Listed below are books that Joe Rogan is currently reading or has recently finished reading. 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 he mentions a new book that he’s reading/listening to, we’ll add it to the list.
Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Joe Rogan has been binging on audiobooks about Native American history over the past few months. He’s currently on his 4th book and says it’s 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 as Black Elk Speaks which is a different book but the main source material for this one. However, his Instagram post is clearly a screenshot of Joe Jackson’s Black Elk book on his phone.
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, 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 recently 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. Harari would make a fantastic guest on the JRE podcast, fingers crossed.
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
Great book…fucking fantastic…very enlightening. – Joe Rogan