81 books recommended by Ryan Holiday

Reading list of Ryan Holiday, American author, marketer, and entrepreneur.


  1. Ask The Dust by John Fante, Charles Bukowski
  2. Letters from a Stoic (Penguin Classics) by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  3. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  4. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  5. Plutarch’s Lives by Plutarch
  6. Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius
  7. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
  8. Why Don’t We Learn from History? by B. H. Liddell Hart, Giles Laurén
  9. Strategy: Second Revised Edition (Meridian) by B. H. Liddell Hart
  10. Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by The Earl of Chesterfield
  11. Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son by George Horace Lorimer
  12. Asylum by William Seabrook, Joe Ollmann
  13. What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
  14. The Harder They Fall by Budd Schulberg
  15. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
  16. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh
  17. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Vintage Departures) by John Vaillant
  18. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
  19. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
  20. The Man Without a Country by Edward Everett Hale
  21. Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American by B. H. Liddell Hart
  22. The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander
  23. The Art of War: The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life (Penguin Classics) by Sun-tzu
  24. On War (Penguin Classics) by Carl von Clausewitz
  25. My Life and Battles by Jack Johnson, Christopher Rivers
  26. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  27. Mastery by Robert Greene
  28. The Prince (Penguin Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli
  29. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  30. The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Modern Library Classics) by Giorgio Vasari, Gaston du C. de Vere, Philip Jacks
  31. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  32. Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen
  33. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
  34. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  35. The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
  36. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  37. Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate — The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff, Howard Dean, Don Hazen
  38. Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Frank I. Luntz
  39. The Strategy Paradox: Why Committing to Success Leads to Failure (And What to do About It) by Michael E. Raynor
  40. Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
  41. Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson
  42. Hunger (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by Knut Hamsun, Sverre Lyngstad
  43. Death Be Not Proud (P.S.) by John J. Gunther
  44. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson
  45. The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
  46. The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology by Robert Wright
  47. Sex on the Brain: The Biological Differences Between Men and Women by Deborah Blum
  48. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  49. Fragments by Heraclitus
  50. On the Rock: Twenty-Five Years in Alcatraz : the Prison Story of Alvin Karpis as told to robert Livesey by Robert Livesey
  51. Measure of My Days by Florida Scott-Maxwell
  52. Cyropaedia: The Education of Cyrus by Xenophon
  53. Company K (Library Alabama Classics) by William March, Philip D. Beidler
  54. Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
  55. Lives of the most eminent painters, sculptors, and architects by Giorgio Vasari
  56. The Crack-Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson
  57. The Inner Citadel: The <i>Meditations</i> of Marcus Aurelius (Meditations of Marcus Aurelius) by Pierre Hadot, Michael Chase
  58. Reveille for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
  59. Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
  60. Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George Devol
  61. Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son Being the Letters written by John Graham, Head of the House of Graham & Company, Pork-Packers in Chicago, … known to his intimates as “Piggy.” by George Horace Lorimer
  62. Power Tactics of Jesus Christ and Other Essays, Second Edition by Jay Haley
  63. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
  64. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits and Other Writings by Visit Amazon’s Philip A. Fisher Pagesearch resultsLearn about Author CentralPhilip A. Fisher, Kenneth L. Fisher
  65. How to profit by one’s enemies by Plutarch
  66. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram
  67. The Moral Sayings Of Publius Syrus: A Roman Slave (1855) by Publius Syrus
  68. Fight Club: A Novel by Chuck Palahniuk
  69. The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen
  70. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  71. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  72. Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822–1865 by Brooks D. Simpson Professor of History
  73. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  74. Edison — A Biography by Matthew Josephson
  75. How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
  76. The Control of Nature by John McPhee
  77. Giving Good Weight by John McPhee
  78. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
  79. Tough Jews : Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams by Rich Cohen
  80. The Art of Living: The Classical Mannual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness by Epictetus, Sharon Lebell
  81. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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