Ryan Holiday Popular Books

Ryan Holiday Biography & Facts

Ryan Holiday (born June 16, 1987) is an American author, modern Stoic, public-relations strategist, owner of the Painted Porch Bookshop and host of the podcast The Daily Stoic. Prior to becoming an author, he served as the former director of marketing and eventually an advisor for American Apparel. Holiday's debut to writing was in 2012, when he published Trust Me, I'm Lying. Holiday's notable works include his books on Stoic philosophy, such as The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, Stillness is the Key, Courage is Calling, and Lives of the Stoics. Career Early career Holiday began his professional career after dropping out of college at the age of 19. He attended University of California, Riverside, where he studied political science and creative writing. He consulted for author Tucker Max and, later, he worked with Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, on Greene's 2009 New York Times bestselling book, The 50th Law. Holiday served as Director of Marketing for American Apparel and, later, as an adviser to the company. He left the company in October 2014. He has consulted on a number of media campaigns and written extensively on the topic of media manipulation. Writing Holiday is the author of several books and has written for Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, Thought Catalog, Medium.com, New York Observer, The New York Times and Texas Monthly. Books he has authored have sold more than three million copies combined.Holiday published his first book, a media exposé about the state of online journalism called Trust Me, I'm Lying, in July 2012, which debuted on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. His second book Growth Hacker Marketing was originally published in September 2013 by Portfolio/Penguin and then expanded into a print edition in 2014. The book shows how traditional marketing efforts are no longer the most effective, and why growth hacking is cheaper and more effective in today's market. The book was named one of Inc. magazine's top 10 marketing books of 2014.In February 2014, Holiday was named editor-at-large of the Business & Technology section at the New York Observer.Holiday's third book The Obstacle Is the Way, was published May 1, 2014, also by Portfolio/Penguin. The book is based on the Stoic exercise of framing obstacles as opportunities. The book has sold more than 1 million copies and was read by the New England Patriots during their 2014 Super Bowl-winning season, as well as distributed through the locker room of the Seattle Seahawks in the following offseason. The Obstacle Is the Way reached No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List in 2019, five years after its initial release. Two-time NBA Champion Chris Bosh listed The Obstacle Is the Way as his favorite book and added that, when his head coach Erik Spoelstra gifted Miami Heat players copies of the book, Bosh had already read it twice. During a press conference at the Masters in 2019, four-time major champion golfer Rory McIlroy said he read The Obstacle Is the Way as well as Holiday's following book, Ego Is the Enemy, leading up to the tournament. In the months following former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier's on-field spinal injury that left him unable to walk, Shazier credited The Obstacle Is The Way for helping him improve his mindset and focus on recovery.In 2016, he published two books. The first, Ego Is the Enemy, uses various historical figures as case studies to illustrate the perils of egotism. The second, The Daily Stoic, is a daily devotional of Stoic meditations. Both books went on to become bestsellers with Daily Stoic reaching No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.In 2018, he published Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. It is about the lawsuit between Gawker Media and wrestler Hulk Hogan, as well as Peter Thiel's involvement in the dispute. It was favorably reviewed by William D. Cohan of The New York Times, who called the book, "one helluva page-turner." Conspiracy is being developed into a feature film with Charles Randolph writing the script and Francis Lawrence attached as the director. In October 2019, he published Stillness Is the Key, which became the first of Holiday's books to reach No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Stillness Is the Key argues for a balanced approach to life, of limiting the amount of "noise" and while mostly referencing stoicism, he also makes references to Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism as well as the Abrahamic religions. In 2020, he published Lives of the Stoics, which he wrote with author Stephen Hanselman. The book is a collection of biographies for more than two dozen philosophers who lived according to the stoic virtues of courage, temperance and wisdom.He has written a chapter in Tim Ferriss' book Tools of Titans. Stoicism While Holiday was a college student, Dr. Drew recommended Epictetus which inspired Holiday's interest in stoicism. Holiday, through his books, articles and lectures, has been credited by The New York Times with the increasing popularity of stoicism. He was also described as "leading the charge for stoicism," which has been noted for gaining traction among Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. Classicist Gregory Hays, whose 2002 translation of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations became a bestseller, provided commentary on Holiday's stoic writing by saying it is, "very much in the spirit of his ancient models" and added, "Holiday is also a great teller of stories." Personal life Holiday wrote public letters encouraging his father not to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. Despite his public opposition to Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign, Holiday was offered a communications director position within the Trump administration, which he did not accept. Holiday supported Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election. He said: "For those asking what happened to the Biden sign...we hung it up on our ranch in Texas, where we own guns, raise cows for meat, prefer low taxes, fly an American flag, and mostly want to be left alone. It's perfectly possible to have "conservative" beliefs and know what the obvious right thing to do in 2020 is." In September 2020, Holiday initiated a funding drive and personally contributed $10,000 toward the removal of two Confederate monuments from the Bastrop County Courthouse and the courthouse approved the removal and relocation of the monuments to an alternative site in February 2021.Holiday owns and operates the independent bookstore Painted Porch Bookshop in Bastrop, Texas. He is married and has two sons. He lives on a 40-acre ranch in Bastrop County, Texas. See also Modern StoicismBibliography Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. Portfolio. 2012. ISBN 978-1591845539. Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising. Portfolio. 2014. ISBN 978-1591847380. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Time.... Discover the Ryan Holiday popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Ryan Holiday books.

Best Seller Ryan Holiday Books of 2023

  • Conspiracy synopsis, comments


    Ryan Holiday

    An NPR Book Concierge Best Book of 2018!A stunning story about how power works in the modern agethe book the New York Times called "one helluva pageturner" and The Sunday Times of ...

  • Discourses and Selected Writings synopsis, comments

    Discourses and Selected Writings

    Epictetus & Robert Dobbin

    Contains The Discourses/Fragments/Enchiridion'I must die. But must I die bawling?'Epictetus, a Greek Stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicopolis in the ear...

  • Principles synopsis, comments


    Ray Dalio

    #1 New York Times Bestseller“Significant...The book is both instructive and surprisingly moving.” The New York Times Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and ent...

  • Lives of the Stoics synopsis, comments

    Lives of the Stoics

    Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

    Instant New York Times Advice & Business Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, and Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller!A New York Times Noteworthy Pick and a "stellar work" by Publis...

  • Meditations synopsis, comments


    René Descartes & Desmond M. Clarke

    Widely regarded as the father of modern Western philosophy, Descartes sought to look beyond established ideas and create a thought system based on reason. In this profound work he ...

  • Stillness Is the Key synopsis, comments

    Stillness Is the Key

    Ryan Holiday

    Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller & Wall Street Journal BestsellerIn The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, bestselling author Ryan Holiday made ancient wisdom wildly...

  • Velocity synopsis, comments


    Ajaz Ahmed & Stefan Olander

    How can you win when the only certainty is change? Highly accessible, lively and inspiring, Velocity draws upon the authors’ unique perspectives and experiences to present seven ti...

  • Maxims synopsis, comments


    François de La Rochefoucauld & Leonard Tancock

    The philosophy of La Rochefoucauld, which influenced French intellectuals as diverse as Voltaire and the Jansenists, is captured here in more than 600 penetrating and pithy aphoris...

  • The Psychology of Stupidity synopsis, comments

    The Psychology of Stupidity

    Jean-François Marmion & Liesl Schillinger

    "We need books like this one." Steven PinkerAt last, stupidity explained! And by some of the world's smartest people, among them Daniel Kahneman, Dan Ariely, Alison Gopnik, Howard ...

  • The Kid Stays in the Picture synopsis, comments

    The Kid Stays in the Picture

    Robert Evans

    Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an awa...

  • A Cowboy for Christmas synopsis, comments

    A Cowboy for Christmas

    Sara Richardson

    In this heartwarming secondchance holiday romance, a fake engagement is this cowboy's best chance at proving his love is all real perfect for fans of New York Times bestselling au...

  • On Living and Dying Well synopsis, comments

    On Living and Dying Well

    Cicero & Thomas Habinek

    In the first century BC, Marcus Tullius Cicero, orator, statesman, and defender of republican values, created these philosophical treatises on such diverse topics as friendship, re...

  • On Love and Barley synopsis, comments

    On Love and Barley

    Matsuo Basho & Lucien Stryk

    Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a lifelong traveller. His poems combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the...

  • 10 Ways to Make Money in a Free World synopsis, comments

    10 Ways to Make Money in a Free World

    Nicholas Lovell

    Free is coming. We all know how artists and are at risk from filesharing; now digital manufacturing and 3D printing mean that no industry is immune. But the same technology that en...

  • Discipline Is Destiny synopsis, comments

    Discipline Is Destiny

    Ryan Holiday

    The instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller!In his New York Times bestselling book Courage is Calling, author Ryan Holiday made the Stoic case fo...

  • Following Atticus synopsis, comments

    Following Atticus

    Tom Ryan

    After a close friend died of cancer, middleaged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniat...

  • Black Privilege synopsis, comments

    Black Privilege

    Charlamagne Tha God

    An instant New York Times bestseller! Charlamagne Tha Godthe selfproclaimed “Prince of Pissing People Off,” cohost of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and “the most important voic...

  • A Confession and Other Religious Writings synopsis, comments

    A Confession and Other Religious Writings

    Leo Tolstoy

    Describing Tolstoy's crisis of depression and estrangement from the world, A Confession (1879) is an autobiographical work of exceptional emotional honesty. By the time he was fift...

  • Wildoak synopsis, comments


    C. C. Harrington

    Give the gift of connection this holiday season with this lushly illustrated story of a girl and a snow leopard and their unlikely friendship. Perfect for fans of Pax and Odder. "N...

  • The Proper Study Of Mankind synopsis, comments

    The Proper Study Of Mankind

    Isaiah Berlin

    ‘He becomes everyman’s guide to everything exciting in the history of ideas’ New York Review of BooksIsaiah Berlin was one of the leading thinkers of the twentieth century, and one...

  • Be More Pirate synopsis, comments

    Be More Pirate

    Sam Conniff Allende

    Pirates didn’t just break the rules, they rewrote them. They didn’t just reject society, they reinvented it. Pirates didn’t just challenge the statusquo, they changed everyfckingth...

  • Happy Ever After synopsis, comments

    Happy Ever After

    Paul Dolan

    'A passionate, provocative book. It isn't just a selfhelp book. It is a manifesto for a better society' Sunday Times 'One of the most rigorous articulations of the new mood of acc...

  • The Mirror Effect synopsis, comments

    The Mirror Effect

    Drew Pinsky & Dr. S. Mark Young

    In the eyeopening New York Times bestseller, The Mirror Effect, widely respected addiction and behavior specialist and producer/host of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1, Dr. Dr...

  • Shook One synopsis, comments

    Shook One

    Charlamagne Tha God

    Charlamagne Tha God, New York Times bestselling author of Black Privilege and always provocative cohost of Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, reveals his blueprint for breaking free...

  • Perennial Seller synopsis, comments

    Perennial Seller

    Ryan Holiday

    The book that Inc. says "every entrepreneur should read" and an FT Book of the Month selection...How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to...

  • Cracked synopsis, comments


    Drew Pinsky

    Dr. Drew Pinsky is best known as the cohost of the longrunning radio advice program Loveline. But his workday is spent at a major Southern California clinic, treating the severest ...

  • Beethoven synopsis, comments


    Jan Swafford

    Jan Swafford’s biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificen...

  • Snowbound at Christmas synopsis, comments

    Snowbound at Christmas

    Jennifer Ryan, Maisey Yates & Lia Riley

    When a snowstorm pummels the western half of the country, three couples find once offlimits love just in time for Christmas. An unforgettable holiday anthology from bestselling aut...

  • Fallen Angel synopsis, comments

    Fallen Angel

    Christopher Brookmyre

    'Gloriously dark, deliciously twisty' CLARE MACKINTOSH ONE FAMILY, TWO HOLIDAYS, ONE DEVASTATING SECRETTo new nanny Amanda, the Temple family seem to have it all: the former actres...

  • Courage Is Calling synopsis, comments

    Courage Is Calling

    Ryan Holiday

    The instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller! Ryan Holiday’s bestselling trilogyThe Obstacle Is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and Stillness is the Ke...

  • Applied Empathy synopsis, comments

    Applied Empathy

    Michael Ventura

    Michael Ventura, entrepreneur and CEO of awardwinning strategy and design firm Sub Rosa, shares “how to unlock our ability to design solutions, spark innovation, and solve tough ch...

  • Intellectuals synopsis, comments


    Paul Johnson

    "Johnson revels in all the wicked things these great thinkers have done...great fun to read."   New York Times Book ReviewA fascinating portrait of the minds that ha...

  • Russian Thinkers synopsis, comments

    Russian Thinkers

    Isaiah Berlin & Henry Hardy

    Few, if any, Englishlanguage critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkers is his unique meditation on the impact that R...

  • A Haunted Halloween synopsis, comments

    A Haunted Halloween

    Ray O'Ryan

    Zack doesn’t think ghosts existbut a haunted Halloween might change his mind in the eleventh Galaxy Zack chapter book adventure.Zack absolutely, one hundred percent does not believ...

  • 365 Tao synopsis, comments

    365 Tao

    Ming-Dao Deng

    Place the word Tao Into your heart. Use no other words. The Tao is constantly moving, the path that all life and the whole universe takes. There is nothing that is not part of itha...

  • Ego Is the Enemy synopsis, comments

    Ego Is the Enemy

    Ryan Holiday

    The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their...

  • The Daily Stoic synopsis, comments

    The Daily Stoic

    Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

    From the team that brought you The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditationsan instant Wall Street Journal and USA ...

  • The Fat Lady Sang synopsis, comments

    The Fat Lady Sang

    Robert Evans

    From the legendary producer and author of The Kid Stays in the Pictureone of the greatest Hollywood memoirs ever writtencomes a longawaited second work with all the elements of a s...

  • Growth Hacker Marketing synopsis, comments

    Growth Hacker Marketing

    Ryan Holiday

    A primer on the future of PR, marketing and advertising  now revised and updated with new case studies"Forget everything you thought you knew about marketing and read thi...

  • Stoicism and the Art of Happiness synopsis, comments

    Stoicism and the Art of Happiness

    Donald Robertson

    The stoics lived a long time ago, but they had some startling insights into the human condition insights which endure to this day. The philosophical tradition, founded in Athens b...