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Best Red Pill Books
Let’s start right away with the top 10.
Then below you can get more inputs and ideas for your red pill reading list.
10. Workplace Poker
This is the best Red Pill book when it comes to work, office and the social dynamics of the workplace.
Drop the corporate wool in front of your eyes with their “we love our employees” and HR’s “employees first” BS slogans. That’s not how it really works, and this book will give you a good dose of workplace Red Pill realism.
Oh, P.S., you can get some office red pills with these two articles:
Quote: “You can’t get inside someone else’s head until you get out of your own”
9. The 48 Laws of Power
Now, here is a book and an author that needs no introduction.
I must preface it with a warning: getting into power reading books requires that you first understand basic social skills.
I see hundreds of men who jump into power without basic skills, and the results are disastrous.
See an example here:
That was so common suberredits like “The 48 Laws of Power” that I dedicated some time to pick the book aprt.
I modernized with current examples and then done an article on the bad applications of the laws.
Now, back to us.
How is “The 48 Laws of Power” useful?
It’s useful to understand the darker, self-interested side of the human nature.
And of course, it drops substantial amount of gold on the unspoken rules of socialization.
Quote: “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter”
8. The Art of The Deal
How is The Art of The Deal a Red Pill book?
Because it will show you the unwritten rules of cut-throat business magnates.
And no, it’s not always about “help 1 billion people if you want to become a billionaire”. Sometimes it’s “screw a billionaire if you want to become one”.
And if deal-making Red Pill wasn’t enough, The Art of The Deal is also hilariously funny and way, way underrated when it comes to mindsets.
What’s non written there is also instructive about manipulations and lies. Trump for example says in the book that he wanted to help homelesses by giving them shelter in a building of his but the city didn’t allow him.
While other sources say that he wanted to let the homeless in to drive out the last hold-outs who didn’t want to sell.
Quote: “In the end, the dollar always talk”
7. The Moral Animal
The Red Pill community tends to prefer Sex at Dawn, which is an awesome red pill book I also loved and rated 5/5.
However, Sex at Dawn promotes the author’s agenda on human polyamory, and that’s not the full truth (far from it).
Sperm Wars is another darling of Red Pillers, and it’s an outstanding text in many ways. But it’s more a work of fiction and many of its conclusions aren’t even true.
With The Red Queen, another popular book in the Red Pill community, we start getting closer to a high quality, thoroughly researched book.
And there are plenty more of wonderful books on evolutionary psychology.
Yet, nothing touches The Moral Animal.
I doubt we can fully understand dating, relationships and human behavior without first understanding the concepts beyond this incredible book.
One concept above all that opened my eyes more than a decade ago when I first read it was the Madonna/Whore dichotomy.
Quote: “We are built to be effective animals, not happy ones”
6. The Prince
The Prince, heralded as the first treatise of political philosophy and realpolitik, is a classic.
It’s not an easy read, but it has boatloads of wisdom.
One of them is that in politics you “do what you gotta do to keep and increase power, and then say what you gotta say to look good”.
The Prince is “The Red Pill” applied to politics.
But I must add a note here.
Machiavelli has taken the meaning of “underhanded” and “mean”.
Yet The Prince is not mean at all. It’s about realpolitik, which can be used for good or for bad.
Machiavelli often references pro-social usage of power as well.
And it’s the belief of this website that if good people don’t arm themselves with the tools to win, then it will always and only be the bad people who will run this world.
It makes a great companion with “The Dictator’s Handbook“, which is a favorite of mine.
Quote: “Everyone sees what you appear to be, but few experience who you really are“
5. The Manipulated Man
This is pure shock and awe Red Pill therapy.
Unluckily, as much Vilar’s work hits like a kettle of gunpowder, it’s also on the misogynistic end of the spectrum. And if that weren’t enough, it’s also ripe with (bad) generalizations, black and white thinking, and poor social and psychological analyses.
In the wrong hands and at the wrong time, it might even push some men into the wrong path of hatred and combative mindset.
That being said, it can be an eye-opener and it’s a must-read.
Just read it with the critical side of your mind fully on and BS detector at high alert.
And check out this article with examples:
- How women manipulate men (w/ video examples)
Quote: “Without thinking, men fight women’s wars, father women’s children and construct women’s towns. Women just sit back getting lazier, dumber and more demanding”
4. The Rational Male
If we’re talking about heavyweights in the Red Pill community, then Rollo Tomassi is one of the heaviest.
The Rational Male is a remarkable work and it’s so influential in the community that I made sure to dig extra deep in my critical review like I always do for the best and/or most influential texts.
Quote: “The truth will set you free, but it doesn’t make truth hurt any less, nor does it make truth any prettier, and it certainly doesn’t absolve you of the responsibilities that truth requires. ”
Guys, if you’re serious about unplugging, taking the Red Pill and looking for the truth, then get some actual numbers on the truth.
Quick disclaimer here: I’m not a number nazi.
Science and data can be highly misleading while at the same time giving a semblance of rationality and accuracy, making them even more dangerous. I believe that an acute, highly observing mind with lots of experience is better than most researches.
Yet, data and researches still have a central place in any serious quest for truth.
And Date-Onomics is a real eye-opener.
A few key takeaways:
- Feminism happens when women have fewer high-quality mating options
- Men become more romantic when there are few women
- “Making him chase“, the mantra of female dating advice, is terrible advice when there are few high quality men
Few books will make you understand dating as much as this highly underrated gem.
Quote: “When sex ratios are balanced (..) males have a strong genetic incentive to stick with their original mates (…). When females are more abundant, the mating game shifts”
2. The Millionaire Fastlane
The best red pill book on personal finance bar none.
The two biggest takeaways:
1. The paradox of practice: It tears apart all the “I will make you rich” courses and books. MJ says that the only way those guys are getting rich is by.. Selling said courses.
They don’t know squat about getting rich in any other way. If you want to learn from them, learn how they sell the courses, not what’s in the courses.
2. Saving & Investing is for suckers: The central tenet of the personal finance literature is the famous “compound interest”. DeMarco flips the script claiming that compound interest is trading invaluable time today for distant (and uncertain) riches (a distant) tomorrow.
Quote: Dump the damn job. The job sucks
1. No More Mr. Nice Guy
Robert Glover has the deepest psychological understanding of any Red Pill author I have the pleasure to read so far.
It’s a must-read for guys who are too nice, certainly. A must-read for guys who are interested in taking the Red Pill, for sure. But also for anyone who is interested in psychology.
For me the biggest eye-opener was that nice guys focus hard on making her sexually happy.
A huge change of perspective if you think that being an orgasm-provider is a trait most people would associate to a lover, a ladies’ man, or someone who wants to keep his woman close. Yet, if you think about it, it’s also at the essence of nice guy mentality.
Indeed, it’s much more powerful when she focuses on giving him great sex.
Quote: “Self-respect, courage, and integrity look good on a man“
Great Red Pill Books
Somewhat outside of the TOP 10, but no less top-notch red pills books:
- The Art of Seduction: Not just about seduction, but social seduction as well.
- How to Lie with Statistics: A great primer on how numbers and data can lead us astray and how statistics can be willfully abused to sway us.
- Secrets to Winning at Office Politics: Awesome red pill text on power in businesses and how to navigate and leverage office politics
- The Power of Now: Get the audiobook if you can, not the book. Tolle’s soothing voice will help you get in the now.
- The Book of Pook: Honestly, I don’t particularly enjoy Pook’s writing style. It was a bit too flowery and convoluted for me: I prefer straight talk. However, I put it here for your reference because he has been a highly influential writer in the Red Pill community.
- The Feminist Lie: Let me statr with the cons first: it felt at times too bitter for me and the atuhor sounded too much like complaining. But that doesn’t mean that a lot of what he says isn’t true. Great resource on feminist lies myth-busting and, unluckily, on the sad reality of the judicial system most of us live in.
- Men on Strike: Similar to The Feminist Lie, equally powerful and even written by a woman.
- Practical Female Psychology: Some made up evolutionary psychology and some conjectures passed as science. But also much gold available to be undug.
- Sexual Power Dynamics: Condensing all the books and researches I’ve read, and mixing it with personal experience. But I say nothing about the quality as I’m inherently biased (it’s my own work).
The Power Moves Red Pill
Finally, I wasn’t sure whether or not to put my own work in this list for obvious reasons of conflict of interest.
However, I wouldn’t have been honest if I hadn’t.
After hundreds of books and courses I read and researched, Social Power on this website is possibly the reddest pill course you can take when it comes to socialization, dominance and power games people play.
Check it out here and of since I’m an inherently biased source, take a look around the website and see if you agree.
As usual, I like to conclude all “list” posts with a warning on the ranking. And this best Red Pill books list is no exceptions.
And this is the warning: don’t make too much of the order.
Any of the books in this reading list is top notch and all of them have the potentials to (further) open your eyes and improve your life for the better.
If you are interested in knowledge in general, then check out:
- Best self-help books
- Best leadership books
- Best dating books for women
- Best dating books for guys
- Best psychology books
- Best relationship books
- Best communication skills books
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