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- Intro: What Are Red Pill Books
- 12. Workplace Poker
- 11. The 48 Laws of Power
- 10. The Art of The Deal
- 9. The Moral Animal
- 8. The Prince
- 7. The Manipulated Man
- 6. Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism
- 5. Preventive Medicine
- 4. Date-Onomics
- 3. The Millionaire Fastlane
- 2. No More Mr. Nice Guy
- 1. The Evolution of Desire
- All In One
- Great Red Pill Books
- Final Words
Intro: What Are Red Pill Books
Intersexual dynamics is one of the major topics of the red pill, and this list also prominently features the best books on intersexual dynamics.
But, in its widest meaing, “red pill’ refers to anything which is eye-opening.
Anything which sheds new light and helps us reach a greater understanding of a new, meaningful, human-related topic can be considered “red pill”.
Some people says that anything red pill can bring to the surface uncomfortable truths which can make people depressed.
But I never bought that.
I think that anything “red pill”, by definition, makes us more effective human beings, and that’s empowering, not disheartening.
So let’s start our journey of empowerment:
12. 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”
11. 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”
10. 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”
9. The Moral Animal
The #1. in this list is an evolutionary psychology book.
So, why do we have two?
Because evolutionary psychology underpins much of the Red Pill philosophy, and while #1 refers mostly to sexual dynamics, I think we need a book that provides a good overview also beyond sexual dynamics.
“Evolutionary Psychology” by David Buss is the number one manual of evolutionary psychology.
But it’s long and a bit “dry”.
“Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters” is a fun read and perfect for those who are just approaching evolutionary psychology.
But it’s less scientifically rigorous and commits a few important mistakes.
“The Moral Animal” is old now.
However, I still recommend because little has changed since then and it provides the broadest, simplest overview of the discipline.
Among the many concepts that opened my eyes more than a decade ago when I first read it was the Madonna/Whore dichotomy.
And, most of all, why the Madonna/whore dichotomy is not a mistake or a conservative mindset as some politically correct liberals would want us to believe. But, from a man’s point of view, the madonna/whore dichotomy actually makes sense.
Quote: “We are built to be effective animals, not happy ones”
8. 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“
7. The Manipulated Man
This is pure shock and awe Red Pill therapy.
Not for the faint of heart and not for beginners: it will raise cognitive dissonance alarm bells left and right.
Unluckily, as much Vilar’s work hits like a kettle of gunpowder, it also comes from a place of little understanding of sexual marketplace power dynamics.
Vilar fails to see that (most) women not working and (most) men working is often a fair deal tht most men enter willingly, because average women have higher sexual market value than average men.
In the wrong hands and at the wrong time, “The Manipulated Man” might push some men into the wrong path.
Which is a pity, because it’s true that women -just like men- do often manipulate their partners. And that’s especially dangerous for men who are not aware of those inborn tendencies.
But it should be put into a wider frame of sexual conflict and manipulation, which cuts both way.
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”
6. Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism
You might be surprised to see this book here.
Because the author is a feminist.
But hear me out before you close the page.
The truth is rarely to be found wholly in one camp alone. And rarely one faction is 100% right and the other 100% wrong.
So to truly understand intersexual dynamics, or to truly understand anything, really, you should look at both camps with as much of an open mind as possible.
For true red pill enlightnement, let truth guide you, not ideology, sexual belonging, or what you wish to see.
And Ghodsee has a point when she says that men, as a group, have an incentive in keeping women down.
The patriarchy is not fully true. Not the way feminists imagine it and describe it, at least. But it’s not fully made up, either.
As much as some (male) researchers like to scoff at it, the patriarchy definitely has a backdrop of truth in it
Since most men cluster around the average, most men gain when most women are powerless.
Because when most women also have power, then those women wouldn’t want any of those men who are now beneath them.
Ghodhee makes a good case that men want capitalism with restricted female access to resources because that gives them an advantage.
And she’s right.
Unluckily, except for what I’ve just described and a few more important nuggets of wisdom, the book as a whole is only average as it’s weakened by heavy feminist and leftist biases.
Quote: “Ultimately, this thing we call government, is not inherently good or bad, it is a vessel that is steered by those who happen to control it at any one moment in time”
5. Preventive Medicine
If we’re talking about heavyweights in the Red Pill community, then Rollo Tomassi is one of the heaviest.
I preferred “Preventive Medicine”, the second installment of Rollo’s trilogy to the the first one, “The Rational Male“, which was a bit more basic.
Quote: “Men need to man up is the battle cry of every single woman older than 30”
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”
3. The Millionaire Fastlane
The best red pill book on personal finance bar none.
The two biggest takeaways:
- 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.
- 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.
I couldn’t agree more with both of them.
Quote: Dump the damn job. The job sucks
2. 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.
And they do it because they come from a place of personal insecurity.
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“
1. The Evolution of Desire
If the Red Pill is about truth, here is an idea for you:
Skip all authors with manosphere or feminist background. Skip all authors with too strong a sense of belongings to this or that group and this or that idelogy.
And pick a book solely based on science and evidence, instead (or almost solely based on science and evidence, at least).
This #1 best red pill book is one of them.
There are many evolutionary psychology books I could recommend.
But if I had to pick just one, “The Evolution of Desire” is the briefest and most compact overview of intersexual dynamics.
Quote: “Desirable people are always outnumbered by those who desire them”
All In One
Dating Power Dynamics is this website’s product, so take it with a grain of salt.
What it does is to provide you with a shortcut to all the very best information partaining to sexual dynamics, both intersexual (men/women competition) and intrasexual (men/men and women/women competition).
It combs the hundreds of studies and researches on sex and dating, the best evolutionary psychology books, the best resources on power dynamics and years of experience of the author.
All into one:
P.S.: it’s not just theory, this is very practical-oriented, and structured to provide you with an edge in dating and life.
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 start 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.
- No Logo: Capitalism has done a lot of great things for the world. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. No Logo uncovers the seedy underbelly of marketing and capitalism. And it will give you pause the next time you’re about to overpay for a sweatshop-made garment.
As usual, I like to conclude all “list” posts with a warning on the ranking.
And this is the warning: don’t read too much into the order and rankings.
Any of the books on 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 evolutionary psychology books
- Best leadership books
- Best dating books for women
- Best dating books for guys
- Best psychology books
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