102 Books Recommended by Jordan Peterson

Updated (November 2017)

Jordan Bernt Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

Upcoming Book Releases January 23, 2018: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

The List

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World

Aldous Huxley: Island

Aldous Huxley: Point Counterpoint

Bernard Lewis: The Crisis of Islam

Carl Jung

— Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology.

Carl Jung

1. Two Essays on Analytical Psychology (Collected Works 7) C.G. Jung

2. Psychology and Religion C.G. Jung

3. Symbols of Transformation (Collected Works 5) C.G. Jung

4. The Symbolic Life: Miscellaneous Writings (Collected Works, Vol 18) C.G. Jung

5. Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works 12) C.G. Jung

6. Mysterium Coniunctionis (Collected Works 14) C.G. Jung

7. Modern Man in Search of a Soul C.G. Jung

8. Answer to Job C.G. Jung

9. The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (Collected Works 9i) C.G. Jung

10. Aion (Collected Works 9ii) C.G. Jung

Carl Rogers – American psychologist and among the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology.

Humanism: Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers: A Way of Being

Carl Rogers: On Becoming a Person

Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon

Dashiel Hammet: The Maltese Falcon

Derek J. de Solla Price: Little Science, Big Science

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

— Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher.

1. Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2. The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

3. Notes from Underground Fyodor Dostoyevsky

4. The Devils Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5. The Idiot Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Edvard Radzinsky: Stalin

Elkhonon Goldberg: The New Executive Brain

Emily Bronte: Wuthering Heights

Erich Neumann

  1. The Origins and History of Consciousness (Bollingen Series, 42) Erich Neumann

2. The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype Erich Neumann

Ernest Becker: The Denial of Death

Ernest Hemingway

1. A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

2. For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

3. The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

Existentialism: Nietzsche Dostoevsky & Kierkegaard

Friedrich Nietzsche

— German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

1. The Will to Power Friedrich Nietzsche

2. Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche

3. On the Genealogy of Morals Friedrich Nietzsche

4. The Antichrist Friedrich Nietzsche

5. The Gay Science Friedrich Nietzsche

George Orwell

— English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic.

1. 1984 George Orwell

2. Animal Farm George Orwell

3. The Road to Wigan Pier George Orwell (83)

Hans Eysenck: Genius

Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

Henri Ellenberger: The Discovery of the Unconscious

Henri Troyat: Tolstoy

Hernando De Soto: The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else

Hunter S. Thompson: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Huston Smith (introductory): The World’s Religions

Jaak Panksepp: Affective Neuroscience

Jean Piaget

— Swiss clinical psychologist known for his pioneering work in child development.

1. Play Dreams and Imitation in Childhood Jean Piaget

2. The Moral Judgment of the Child Jean Piaget

Jeffrey Burton Russell: Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World

Jeffrey Gray and Neil McNaughton: The Neuropsychology of Anxiety

JJ Gibson: An Ecological Approach to Visual Perception

John Gall: Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail

John Steinbeck

1. East of Eden John Steinbeck

2. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

3. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

Jordan B. Peterson: Maps of Meaning

Joseph LeDoux: The Emotional Brain

Joyce Cary: The Horse’s Mouth

Ken Kesey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey: Sometimes a Great Notion

Larry Swanson: Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan

Leo Tolstoy

— Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

1. War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

2. Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

Margaret Laurence: The Stone Angel

May, R., Angel, E., & Ellenberger, H: Existence: A new dimension in psychiatry and psychology

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

Mircea Eliade

— Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago

1. The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion Mircea Eliade

2. Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy Mircea Eliade

3. Myth and Reality Mircea Eliade

4. The Forge and the Crucible: The Origins and Structure of Alchemy Mircea Eliade

5. Myths, Dreams and Mysteries: The Encounter Between Contemporary Faiths and Archaic Realities Mircea Eliade

6. A History of Religious Ideas 1: From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries Mircea Eliade

7. A History of Religious Ideas 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity Mircea Eliade

8. A History of Religious Ideas 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms Mircea Eliade

Nikos Kazantzakis

1. The Fratricides Nikos Kazantzakis

2. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis

Northrop Frye: The Great Code

Northrop Frye: Words with Power

Oliver Sacks

– British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science

1. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales Oliver Sacks

2. Awakenings Oliver Sacks

3. An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales Oliver Sacks

Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye

Robert Graves: I, Claudius

Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Samuel Shem: The House of God

Freud and the Dynamic Unconscious

Sigmund Freud

— Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis

1. The Interpretation of Dreams Sigmund Freud

2. An Outline of Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud

Existentialism via Solzhenitsyn and the Gulag

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and helped to raise global awareness of its Gulag forced labor camp system

Solzhenitsyn: Cancer Ward

Solzhenitsyn: The First Circle

Solzhenitsyn: Gulag Archipelago (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, & Vol. 3)

Stendhal: The Charterhouse of Parma

Stendhal: The Red and the Black

The Bible: Designed to be Read as Living Literature

Theodore Dalrymple: Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

Theodore Dalyrymple: Our Culture: What’s Left of It

Theodore M. Porter: The Rise of Statistical Thinking 1820–1900

Tom Wolfe: The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning

William Golding: Lord of the Flies

William L. Shirer: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich


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