If you’re a fan of Joe Rogan’s podcast, and his work in a variety of fields, you might be interested in the books he’s read and recommends. Through his diverse career and regular podcast, Joe has met and interviewed people from all sorts of fields and backgrounds. It’s enabled him to learn about all kinds of amazing books and writers. In this article, we’re going to share a list of the Joe Rogan book recommendations – those books that he’s mentioned the most, be it on his podcast, social media or elsewhere.

Where there’s an existing tweet, we’re include his Twitter recommendations here. So if you’re looking for Joe Rogan books, we have just the list for you!

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed nighttime read, or something more academic, we have a whole goldmine of knowledge to share! All Joe Rogan recommended.

Joe Rogan Book Recommendations

Let’s take a look at the books Joe Rogan has read and loved.

The War of Art

“It’s called “The War of Art” it’s a great book about harnessing creativity.”

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
  • Great product!
  • Pressfield, Steven (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 190 Pages - 01/11/2012 (Publication Date) - Black Irish Entertainment LLC (Publisher)

The Singularity Is Near

“I’m reading The Singularity is Near.”

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
  • Penguin Books
  • Kurzweil, Ray (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 672 Pages - 09/26/2006 (Publication Date) - Penguin Books (Publisher)

Going Clear

“Holy fuck is this fascinating. I wanna wake my scientologist neighbor and ask him to him watch it with me.”

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • Going Clear Scientology Hollywood and the Prison of Belief
  • Wright, Lawrence (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 560 Pages - 11/05/2013 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

Best Evidence

“”Best Evidence” by David LIfton speaking of Kennedy. Can u recomnd a good conspiracy theory book about the shooting?”

Best Evidence: Disguise and Deception in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • Lifton, David S. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 755 Pages - 09/01/1988 (Publication Date) - Carroll & Graf (Publisher)


“This book by Sebastian Junger is fucking epic. I can’t recommend it enough.”

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
  • Twelve
  • Hardcover Book
  • Junger, Sebastian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 192 Pages - 05/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Twelve (Publisher)

Food of the Gods

Joe once said this is one of his favorite books during a Q&A session.

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
  • Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants Drugs and...
  • McKenna, Terence (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 311 Pages - 01/01/1993 (Publication Date) - Bantam (Publisher)

Coyote America

“Had a great time on the podcast today with author Dan Flores. His book Coyote America is amazing!”

Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History
  • Flores, Dan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 09/05/2017 (Publication Date) - Basic Books (Publisher)

The Book of Five Rings

“Musashi has been a constant source of inspiration for me for most of my life. The Book Of Five Rings is, in my opinion, one of the most valuable things anyone has ever written.”

The Book of Five Rings
  • Five Rings Strategy, The Classic Guide.. Miyamoto Musashi
  • 1074..Overlook Press, The Japanese entrepreneur, is not nurtured at an Asian equivalent of our...
  • Instead, he studies, lives and works according to an almost-mythic tome written in 1645 by the great...
  • Tenth Printing, older cover.
  • First Published in the USA by Victor Harris..

Fingerprints of the Gods

“Read “Fingerprints of the Gods” by Graham Hancock. Best book on the subject.”

Fingerprints of the Gods
  • Three Rivers Press CA
  • Hancock, Graham (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 592 Pages - 04/02/1996 (Publication Date) - Crown (Publisher)

The Happiness Hypothesis

“I really can’t recommend this book enough. It’s one of the best and most insightful books I’ve ever read. Jonathan Haidt was a fantastic guest on the podcast and this book is just amazing for helping you recognize errors in thinking and personal biases that we all experience. It really gets to the roots of what makes people happy and unhappy rather than being some sort of a positive thinking, motivational book. Just outstanding stuff that you can really apply in day to day life.”

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • Basic Books AZ
  • Haidt, Jonathan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 320 Pages - 12/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Basic Books (Publisher)

The Tipping Point

Mentioned this on his podcast with Kyle Kingsbury. Described it as, “It’s really great, really interesting.”

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • Great product!
  • Gladwell, Malcolm (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 301 Pages - 01/07/2002 (Publication Date) - Back Bay Books (Publisher)

Can’t Hurt Me

“This book will change your fucking life. It’s time to go to war with yourself.”

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • Hardcover Book
  • David Goggins (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 364 Pages - 12/04/2018 (Publication Date) - Lioncrest Publishing (Publisher)

Extreme Ownership

Jocko Willink is a good friend of Joe’s and he’s appeared on the podcast on more than one occasion. Extreme Ownership focuses on Jocko’s leadership technqiues and teachings.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • Hardcover Book
  • Willink, Jocko (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 11/01/2017 (Publication Date) - St. Martin's Press (Publisher)

The Selfish Gene

Joe mentions The Selfish Gene in his podcast with Steven Pinker. Although Rogan himself has publicly disagreed with Richard Dawkins in the past, most notably on abortion.

The Selfish Gene: 40th Anniversary Edition (Oxford Landmark Science)
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • Dawkins, Richard (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 544 Pages - 08/01/2016 (Publication Date) - Oxford University Press (Publisher)

The Case Against Sugar

“Fantastic podcast today with Gary Taubes author of “the case against sugar.” Seriously mind blowing information about how sugar consumption is robbing us of our health.”

The Case Against Sugar
  • Taubes, Gary (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages - 12/12/2017 (Publication Date) - Anchor (Publisher)

Stealing Fire

“I had a beautiful run in the rain today while listening to @kotler.steven’s “Stealing Fire”. @benaskren recommended it to me, and it’s an excellent book on the power of meditation and alternate states of consciousness on performance.”

Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
  • Kotler, Steven (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 05/08/2018 (Publication Date) - Dey Street Books (Publisher)

The Art of Living and Dying

Rogan has mentioned this book a couple of times on his podcast, during episodes with both Tom Papa and Everlast.

Per Joe: “It’s a surprisingly profound and interesting read.”

The Art of Living and Dying
  • The Art of Living and Dying
  • Osho (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 06/04/2013 (Publication Date) - Watkins (Publisher)

The Talent Code

Rogan commented on this book during a 2018 podcast with Ari Shaffir.

“It’s an amazing book.”

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
  • The Talent Code Greatness Isn t Born It s Grown Here s How
  • Hardcover Book
  • Coyle, Daniel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 288 Pages - 04/28/2009 (Publication Date) - Bantam (Publisher)


Joe describeed Malcolm Gladwell’s book as “fucking great!” during a podcast with Joey Diaz.

Outliers: The Story of Success
  • Outliers The Story of Success
  • Gladwell, Malcolm (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 06/01/2011 (Publication Date) - Back Bay Books (Publisher)

DMT: The Spirit Molecule

“Teaser for the “DMT: The Spirit Molecule” Documentary. It should be out this Summer.”

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
  • Dmt: The Spirit Molecule : A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and...
  • Rick Strassman (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 358 Pages - 01/01/2001 (Publication Date) - Park Street Press (Publisher)

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

“Read “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross” by a religious scholar who deciphered the dead sea scrolls.”

The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Allegro, John M. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 11/12/2009 (Publication Date) - Gnostic Media Research & Publishing (Publisher)


“Really enjoying “Sapiens” by yuval_noah_harari It really puts in perspective how bizarre human beings are. It’s an awesome overview of our species.”

“Really enjoying “Sapiens” by @yuval_noah_harari It really puts in perspective how bizarre human beings are. It’s an awesome overview of our species.
Edit: I was reading this months ago but I got distracted with other books. That’s often the case with me. I think I’m gonna burn through this to the end before I pick up anything else though. It’s really good.”

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  • New York Times Bestseller now available as a beautifully packaged paperback
  • A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg
  • From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and...
  • One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today...
  • Harari, Yuval (Author)

Sex At Dawn

“Dude, Sex At Dawn is incredible. I’m reading it right now. We’ve got to sit down and do a podcast together.”

Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • Sex at Dawn How We Mate Why We Stray and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • Ryan, Christopher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 402 Pages - 07/05/2011 (Publication Date) - Harper Perennial (Publisher)

Magicians of the Gods

Graham Hancock’s books come up a lot on Joe’s podcast. Hancock himself is a good friend.

  • St Martin s Griffin
  • Hancock, Graham (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 606 Pages - 01/31/2017 (Publication Date) - Griffin (Publisher)

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita has been mentioned quite a few times on Rogan’s podcast, most recently on an episode with Cro-Mags lead singer John Joseph.

The Bhagavad Gita, 2nd Edition
  • Nilgiri Press
  • Easwaran, Eknath (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 296 Pages - 05/17/2007 (Publication Date) - Nilgiri Press (Publisher)

The Hero’s Journey

This awesome book has come up a lot on Joe’s podcast. Rogan even has his own take on this:

The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
  • New World Library
  • Campbell, Joseph (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 03/11/2014 (Publication Date) - New World Library (Publisher)

Guns, Germs and Steel

“That’s a GREAT suggestion. Guns Germs and Steel is an amazing book. Thanks for the idea!”

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
  • Diamond Ph.D., Jared (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 528 Pages - 03/07/2017 (Publication Date) - W. W. Norton & Company (Publisher)

The Game

“This book is interesting, and from a certain standpoint hilarious. If you listen to Joe Rogan, you have probably heard him mention it…and it is one of my favorites from the list of books that he has mentioned in the podcasts I have listened to.”

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • Imitation Leather: 452 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060554738 ,ISBN-13: 978-0060554736
  • Strauss, Neil (Author)

The Primal Blueprint

“It’s @Mark_Sisson‘s primal blueprint diet. I’m one month in and feeling great. I think I’m eating like this forever.”

The New Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health and Boundless Energy
  • Primal Nutrition Inc
  • Hardcover Book
  • Sisson, Mark (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 568 Pages - 11/15/2016 (Publication Date) - Primal Nutrition, Inc. (Publisher)

12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson is a regular on Joe’s podcast and his most recent book has been referenced lots of times.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
  • What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's...
  • Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be...
  • Hardcover Book
  • Peterson, Jordan B. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Man’s Search For Meaning

Viktor Frankl’s memoir is inspirational and a mainstay in many people’s Top Books of All Time lists. The book has been brought up quite often on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Man's Search for Meaning (OLD EDITION/OUT OF PRINT)
  • Beacon Press
  • Frankl, Viktor E. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 184 Pages - 06/01/2006 (Publication Date) - Beacon Press (Publisher)

War is a Racket

“Having listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast I heard him recommend this book. I usually try to stick to his recommendations because in the past I’ve really enjoyed them. This book was no different. The author did a great job of keeping the reader engaged and I didn’t want to put it down. I highly recommend this book. I’m so glad I heard about it on the Joe Rogan podcast.”

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You Are Being Lied To

A book popular with conspiracy theorists, Joe has mentioned it a lot on his podcast.

You Are Being Lied To: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Kick, Russ (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 350 Pages - 04/01/2001 (Publication Date) - Disinformation Books (Publisher)

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall’s book has been brought up on Joe’s podcast by a number of guests.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • McDougall, Christopher (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 304 Pages - 03/29/2011 (Publication Date) - Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group (Publisher)

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Bill Bryson’s book is another that’s been mentioned a few times on Rogan’s podcast. A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book chronicling events from the nothingness before the Big Bang to the present.

A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Broadway Books
  • Bryson, Bill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 544 Pages - 09/14/2004 (Publication Date) - Crown (Publisher)

The Power of Now

Jimmy Dore and a number of guests have mentioned this book on Rogan’s podcast.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Great product!
  • Tolle, Eckhart (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 236 Pages - 08/01/2004 (Publication Date) - New World Library (Publisher)

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Malcolm Gladwell’s book has been recommeded by Bryan Callen a number of times on Joe’s podcast.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
  • Back Bay Books
  • Gladwell, Malcolm (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 296 Pages - 04/03/2007 (Publication Date) - Back Bay Books (Publisher)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

“”Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men’s reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of ‘the rat race’ is not yet final.” – Hunter S Thompson.
There’s a lot of people I wish I met while they were still alive, but if I had to choose one it would be him.”

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
  • Vintage
  • Hunter S. Thompson (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 204 Pages - 05/12/1998 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)

Maps of Meaning

Maps of Meaning is another book by regular podcast guest Jordan Peterson.

Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
  • Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
  • The Maps of Meaning
  • Jordan B. Peterson
  • Jordan Peterson
  • 12 Rules for Life

How to Change Your Mind

This self development book has been mentioned by a few of Rogan’s guests on the podcast.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • Hardcover Book
  • Pollan, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 480 Pages - 05/15/2018 (Publication Date) - Penguin Press (Publisher)

Joe Rogan Books – Wrapping Up

We hope you’ve found this article full of Joe Rogan book recommendations helpful. There are some absolutely fantastic and life-changing books here and we hope you make some quality purchasing decisions.

Have you read a book that Joe Rogan has recommended? Let us know in the comments just below here.