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
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
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
VINCIT QUI SE VINCIT
*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.