Listed below are books that Joe Rogan is currently reading or has recently finished reading. Listeners of The Joe Rogan Experience are no doubt familiar with these book titles as Rogan has mentioned them frequently on the podcast (some far more than others). He seems to recommend nearly every book he reads or at least offer high praise.
To be more accurate, Rogan prefers listening to books over reading and typically reads only one physical book for every 7 or 8 audiobooks. He says that audiobooks give him something productive to do to fill the “dead time” while he’s driving to and from the podcast studio, The Comedy Store or airport and when he’s trail running. Lately Rogan appears to have multiple audiobooks on the go at the same time.
Whenever Joe Rogan mentions a new book that he’s reading or listening to, we’ll add it to the list.
Freedom by Sebastian Junger
Joe Rogan started reading Freedom by Sebastian Junger just prior to their third meeting on the podcast (JRE #1655). Junger is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and bestselling author. Rogan really enjoyed Junger’s previous book, Tribe (see below). In Freedom, Junger explores what it means to be free while recounting a journey he took with friends walking along the railroad tracks, sleeping outside, cooking with fire, and drinking from creeks. It’s a short read at 160 pages.
A Land So Strange by Andrés Reséndez
An audiobook that Joe Rogan has been listening to recently only while he’s in the sauna is A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andrés Reséndez. The book tells the true story of a Spanish explorer who traveled across the southern United States and Mexico during the 16th century. He was one of only four survivors out of 400 men who undertook this journey with him. Rogan was fascinated by the accounts of their interactions with indigenous peoples and the likelihood that these explorers brought with them the diseases which ultimately killed the Mayans (JRE #1637 @101:10).
The Devil’s Hand by Jack Carr
Joe Rogan has been listening to the audiobook version of the newly released The Devil’s Hand: A Thriller by Jack Carr. The Devil’s Hand is the fourth novel in Carr’s Terminal List series which follows the exploits of main character James Reece, a former Navy SEAL. Jack Carr recently appeared on JRE #1634. In that discussion, Rogan admitted to Carr that he was his third most-read fictional author behind JRR Tolkien and Stephen King.
Hate Inc. by Matt Taibbi
The first audiobook that Joe Rogan said he’s been listening to in 2021 is Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi. Rogan brought it up to Tulsi Gabbard during JRE #1599 (@3:25). In Hate Inc., Taibbi provides his analysis and criticism of American mainstream media and their profit-driven, manipulative tactics that sow division. Taibbi was a guest on JRE #1386 shortly after the book’s release. Rogan was annoyed that someone other than Taibbi recorded the audiobook version.
The book is excellent! – Joe Rogan
1984 by George Orwell
During JRE #1582 (@165:20), Joe Rogan said he was rereading the literary classic 1984 by George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four presents Orwell’s vision of a dystopian future with mass surveillance under a totalitarian government. Written over 70 years ago, 1984 has made a lasting cultural impact having introduced several terms to the English language that are commonly used today. It’s a must-read book.
The Art of Mindful Living by Thich Nhat Hanh
Joe Rogan uses a dry sauna several times per week as part of his post-workout recovery. In a recent Instagram post, he mentioned listening to The Art of Mindful Living by Thich Nhat Hanh during these sauna sessions while doing breath work to make the time go by faster. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who teaches mindfulness meditation. He has published over 100 books. The Art of Mindful Living includes guided meditations and step-by-step breathing exercises.
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
In JRE #1565 (November 2020), Joe Rogan mentioned that he’s in the middle of reading Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. This is the third book by Harari on this list. Rogan previously read Sapiens and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century which focused on humanity’s past and present, respectively. Homo Deus looks to the future and explores the new challenges that humans will encounter. It is a New York Times bestseller. Harari would be a fantastic guest on the JRE podcast, fingers crossed.
The Immortality Key by Brian C. Muraresku
A book about the psychedelic origins of religion is right up Joe Rogan’s alley. He announced on Instagram that he started listening to the audiobook version of The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name by debut author Brian Muraresku shortly after Muraresku’s appearance on JRE #1543. The Immortality Key is based on Muraresku’s 12 years of research into the sacramental use of hallucinogenic drinks by the ancient Greeks and early Christians. The book features a foreword written and read by Graham Hancock.
Irresistible by Adam Alter
Joe Rogan announced on Instagram that he’s currently reading Irresistible by Adam Alter. Adam Alter is a marketing and psychology professor as well as a New York Times bestselling author. Irresistible is about our increasing use of addictive technologies like smartphones, video games, social media, and online shopping. Companies purposely design these products to keep us hooked which can have negative impacts on our mental health and well-being. Alter provides details on how to mitigate these behavioural addictions and improve happiness.
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay
One of the last audiobooks Joe Rogan listened to was Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay. It was recommended by a friend and mentioned in JRE #1515. Survivor Song is a novel about a rabies-like virus that rapidly spreads throughout New England. Apparently it’s a terrifying book and Rogan suggested that those with anxiety should not read it.
It’s fucking excellent. – Joe Rogan
The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray
During JRE #1509, Joe Rogan mentioned that he was in the middle of reading The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity by Douglas Murray. Murray is a British bestselling author and journalist who was a guest on JRE #1084. The Madness of Crowds looks into the ongoing culture wars and the weaponization of identity politics and social justice.
Breath by James Nestor
Joe Rogan finished the audio version of James Nestor’s latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, before Nestor’s appearance on the podcast (JRE #1506). Nestor is a journalist and author who traveled the world to investigate why humans are no longer breathing properly. Breath explores how ancient breathing practices and modern scientific research can help us make minor adjustments to correct our breathing and improve our health. Rogan said he’s been using the breathing methods he learned from this New York Times bestselling book and he’s already seeing benefits.
Really fascinating – Joe Rogan
True Believer by Jack Carr
True Believer is the third Jack Carr audiobook that Joe Rogan has listened to in a month. He’s definitely hooked. This is actually the second book in Carr’s Terminal List series of thrillers (Rogan read them out of order starting with book #3, Savage Son). It makes you wonder if devouring three novels in a row has rekindled Rogan’s interest in reading fiction.
I’m hooked – Joe Rogan
The Terminal List by Jack Carr
Joe Rogan recently finished listening to the audiobook version of The Terminal List by Jack Carr. It’s the first book in a series of bestselling thrillers about a Navy SEAL. Rogan started with the third book (Savage Son) but promised Carr he would go back and read the first two books. Carr prefers that readers start from the beginning to get more invested in the main character. These novels have Rogan hooked and he seems to be genuinely enjoying the Terminal List series.
I’m blown away by how compelling these books are – Joe Rogan
Savage Son by Jack Carr
In April 2020, Joe Rogan listened to the audiobook Savage Son: A Thriller by Jack Carr. The first fictional book to appear on this list, Savage Son is the third novel in Carr’s Terminal List series and is a New York Times bestseller. Jack Carr is a former US Navy SEAL turned author. He appeared on JRE #1467 to discuss his books and writing process. Rogan said he’s looking forward to reading Carr’s other novels.
This book is fucking excellent…I’m riveted! – Joe Rogan
Chaos by Tom O’Neill
Joe Rogan recently finished reading Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill. It was recommended by Greg Fitzsimmons, Rogan’s longtime friend who happens to be the author’s neighbor. Tom O’Neill is a journalist who has been investigating the Manson murders for 20 years. He recently appeared as a guest on JRE #1459 while Rogan was on Chapter 11. According to Rogan, Chaos is an “impeccably researched and expertly executed” book. Brendan Schaub is also a big fan of the book and was the first to mention it on the JRE podcast during a Fight Companion (January 9, 2020).
This is a book I can wholeheartedly recommend. – Joe Rogan
The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
After finishing Black Elk, Joe Rogan moved on to his 5th book about Native American history. He posted on Instagram (Feb 2020) that he had been listening to the audiobook version of The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph M. Marshall III. It’s a biography of Crazy Horse written by a fellow Lakota Indian using firsthand knowledge of Lakota culture and oral history. The audiobook is read by the author. Rogan has yet to mention this book on the podcast.
Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Joe Rogan has been binging on audiobooks about Native American history over the past few months. He recently finished his 4th book and said it was his favorite so far. Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson is a biography of Black Elk, a Lakota medicine man/holy man and cousin of Crazy Horse. He was present at several historical events including the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Wounded Knee Massacre and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West tour. Rogan has repeatedly referred to this book by the name Black Elk Speaks which is a different book but is the main source material for this one. However, Joe Jackson’s Black Elk is definitely the book title that he meant to say.
It’s one of the most moving books I’ve ever taken in. – Joe Rogan
Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides
This is the third audiobook on Native Americans and the Wild West that Joe Rogan has listened to in less than two months. He says he’s obsessed with tales of the conflicts between the pioneers and indigenous peoples. Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides details the role that the legendary Kit Carson played in the conquest of the American West. Kit Carson was a trapper and mountain man who later became a US Army officer and led the armed forces against the Navajos for control of their land. Rogan mentioned he was reading Blood and Thunder on JRE #1404 after author S. C. Gwynne recommended the book when he was on the podcast.
This is another amazing one – Joe Rogan
Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell
The book Empire of the Summer Moon (see below) sparked Joe Rogan’s interest in Native American history and the Wild West. He was hooked and immediately wanted to read another book on the topic. Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell was recommended to him by Steven Rinella who also mentioned it briefly on JRE #971. Rogan said he’s been listening to the audiobook on JRE #1394. The book provides a detailed account of the Battle of Little Bighorn and looks at the main characters involved including General Custer, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and others.
This one is awesome – Joe Rogan
Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
Joe Rogan told Malcolm Gladwell in JRE #1383 that he’d been listening to Gladwell’s newest book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know. Gladwell is one of Rogan’s favorite authors and three of his books appear on this reading list. In Talking to Strangers, Gladwell examines high profile cases from the news where an interaction between people who don’t know each other goes wrong. He argues that people don’t know how to talk to strangers which often leads to misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict.
Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
In JRE #1381 (November 2019), Joe Rogan mentioned he was listening to an audiobook about the wild west. Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne is an account of the conflicts between native Comanche Indians and white settlers in the American west. Rogan said he’s fascinated by this period in American history especially how people lived in the 1800s. He was horrified by the author’s vivid descriptions of the violence and atrocities committed by both sides. Empire of the Summer Moon is a New York Times bestseller and highly recommended by Rogan. S. C. Gwynne was a guest on JRE #1397.
Holy shit is it good! – Joe Rogan
American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
As he’s said many times, Joe Rogan strongly prefers listening to audiobooks that are narrated by the author. Unfortunately, the original audio version of his friend Steven Rinella’s book, American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon, was narrated by someone else who Rogan thought sounded like a soap opera actor. It really bothered Rinella but he was able to reacquire the rights and rerecord the audiobook with his distinct and familiar voice. Rogan mentioned he was listening this new version of American Buffalo in JRE #1369 and #1380. Steven Rinella is a hunter, author and host of the TV show MeatEater. He has been a frequent guest on the podcast over the years and appeared on JRE #1341 and #1204.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
As an admitted “huge fan” of Richard Dawkins, Joe Rogan was looking forward to having him on the podcast for a long time. Dawkins is an English evolutionary biologist, author and prominent atheist. Prior to their conversation on JRE #1366, Rogan stated that he was planning to read one of Dawkins’ many books. He chose The God Delusion, a New York Times bestseller. In The God Delusion, Dawkins is highly critical of religion, defends atheism, argues against the existence of God and demonstrates that morality does not originate from religion. Rogan and Dawkins discussed many of the points in the book on the podcast.
Something Deeply Hidden by Sean Carroll
Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll made his 3rd appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (JRE #1352) while promoting his newest book about quantum mechanics. Joe Rogan had an advance copy of Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime for several weeks prior. Rogan says the book is fascinating and rewarding but admitted to Carroll that he had to re-read many paragraphs to understand it because he finds the subject of quantum mechanics so perplexing. Carroll agrees that you need to read carefully and really think about each paragraph but there are no prerequisites and you don’t need a background in physics. Sean Carroll reads the audiobook version of Something Deeply Hidden.
It’s really excellent and really perplexing at the same time. – Joe Rogan
Race Matters by Cornel West
In preparation for Dr. Cornel West’s appearance on JRE #1325, Joe Rogan read the 25th anniversary edition of West’s book Race Matters. Dr. West is a Harvard professor, philosopher, political activist and public intellectual. As an admitted huge fan of Cornel West, Rogan said that episode #1325 was one of his favorite podcasts ever and that he can’t recommend Race Matters enough. He was struck with how the racial issues discussed in the book are still relevant today as if nothing has changed since it was first published in 1993. This edition contains a new introduction.
I can’t recommend your book Race Matters enough. – Joe Rogan
Shook One by Charlamagne Tha God
One of the audiobooks that Joe Rogan said he listened to while running is the New York Times bestseller Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God. He mentioned it on JRE #1230 and #1304 before finally having Charlamagne on the podcast (JRE #1314). Charlamagne Tha God is a co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club. Shook One is about Charlamagne’s struggles with anxiety and how he uses therapy to improve his mental health. The audiobook is narrated by Charlamagne Tha God, a big plus for Rogan as he hates it when authors don’t narrate their own books.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
In a February 2019 Instagram post, Joe Rogan gave a strong endorsement of The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. He has yet to mention it on the podcast although it was mentioned by John Joseph in JRE #1152. Rogan’s friend and Onnit business partner Aubrey Marcus is a big fan of author Don Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements provides a personal code of conduct based on philosophical principles passed down from the Mexican Toltec culture. It’s a short book (160 pages) and a New York Times bestseller. Rogan said he learned some valuable lessons from it.
This is a seriously powerful book. – Joe Rogan
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Another book Joe Rogan said he was reading in February 2019 was 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. He mentioned it in JRE #1245 and #1246. Rogan previously enjoyed reading Harari’s first book, Sapiens (see below). Where Sapiens focused on our past, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century looks at the present to tackle the problems facing today’s world.
The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
After finishing The Happiness Hypothesis, Joe Rogan moved on to reading Jonathan Haidt’s newest book, The Coddling of the American Mind co-authored with Greg Lukianoff. It was released in 2018 and expands on the authors’ popular 2015 article that appeared in The Atlantic. In The Coddling of the American Mind, Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the recent trends of hypersensitivity and policing of speech on college campuses and the associated rise of anxiety and depression in young people. The book is a New York Times bestseller.
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
In preparation for Jonathan Haidt’s appearance on the podcast, Joe Rogan listened to the audiobook version of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. Released in 2006, The Happiness Hypothesis takes 10 ideas on happiness popularized by various historical figures, looks at how they relate to current scientific research and how they apply in today’s world. Rogan says he can’t recommend it enough. Jonathan Haidt was a guest on JRE #1221.
It’s one of the best and most insightful books I’ve ever read. – Joe Rogan
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
Joe Rogan listened to Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins while running the hills. Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL and ultra-endurance athlete. The book tells his inspirational life story and provides motivation to push your limits and reach your full potential. Rogan says it’s outstanding and recommends the audiobook over the physical version because of the additional podcast-like commentary and discussion from Goggins and the narrator. David Goggins was a guest on JRE #1080 and #1212.
This book will change your fucking life. – Joe Rogan
Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal
As mentioned on Instagram (November 29, 2018), Joe Rogan finished listening to the audiobook version of Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal. It was recommended to him by UFC fighter Ben Askren. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work expands on Kotler’s research on flow states and looks into how people are using altered states of consciousness to achieve peak performance. Steven Kotler was a guest on JRE #873.
It’s an excellent book – Joe Rogan
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Joe Rogan finished reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and spoke about it with Joey Diaz in JRE #1190 (October 29, 2018). This is the 2nd Gladwell book that Rogan read in 2018. Outliers: The Story of Success explores what makes people successful. Gladwell examines how external factors like timing, circumstance and luck can contribute more to a person’s success than intelligence or skill.
It’s fucking great! – Joe Rogan
The Art of Living and Dying by Osho
Joe Rogan first mentioned he was reading The Art of Living and Dying in an Instagram post on August 12, 2018. He also brought it up in JRE #1165 with Tom Papa and in JRE #1180 with Everlast. It is one of hundreds of books authored by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh aka Osho, the Indian mystic and leader of the cult-like Rajneesh movement featured in the Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country. The Art of Living and Dying covers Osho’s teachings on dying, death and reincarnation. Rogan seemed genuinely surprised to discover that Osho’s ideas were deeply philosophical and well-reasoned.
It’s a surprisingly profound and interesting read. – Joe Rogan
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
In JRE #1135 (June 25, 2018), Joe Rogan discussed The Talent Code with Ari Shaffir. He likely got the book recommendation from his friend and fellow comedian Bryan Callen who talks about it frequently. In The Talent Code, journalist and author Daniel Coyle details the key elements required to develop talent, maximize potential and optimize performance. He also explains the neurological mechanisms in the brain responsible for growing talent. Rogan thinks that anybody could benefit from reading this book.
It’s an amazing book. – Joe Rogan
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Joe Rogan talked about listening to The Tipping Point audiobook in JRE #1132 with Kyle Kingsbury (June 18, 2018). The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference is Malcolm Gladwell’s first book and a New York Times bestseller. Gladwell writes about the three rules that can make ideas, products, messages and behaviours spread like a virus. Although Rogan thought the book was really interesting, he found it to be a bit repetitive. One of his pet peeves is when someone other than the author narrates the audiobook (unless it’s Stephen King) so he was especially happy that Gladwell did his own narration.
It’s really great, really interesting! – Joe Rogan
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Sapiens is one of the most mentioned books on the JRE Podcast. After several friends and guests recommended it to Rogan he decided to finally give the audiobook a listen. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a New York Times bestseller by Israeli historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari. It is quite literally a brief history of humankind. Multiple human species co-existed 100,000 years ago and Harari explores how and why Homo Sapiens became the most successful and dominant species of humans. Rogan seemed to really enjoy the book.
Great book…fucking fantastic…very enlightening. – Joe Rogan
Tribe by Sebastian Junger
This book by Sebastian Junger is fucking epic. I can't recommend it enough. https://t.co/eegAbbON9L
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) June 10, 2017
Coyote America by Dan Flores
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
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
"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 by John M. Allegro
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