in general, in the 21st centery? This book is your answer.
"The Rational Male" centers around the insights of the notorious "Red Pill"/"Manosphere" movements that have really began to gain traction in the past decade or so. It's a bit of a chore to define and explain these movements/philosophies (especially to people new to the movements) so I would recommend you do a little googling to understand better what they are (and of course read this book). This is a gross oversimplification but in essence their a self help movement trying to understand and navigate intergender reltionships/interactions and empower men in a world society that is largely focused on the opposite (disempowering men and empowering woman). "Taking The Red Pill" is basically becoming aware of the true nature of reality (in this case involving the relationships between the two genders) & changing ones behavior to better survive (and hopefully thrive) in said reality.
The book is a collection of the authors writings from his posts in the online community. It's a "essential readings" or "best hits" that is meant to covey the cumulative efforts/insights of the community.
Reading through the book your likely to have many lightbulb/epiphany moments as you began to reflect on your own experiences and those around you. Once you become aware of the truths you'll then be able to, with the help of the author, make changes to how you approach things to better navigate in your relationships. And most importantly make the best of your life and avoid the major pitfalls of those who are unaware of the truth. Reading the book is potentially life changing, especially if you understand and apply the concepts in the book to your own life.
My only real compliant with the book is that it's not very "beginner" friendly. I came to the book with very little knowledge of the commmunities/philosophies (outside of what I had learned from the pickup/seduction community). And I felt kinda lost as I read it. A second read through was sufficient in easing this shortcoming and things really began to digest. But again you'll want to do a bit of googling to get a better idea of the basic concepts and what these movements/philosophies hope to achieve.
As such I recommend that this book be read in conjunction with other books. I would start with "The Game" & "Rules of The Game" (especially this one!) by Neil Strauss. Also check out "No More Mr Nice Guy", "Modern Romance" & "The Selfish Gene". These books all fit into the theme of self improvement and understanding and navigating interpersonal relationships. And of course check up the authors second book, "The Rational Male Volume 2 Preventive Medicine" for what the first book missed (it's also more focused on the "how/healing" side rather than the "why" side of this book).
Pick it up!!!
Some theories that Rollo suggests may cause shock and even piss you off and cause you to stop reading it altogether. But I feel it is a must read for any man trying to improve himself both personally and professionally.
I will say be careful about who you speak to the theories of this book with. Not everyone is ready to be unplugged from the "Matrix" and you might be met with some resistance and may even cause insecurities to come out from those less enlightened to hear what you have to say.