18 Amazing Non Fiction Books For Men That Will Intrigue You

Prefer real life to fiction? We get it. And there are a ton of non-fiction books out there that you need to read—and will love reading—if you’re a man.

Books that will interest, teach, and, above all, inspire you in different ways.

So non-fiction books definitely cover more genres and topics than you might think: self-improvement, autobiographies, philosophy, finance, history, science, work life, family life, and more.

18 Amazing Non Fiction Books For Men That Will Intrigue You

In other words, there’s always another must-read book out there for you no matter what your interests are or where you are in life.

And to help you find your next page-turner, we’ve gone ahead and listed 18 non-fiction books for men that are sure to intrigue you from start to finish.

Let’s jump right into it.

1. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind And Defy The Odds

  • Author: David Goggins
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing
  • Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Biography

David Goggins has done a lot. And he simply doesn’t stop.

Here’s a man that went from depressed and overweight to becoming a U.S. Navy Seal and one of the world’s most famous endurance athletes. And he has a message that everyone needs to hear. 

Can’t Hurt Me merges David Goggins’ life story with hard-hitting, arse-kicking inspirational advice that’s straight from the man himself.

And he doesn’t hold back. So if you’re a man who wants more from life, to be better than you are now, then this book is essential reading.

2. Never Split The Difference: Negotiating Your Life As If Your Life Depended On It

  • Author: Chris Voss
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Publisher: Harper Business
  • Genre: Business, Psychology

Chris Voss is a celebrated former FBI hostage negotiator—one of the best—so he knows a thing or two about outsmarting the opposition and getting his way.

And the fact is, his advice applies to much more than negotiating with criminals.

The tips, tricks, and life hacks offered in Never Split the Difference will change the way you communicate with others in day-to-day life, in the workplace and out, no matter your profession.

Want to always have a communicative edge? This book tells you how.

3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

  • Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Publisher: Time Warner Books 
  • Genre: Business, Finance, Self Help

There isn’t a more widely read self-help finance book than Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. So if you haven’t read it yet, you’re behind the curve.

Put simply, everyone can be better when it comes to handling money. And this money bible is the first step to earning, investing, and saving more of it.

4. You Are A Badass

  • Author: Jen Sincero
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Publisher: Running Press
  • Genre: Self Help

You are a badass – you just probably haven’t realized it yet. That’s where Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life will help.

A New York Times bestseller, this book is the fast track to realizing your potential, quashing your fears, and taking action. It covers a lot, so it’s another must-read for men.

5. How To Win Friends And Influence People

  • Author: Dale Carnegie
  • Publication Date: 1936
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Genre: Self Help, Business, Psychology

How to Win Friends and Influence People was first published in 1936 – but its principles still resonate to this day.

And its message is simple, delivered in six key ways that’ll help you change your social life, relationships, and professional career for the better.

6. Think And Grow Rich

  • Author: Napoleon Hill
  • Publication Date: 1937
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Genre: Finance, Self Help

Here’s another must-read for men that came out in the ‘30s but is still more relevant than ever before.

It’s a success guide at its core, which offers invaluable advice on how to turn ideas into goals, and goals into profitable ventures. A bestseller for more than one reason.

7. The 48 Laws Of Power

  • Author: Robert Greene
  • Publication Date: 1998 
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Genre: Psychology, Self Help, Business

Ever feel insignificant or helpless? Everyone does.

Which is why The 48 Laws of Power is a bestselling self-help manual that teaches confidence, self-defense, and wisdom in 48 key lessons.

An easy must-read for any man who wants to exert himself better.

8. The Happiest Refugee

  • Author: Ahn Do
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Genre: Biography, Self Help

From refugee to bestselling author, comedian, and inspirational speaker, Ahn Do’s life story is one that any man can learn from.

In The Happiest Refugee, he recounts his lows and highs with witty humor that make this book both a heartfelt and inspiring read.

9. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, And The Quest For A Fantastic Future

  • Author: Ashlee Vance
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Publisher: Ecco
  • Genre: Biography, Business, Science

Like him or hate him, Elon Musk is a man on a mission. And there’s a lot we can learn from his ever-growing success as a businessman, investor, entrepreneur, and, of course, innovator.

The guy’s paving the way towards a future that’s both scary and exciting, so we might as well hop on board.

10. Everyday Drinking

  • Author: Kingsley Amis
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Publisher: Hutchinson
  • Genre: Humor, Food and Drink, Essays

Everyday Drinking was published in 1984 but it’s still a fun guide to making drinks, drinking etiquette, and dealing with hangovers, brimming with wit from one of the most celebrated novelists and critics of the 19th century.

Love to drink? Then this one’s worth perusing.

11. Letters From A Stoic

  • Author: Seneca
  • Publication Date: 65
  • Publisher: Various
  • Genre: Philosophy, Classics, Self Help

Letters from a Stoic is a, you guessed it, collection of letters written by Seneca, one of the most famous Greek philosophers.

It’s a long read but an essential one – a goldmine of wisdom-giving advice about life, death, time, wealth, and true fulfillment. 

12. The Art Of Resilience

  • Author: Ross Edgley
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Genre: Self Help, Autobiography

Like David Goggins, Ross Edgley is a man who’s pushed physical and mental boundaries far more than what’s considered possible.

And although you might not be planning to swim all the way around Great Britain, like he did, The Art of Resilience is a bestselling book that will help motivate you to unlock your greater potential – to be better and achieve more. 

13. Awaken The Giant Within

  • Author: Tony Robbins
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Publisher: Simon Schuster
  • Genre: Self Help, Psychology, Business

Does Tony Robbins need an introduction? Whether you like him or not, here’s another man with a few bits of advice worth taking onboard.

From finance and fitness to relationships and mental health, this all-in-one self-mastery book is a bestseller for a reason, one that’s worth picking up and taking a look at.

14. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

  • Author: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Publisher: Simon Schuster
  • Genre: Biography

We can all learn a thing or two from Arnie – a guy who won Mr. Universe at just the age of 20.

And if you’re someone who’s into bodybuilding (or even just works out), acting, the movie industry, or politics, Total Recall is an autobiography you should be interested in. 

15. Shoe Dog

  • Author: Phil Knight
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Publisher: Scibner
  • Genre: Business, Biography

Here’s another autobiography and memoir. This one’s from CEO Phil Knight, who created a brand you might have heard of: Nike.

Yep, Nike was once a small start-up, so this book is a must-read if you dream of one day owning and running your own business.

16. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World

  • Author: Adam M. Grant
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Genre: Business, Self Help

It’s the trailblazers who pioneer and innovate, but the hardest part is always going against the grain.

If you’re someone who tends to follow the crowd, Originals is the book to help you break away from conformity, covering everything from business methods to politics and social science. 

17. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

  • Author: Mark Manson
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Genre: Self Help, Psychology

At the opposite end of trying so hard to be happy is learning not to care.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck may sound brash but there is meaning to its message, which takes stoicism and modernizes it for the everyday person who’s tired of chasing status and feeling overwhelmed!

18. The Analects

  • Author: Confucius
  • Publication Date: -475
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Genre: Philosophy, Classics

Last but not least: The Analects, which is easily the oldest book on this list. The thing is, it never has been or will be irrelevant.

Here’s a wisdom-filled handbook to remind us of values, moral codes, and ideals that have been lost on modern society – an absolute must-read for men, women, and the young and old alike. 

Final Word

And that finishes up our list of 18 amazing non-fiction books that all men must read.

So add these to your reading list and start checking them off, as all of these books are powerful reads that are sure to intrigue, teach, and inspire you in some way!

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