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100 Books Recommended by Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson has a great list of book recommendations. I’ve been reading some of them; you can find my highlights for each book I’ve read (the ones with a hyperlink).

Novels and Philosophy

  1. Beyle, Marie-Henri (Stendhal): The Charterhouse of Parma
  2. Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights
  3. Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita
  4. Cary, Joyce: The Horse’s Mouth
  5. Chandler, Raymond: The Big Sleep
  6. Chandler, Raymond: The Long Goodbye
  7. Dalyrmple, Theodore: Our Culture, What’s Left of It
  8. Dalrymple, Theodore: Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass
  9. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment
  10. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Notes from Underground
  11. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  12. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Demons
  13. Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Idiot
  14. Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  15. Graves, Robert: I, Claudius
  16. Hammet, Dashiel: The Maltese Falcon
  17. Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell To Arms
  18. Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  19. Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea
  20. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World
  21. Huxley, Aldous: Point Counterpoint
  22. Kazantzakis, Nikos: The Fratricides
  23. Kazantzakis, Nikos: Zorba the Greek
  24. Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  25. Kesey, Ken: Sometimes a Great Notion
  26. Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon
  27. Laurence, Margaret: The Stone Angel
  28. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
  29. Nietzsche, Friedrich: Beyond Good and Evil
  30. Nietzsche, Friedrich: On the Genealogy of Morals
  31. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Antichrist
  32. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Gay Science
  33. Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Will to Power
  34. Orwell, George: 1984
  35. Orwell, George: Animal Farm
  36. Orwell, George: Road to Wigan Pier
  37. Pirsig, Robert: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  38. Shem, Samuel: The House of God
  39. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: Cancer Ward
  40. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: The First Circle
  41. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr: The Gulag Archipelago: Vol. 1; Vol. 2; Vol. 3. (alternatively, all three volumes abridged into one)
  42. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden
  43. Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath
  44. Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men
  45. Stendhal: The Red and the Black
  46. Thompson, Hunter S: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  47. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  48. Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace
  49. Troyat, Henri: Tolstoy
  50. Wolfe, Tom: The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry

  1. Becker, Ernest: The Denial of Death
  2. Ellenberger, Henri: The Discovery of the Unconscious
  3. Eysenck, Hans: Genius
  4. Frankl, Viktor: Man’s Search for Meaning
  5. Freud, Sigmund: An Outline of Psychoanalysis
  6. Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams
  7. Jung, Carl: Aion
  8. Jung, Carl: Answer to Job
  9. Jung, Carl: Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious
  10. Jung, Carl: Modern Man in Search of a Soul
  11. Jung, Carl: Mysterium Coniunctionis (Difficult; read the last half)
  12. Jung, Carl: Psychology and Alchemy
  13. Jung, Carl: Psychology: East and West
  14. Jung, Carl: Psychology of Religion: East and West
  15. Jung, Carl: Symbols of Transformation
  16. Jung, Carl: The Symbolic Life
  17. Jung, Carl: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology
  18. May, Rollo. Angel, Ernest & Ellenberger, Henri: Existence: A new dimension in psychiatry and psychology
  19. Neumann, Erich: The Origins and History of Consciousness
  20. Neumann, Erich: The Great Mother
  21. Piaget, Jean: Play, Dreams and Imitation in Childhood
  22. Piaget, Jean: The Moral Judgment of the Child
  23. Rogers, Carl: A Way of Being
  24. Rogers, Carl: On Becoming a Person


  1. Gibson, James J: An Ecological Approach to Visual Perception
  2. Goldberg, Elkhonon: The New Executive Brain
  3. Gray, Jeffrey and Neil McNaughton: The Neuropsychology of Anxiety
  4. LeDoux, Joseph: The Emotional Brain
  5. Panksepp, Jaak: Affective Neuroscience
  6. Sacks, Oliver: The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat
  7. Sacks, Oliver: Awakenings
  8. Sacks, Oliver: An Anthropologist on Mars
  9. Swanson, Larry: Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan

Religion and Religious History

  1. Burton Russell, Jeffrey: Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World
  2. Eliade, Mircea: A History of Religious Ideas (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3)
  3. Eliade, Mircea: Myth and Reality
  4. Eliade, Mircea: Myths, Dreams and Mysteries
  5. Eliade, Mircea: Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy
  6. Eliade, Mircea: The Forge and the Crucible
  7. Eliade, Mircea: The Sacred and the Profane
  8. Frye, Northrop: The Great Code
  9. Frye, Northrop: Words with Power
  10. Lewis, Bernard: The Crisis of Islam
  11. Smith, Huston: (introductory): The World’s Religions
  12. The Bible: Designed to be Read as Living Literature

History/Systems Analysis

  1. de Solla Price, Derek J: Little Science, Big Science
  2. De Soto, Hernando: The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
  3. Gall, John: Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail
  4. Porter, Theodore M: The Rise of Statistical Thinking 1820-1900
  5. Radzinsky, Edvard: Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia’s Secret Archives
  6. Shirer, William L: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The State of the World: A 21st Century Update

  1. Deaton, Angus: The Great Escape
  2. Lomborg, Bjorn: How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place
  3. Norberg, Johan: Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
  4. Pinker, Steven: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  5. Ridley, Matt: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
  6. Rosling, Hans: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  7. Grinspoon, David: Earth in Human Hands
His Books
  1. Peterson, Jordan B: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
  2. Peterson, Jordan B: Maps of Meaning
  3. Peterson, Jordan B: Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life


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