The best non fiction books for men overlap with the best non-fiction books in general in a lot of ways. Men like to read fairytale adventures just as much as Sports Illustrated. However, we’re talking here about books that are mostly aimed at men, books that tackle being a man, appease them, and advertise to them. This is a list of what to get a man for father’s day when you don’t know or what to buy for a co-worker when you’re saddled with an awkward secret Santa situation.
Read on to learn about 5 non fiction books for men that make gifts or pastimes both for guys who love books and those who don’t know what they should be reading.
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Maybe you know a guy that likes to laugh or has a thing for stand-up. Chances are they know the runaway mundane absurdity of Jim Gaffigan’s comedy act. This book reads just like one of his routines and is sure to make the right guy laugh until he cries.
That Used to Be Us by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
That Used to Be Us is about how America participated in the globalization and energy revolutions that define the modern world but now falls behind in taking part in its development. Politically-minded men from both sides of the political spectrum will want to read about this progression (they probably think about it already). If you want your guy to spout random political facts at dinner, this is the book to get him.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success tackles something a lot of men think about daily: how to be more successful. Our society trains men to define themselves through success. Planning success scenarios is all too common and this book can scratch an itch. It’s an itch we gave him, but he has it nonetheless! A lot of guys will have a lot to think about reading this breakdown of success.
The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy by Jody Duncan Jesser
Since Batman Begins in 2005, a ton of guys have obsessed over Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Using interviews from Nolan as well as the cast and crew, Jody Jesser analyzes the making of this touchstone series in men’s movie tastes.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Dr. Gawande wrote one of the most acclaimed books about medicine and life with Being Mortal. We’ve fascinated over mortality for as long as we’ve been living. This book provides an intellectual, in-depth look at the quality of life (and death) as it relates to medicine. If your guy is a thinker or you’re buying for an intellectual, Being Mortal will be a great read.
Best Non Fiction Books for Men: The Takeaway
The best non fiction books for men cover many subject areas and tones. We listed comedy, intellectual treatises, history, filmmaking, and other topics that men flock to when choosing some non-fiction to read. Whether you’re buying for a friend, co-worker, or spouse, use this list to sort out some of the best non-fiction books for men.