Today, I am going to review two books from the manosphere: Worthless by Aaron Cleary and Freedom Twenty-Five by Frost. I read these books a month or two ago, so the reviews will be fairly short and based on what I remember, but these were the first manosphere book I read and I figure I should give some props to them for their influence, as both the Captain (though more his blog than the actual book, as I graduated a few years ago) and Frost really made me reconsider aspects of my life.
Worthless is more or less a guide to choosing a university degree. It’s a fairly short book, but it goes through a lot of the considerations someone entering university should think about. It outlines which degrees are worthwhile; ie. the STEM fields (or at least most of them) and which you should avoid ie. the liberal arts. The book pulls know punches and presents the harsh reality of the current post-secondary education system. It’s an enjoyably written screed that presents the necessary information without having so much data it overwhelms the narrative.
The one criticism is that a lot fair amount of the data was Minnesota specific. I don’t think national data would have changed the book much, but would have been somewhat more convincing.
If you are thinking about university buy this book; if you have a loved one thinking about university, buy them this book. If neither applies to you, check it out if the subject matter interests you; it’s still a good read, but not essential.
Freedom Twenty-Five is essentially a short guide to red-pill living. If you’ve been around the manosphere for a while, you probably already know most of what is in the book. On the other hand, I’ve never seen anything else that collects and distills red pill thought in such a convenient matter. The information in there, while mostly basic red pill knowledge, covers information that would otherwise require reading hundreds of posts on dozens on blogs to acquire. The book reads well. The only complaint is that he has some braggadocio that can at is at times be tiring. The book spoke to me because as I’ve mentioned I found a fair number of similarities between his life and mine prior to when he started his blog and quit his job. It prompted me to try the primal diet (I had known and read of it beforehand, but never tried to apply it). It was also a driver in me starting this blog to explore things for myself.
I heartily recommend the book, especially for those who are just starting to learn of the red pill. Even if you’re familiar with the manosphere, it’s a handy summary of knowledge.
April 27th, 2012 at 01:07
Frost was one of the reasons I started my blog too.
April 27th, 2012 at 07:38
Thanks for the review! Did you read the first or the second edition? The 2nd toned down some my more egregious flights into egotism. In any case send me an email to remind me and I’ll shoot you a copy of the 2nd edition and an advance copy of The 2012 End of the World Tour.
And yeah, the Capt’s book was hilarious and excellent. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, since the target audience (I believe) is the friends and family of red pill takers, so it speaks to them on their level. But, it was hilarious, and it’s always fun to read smart people who agree with you and reassure yourself that you aren’t insane…
April 27th, 2012 at 22:32
No problem, good work should be recognized.
I read a hard copy of what I assume is the first edition, as it doesn’t have an edition number. I’ll send you an e-mail in a minute.
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