Note: There are many types of bros: pick-up artist bros, Wall Street bros, Silicon Valley bros, nice bros, mean bros, and that bro (always a dude) in your creative writing workshop who never reads women and yells about David Foster Wallace too much. What unites them is male overconfidence.
Additional note: This is also just one overconfident dude’s nonscientific mansplaination of what other overconfident dudes like to put on their bookshelves. Also, many of these are great books worth enjoying 100%, despite their sometimes pedantic audience.
If it’s too weird to consider that aggressively macho dudes would read anything high-brow, consider this Playboy cover from January 1965. Note the contributor list.