Alexander Cortes

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40+ Book Recommendations by Alexander Cortes

  • Book Recommendation: The Sacred and the Profane -dense read, only suggest if theological study is of interest to you. Her defining of sacred and profane and religious continuum they function in will make you look at human environments differently

  • Book Recommendation: The Looting Machine Africas natural wealth is incalculable, but the the overall governance country to counter is endemically corrupt, and exploited by nations from every other continent

  • Book Recommendation: The Storm Before the Storm -The Roman republic has far more parallels and is a better comparison to America than the Empire

  • @MellowTrader15 Id get a second opinion on the level of degeneration As for training, there are LOTS of ways to make training spine friendly, maximize muscle stimulus and minimize spinal stress

  • @tishray @aphrosociety @NathanH71903794 @YuriTartt You would both enjoy reading some of Girard, he illuminates how mimetic instinct and imitation give rise to all kind of conflicts and symbols and how they represent various relationships His works are DENSE, but the Girard Reader gives a great overview

  • Doug was the author of this book

  • War is a Racket

    Smedley D. Butler

    His "War is a Racket" speech was expanded into a book It predicted the rise of the military industrial complex decades before the term existed.

  • Ordinary Men

    Christopher R. Browning


  • Heart Frauds

    Charles T. McGee

    This book came out in 2001, I also read it around 19-20 Blew apart the Cholesterol hypothesis a decade before anyone else did, the lack of efficacy with statins, how medical testing is a money making operation Modern healthcare treats the individual as a profit center.

  • - The Appearance of Power by @tannerguzy Pleasantly surprising book on the role of appearance & aesthetics with men and culture & how it has been used since the dawn of history to convey a Mans role & stature to his peers Simply put, a man needs to care about what he looks like

  • - The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence I love this book, and I actually prefer it over meditations Gracian was a highly educated Jesuit priest and scholar and advisor to various political figures during the 1600s in Spain Contains over 300 aphorisms on "everything"

  • The Lucifer Principle

    Howard K. Bloom

    - The Lucifer Principle, Howard Bloom Not as sinister as it sounds, it is a "book about everything" that illuminates the interconnectedness of how "evil" is a quality that emerges from Mankinds primordial roots, how memetic ideas interconnect us all into a "superorganism" that..

  • - The Lucifer Principle, Howard Bloom Not as sinister as it sounds, it is a "book about everything" that illuminates the interconnectedness of how "evil" is a quality that emerges from Mankinds primordial roots, how memetic ideas interconnect us all into a "superorganism" that..

  • The Way of Men

    Jack Donovan

    - The Lucifer Principle, Howard Bloom Not as sinister as it sounds, it is a "book about everything" that illuminates the interconnectedness of how "evil" is a quality that emerges from Mankinds primordial roots, how memetic ideas interconnect us all into a "superorganism" that..

  • The Way of Men

    Jack Donovan

    - The Way of Men, by @ph2t3r This is the best book I've read on the tribal dynamics & subsequent behavioral dynamics of how men bond, relate to each other, develop within the tribal context, create safety, and how culture, identity, ethnicity, and nation arise out of this

  • Ancient Greek Athletics

    Stephen G. Miller

    Presenting a survey of sports in ancient Greece, this work describes ancient sporting events and games. It considers the role of women and amateurs in ancient athletics, and explores the impact of these games on art, literature and politics.

    @QuintusCurtius I own this book as well

  • This is a self-help book written by John M. Kirsch, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon for the common man. It is the result of 25 years of research into a new and simple exercise to prevent rotator cuff tears and impingement syndrome in the shoulder, as well as treating these conditions and frozen shoulder. Testimonials and research CT scan images are included as well as images of the exercises performed by models and patients.

    The book is available on Amazon and on kindle Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention, Revised & Expanded

  • Blitzed

    Norman Ohler

    A fast-paced, highly original history that uncovers the full extent of drug use in Nazi Germany--from Hitler's all-consuming reliance on a slew of substances, to the drugs that permeated the regime and played an integral role in Germany's military performance and ultimate downfall in World War II

    @jakeshieldsajj This is a good one Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

  • Life is Movement

    Eugen Sandow

    "A HEALTH BOOK FOR THE PEOPLE. For these reasons I want everyone who is in search of health to read these pages carefully and thoughtfully, as they contain health information of priceless value, which, if it will not actually be sufficient to free them from disease or prevent that condition, will at last prove a most helpful signpost to every wanderer on the highway that leads to Health. Those who are actually weak, ailing, or diseased, will find much helpful information in the later chapters of this book, especially that on 'Neurasthenia,' and the chapter on 'How and Why Scientific Physical Movement Cures Disease.' A great world-crusade against physical decadence and disease is going to take place, and we have in our own hands the weapon to destroy these enemies altogether. 'All for Health' should be the motto of us all from now forward, and I feel certain that after reading this work many will be eager to render service in this great movement for the uplifting of humanity. As I explain later, I have decided, with the assistance of distinguished patrons and workers, to form an 'All-for- Health League'—what, I hope, will be a real League of Nations against Disease—to spread the gospel of physical movement as an agent—I might, indeed, call it the agent in advance—of Health." - Eugen Sandow This is an 8.5" by 11" restored and re-formatted edition of Sandow's 1920 classic. The text remains exactly as written. This book has many pages with old photographs and illustrations. This is a must have book for your physical culture library. Visit our website and see our many books at

    Sandow wrote an entire treatise on the importance and necessity of what he deemed Scientific Exercise in his magnum opus "Life is Movement" He advocated for Great Britain to form a ministry of health and create a national program of exercise for all its citizens

  • @Ralph70919946 Optimize your exercises for minimal joint stress and maximal muscle stimulation

  • @positivelymanly Absolutely should be considered, the risks are minimal and the rewards are immense Read this book

  • The Divided Mind

    John E. Sarno

    @DeeperThrill Psychological stress/trauma manifests itself physically best book on the subject

  • A Failure of Nerve

    Edwin H. Friedman

    Author of the groundbreaking Generation to Generation applies the insights of family therapy to secular and religious organizations and how they treat their leaders.

    Adapted from Edwin Friedmans, "A Failure of Nerve"

  • Draws on traditional eating patterns to endorse a diet that contains animal fats and foods preserved in ways that actually increase their nutritional value.

    My top 3 books on Nutrition: 1-Deep Nutrition 2-Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 3- Nourishing Traditions Read those three, and you will be thoroughly redpilled on nutrition and how the mainstream beliefs are where health goes to die

  • First published in 1939, this monumental but highly readable book is designed to preserve the classic study of Dr. Price's worldwide investigation of the deleterious effects of processed foods and synthetic farming methods on human health, and the promise of regeneration through sound nutrition. This bestseller contains guidelines for approaching optimum health and reproduction, now and through future generations, as did the primitives. Dr. Price has been universally accepted as one of the foremost authorities on the role of foods in their natural form in the overall health pattern and the development of degenerative illnesses as a result of the addition of processed foods to our diet.

    My top 3 books on Nutrition: 1-Deep Nutrition 2-Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, 3- Nourishing Traditions Read those three, and you will be thoroughly redpilled on nutrition and how the mainstream beliefs are where health goes to die

  • @Jwith93 Use this programming method

  • Warrior Cardio

    Martin Rooney


  • Prometheus Rising

    Robert Anton Wilson

    Prometheus Rising describes the landscape of human evolution and offers the reader an opportunity to become a conscious participant. In an astoundingly useful road map infused with humor and startling insight, Robert Anton Wilson presents the Eight Circuits of the Brain model as an essential guide for the effort to break free of imprinted and programmed behavior, Bob writes, "We are all giants, raised by pygmies, who have learned to walk with a perpetual mental crouch. Unleashing our full stature-our total brain power-is what this book is all about." The Robert Anton Wilson Trust Authorized Hilaritas Press Edition

    I have to thank @jposhaughnessy for the recommendation I know he told me to read this 2 years ago I think, and I’ve been sitting with it all day reading and thinking and questioning

  • Praise for The Definitive Testosterone Replacement MANual "Inspiring is Jay's knowledge of hormone replacement and human physiology, which surpasses that of many of my medical colleagues. This he brings to you the reader in the pages of his much-needed and timely opus. Open your eyes, read and digest Jay's words. This book is the chapter that I was scared to write." Brett Osborn, MD Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery Diplomate, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine CSCS, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Author of Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon's Guide To Optimal Health and Fitness "The Definitive Testosterone Replacement MANual presents practical information about the best ways to maximize benefits and minimize side effects of testosterone replacement therapy. It accomplishes this goal in the most visually appealing way I have ever seen in this field. This book makes for an enjoyable and highly empowering read for any man who wants to take charge of his health and quality of life." Nelson Vergel CEO, and, Author of Testosterone A Man's Guide: Practical Tips For Boosting Physical, Mental and Sexual Vitality Are You Living Life At Your Maximum Potential? Is your sex drive at its peak, or has it diminished? Is your enthusiasm for life lessening? Healthy testosterone levels are not only a physical state of prime health, but a mental state of positive wellness and aggression. A man with low testosterone will experience not only a physical decline, but also a diminished quality of life. Testosterone is often misrepresented by the media at large as inciting "hostility," or its effects are reduced down to building muscle only, and its portrayed as being detrimental to health. Nothing could be further from the truth. Comprehensive clinical evidence has unequivocally demonstrated that healthy testosterone levels not only slow the aging process and improve physical markers of health, but that they also reduce the possibility of degenerative disease, and by extension vastly improve quality of life. Men NEED Optimal Testosterone Levels to age powerfully and live to their maximum potential. The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy MANual is the first book of its kind covering not only the therapeutic practice and application of TRT, but the historical, sociological, and biological issues that inform its usage. With this manual, you will learn: The history of testosterone, and the modern narrative that influences its use and prescriptionHow to assess your own testosterone levels, and make medically supported decisions at improving your hormonal healthThe science of TRT gathered from ample research data made understandable, and how it influences broad spectrumDiet, training, and lifestyle guidance that will support your revitalized way of living

    @HasselhoffNot I never suggest pellets Read this book The Definitive Testosterone Replacement Therapy MANual: How to Optimize Your Testosterone For Lifelong Health And Happiness

  • Written in 1925, On Resistance to Evil by Force is one of the most important tracts composed by white émigré philosopher Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin. Responding to the pacifist pretentions of Count Leo Tolstoy, Ilyin mounts a tenacious defence of the Orthodox tradition of physical opposition to evil. As he explains, in the face of evil which can be contained by no other means, a forceful response is not only permissible, but becomes a knightly duty. Further, heroic courage consists not only in recognising this duty, but in bearing its heavy moral burden without fear. In his own time, Ilyin penned this guide for the exiled Russian White Army in its continued resistance against the godless Bolsheviks, yet while the world has developed since the civil war which he lived through, Christians everywhere can still find great relevance in his words, for the same evil continues its designs through other means and under other names. Translated here into English for the first time, On Resistance to Evil by Force is destined to become a classic of Christian ethics.

    A relevant book

  • This collection includes the major writings of General Giap, who, on the evidence of his record as well as his theoretical work, has long been recognized as one of the military geniuses of modern times. The book includes writings from the 1940s to the end of the 1960s.

    This is a great book

  • @jagowing Single sets to failure can definitely build muscle Multiple sets can build more muscle though Your exercise selection must be optimal though Id strongly recommend adopting the exercises from this book

  • @MattRumancik A shitload. I completely ignore industry dogma and my focus is maximizing musculature while being free of injury Look up Doug Brignole and buy this book if you want to learn what I’m incorporating

  • Alchemy

    Rory Sutherland

    The legendary advertising guru—Ogilvy UK’s vice chairman—and star of three massively popular TED Talks, blends the science of human behavior with his vast experience in the art of persuasion in this incomparable book that decodes successful branding and marketing in the vein of Freakonomics, Thinking Fast and Slow, and The Power of Habit. When Rory Sutherland was a trainee working on a direct mail campaign at the famed advertising firm OgilvyOne, he noticed that very small changes in design often had immense effects on the number of consumer responses. Yet no one he worked with knew why. Sutherland began taking stock of each effective yet nebulous trick—”the thing which has no name”—he discovered. As he rose in the advertising industry, he began to understand why these things had no name: no one was interested in quantifying them, cataloguing them, or really investigating them. So, he did it himself. Like classic behavioral economists Daniel Kahneman and Richard Thaler, Sutherland peels away hidden, often irrational human behaviors that explain how the world around us functions. In How to Be an Alchemist he examines why certain ads work and the broader truths they tell us about who we are. Why do people prefer stripy toothpaste, and how might that help us design retirement plans that young people would actually buy? Why do we think orange juice is healthy, and how does the same principle guide our feelings about nuclear reactors? Why do budget airlines advertise services they don’t offer—and what might insurance companies learn from them about keeping healthcare costs low? Filled with startling and profound conclusions, Sutherland’s journey through the world of advertising and its surprising lessons for human behavior is insightful, brilliant, eye-opening, and irresistibly fun.

    Trying to make sense of consumer behavior through a rationalist frame work is a losing game Rory Sutherland wrote the best book I’ve ever read on this intersection of psychology, sales, business, and decision making

  • The Last Closet

    Moira Greyland

    Marion Zimmer Bradley was a bestselling science fiction author, a feminist icon, and was awarded the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement. She was best known for the Arthurian fiction novel THE MISTS OF AVALON and for her very popular Darkover series. She was also a monster. THE LAST CLOSET: The Dark Side of Avalon is a brutal tale of a harrowing childhood. It is the true story of predatory adults preying on the innocence of children without shame, guilt, or remorse. It is an eyewitness account of how high-minded utopian intellectuals, unchecked by law, tradition, religion, or morality, can create a literal Hell on Earth. THE LAST CLOSET is also an inspiring story of survival. It is a powerful testimony to courage, to hope, and to faith. It is the story of Moira Greyland, the only daughter of Marion Zimmer Bradley and convicted child molester Walter Breen, told in her own words.

    @GISELLE_HGC Read this, although be warned, it’s a very disturbing book

  • Nutrition and Physical Degeneration Weston Price READ IT

  • The Arabian Nights

    Muhsin Mahdi

    A translation based on a reconstruction of the earliest extant manuscript version of the famous tales offers the stories told by the Princess Shahrazad under the threat of death if she ceases to amuse.

    This is the most based and redpill book I’ve ever read in my life It’s amazing Highly recommend

  • To be a warrior, you must train like a warrior Discover the training secrets that have produced World Champions in MMA, Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Judo. More than 750 color photos will show you how to perform hundreds of exercises designed to specifically target each area of your body. You'll also learn: Nutrition and safe weight-cutting tips Information on dealing with injuries Advice on the warrior mind and mental game The ultimate 8-week warrior workout plan Whether you are a fighter or just want to look like one, Training for Warriors is a proven, comprehensive system to get you fit for whatever battle life throws at you.


  • Launch

    Jeff Walker

    Revealing the secrets to engineering success that will change the future of a business, an Internet entrepreneur offers a how-to manual for launching a successful product or business in an increasingly digital world.

    Best Book On Doing Online Business (from the blog) READ and RETWEET I have a Book recommendation for you It’s “Launch” by Jeff Walker.

  • The Sovereign Individual

    James Dale Davidson

    The authors identify both the likely disasters and the potential for prosperity inherent in the advent of the information age.

    THE SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL; I read this book 3 years ago, and its shaped my current and future decisions immensely These are 8 lessons and applications to today world that are most relevant

  • Profit From Possibilities: A Look At The World In 2050, is an essential guide that takes a look at the massive technological, social and economic changes that are currently occurring and will occur. This in-depth analysis is explained in easy to understand language and concepts with the goal of profiting from the opportunities that may arise.

    Those of you SERIOUS about being ahead of the changing curve, read this book

  • Bill Pearl's "Keys to the INNER Universe" is the most complete and comprehensive manual ever published on bodybuilding and weight training. "Keys to the INNER Universe" covers every major weight training topic from nutrition to mapping out various training programs. There are over 1200 fully illustrated exercises with proper names and a "degree of difficulty" given for each exercise shown in this encyclopedia. You can choose from hundreds of different exercises for each muscle group and select those exercises that are best suited for your present physical needs. Pearl reveals ALL THE SECRETS used that enabled him to win the Mr. Universe title four times and reign as "King of the Bodybuilders" for nineteen years. This book is designed to help everyone, the young, the old, the weak, the strong, the coach, the gym instructor, a major league football team, or a YMCA weight room. Nobody, man or woman, has been ignored. Covers every aspect of bodybuilding and weight training A Must for Coaches, Trainers and Gym Instructors Over 250,000 copies sold Basic Nutritional Facts Conduct Becoming a Champion Covers Every Aspect of Bodybuilding and Weight Training Exercises for Champion Physiques Fully Illustrated Chapters on the Ten Basic Muscle Groups Learning to Pose Muscles and Energy Nutrition and Virility Pearl s Contest Career Prolonging Your Productive Years Proper Attitude Women and Weight Training This encyclopedia can add years of pleasure to your sport. It can give you an education into bodybuilding that has never before been available. It can add new dimensions to a possible better life style. It's all there for the reading!


  • Examines contemporary problems of American culture and challenges readers to accept the responsibilities of maturity

    @SpiritedSparr0w This is the most insightful without being condemning

  • A Generation of Sociopaths

    Bruce Cannon Gibney

    What happens when a society is run by people who are anti-social? Welcome to Baby Boomer America. In A Generation of Sociopaths, Bruce Cannon Gibney shows how America was hijacked by the Boomers, a generation whose reckless self-indulgence degraded the foundations of American prosperity. A former partner in a leading venture capital firm, Gibney examines the disastrous policies of the most powerful generation in modern history, showing how the Boomers ruthlessly enriched themselves at the expense of future generations. Acting without empathy, prudence, or respect for facts--acting, in other words, as sociopaths--the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco. The Boomers have set a time bomb for the 2030s, when damage to Social Security, public finances, and the environment will become catastrophic and possibly irreversible--and when, not coincidentally, Boomers will be dying off. Gibney, whose 2011 essay "What Happened to the Future?" transfixed the investment world, argues that younger generations have a fleeting window to hold the Boomers accountable and begin restoring America. Distilling deep research into a witty, colorful indictment of the Boomers and an urgent defense of the once-unquestioned value of society, A Generation of Sociopaths is poised to become one of the most controversial books of the year.

    @SpiritedSparr0w This is a good read

  • Deep Nutrition

    Catherine Shanahan

    @mahdiianani Read this First principle education in human nutrition

  • The best framework for rapid fat loss using longer duration fasting is the "Metabolic Blowtorch" model by @JayCampbell333 -Not an affiliate link- In this setup, you combine longer fasts of 20+ hours with low intensity aerobic exercise

  • Are You Ready to Take The Warrior Challenge? World-renowned fitness coach Martin Rooney will take you where no warrior has gone before. On an epic international quest, Rooney traveled to top-fight destinations around the globe to study and train under the last living masters in the eight core disciplines of Mixed Martial Arts. More than 1,000 full-color photos reveal hundreds of the original training secrets he discovered along the way, from the slopes of Japan's Mt. Fuji and the beaches of Brazil to the streets of Russia. With nearly fifty varieties of push-ups, dozens of kettlebell exercises, and hundreds of unique training techniques, Ultimate Warrior Workouts also offers: A complete six-month workout program Cutting-edge nutrition ADVICE and a sample diet plan "Warrior Challenges" to assess your fitness level The history and philosophy of the arts that comprise mixed martial arts


  • @sserb Use this program if you are serious about it