5 Books Joe Rogan Thinks You Should Read

If Joe says it’s good, well, then it’s probably good

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Joe Rogan is a popular guy. He also has a ridiculously popular podcast where he talks to A-list celebs on all types of topics. The Atlantic recently wrote an article trying to figure out why Rogan is so popular; in it, the author attempted to live like Rogan for a week.


He describes Rogan as follows:


“Few men in America are as popular among American men as Joe Rogan. It’s a massive group congregating in plain sight, and it’s made up of people you know from high school, guys who work three cubicles down, who are still paying off student loans, who forward jealous-girlfriend memes, who spot you at the gym. Single guys. Married guys. White guys, black guys, Dominican guys. Two South Asian friends of mine swear by him. My college roommate. My little brother. Normal guys. American guys.”


It’s safe to say Rogan is highly relatable, so we put together this list of books he thinks you should read.

‘Food of the Gods’ by Terence McKenna

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In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist Terence McKenna discusses his research on man’s ancient relationship with chemicals opening a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and the West, from ancient spice, sugar and rum trades to marijuana, cocaine, synthetics and even television—illustrating the human desire for the “food of the gods” and the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature and increased self-awareness.

During the Q&A portion of his 2009 comedy special, Talking Monkeys in Space, an audience member asked Rogan what his favorite book is. His answer? Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna.


‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield

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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is highly recommended by Rogan and is perhaps the most frequently mentioned book on his podcast. Rogan had Pressfield join him on episode #405 and has been giving copies of the book to comedians, friends and podcast guests ever since.


The War of Art is about overcoming the obstacles to creativity, which Pressfield calls “Resistance.” The book helps you identify these internal barriers to success, provides a plan to conquer Resistance and inspires you to get shit done. It’s the kind of book you should take notes on.


‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ by Graham Hancock

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Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods, has been featured on Rogan’s podcast on more than one occasion. In podcast #142, Rogan says that Hancock influenced his views on history more than anybody ever.


In Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock theorizes that a previously unknown ancient civilization was much older and far more advanced than we’ve been led to believe was possible. A cataclysmic event erased them from history, but a few survivors traveled the world to spread their knowledge to civilizations in Egypt and the Americas. Recounting his extensive travels to megalithic sites, Hancock attempts to solve this mystery using maps, ancient myths and astronomy. Recent discoveries continue to move back the timeline of ancient history.


‘Best Evidence’ by David S. Lifton


Originally released in 1980, Best Evidence is a best-selling yet controversial book. Lifton’s main theory is that Kennedy’s body was altered between the hospital and the autopsy site to cover up evidence of multiple shooters. Updated versions of the book include the first published photos of Kennedy’s autopsy. Best Evidence is Rogan’s favorite conspiracy book, and he frequently mentions Lifton’s theories on the podcast.


‘The Book of Five Rings’ by Miyamoto Musashi


The Book of Five Rings is arguably one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. 


The text was composed in 1643 by famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi, and Thomas Cleary’s translation is immediately accessible, with an introduction that presents the spiritual background of the warrior tradition.

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