Search for books, people and lists
Read This Twice
HomePeopleBooksMy Library 0Sign In

Ryan Holiday


Recommended Books

Ryan Holiday is an American marketer and author. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel and a media columnist and editor-at-large for the New York Observer.
57 books on the list
Sort by
Latest Recommendations First
The 33 Strategies of War
Robert Greene - Dec 14, 2007 (first published in 2005)
Goodreads Rating
Brilliant distillations of the strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday life—by the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and MasteryRobert Greene’s groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and his latest book, Mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanqu...
Ryan Holiday
Jan 29, 2020
In 2006, I went for a walk with @realtuckermax in New York City. He bought me this book and put me on a path to becoming a writer. You never know what moments or people will end up changing your life.     source
The Aeneid
Virgil - Apr 07, 2020
Goodreads Rating
The Aeneid – thrilling, terrifying and poignant in equal measure – has inspired centuries of artists, writers and musicians.Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition...
Ryan Holiday
There’s no other way to put: the story is AMAZING. Better than the Odyssey, better than Juvenal’s Satires. Inspiring, beautiful, exciting, and eminently readable, I loved this.     source
Marcus Aurelius - Apr 07, 2020 (first published in 180)
Goodreads Rating
The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
Ryan Holiday
The private thoughts of the most powerful man in the world, admonishing himself on how to be better, more just, more immune to temptation, wiser.     source
My Bondage and My Freedom
Frederick Douglass - Feb 02, 2020 (first published in 1855)
Goodreads Rating
Ex-slave Frederick Douglass's second autobiography-written after ten years of reflection following his legal emancipation in 1846 and his break with his mentor William Lloyd Garrison-catapulted Douglass into the international spotlight as the foremost spokesman for American blacks, both freed and slave. Written during his celebrated career as a spe...
Ryan Holiday
One of the most inspiring men of the last 150 years.     source
Fight Club
A Novel
Chuck Palahniuk - May 01, 2018 (first published in 1996)
Goodreads Rating
Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basement of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." T...
Ryan Holiday
I’m amazed how many young people haven’t read this book. Truly life-changing.     source
Voltaire - Apr 21, 2017 (first published in 1759)
Goodreads Rating
Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disa...
Ryan Holiday
A light hearted satire that pokes fun at optimism, philosophy, politics, and power.     source
William Shakespeare - Aug 23, 2016 (first published in 1603)
Goodreads Rating
Among Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" is considered by many his masterpiece. Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career. Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co-directs a brillant ensemble performance. Three generations of legendary leading actors, many of whom...
Ryan Holiday
Philosophy runs through this play.     source
William Seabrook - Sep 16, 2015 (first published in 1935)
Goodreads Rating
"Perhaps the most honest and haunting accounts of the struggle for mental health in literature." — ObserverThis dramatic memoir recounts an eight-month stay at a Westchester mental hospital in the early 1930s. William Seabrook, a renowned journalist and explorer, voluntarily committed himself to an asylum for treatment of acute alcoholism. His sinc...
Ryan Holiday
I actually ended up helping get Asylum back in print.     source
Epic of Gilgamesh
Morris Jastrow - Aug 20, 2015 (first published in 1800)
Goodreads Rating
Andrew George's "masterly new translation" (The Times) of the world's first truly great work of literatureMiraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world’s oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man E...
Ryan Holiday
I read this on my honeymoon (probably the only person on the beach reading it, if I had to guess).     source
Also recommended by
Stewart Brand
Letters From a Self-made Merchant to his Son
George Horace Lorimer - Aug 08, 2015 (first published in 1902)
Goodreads Rating
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been...
Ryan Holiday
The supposedly preserved correspondence between Old Gorgon Graham, a self-made millionaire in Chicago, and his son who is coming of age and entering the family business.     source
The War of Art
Steven Pressfield - Jun 16, 2015 (first published in 2002)
Goodreads Rating
Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it....
Ryan Holiday
A book I give out as a gift.     source
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
Selected Epigrams by Martial
Average Is Over by Tyler Cowen
Mastery by Robert Greene
The Fish That Ate the Whale by Rich Cohen
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Totto-Chan by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman by The Earl of Chesterfield
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
The Tiger by John Vaillant
The Moral Sayings Of Publius Syrus by Publius Syrus
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
Plutarch's Lives by Plutarch
The Harder They Fall by Budd Schulberg
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari
On Sparta by Plutarch
Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
Boyd by Robert Coram
Titan by Ron Chernow
Fragments by Heraclitus
Edison - A Biography by Matthew Josephson
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 by Plutarch
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Ulysses S. Grant by Brooks D. Simpson
Tough Jews by Rich Cohen
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
Sixteen Satires by Juvenal
Sex on the Brain by Deborah Blum
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
Essays by Plutarch
Sherman by B. H. Liddell Hart
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
Reveille for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
The Power Broker by Robert A. Caro
Essays and Aphorisms by Arthur Schopenhauer
History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The Makers of Rome by Plutarch