The Legionnaire’s Reading List

The human being is one of the most powerful and amazing creations on the planet.  However, without the proper training and experience it is useless.  Here are books that will put you on the path to being a modern Legionnaire by giving you the mindset of an imperial soldier.  Because each step of the way builds off of the previous ones, it is best if you go in order by category.

This is really meant to be done as part of the journey down “The Path to Legionnaire“, but you will still get something out of this by merely reading the works listed below.

Health, Fitness, and your Body

Your physical health is the foundation for everything else that you accomplish.  Without your health, you are nothing.  Read these and implement the ideas within to get your body working correctly.

The Primal Blueprint – Mark Sisson

The Paleo Solution* – Robb Wolf

The Vegetarian Myth – Lierre Keith

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration* – Weston A. Price

Your Mind

Once your body is in order, you must then get your mind in order.

The Genealogy of Morals – Friedrich Nietzsche

Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Shortness of Life – Seneca

The Way of Men* – Jack Donovan

If – Rudyard Kipling

Other People

A legionnaire is nothing without his legion.  Knowing how to interact with others is crucial for survival and key to advancing yourself in life.

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

The Body Language Bible – Judi James

The Definitive Book of Body Language – Allan and Barbara Pease

The Game – Neil Strauss

The Art of Seduction* – Robert Greene

Building an Empire

Life is struggle. Life is war.  Those who are not capable of engaging in those things live at the mercy of those that are.  Note that is true of all life, not just the context of military matters…

The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli

The Art of War – Sun Tzu

The Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi

The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene

The Modern World

The western world is set up as a complete antithesis to all things that make mankind noble and virtuous, and every modern Legionnaire must understand this.  Knowing the terrain of the battlefield is vital to achieving eventual victory.

Men Among the Ruins – Julius Evola

Revolt Against the Modern World – Julius Evola

Ride the Tiger – Julius Evola

1984 – George Orwell

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Manthropology – Peter McAllister

The Fourth Turning – William Strauss and Neil Howe

Tales of Virtue and Nobility

When one truly has the body and mind of the Legionnaire, the last piece of the puzzle needed is…inspiration.

The Odyssey – Homer

The Aeneid – Virgil

Dune – Frank Herbert

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Call of the Wild – Jack London

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkein


*Books marked with an asterisk are those I have not personally read, but those that have been lauded and recommended sufficiently by those I trust.

One thought on “The Legionnaire’s Reading List

  1. Sam 12/02/2013 / 4:28 PM

    Very good list. I’ve read a lot of these. Here’s some that might be included in the “how the world works” list.

    The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000 by William H. McNeill

    Plagues and Peoples by William H. McNeill

    The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul M. Kennedy

    There was a series of books I read that had a powerful effect on me by James Dale Davidson and Sir William Rees-Mogg. They are based on the idea of Meapolitics. Namely that power and politics are based on the Technology of defense and offense. Mao, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” An example; gunpowder brought about the rise of large states due to cost of cannon. It also destroyed castles which collapsed smaller states. It lowered the power of defense. Followed by “the Right of Kings”. The main idea being until the technology supported it “the Right of Kings” was just so much nonsense. The authors claim the microprocessor is decreasing the power of offense which decreases the power of large States. During the World Wars you needed a large population with lots of guns to prevail. Now a small group armed with advanced weapons can attack at will hitting their targets every time. From this they concluded the welfare state and the USA was doomed. The books are also investment books. They did not do so well on this because they were just too soon. Who knew the US could stay afloat in such dire circumstances. They’re well worth reading. I’m like probably most of the people here, a book worm, and these are some of the best books I’ve read ever on BIG ideas with far reaching ideas. The books are old so most only cost a penny plus shipping.

    “Blood in the Streets: Investment Profits in a World Gone Mad” (1987)
    The Great Reckoning: How the World Will Change in the Depression of the 1990’s (1994)
    The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age (1999)

    A lot of these are on a higher level kind of thinking which may seem to have little relevance to your every day life but that’s not necessarily true. If you know the larger frame work of society, power, boundaries, etc. it might save you time by channeling your behavior or actions towards more productive uses.

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