JRE listeners are no doubt familiar with the following list of book titles. Joe Rogan has read and recommended each of them. They are frequently discussed on the podcast and are also included on our list of the most mentioned books. If you’re looking for a more recent book recommendation than those found in Joe Rogan’s favorite books, the first three titles on this list are newish books.
Joe Rogan liked this New York Times bestseller so much, he read it twice. In Tribe, Sebastian Junger examines the difference between tribal society and modern society. Humans evolved to live in small groups which are more cohesive and egalitarian. We’ve experienced a lost sense of community and purpose as a consequence of living in modern society and it’s having a negative impact on our mental health. Junger uses his experience as a war reporter to explore the bonds formed between soldiers during combat and the psychological issues that develop when they return home as they struggle to belong.
This book by Sebastian Junger is fucking epic. I can't recommend it enough. https://t.co/eegAbbON9L
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) June 10, 2017
Quickly becoming one of the most mentioned books on the podcast, Joe Rogan cannot stop talking about Coyote America by Dan Flores. The well-researched Flores provides an in-depth look into the natural and cultural history of coyotes. Despite our ongoing battle against coyotes, they are thriving, spreading across North America and establishing themselves in urban environments. Coyote America is a New York Times bestseller.
Dan Flores was a guest on episode #942 of the podcast.
Had a great time on the podcast today with author Dan Flores. His book Coyote America is amazing! https://t.co/42XQVcaEeb
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) April 6, 2017
Lawrence Wright investigates the secretive and wacky world of Scientology in his book Going Clear. It is the basis for the fantastic HBO documentary of the same name. Wright interviewed hundreds of current and former Scientologists for the book. He presents a detailed history of the Church of Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard, and looks into the tyrannical rule of its current leader, David Miscavige. Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology’s most famous members, are scrutinized for their power and influence inside the Church.
"Going Clear" by @lawrence_wright is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. Such a bizarre view into madness and its wake
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) October 16, 2015
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross
John Macro Allegro was an archaeologist and a scholar who helped translate the Dead Sea Scrolls. Through his research of the Scrolls, he claims to have discovered that Christianity is actually based on a fertility cult that ritually consumed the hallucinogenic mushrooms, Amanita muscaria. The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross was highly controversial when it was first published. Allegro argued that Jesus never existed and that the writings in the New Testament are actually coded stories about mushroom worship. This is one of the most frequently mentioned books on the Joe Rogan Experience since the early days of the podcast.
For a really odd take on the bible read "The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross" by John Marco Allegro he says the bible was all about mushrooms
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) January 13, 2012
DMT: The Spirit Molecule
Dr. Rick Strassman is a clinical psychiatrist. During the 90s while at the University of New Mexico, he conducted government-sanctioned clinical trials of N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychedelic drug. DMT was administered to 60 human volunteers over several sessions. In DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Strassman provides detailed accounts of these trials and the effects of DMT on the volunteers. They reported having mystical and near-death experiences, and many described encounters with non-human entities. Joe Rogan thinks it’s an amazing book and mentions it often. He also hosts Strassman’s documentary of the same name.
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