If you’re in need of a good book suggestion, why not pick up one of Joe Rogan’s favorite books. He has recommended each of these books multiple times on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. They are also included in our list of the most mentioned books. The books cover a wide range of topics and themes which are frequently discussed on the podcast – psychedelics, consciousness, creativity, motivation, ancient civilizations, martial arts, mastery, and conspiracies. Looking at the list, it’s clear to see how each book has helped shape Rogan’s worldview.
Food of the Gods
The War of Art
Steven Pressfield was a guest on episode #405 of the podcast.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) October 15, 2013
Fingerprints of the Gods
I believe we are a species with amnesia.
– Graham Hancock
Rogan has said that Graham Hancock influenced his views on history more than anybody ever. In Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock theorizes that a previously unknown ancient civilization was much older and far more advanced than we’ve been led to believe was possible. A cataclysmic event erased them from history and a few survivors traveled the world to spread their knowledge to civilizations in Egypt and the Americas. Recounting his extensive travels to megalithic sites, Hancock attempts to solve this mystery using maps, ancient myths and astronomy. Recent discoveries continue to move back the timeline of ancient history. If you enjoyed this book, check out the sequel Magicians of the Gods, released 20 years after the original.
The Book of Five Rings
If you know the way broadly, you will see it in everything.
– Miyamoto Musashi
Miyamoto Musashi was a legendary samurai and expert swordsman during Japan’s feudal period. He traveled the country as a rōnin and was undefeated in 60 duels. Musashi was also an accomplished writer, painter, sculptor and calligrapher. Around the year 1645, he wrote The Book of Five Rings, a book on fighting strategy and philosophy. The principles taught in the book can be applied to many things in life, not just martial arts. Executives have adopted The Book of Five Rings as a guide on how to be successful in business. You may have heard Joe Rogan repeat the above quote from the book. In other words, it means that achieving excellence in anything increases the potential for excellence in everything. It has inspired Rogan to be a well-rounded and balanced individual like Musashi. He even has a Miyamoto Musashi tattoo on his right arm.
The Cat in the hat, The Cat in the hat returns, & Miyamoto Musashi's The Book Of Five Rings. https://t.co/aVlDobrsOV
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) January 23, 2016
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) May 20, 2017