Review: The Way of Men and Becoming A Barbarian, by Jack Donovan.

You don’t accidentally find yourself here. There is no need to inform you about Jack Donovan or his take on things. For more on his style or writing you can go to his website and read selected pieces. You can also listen to his podcast at Start the World. This review is to help you choose between his two main works, “The Wayof Men” and “Becoming a Barbarian”. Jack Donovan is a perceptive and original thinker who writes in a terse, compact manner. He is one of those writers who writes down your own thoughts but expresses it far more eloquently. Though we probably wouldn’t have come up with arguments, so precise, persuasive and insightful. He has also taken a lot of the legwork out of the common cultural conversation about masculinity and dismantles the commonly expressed counter-arguments. As you can see from the negative reviews this rarely rises above the level of knee-jerk, name calling. On reflection you may well have come to these conclusions yourself but he has saved you years of reading, drum circles and YouTube commenting. This is strong stuff it’s like eating Roquefort or rare steaks. It’s uncompromising and brave. Far from an unreconstructed thug, Donovan has come out of the same educated, liberal culture as us all and finding it lacking, dissected it. Donovan is scornful of what modern western society has become, and runs over modernities sacred cows (then reverses over them). Conversations sparked by these books will be interesting indeed, and it … read more....

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