A jack of all trades, Joe Rogan is most popular for his comedic stand-up. In addition to making people laugh for a living, he’s a television host, podcast host and former actor. His specials have landed spots on both Netflix and Comedy Central and his talk show, The Joe Rogan Experience, is one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes. With many talents and success in varying industries, his reading list is bound to be nothing short of fascinating. We’ve put together a list of books that Joe Rogan thinks you should explore.
7 Books Joe Rogan Wants You to Read
1. 'The Book of Five Rings' by Miyamoto Musashi
Similar to Rogan himself, author Miyamoto Musashi was also a jack of all trades. Besides being a well-known writer, painter, sculptor and calligrapher, Musashi was also a samurai and expert swordsman. The Book Of Five Rings was his gift to the world on how to conquer strategic thinking in order to win big at life. While the book focuses on advice specifically for martial artists, its lessons can be applied to almost any situation that deals with conflict. Rogan has been known to quote an important line from the book: “If you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything.”
2. 'Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging' by Sebastian Junger
Recommended on The Joe Rogan Experience 15 times, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging takes a look at the patterns that evolve from a society living and working in groups with similar interests and backgrounds. The New York Times bestseller explains why strength is formed when people congregate through a historical, psychological and anthropological lens. While the need to be in group settings has become less popular in modern society, Junger believes reestablishing groups as a social norm is the key to our psychological survival.
3. 'Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization' by Graham Hancock
In Fingerprints of the Gods, author Graham Hancock explores a fictitious older civilization that was far more advanced than what we’ve accomplished in modern day. Despite the story being fabricated, Fingerprints of the Gods offers readers a distinct viewpoint on ancient myths and possible catastrophe in the near future. In an episode of his podcast, Rogan said Hancock influenced his views on history more than anyone else. Additionally, the author has appeared on Rogan’s podcast seven times. It’s no wonder Rogan is a fan of this bestseller.
4. 'Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships' by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
Recommended five times on Rogan’s podcast, Sex at Dawn is the perfect read for anyone looking to explore their relationship with sex on a deeper level. In this controversial book, authors Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá explore our social norms and psychological habits regarding sexual behavior. Keeping lust as the main theme and reasoning for our actions, Sex at Dawn effectively creates thought-provoking and challenging ideologies that even the most sexually educated theorists will find interesting.
5. 'The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles' by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art is the most mentioned book on Rogan’s podcast, as well as his most gifted book for friends and podcast guests. In this guide, bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield gives readers advice on how to overcome obstacles and express creativity. Noting early on that “resistance” is an internal enemy, Pressfield outlines this book in a form that will make readers want to annotate and take notes along the way. Pressfield has also been a guest on Rogan’s podcast, where he briefly discussed his inspiration for the book.
6. 'Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy' by David S. Lifton
Anyone who listens to Rogan’s podcast knows that he is obsessed with conspiracy theories. In Best Evidence, author David S. Lifton explores JFK’s assassination as a conspiracy. Lifton explains his belief in Kennedy’s body being altered between the hospital and the autopsy site to cover up evidence of multiple shooters. In 2013, Rogan brought Lifton onto his show to discuss the book in deeper context. Best Evidence is the book that is guilty of pushing Rogan’s to believe JFK’s assassination was staged rather than the freak accident we’ve been taught to think of it as.
7. 'Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge' by Terence McKenna
According to an answer given by Rogan to an audience member at one of his shows, Food of the Gods is his favorite book yet. In this book, Terence McKenna analyzes the significance of psychoactive plants and modified states of consciousness have on humanity. Rogan has talked about his love for the book on his podcast several times and how it introduced him to the “stoned ape theory,” a belief that humans used [delete double space] psilocybin mushrooms since the beginning of mankind and the use allowed Homo erectus to evolve into Homo sapiens. The book suggests using psychoactive drugs as a way to restore human life.
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