Red Pill Books

IMPORTANT: I never, ever, EVER recommend the books I’ve assigned a 10 to. Chances are high you’re one of the 99% of people who can’t/won’t really enjoy those books. In the best of cases, you’ll hate me for suggesting it, in the worst case, you’ll wreck your life by taking the book as an absolute truth. So why are they on the list? Because on my blog I really don’t give a shit.

Scroll down past the list to understand the criteria.

Red Pill of Blue Pill

Red Pill-ness Title Author
10 Games People Play Eric Berne
10 Radical Honesty Brad Blanton
10 Sperm Wars Robin Baker
10 The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
9 Comedy Writing Secrets Marc Shatz
8 Moral Minds Marc Hauser
7 Mystery Method Erik von Markovik
7 The Fabric of Reality David Deutsche
6 All Marketers are Liars Seth Godin
6 Influence Robert Cialdini
6 The Road Less Traveled M. Scott Peck


Every once in a great while I come across a book that shows me a better way of understanding the world. “Better” here has a special meaning. It means the book presents a way of viewing reality that matches what I observe much better than what I had in my mind until then. When this happens a lot of my thinking changes – its like changing tracks in a train – You’re now heading in a different direction and everything you see changes after that.

This list is the “top” of some 600 other books I’ve read while searching for the Red Pill. I actively seek out books that help me understand everything “better”.

I’ve titled the list Red Pill Books because they are just that – If you read them and understand them, there is no going back.

I’ve also ranked them on a 1-10 scale for “Red-Pill-ness” – My Red-Pillness is a combination of factors – A judgment call on my part. Books closer to a 10 are jarring wake-ups – Much like Neo’s wake up from The Matrix. By contrast, books closer to Zero help you sleep better at night.

PS: No, I’m not retarded and believe we live in a simulator – The references to the matrix are simply helpful to get the meaning across.