35 books modern men need to read

With the announcement that Tasmanian Richard Flanagan this week won the prestigious Man Booker Prize, it's a good time to reflect on our reading habits.

Flanagan's novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North was inspired by his own father, a Japanese prisoner-of-war who survived the Thai-Burma 'Death Railway', and is described by literary expert Morag Fraser as "a grand, paradoxical dance that is both macabre and life affirming".

It's a timely reminder that modern men need to know not only where to go and how to dress, but how to think.

The only way to do that — to learn how to make sense of the world with your mind — is to consider a lot of different thoughts. By and large, the best of those thoughts can be found in books that have stood the test of time.

For that reason, Business Insider compiled a list of 'classic' books (ie. pre-1980) that can teach you about politics, love, philosophy and bravery — everything a man should know in order to face the world.