The Jordan B. Peterson Book List


  • The Charterhouse of Parma, Marie-Henri (Stendhal) Beyle
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  • The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Horse’s Mouth, Joyce Cary
  • The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  • The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler
  • Our Culture: What’s Left of It, Theodore Dalyrmple
  • Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass, Theodore Dalrymple
  • Crime and Punishment; Notes from Underground; The Brothers Karamazov; The Devils; The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • I, Claudius, Robert Graves
  • The Maltese Falcon, Dashiel Hammet
  • A Farewell to Arms; For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • Brave New World; Island; Point Counterpoint, Aldous Huxley
  • The Fratricides; Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Sometimes a Great Notion, Ken Kesey
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  • The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Beyond Good and Evil; On the Genealogy of Morals; The Antichrist; The Gay Science; The Will to Power, Friedrich Nietzsche
  • 1984; Animal Farm; Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
  • The House of God, Samuel Shem
  • Cancer Ward; The First Circle; The Gulag Archipelago (v. 1-3), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • East of Eden; The Grapes of Wrath; Of Men and Mice, John Steinbeck
  • The Red and the Black, Stendhal
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  • Anna Karenina; War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  • Tolstoy, Henri Troyat
  • The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe

Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry

  • The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker
  • The Discovery of the Unconscious, Henri Ellenberger
  • Genius, Hans Eysenck
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  • An Outline of Psychoanalysis; The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud
  • Aion; Answer to Job; Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious; Modern Man in Search of a Soul; Mysterium Coniunctionis; Psychology and Alchemy; Psychology: East and West; Psychology of Religion: East and West; Symbols of Transformation; The Symbolic Life; Two Essays on Analytical Psychology, Carl Jung
  • Existence: A New Dimension in Psychiatry and Psychology, by Rollo May, Ernest Angel, and Henri Ellenberger
  • The Origins and History of Consciousness; The Great Mother, Erich Neumann
  • Play, Dreams and Imitation in Childhood; The Moral Judgment of the Child, Jean Piaget
  • A Way of Being; On Becoming a Person, Carl Rogers


  • An Ecological Approach to Visual Perception, James J. Gibson
  • The New Executive Brain, Elkhonon Goldberg
  • The Neuropsychology of Anxiety, Jeffrey Gray and Neil McNaughton
  • The Emotional Brain, Joseph LeDoux
  • Affective Neuroscience, Jaak Panksepp
  • The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat; Awakenings; An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks
  • Brain Architecture: Understanding the Basic Plan, Larry Swanson

Religion and Religious History

  • Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World, Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • A History of Religious Ideas (v. 1, 2, 3); Myth and Reality; Myths, Dreams, and Mysteries; Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy; The Forge and the Crucible; The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade
  • The Great Code; Words with Power, Northrop Frye
  • The Crisis of Islam, Bernhard Lewis
  • The World’s Religions, Huston Smith
  • The Bible: Designed to be Read as Living Literature

History/Systems Analysis

  • Little Science, Big Science, Derek J. de Solla Price
  • The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else, Hernando De Soto
  • Systemantics: How Systems Work and Especially How They Fail, John Gall
  • The Rise of Statistical Thinking 1820-1900, Theodore M. Porter
  • Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia’s Secret Archives, Edvard Radzinsky
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer

The State of the World: A 21st Century Update

  • The Great Escape, Angus Deaton
  • How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, Bjorn Lomborg
  • Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, Johan Norberg
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, Steven Pinker
  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, Matt Ridley
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Hans Rosling
  • Earth in Human Hands, David Grinspoon

Jordan B. Peterson’s Books

  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson
  • Maps of Meaning, Jordan B. Peterson
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