This is Jack's best work yet. He does not set out to tell one how to be a neo-barbarian, but rather details the philosophical basis of this ultimate destination of masculinity. This is no dry academic text, although Donovan in his unique style does a complete demolition job on modern ruling ideologies such as universalism and economic globalism. All this is to clear the way for a return to tribalism, which he defends like a heavy weight MMA champion. The writing style is crystal clear, addressing all men. So, you have a credit card, or maybe you are on the mighty Kindle's one click system. Buy this book now! If I could give it another few stars I would.
As I started to read this I was initially put off by some of the hyperbole and accusatory language made me uncomfortable, and I was convinced that my values (relatively open to dispensatory charity and a passionate ethical vegan) would be at odds with what Jack was proposing. As I started to delve further into the book I was able to start grasping some of the larger concepts that were being presented, and came to a point where I was interested in asking Jack what he thought being a "good man" would entail, as I felt I would need something to replace ideologies he was dismantling inside my own mind. Reading to the end I finally had the revelation of what Becoming a Barbarian is actually about: I can still be a good father, a compassionate partner, and someone who moral uses about right and wrong. It is merely being able to make the choice of who to be those things for. It is the essence of pragmatism to realise that we cannot change the world for everyone, not would everyone let that happen. But we can change the world for those we hold close, for those we care for, and those who we respect enough to hold accountable. A wonderful book, and I encourage anyone who views themselves as a "good man" to give it a fair go.