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Joe Rogan Book List: 35 Books He Recommends

This phrase gets overused a lot, but you truly must be living under a rock if you don’t know about the kind of impact that Joe Rogan has. If hosting Fear Factor and commentating for the UFC weren’t enough, his podcast that launched back in 2009 has since become the biggest and most successful in the world. In April of 2019, Rogan claimed to receive 190 million monthly downloads of it. When The Joe Rogan Experience moved to Spotify in September of last year, it was for a deal reportedly worth $100 million. The show boasts guests like Mike Tyson, Robert Downey Jr., Elon Musk, Lance Armstrong, and Kevin Hart, to name a few.

As you might be able to imagine from the versatile list of names above (which is just a small sample size), the conversations that take place on the show can go to a lot of places. A running joke is that the only topics that Rogan covers are DMT and hunting, but there’s so much more to things. Along with the clichés, Rogan is a massive fan of martial arts, working out, and, of course, reading.

Many take his word as gospel, so if you want to share some of the same reading material as Joe, we’ve compiled a list of 35 books that Joe recommends and loves. Take a look at them below in alphabetical order.

1. American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
Amazon

As the name suggests, this one recounts Steven Rinella’s unique hunt for the rare American Buffalo.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/American-Buffalo-Search-Lost-Icon-ebook/dp/B001MYA396/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=american+buffalo+book&qid=1611805658&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
2. Best Evidence by David Lifton
Amazon

Joe called Best Evidence has favorite conspiracy book ever. It takes a look at the Kennedy Assassination.

Buy, $53
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Evidence-David-Lifton-1982-04-01/dp/B01N1XPV32
3. Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Amazon

Joe came across this one due to his fascination with Native American History and it’s the one to check out because he calls it his favorite on the topic.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Black-Elk-Life-American-Visionary-ebook/dp/B01EROYPI2
4. Blood and Thunder West by Hampton Sides
Amazon

Hampton Sides’ offering takes a look at how the West transformed throughout the 1800s.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Thunder-Epic-American-West/dp/0385507771
5. Breath by James Nestor
Good Reads

We all breathe, but few of us have done the research into breathing as James Nestor has.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Breath-New-Science-Lost-Art-ebook/dp/B0818ZZNLR
6. Chaos by Tom O’Neill
Amazon

Chaos boasts some fascinating revelations about the FBI’s involvement in the case of the Manson murders.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Chaos-Charles-Manson-History-Sixties/dp/0316477559
7. Coyote America by Dan Flores
Amazon

Everything you need to know about coyotes is covered here. Joe Rogan thinks it’s amazing.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Coyote-America-Natural-Supernatural-History-ebook/dp/B01BZ7XJ86
8. DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Dr. Rick Strassman
Good Reads

No surprises that Joe loves this seeing as though he hosts the documentary version.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/DMT-Molecule-Revolutionary-Near-Death-Experiences-ebook/dp/B003N3U3J4
9. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
Amazon

Although other tribes are mentioned more often than them, the Comanches were the most powerful Native Americans that had an incredible impact in their time.

Buy, $10
https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Summer-Moon-Comanches-Powerful/dp/1416591060
10. Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna
Amazon

This one explores the relationship between humans and plants and the roles of things like spices and spirits in society.

Buy, $15
https://www.amazon.com/Food-Gods-Original-Knowledge-Evolution/dp/0553371304
11. Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
Washington Post

An insight into Scientology that Joe Rogan called “one of the weirdest books” he’s ever read.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Going-Clear-Scientology-Hollywood-Prison-ebook/dp/B00A9ET54E
12. Industrial-Strength Denial by Barbara Freese
Good Reads

Barbara Freese writes about corporations that negatively impact the earth but are still managing to thrive.

Buy, $17
https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Strength-Denial-Corporations-Defending-Indefensible/dp/0520383087
13. Ladies and Gentlemen – Lenny Bruce!! by Albert Goldman
Amazon

All that needs to be said about this is Rogan called it “required reading for aspiring stand-ups”.

Buy, $32
https://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Gentlemen-Lenny-Albert-Goldman/dp/0140133623
14. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Amazon

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell details the factors that make successful people successful. 

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017930
15. Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West
Amazon

A deep dive into debates about skin color in the United States by former JRE guest, Cornel West.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Race-Matters-25th-Anniversary-Introduction-ebook/dp/B071LRZ3X1
16. Savage Son by Jack Carr
Good Reads

Carr’s work appears on this list multiple times, which says all that needs to be said about what Joe thinks of it. He recommended it on Instagram last year.

Buy, $18
https://www.amazon.com/Savage-Son-Thriller-Jack-Carr-audio-cd/dp/1508299617
17. Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan
Scribe

Sex at Dawn is about human mating systems, how they developed, and the idea of monogamy in the greater context of humanity.

Buy, $7
https://www.amazon.com/Sex-at-Dawn-audiobook/dp/B004ADQAPM
18. Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
Amazon

Rogan calls this both “excellent” and “perplexing.” It’s a look at why people misunderstand quantum mechanics.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Something-Deeply-Hidden-Emergence-Spacetime-ebook/dp/B07NTYJJDX
19. Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
Amazon

A non-fiction account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in the late 19th century. Rogan calls it “intense.”

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Son-Morning-Star-Custer-Bighorn/dp/B002HXDHTY
20. Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler
Amazon

A book about meditation, the limits of humans, and how and why alternate states of consciousness should be achieved.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-audiobook/dp/B01N2HREQU
21. The Art of Living and Dying by Osho
Amazon

A good read on living and dying that is not as morbid as it sounds—questions like how to approach death and reincarnation attempt to be answered.

Buy, $14
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Living-Dying-Celebrating-Death-ebook/dp/B0728G2YYP
22. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Amazon

A self-help book that endorses freedom from self-limiting beliefs, one of the only true causes of suffering.

Buy, $6
https://www.amazon.com/Four-Agreements-Practical-Personal-Freedom/dp/1878424319
23. The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Amazon

An exploration into historical ideas about happiness from the likes of Jesus and Buddha through the lens of modern psychological research.

Buy, $8
https://www.amazon.com/Happiness-Hypothesis-Finding-Modern-Ancient-ebook/dp/B003E749TE
24. The Hustler by Walter Tevis
Amazon

A rare fiction entry here, The Hustler is about a young pool hustler learning the true ways of winning and losing.

Buy, $21
https://www.amazon.com/Hustler-Walter-Tevis/dp/1560254734
25. The Immortality Key by Brian Muraresku
Amazon

Here, Muraresku writes about the role of psychedelics in the formation of Western society. According to Joe, “it’s fucking sensational.”

Buy, $20
https://www.amazon.com/Immortality-Key-Secret-History-Religion-ebook/dp/B0818QJHKF
26. The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Amazon

A look into the true life of Lakota Indian, Crazy Horse. It seems to have been enlightening for Rogan.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/The-Journey-of-Crazy-Horse-audiobook/dp/B0007Y9KCS
27. The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray
Blackwell’s

A somewhat controversial take on the political correctness of dealing with different identity groups.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Crowds-Gender-Race-Identity-ebook/dp/B07VK9J63L
28. The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross by John M. Allegro
Amazon

A unique take on the Bible and the linguistics of early Christianity.

Buy, $23
https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Mushroom-Cross-Christianity-Fertility/dp/B010EVUY4G
29. The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Amazon

They say talent is something you’re born with. But is it? Daniel Coyle talks about rewiring the brain and the true benefit of the deep practice of any activity.

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Talent-Code-Greatness-Born-Grown/dp/055380684X
30. The Terminal List by Jack Carr
Amazon

A story about a Navy SEAL by a Navy SEAL. What more could you ask for?

Buy, $13
https://www.amazon.com/Terminal-List-Jack-Carr/dp/1683249437
31. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Amazon

Another one of Rogan’s favorites, The War of Art is about the barriers that artists, entrepreneurs, and more face.

Buy, $31
https://www.amazon.com/War-Art-Through-Creative-Battles/dp/B002YNS0VC
32. Tribe by Sebastian Junger
Amazon

Junger writes about what a lot of us can learn from tribal societies, including true loyalty.

Buy, $12
https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Homecoming-Belonging-Sebastian-Junger-ebook/dp/B01BCJDSNI
33. True Believer by Jack Carr
Amazon

The third Jack Carr book on this list, Joe binged all of his works in a month. “I’m hooked!”

Buy, $9
https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thriller-Terminal-List-ebook/dp/B07GNTMB9F
34. Your Dad Stole My Rake by Tom Papa
Amazon

This one is a comedic look on families, and Papa’s specifically. Rogan says, “Tom is an awesome, hilarious guy, so if you’re looking for a great read, your search is over.”

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Your-Dad-Stole-My-Rake-ebook/dp/B076H8WVM8
35. Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Amazon

A study on a form of Japanese archery called Kyūdō. The German philosophy professor’s book is credited with introducing Zen to the West in the 1940s and 1950s.

Buy, $11
https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Archery-Eugen-Herrigel/dp/0375705090

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