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TLDR: Got some good book recs for those that like to read self-improvement books or want insight into male-female dynamics.

Hi everyone. I think TRP encompasses a lot of ideas. And from reading threads the past month since I've joined, it seems everyone has different ideas of TRP. I wanted to share some books I've read that I think are helpful to people who are learning TRP and are wanting to improve themselves in general (which is the overlying purpose of TRP, IMO). I recommend getting a paperback, and just setting aside an hour or 2 here and there. It's principles, not a story, so you won't have to worry about getting lost.


  1. Sperm Wars ( I read this about 5 years ago and it blew my mind. It was the first time reading about successful sexual strategies of humans over the course of our existence and evolutionary psychology and how everything we do really has one purpose: procreate. More interesting, it introduced to me the concept of the cunning female, a person not violent, but intelligent and deceitful and has probably ruined many men here on TRP ( "alpha fux beta bux").

  2. 48 Laws of Power ( This book is for anyone wanting to play "The Game of Thrones" or acquire power. It has historical snippets with ideas and principles for people looking to gain power, status, influence, all of which we should strive for. Does feel verbose at times because there literally are several stories for each law. A key takeaway is the word "Machiavellian", which is playing politics, being cunning, using deceit... putting aside compassion and empathy to get what you need.

  3. The Attraction Code (can't find a link to a buying site, but downloads are out there) I just saw a dude getting chewed out by his girlfriend outside a Starbucks and damn... he could use this book. This is one of several PUA-geared books Ive read. I enjoyed this one the most mainly because it was a well-structured book. The author introduces a fictional Beta that makes all the wrong moves with women and then explains what this Beta is doing wrong. Discusses very basic concepts such as status, male attractiveness vs female attractiveness, and female psychology. Talks a lot of "keeping frame" - type ideas. A lot of "aha" moments if your ex-gf ever lost interest in you, started treating you differently, and you wondered wtf happened.

  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People ( This is a more practical version of 48 Laws of Power. If 48 is how to deal with powerful people, this book shows you easy, but not widely known strategies of dealing with everyday people: difficult coworkers, bosses, underlings, assholes, etc. I would say it aims to teach you grace, guile, charisma, charm, management skills, and finding success in interpersonal duels. I think I read this first when I was around 19. If you are young and/or socially incompetent, this is definitely good reading to go with general social skills reading.

  5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ( Stephen Covey
    Not directly related to TRP, but if you have goals, shit to do, work to be done, you need these basic skills in order to succeed. Some overlap with #4. Rec'd for working people, parents, people growing their business, and anyone who feels they could be more efficient with time. The thing is, they're basic, but they're skills/knowledge, so that means they need to be learned/taught. some of you, maybe you had parents that taught you to plan shit when you were young. I was mid 20s before I even learned how to use a planner. Holy shit how did I survive before? Best thing that happened to me. Another guy I saw here on askTRP was saying how he disappoints himself because he can't get shit done. So I told him to make a list of things to do in the morning and do only the things on the list. He ended up doing it and was surprised how effective it was. Hopefully he still uses it.

EDIT: Glad to see a lot of people enjoy reading too. Looks like I've got some books I should add to my Amazon buy list. Also, The Attraction Code is by Vin Di Carlo. bxdiplomat has a link: or you can go to the buying/ad page at ($69). Unfortunately no paperback.

EDIT 2: I was showing a friend this list. He suggested supplementing #5 with something more focused on time management skills. So he suggested a self-improvement guru Brian Tracy's book Time Management ( Also, I assure you it's not some self-improvement malarky like "The Secret". It's real skills and real talk. Skills for people who find themselves procrastinating and not getting shit done (young me). Really opened my eyes to how much time is wasted by your average employee and why some people move up while others don't (snippet here:

EDIT 3: The reading of these books are what I consider time "investments." My definition of investment is something that you do now that will pay you back at a greater rate later. Education is a great example. We have pre-meds in society in school not making money until they're in their late 20s, but their lack of pay and money spent on tuition pays itself off and more for the rest of their lives. These books are education, but not a formal type. You pay ~$10+ and spend a day reading, and it'll help you in the future. You may have to read many times to cement the ideas in your mind (I definitely do), but it is an investment nevertheless. With that said, they may be boring to read, because this isnt' Harry Potter or A Song of Fire and Ice -- there's no compelling story. But in the end, it will help you for the rest of your life (and hopefully you can pass these principles to your good friends, children, etc) and really that is why the TRP is so powerful: it is meant to impact your life for the better.

[-] CraftingAmbition 22 Points 2 years ago

Great list, OP! Haven't heard of The Attraction Code, so I'll check it out. Would also highly recommend Models by Mark Manson. Great book about attraction, and also a critique of the PUA industry. Covers what they got right/wrong. Very interesting read.

[-] ionforge 6 Points 2 years ago

This and the sex god method are my favorite ones.

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[-] EmDeeEx 1 Point 2 years ago

If you don't mind, I'll also be pm-ing

[-] ionforge 1 Point 2 years ago

I can also send a link if someone still need it.

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[-] RedMaelstrom 1 Point 2 years ago

Could I have one too please. Thanks

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[-] 99LuftBaboons 1 Point 2 years ago

A link for me would be appreciated if possible

[-] mrpCamper 1 Point 2 years ago

Please send me a link. Thanks.

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[-] DabReligion 1 Point 2 years ago

Could you link me? Thank you sir

[-] GoatwithHorns 1 Point 2 years ago

Me as well. Thank you kindly in advance.

[-] GingerPaddy 1 Point 2 years ago

I bought the sex god method and mislaid it, can you send pm the link to me, I don't want to pay another 100 odd for this again

[-] Maddin143 1 Point 2 years ago

are you me? These are exactly the two books i'd recommend every man to read.

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Great list. No More Mr. Nice Guy by Robert Glover is also essential reading.

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This book is so against my equal treat rule:

"I just made a million dollars today"

"That's nice."

"That's nice!!?? You know how hard I've been working for this.

"I know. It feels like I haven't seen you in months. Did you remember to pick up the milk on the way home?"

"Oh, sorry. I forgot. But who cares? We could buy a dairy farm now!"

"I asked you to pick up the milk three times this morning, and I put a note on your briefcase. How could you forget?"

"I said I'm sorry. Look, I'll go get the damn milk....

Treat your SO the same way she/he treats you. TRP talk about how to pass shit test, which I strongly disagree. My ideas is shit back the shit tester because you don't deserve to be shit tested.

Here is my redpill way:

"I know. It feels like I haven't seen you in months. Did you remember to pick up the milk on the way home?"

"No, i was busy getting a vacation house west coast."

"Honey is my name on the deed?"

"No, it is for me to spend time with Sara. She just graduated from Tire-1 university, top student and understood about manner. I am sure she will get any types of milk for me without problem."

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[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

a good way to describe it. i've always had hard times with spiritual content. philosophical is okay, but spiritual usu. evades me. perhaps it's for the older audience?

[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

read this too. the concept of it is good, but i recall "the flowery talk" made it

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[-] Beachbum74 1 Point 2 years ago

Can you explain a little more on the benefits of 33 strategies of war

[-] astrozombie543 0 Points 2 years ago

Tell me how superior man changed your life. I just finished reading it. It really helped me understand the way the female mind works, but sometimes it was a little broad.

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[-] astrozombie543 1 Point 2 years ago

Yeah, I finished reading it not too long ago, but I really needed to hear that quote. Thanks brother. Good luck on your journey.

[-] ChadThundercockII 1 Point 2 years ago

Floweriness fades away when you spend enough time reading posts in TRP. Anyone who still finds it too "flowery" needs to read more here. I am re-reading it right now, and it is an amazing book.

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[-] Helmut_Newton 1 Point 2 years ago

I've got The Red Queen on my "to read" list.

[-] VasiliyZaitzev 10 Points 2 years ago
  • "The Selfish Gene" - Richard Dawkins.
[-] penhova 10 Points 2 years ago

Adding more books because whatever

_the book of pook _bachelor's pad economics _mastery _gorilla mindset

[-] bogeyd6 2 Points 2 years ago

Going to go ahead and agree. Gorilla mindset is definitely recommended. The book is very instrumental in changing behaviors and has valid techniques to achieve results.

[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

for anyone intersted, "bachelor's pad economics", it seems to be a personal financial management type book, in the lines of suze orman or dave ramsey, mixed in with some male-wisdom. i have always been good with money and have never had a cash flow crunch or debt, but for anyone who isn't, it's really something that needs to be taken care of, especially if you grew up without someone who taught you how to handle money.

[-] dabrah1 1 Point 2 years ago

bachelor pad economics was great- gorilla mindset wasn't in my opinion. It was all common sense surface info. Weird because I really like Mike Cernovichs podcast

[-] Scriptopeia 7 Points 2 years ago

I highly recommend: The Slight Edge

[-] dabrah1 1 Point 2 years ago

Great book. Pete Carroll gives a copy to every new member of the seattle seahawks.

[-] Battle-Scars 6 Points 2 years ago

Good list, I would add both of Rollo's books.

[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

i am actually reading 'the rationale male' right now, which is why it's not up there. feels like dejavu as some of the parts are very similar to the TRP readings i see on these subreddits.

[-] TNNRR 2 Points 2 years ago

A LOT of what we read on TRP is just someone re-phrasing what Rollo and Roosh have written.

[-] adam-l 5 Points 2 years ago

For more resources, also check out this past thread:

Your top 5 books for men - in reading order?

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[-] CraftingAmbition 2 Points 2 years ago

Glad you mentioned the 6 Pillars of Self-esteem by Nathaniel Brandon. To this day, I still consider it one of the best books ever written. His breakdown of self-esteem being a balance between self-efficacy and self-respect is genius.

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[-] Joseph_the_Carpenter 5 Points 2 years ago

I recommend The Art of the Deal for business and negotiation in general, and the Book of Five Rings as CONTINUOUS reading for the essence of what mastering something is.

[-] RcskaSedd 3 Points 2 years ago

Anyone have a pdf of attraction code?

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[-] mack_and_the_boys -35 Point 2 years ago

Pirating books so alpha bro !

[-] Polaris382 15 Points 2 years ago

Making snarky, sarcastic, passive aggressive alpha bro!

[-] Espada18 3 Points 2 years ago

With that logic, you shouldn't be on TRP improving yourself.

[-] ChadThundercockII 1 Point 2 years ago


lol, he is downloading something that someone else pirated. Now, it's free.

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[-] kanji_sasahara 3 Points 2 years ago

Would also add:

  • The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
  • The Quick and Easy Guide to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie
[-] Eyes_Of_The_Dragon 2 Points 2 years ago

Watch Alone In The Wilderness by Richard Proenneke. The dude was definitely useful. Might be a little too mgtow for some.

The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior. Let it flow and let it go. Holding frame. Some new age hippie dippie shit too but overall I enjoyed it. Your restaurant burned down? Scream then reframe and move on.

Winning Through Intimidation. Overall a good book but dated. Haven't seen if it was updated since the 1970s.

[-] meh613 2 Points 2 years ago

I have no idea why he doesn't show up when you google it. Dude needs to understand SEO and search engine indexing.

Yes, just because it shows up as the 6th link on Google, he needs to understand SEO and search engines. Have you done any better, buddy?

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Nice list. I agree with something more user-friendly than 7 Habits for time management. Tracy's book is okay, but I like Dan Kennedy's No BS Time Management book.

Time management is about prioritization. There is a lot of BS out there, but it all boils down to knowing what you need to get done and doing it. Spend some time figuring out your goals and such, make a plan the night before for the next day, use a list if you need to, and start plowing through it.

[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

honestly, i go with brian tracy just b/c he has a wide variety of helpful things in his audio books -- time management, self confidence, achievement, mending relationships with parents as an adult. i don't think he is an authority in any one area, but he is well-read and references scientific studies, psychology books, great authors, or other authority figures in the many fields he tries to advise on. basically, he's a good entrepreneur, haha.

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No problem, I agree. Tracy is helpful. I read Eat That Frog many years ago and it was very helpful. Since then, I've found his books repetitive. But you're right--he breaks things down and provides helpful ways of processing and proceeding.

[-] AlerioX 1 Point 2 years ago

Models, 48 Laws of Power and Mastery are my favourites.

[-] thewaytoawesome 1 Point 2 years ago

Anyone here have a link for Models?

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[-] Jyontaitaa 1 Point 2 years ago

For people with no time to read but time to listen to music during a commute or at the gym; you can get , 48 laws of power, how to win friends and influence people and the 7 habits of highly effective people on amazons audible as an audio book.

Also better than an inflight movie any day.

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[-] mexblackbird 1 Point 2 years ago

Dale Carnegie is outdated. Read something fresh. I'm sick and tired of people always recommending his books like they're all that matters.

[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

hahaha... well, his book was from the 80s or so. he has a lot of life experience, but the examples he gives are from another generation. there may be a better author who wrote on a similar topic, but i haven't found one yet. feel free to suggest something ebtter.

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[-] Way_Of_Man 1 Point 2 years ago

A book that I don't see get a lot of love around here is Aaron Sleazy's Minimal Game.

The dude is very "anti-pua fluff" type personality and the book is extremely to the point. Plus you can buy it for like $10.00 on Amazon.

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[-] TNNRR 1 Point 2 years ago

I'd add in "Pimp" by Iceberg Slim - an autobiography of a pimp. Its full of RP truth.

Also, "The Prince" really is worth reading a few times. Yes, its old. And yeah - it can be inaccessible at times. But no self-respecting man should look at a book and go, "this is too hard, I'll just read something else".

If you like anything that Robert Greene has written - Machiavelli is his spiritual grandfather.

Also, for "fiction": Bukowski's "Women", and Hemingway's "The Sun also rises" are great choices. In the former, Buk recounts his various affairs, and in the latter, Hem describes the life of man who is left without a penis after a war injury and how the woman he loves decides to behave.

[-] 79811996 1 Point 2 years ago

Where is: -Art of Seduction -Models -Book of Pook?

For me(non-native) How to Win Friends and Influence People is totally unreadeable.

[-] lifedesign00 1 Point 2 years ago

I would also add: New Psycho-Cybernetics

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[-] EmDeeEx 1 Point 2 years ago

I'm a few chapters into "Day Bang" by Rollo and there's some good stuff on conversations and such..which if you're like me, is something tough to do under pressure. Actually might pick up "bang" as well.

I also swear by the Tao of jkd, not only some real good MA stuff there, but a few good things on fighting overall. And some philosophy tidbits for that ass as well.

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[-] throwawaycomedian95 1 Point 2 years ago

Very good list!

48 Laws is a must read and is scientifically accurate. I may read Sperm Wars.

[-] theredpill1000 1 Point 2 years ago

Could you please tell some more about the book "sperm wars"? Sounds pretty interessting...

[-] ronsoness 3 Points 2 years ago

it's a look at evolution in regards to human behaviors around sex. i recall it also points out some behaviors in other animals that are some ways similar to humans. for example, a type of monkey is polyamorous, so they have sex with many males, so no one knows who the father is. this benefits the baby because these types of monkey might kill a baby that is not theirs. we humans would not kill babies not ours, but we might not raise them or might leave the woman. it's stuff like this. evolutionary psychology.

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[-] ronsoness 1 Point 2 years ago

cuck_fag, i don't believe in common sense. if you think the ideas are, then good for you, you have had good lessons from someone in your life, be it mentor, sibling, boss, parents, etc. for the general populace, it's not common sense, and that's why you will see people negatively criticizing their underlings/children (when positive reinforcement would be more effective) and people coming with proposals talking about about what they can get out of it instead of using a strategy and persuading the person based on what they can get out of it. i wouldn't say it's a circle jerk, it's just a collection of strong principles for interpersonal and management relations that has held up. oh, and ever had a friend who complained of a shit boss? i am sure that boss has not read this book :)

[-] ChadThundercockII 1 Point 2 years ago

The Way of The Superior Man is a MUST READ. It will teach you about masculine polarity, and purposefulness.

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[-] DabReligion 1 Point 2 years ago

Reading Models now, my first "PUA" style book I've read. I'm enjoying it a lot, almost done.

[-] BabaxGanoosh 1 Point 2 years ago

I would also recommend Gorilla Mindset, The Way Of Men, Meditations, and Breakfast With the Dirt Cult.

[-] Roguesquadron1w -2 Point 2 years ago

I would recommend the Superdrive Publishing books on self improvement. 30 days, Becoming the Bull and Casual Style are the best/most practical and i like the fact that the authors are Red Pill guys.

Id add the 48 laws of power, the indestrucible mind and Gorilla mindset to the list too.

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[-] ronsoness 2 Points 2 years ago

cool man. i was just posting 5 i thought were good reads and very relevant, directly or indirectly with trp.

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