Red Pill Authors: The Western Hero

I love to read but it can be hard to find decent, honest, red-pill material. I like some non-fiction, mainly biographical or historical, but probably 80% of my reading is fictional. I know this may seem heretical to some.

I hear the cry of: “How can you improve yourself by reading fake stories? You can’t learn anything from fiction!” Outrage duly noted, but I beg to differ. I’ve gained inspiration from many of the fictional stories I’ve read. Some so much that I have read these books multiple times to glean as much as possible. I believe with fiction, as with anything, you can find some good amidst the junk that is prevalent today. This isn’t a new phenomenon. We have the classics but they were also an oasis in the word deserts of their times.

I’ve thought of what I could offer to the community we belong to for a while. I don’t want to just glean from others, I want to put something back in; make someone’s life a little richer.

And something finally came along.

Weeks ago, on another site, a commentator asked about one of the authors I like to read. One that made a sizable impact on my life and brought out hard questions for me to face at an early age. So I helped a brother out and gave him some recommendations from this writer. I’ve thought about that moment since then but the light bulb didn’t go off until recently that I could maybe help others out as well. So the idea for this post, and hopefully others, was born. I want to expose readers to authors that I feel espouse truth and character that we could gain from emulating. I want others to be enriched as I have been. I love recommending a book and see someone else discover the joy that is in those pages.

Thank you, Jak and others at A King’s Castle, for giving me this opportunity. Readers, I know not all of you will agree with me and that’s fine. It’s what makes our community special. The give and take of different views. So here is the first one…..

Louis L’amour

Born Louis Dearborn LaMoore on March 22, 1908, he was the youngest of seven children in the family of Dr. Louis Charles LaMoore and Emily Dearborn LaMoore. His home, for the first fifteen years of his life, was Jamestown, North Dakota.

His grandfather had fought in the Civil War and in the Indian Wars that followed and told Louis of his experiences. Two of his uncles had been cowboys and put in him the love for the West. His father was a large animal veterinarian and taught his son the value of hard work and that a man can always find a way to solve a problem.

After a series of bank failures ruined the economy of the upper Midwest, Dr. LaMoore, his wife Emily, and their sons Louis and John took to the road. They traveled across the country in an often-desperate seven-year odyssey. During this time Louis skinned cattle in west Texas, baled hay in the Pecos valley of New Mexico, worked in the mines of Arizona, California, and Nevada, and in the saw mills and lumber yards of Oregon and Washington.

It was during this time that Louis met a wide spectrum of men that would inspire him later. He met former marshals and outlaws, soldiers and Rangers. Louis also began to box some to provide gas money. He later became coach for several Golden Glove teams. His experience as a boxer bleeds over into his hyper-realistic fisticuffs scenes.

He hoboed cross country on trains. He slept in grain bins and stacks of lumber, wrapped newspaper under his clothes to keep warm. He traveled around the world as a merchant seaman. He hiked the wilderness of the West. All of these experiences would prove invaluable in his writing. When he wrote about a cowboy stranded in the desert with no water, he was writing about something he lived through. When he describes a brawl in a bar, it was basically a flashback.

Herding cattle? Check.

Felling timber? Done that.

Louis L’Amour was a man’s man.

Impact

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I fell in love with his books at a young age. I read my first L’Amour at 7 years old. My maternal grandfather had a huge collection and I raided it. Many nights I fell asleep at his house while reading one of these books. I remember these books shaping my young mind into believing that with hard work and persistence I could be anything. I learned that it doesn’t benefit one to complain about your situation.  Get up and do something about it.

L’Amour was a prodigious writer, churning out hundreds of stories, but they are all worth reading. For the beginner, though, I would recommend “Sackett” and the Sackett series as a whole.  The series follows a family’s journey from the fens of England to the New World. Most of them follow the protagonist of “Sackett”, William Tell Sackett.

Tell is the oldest of three boys and leaves home to fight in the Civil War. The book picks up with him heading West. Here’s how the first chapter starts:

IT WASN’T AS if he hadn’t been warned. He got it straight, with no beating around the mesquite.

“Mister,” I said, “if you ain’t any slicker with that pistol than you were with that bottom deal, you’d better not have at it.”

L’Amour’s men are like this. No backing down. They call it like they see it. You know what they mean and how they stand. I’ve taken this to heart in my life. I learned from these books to despise “yes men”. You can respect authority without boot licking.

Another lesson from this author is that perseverance and quick thinking can get you out of a lot of trouble. Countless times his characters are faced with bad times but they manage to emerge stronger because they are determined and don’t give up.

There’s also a sense of the value of family. One of my favorites, “Reilly’s Luck”, deals with a boy who is adopted by a gambler after his father dies. The gambler assumes the father role touchingly and plants the seeds of a man in the boy. This is sprinkled throughout L’Amours works as well. Men raising men, but he also brings out how a good mother stands with her man and also touches the child.

Conclusion

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Hopefully the small amount I’ve put forth here will whet your interest in this great author. Feel free to pester me in the comments about him or any other subject. Thanks again for the opportunity.

JJ

Author: J J

Married father of three who both he and his wife were virgins at marriage. Raised by a prophet who foretold the end result of feminism. Raising his family to love God and each other and stay pure in this filthy world. Wife is stay at home mom and loves it. Leads youth at church and wants to spread truth as much as possible

  • EastsideProphet

    Thanks, sir, I might just check out one of Mr. L’amour’s works for myself. I would argue that good fictional reading is no more a waste of time than good fictional viewing.

  • Constantin

    I’m waiting eagerly for the L’amour books that I ordered to arrive. I’m quite envious that you grew up reading his books; from the sounds of it there are a lot of themes in his books that I wish were instilled into me a lot earlier in life(oh well, like L’Amour says, no use complaining about the past).

    This idea that reading fiction is a waste of time is complete horseshit promulgated by people who’ve spend too much time in fictional worlds and less time in reality and they no longer know how to apply anything they’ve learned into useful traits, but instead of acknowledging that it was their fault, they blame it on something else.

    I think it was Stephen King who said it best that “Fiction is the truth inside the lie”. While fiction pertains to places, events and characters that never happened or could not conceivebly ever happen, it often deals with themes of life and humanity that are encountered in real life, from corruption of men and women to the ideal kind of man you want to become. “Fiction” means “untrue,” and the best stories and novels contain wisdom for living that cannot be captured in any other way. Of course some novels are just pure entertaining that leave no lasting impression. And others are books where the authors was less focused on displaying the world and people as they are and more focused on trying to convince the reader to accept their vision of how humanity should be. Like in real life, you have to sift through a lot of junk to find the good pieces, but once you find them, boy are they worth it.

    If someone can wove these themes in their works and surround them with an entertaining story that doesn’t preach too much, he’s a successful writed for me.

    And I’m humbled that our interaction was what inspired you to write this article. Thanks a lot.

    • L’Amour is often referred to in my circle as “The Apostle Louis”. I remember when his philosophical points started to really hit me in my teens. It was pretty uncomfortable. It shone the light on how meaningless most of what I was doing/pursuing was and made me really look at myself. That’s what I want to read. Stuff that challenges me

      • Reyngout

        Louis was right about a lot of things and wrong about a lot of things, and still an incredible author. He was actually much less of a historian than he was given credit for. Probably due to the fact that much less info was available back then.

    • Consolation_of_Philosophy

      Truth is not the opposite of fiction. I am fond of telling my students that there are many “true” stories that never really happened. And there are plenty of “factual” stories with no truth to be found.

      • cheeseburgercheeseburger

        would you really trust the biography of someone like bush sr or rockefeller? the “fictional” American Tabloid trilogy by James Elroy will teach you more about the 60s and early 70s than any history books

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          I second the elroy books…including My Dark Places where he recounts the rape and murder of his mother and his personal search to try and figure out what happened. Anyone who puts a crime scene photo pf their murdered and raped mother in the first few pages of there book has to be a little off..

      • It is an interesting thing you say. I understand and agree with it, but there is a degree to which I quibble.

        “All facts are true. All truths are true. All truth meets at the top.”

        These three statements say very different things, but are bound together in meaning. A fact is defined by its reflection of reality – if it did not reflect reality, it could not be considered to be a fact nor “true”. In the same way, all truths both great and minor are true – no amount of denial removes the truthfulness from these truths, and unless proven untrue they are known to be true. Finally, the collection of all truths produces a single unifying truth, devoid of gaps (in a religious sense, all truth is united in God).

        All that said, I agree with the sentiment. Fiction can contain a great amount of truth, and fact can be used to conceal much of the truth of a thing. Myths and parables are fictions that are designed to convey complex truth. History books are filled with facts designed to promote an incomplete understanding of history which obscures much truth (for example, the fact that the South owned slaves during the War of the Southern Secession is emphasized to obscure the overreaches of Northern powers that led to secession).

      • UnreconstructedConfederate

        Any story worthy of telling is worthy of embellishment 🙂

    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

      hey man, aren’t you the guy who said you didn’t want to write an article because you didn’t write so well? Are you nuts dude? You write very well. Where’s that Romania article!

      • Constantin

        Thanks, man, I appreciate the praise.

        But I don’t remember ever saying that I don’t want to write an article about Romania because I don’t like my own writing. Someone asked me on this site on another article if I would write one, and all I said was that I’ll consider it. I think you might’ve confused me with the baffoon that occassionally commented on Return of Kings, Manuel Simon or whatever his name is. He was the one who promised an article and eventually chickened out(with his style of writing, I think we are all lucky we weren’t subjected to an article from him).

        • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

          It is possible I am conflating you and someone else! You should def get an article out there.

  • Jim Johnson

    I would have to admit, I never really could get into reading fiction. When I grew up, my parents did very well to surround us with a large variety of books, from Shakespeare to textbooks to how-to manuals and such. If I were to take the time to read, I would rather thumb through an encyclopedia than some story. That is, until I discovered my dad’s porn stash. After that it was either TV, playing outside or wanking in my bedroom. Such is life.

    • cheeseburgercheeseburger

      if you dont like fiction, read spy novels by John LeCarre – its not fiction per se(he was a spook for the Brits)

      • John Galt

        Tinker, taylor, spy. Good reading.

    • Red Pill is Life

      Read plenty of classical literature (including Shakespare) during my high school years. Would hardly have time for it now.

    • In my youth, I was a voracious consumer of fiction. I’d fill my pack with library books every week, and every week I’d return them all read.

      I got very little of value out of it, unfortunately. Young Adult fiction is meaningless entertainment often devoid of complex thought and creative mastery of the English language. The adult fiction I consumed was better, but outside of a few excellent Star Wars novels it was as uncreative and fruitless as the Young Adult stuff.

      Fortunately for me, in High School I got into non-fiction work. I learned much about the world reading the few philosophers in the library (the one shelf of philosophy books was mostly full of Dawkins and Hitchens).

    • iBooB

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  • L’UltimoConservatore

    Oh yes, one of my favorite authors as well. And not only the western stuff. Check out “Last of the Breed” and my personal favorite “The Haunted Mesa”. On a suggestion, I read the Haunted Mesa while traveling through the areas mentioned in the book. Made that trip even more memorable.

    • Reyngout

      The Walking Drum was a badass book.

      • L’UltimoConservatore

        I remember that one! Badass is right!!

        • Reyngout

          In my opinion, maybe the best one he ever wrote. Not a western, but an exceptional book.

  • L’Amour’s got some great stuff. Highly recommend his biography “Education Of A Wandering Man” he was a very interesting man, which came through in his fiction. Especially compared to these one dimensional writers today.

    As far as masculine fiction that promotes good “values” for lack of a better term I’d recommend Robert E. Howard’s “Conan The Barbarian” tales. I read them when I was young and they had a big impact on my development as a man and my lines of thinking. Also “King Solomon’s Mines” by H. Rider Haggard is another good one.

    • Constantin

      Upvote for the Robert E. Howard recommendation. I really like his stories a lot, not just about Conan, but his other characters as well, Kull of Atlantis(very underrated) and Solomon Kane.

  • Another source of wisdom is the book of Proverbs in the Bible. It discusses marriage, finances, what to look for in a wife, etc. Even if you aren’t religious, it’s still a good read.

    • The Wisdom literature of the Bible is excellent. I’ve found much of it reflected in the Sacred Havamal and the Buddhist works, but rarely is it so condensed.

      Job is a treatise on being spiritual. A man suffering, surrounded by “friends” who would see him abandon his faith and die, continues to praise the Lord. A key passage: “The LORD giveth, and the LORD taketh away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

      Psalms is a collection of meditative poems reflecting spirituality in many stages of life. There are poems about war, oppression, ruling, fear, and many other states that are common to men.

      Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings and lectures on many topics of life. The first ten chapters are lectures from a wise king unto his foolish sons, and the last is a treatise on the qualities of a good woman.

      Ecclesiastes is the summation of all philosophies. Every common position is adopted by the philosopher and rejected for easily-understood reasons.

      Song of Solomon is…well, it’s a bit different from the wisdom books. It’s usually counted among them, but it’s a long poem about romantic love.

  • I never read L’Amour before but a guy with a life like his would make for some interesting reading. Will check his work out.

    • Reyngout

      He wrote a book about his life called “Education of a Wandering Man”. Very interesting.

  • John Galt

    I am currently reading Seneca- alot of wisdom packed in a few pages.

    I would recommend Great Books of the Western World – 52 volumes and pricey, but I plan to buy the set some day.

    • If you’re itching to just read them, I think most of them are archived in the Gutenberg repository and/or available on Kindle for cheap. Admittedly, it’s all electronic and thus vulnerable to corruption, but I’ve had great results from Project Gutenberg, at least.

      • John Galt

        Thanks. I’ve actually read some of it already (eg. Platos Repuclic), but would prefer to have the set on my shelf.

    • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

      if you have the time read Kierkegaard’s Either/OR and the background to it.

      • John Galt

        You actually qouted him in the past and I did some digging. He is on my christmas book list. Thanks!

  • By all accounts, Peter Grant’s novel Brings the Lightning (published by our friends at Castalia House) carries the L’amour spirit.

  • UnreconstructedConfederate

    I never picked up a L’Armour book that I could put down.

  • I do the Louis thing from time to time and visit a local bookshop and grab a random book.

  • jammyjaybird

    Tom Wolfe is another red pill writer.

    • Constantin

      Any books of his you recommend in particular? He wrote many.

      • jammyjaybird

        All of them. The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full are classics. I love The Painted Word and The Electric Koolaid Acid Test too. His early collected journalism is great too.

        I have his newest book on linguistics sitting on my coffee table but haven’t started it yet.

  • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

    If you guys want a little light, funny reading by a great author check out Tibor Fischer. The Collector Collector, Voyage to the end of the room, under the frog and (my fav) The Thought Gang are all excellent reads.

    • Constantin

      Sounds interesting, and unconventional. I haven’t read many books that amuzed me, hopefully this’ll be different.

      • Hipponax (μητροκοίτης)

        The thought gang was one of the books that actually had me laughing out loud while reading it.