In my opinion this is the best book you'll find on the subject of masculinity. I have read this book about five times, each time feeling more inspired than the last. Way of the Superior Man inspires me to be the best man that I can possibly be.
It discusses how men can get in tune with their masculinity as well as how we can better handle women and their femininity. If you're a man looking to improve yourself, start here.
The second book every man should read is Iron John. The main premise is the journey from boyhood to manhood also known as the hero's journey, which is a theme shared in The Hero With a Thousand Faces, seen below.
Robert Bly uses a story of "Iron John" to describe the process of becoming a man. This process includes the hero's journey, which involves separation, initiation, and return.
This is another book that will absolutely inspire all men to improve and become a better man. I cannot recommend it enough, please add this one to your list!
I just recently finished this great book by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette, in fact it's the book that inspired me to create this list.
This book dives into the four main archetypes that live within the masculine's psyche which are the King, Warrior, Magician, Lover. The authors describe each of these archetypes in depth as well as detailing how they manifest in men.
My main takeaway from this book is the ultimate awareness it provided me with. It taught me that, as men, we must be aware of these archetypes and understand how to cultivate them, which will ultimately lead to our strongest version of ourselves. If one of these energies is out of balance, our whole lives will be thrown off. It is an absolute necessity that men read about and understand the King, Warrior, Magician, and Lover energies.
The Hero With a Thousand Faces is a story of the "hero's journey" which is an idea that is displayed in ancient mythology that dates back as long as humans have been around.
This same journey is the inspiration behind the movie Star Wars. The journey consists of three stages that constitute the process of becoming a hero: seperation/departure, initiation, and the return.
Campbell includes multiple examples of heroes in mythology that had to undergo the hero's journey in order to reach their full potential. This is the same journey that men must endure to reach their highest potential as well.
I can't recommend these books enough for my masculine followers, do your future self a favor and pick these 4 books up as soon as possible!