What are the best books recommended for men by Esquire?

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    #1The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 


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    Tang Hao
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Old Man and the Sea is great, classic book for everyone. Hemingway is one of the most famous authors for a reason, his work is good. The book is very classic, but in a good way. It's all about man vs nature, man vs self, and teaches you never to take anything for granted. Highly recommend!"
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    #2The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Margaret Smith
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I guess this is recommended by Esquire because it's a coming of age book about a couple of boys, but I would not recommend it myself. There are other, better books out there. I am sure Esquire recommneds better."
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    #3As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 


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    Rose Alvarez
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a little different that I was expecting. It's a sorrowful tale of a man who's freshly lost his wife. In a time where toxic masculinity is finally starting to be called out and challenged, it's encouraging to read books that tell men that's fine for them to have feelings too."
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    #4The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 


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    Phillip Carroll
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is one Stephen King book that I always recommend to my friends. It is by far the most entertaining and scariest novel that I have ever read. I always enjoy reading this whenever I want to be spooked."
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    #5War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.

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    #6Moby Dick

    Moby Dick
    Moby Dick is a novel by American author Herman Melville. It is the story of captain Ahab’s quest for revenge against Moby Dick, the whale that destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee on a previous voyage.Originally, the novel was a failure but in the 20th century it was rediscover and recognized as work of literary genius.

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    Henry Reynolds
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Moby Dick is a classic tale. However, I don't think it would fit for recommended for men by Esquire. Moby Dick is more of a college student type of book."
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    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.

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    Michelle Rose
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I liked reading this book. Since it is a well known classic, I thought it would be good to read it. I also was interested in seeing how I would view it since I'm a strong supporter of youth rights. The book is not the easiest to read but it's worth it."
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    #8Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of Charles Marlow and his voyage on the Congo River. The story is inspired by Conrad's own experiences traveling in the Congo River in a Belgian trading steamer. 


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    Phillip Miller
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Seems like a very good but I do not see how it would be for men by Esquire."
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    #9Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Frances Ryan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I can't verify that this book has been recommended for men by Esquire, however, I can attest that it should be recommended reading for any open-minded adult. To see the holocaust through the eyes of a 13 year old girl is both horrifying in its atrocity and beautiful in its innocence."
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    #10The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.

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    Paul Coleman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I don't know that I would recommend this for someone, unless that person is specifically interested in war stories. To that end, it's written pretty well, though the subject matter didn't exactly keep me riveted or anything. "
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    #11The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Kathleen Schultz
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "You can't go wrong with the classics and this Steinbeck work surely fits that category. The Depression era story revolves around the search for survival and the American dream. Steinbeck is always spot on in tying insight into history with a deep character story and Grapes of Wrath is no exception."
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    #12One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    David Carter
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Another high school English curriculum classic. Chances are that you were required to read this like I was at some point in high school. There's a reason for that, it's a freakin' literary classic. With such an original concept, it is difficult to not get emotionally invested. McMurphy is a man's man and you will definitely be rooting for him along with the other patients."
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    #13For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.

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    Larry Rivera
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "For Whom the Bell Tolls was written by Ernest Hemingway. it is among his best works the story is about a man called Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s."
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    #14A Confederacy of Dunces

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole's, The hero, Ignatius J. Reilly is a huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, latter-day Gargantua, and Don Quixote of the French Quarter.

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    Christopher Owens
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Crazy, wild, funny -- everything I wanted out of the book. I've never been to New Orleans, but if this is what its like I have to go. I like to live on the wild side and this book took me there and then some. Just a weird and enthralling story."
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    #15Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.

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    Mark Perez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I really loved this book, well most of it. I stayed up until midnight to finish it and was so disappointed in the last 4 chapters. It's as if the author couldn't figure out what to do with the ending. It just ENDS. There are lots of loose ends & lots of questions (at least from me) concerning the characters. Hopefully, I'll get some answers in the sequel. I really loved the main characters of Gus & Call, and the author did a great job with finishing up their storylines. It's the rest of characters that are left hanging."
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    #16The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead is a 1948 novel by Norman Kingsley Mayer. Drawing from the author's own experiences during World War II, this book tells the story of American soldiers who tried to reclaim an island from Japanese hands.


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    Jesse Chen
    Written on May 14, 2018
    " Mailer takes great care in detailing his characters, devoting whole chapters to each of their backstories. But, with the exception of three – the General, Hearn, and Croft – I didn’t find any particularly interesting. They all seemed so ignorant, so repressed, such 1940s caricatures of tough guys. And on top of that, they never grew, never did anything to feel proud about. But maybe this was how people really acted back then, maybe this was how shallow and puerile the men were, and if so, then bravo for how far we’ve advanced. The only thing that kept me from giving this component a lower score was the aforementioned three characters, who were fascinating for the 33% of the story they were on stage. Which just goes to show that Mailer had the ability to draw unusual and compelling characters, but didn’t for some reason. Perhaps to make the experience more authentic? War: a never-ending nightmare of being trapped in a middle school locker room with all the idiots you hate."
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    #17The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)

    The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)
    This historical novel is a recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest four days in the American Civil War where two opposing armies fought for a way of life. Rather than focusing on the battle, the book explains the lives the combatants left behind. 


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    Carolina Hidalgo
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I was totally engrossed in my husband's book called The Killer Angels. I wanted to see if this was some kind of kinky porn book, but alas it was not! This is a part of a Civil War trilogy that deals with Gettysburg. I really enjoyed it because it did not focus on the war side of things. I was able to relate to the lives of the people who actually fought in this battle. That's what this engaging book brought out. Maybe that's why Esquire recommended this book for men, but women like me loved it!"
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    #18The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    This Richard Dawkins' book on evolution explains how it is genes, rather than individuals, that are truly in charge of evolution of species, which would be the reason why two individuals who are very close genetically tend to act selflessly with the other. 


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    Hemant Rathore
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I find it fascinating the connection we can tie with our genetics and human evolution. This book by Richard Dawkins has some good facts and I was drawn by the imagery in it. One of the better ones describing an important topic. "


Best What are the best books recommended for men by Esquire
1The Old Man and the SeaBooks 50 Paid
2The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 45 Free
3As I Lay DyingBooks 44 Paid
4The ShiningBooks 43 Paid
5War and PeaceBooks 40 Paid
6Moby DickBooks 38 Paid
7LolitaBooks 35 Paid
8Heart of DarknessBooks 33 Paid
9Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 31 Paid
10The Things They CarriedBooks 29 Paid

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