I might be late to the party of doing a review of Jack Donovan’s The Way of Men, but the message that this book gives needs to be hammered into every modern man.
As Jack says in the preface, the book is the result of trying to give an answer to the following question:
“What is Masculinity?“
I present this book to you without ego.
It is not an advertisement for my own manhood or a boast to flatter the men of my own tribe.
This book is my answer to the question: “What is masculinity?”
If men are a certain way, and there is a way to be manly, then: “What is The Way of Men?”
For decades, people have been talking about a “crisis” of masculinity. Our leaders have created a world in spite of men, a world that refuses to accept who men are and doesn’t care what they want. Our world asks men to change “for the better,” but offers men less of value to them than their fathers and grandfathers had. The voices who speak for the future say that men must abandon their old way and find a new way. But what is that way and where does it lead?
As I came to understand The Way of Men, I became more concerned about where men are today, and where they are headed. I wondered if there was a way for men to follow their own way into a future that belongs to men.
That’s the path of this book. My answers may not be the kind of answers you want to hear, but they are the only answers that satisfied my inquiry.
Using very plain language, with little-to-no academic jargon (with citations to other works as necessary for reference), Jack lays out and then explains each of the “Tactical Virtues” of Strength, Courage, Mastery and Honor, and how each relates to “being good at being a man.”
The chapter on the differences between “being good at being a man” (historically) and “being a good man” (culturally/socially) makes for an introspective section on where you as the reader sit.
Simply put, this difference is manifested in the following quote:
A man who is more concerned with being a good man than being good at being a man makes a very well-behaved slave.
If there’s one thing you should do this year*, it’s to go and read The Way of Men for an objective look at Masculinity in today’s world.
Buy the paperback on Amazon.
Buy the E-book combo (.zip file contains .pdf, .mobi, and .epub)
*I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, since most people never follow through on them. Either you do or don’t do something, it’s very simple. A caveat, honestly looking inward on your faults and how you can change is difficult, which is why most resolutions never make it past the third week of January. It takes strength to look inward, courage to know you need to change for the better, mastery to work towards your goal of personal improvement, and honor to stick with it.