Books on Heroism


The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell (1949)

The Hero’s Journey
Joseph Campbell (1990)

The Power of Myth
Joseph Campbell (1991)


The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
Philip Zimbardo (2008)



Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
Daniel Ellsberg (2003)

The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
Daniel Ellsberg (2017)


In Quest of the Hero
O. Rank (1990)

Local Heroes: The Rebirth of Heroism in America
Bill Berkowitz (1998)

Hidden Heroism: Black Soldiers In America's Wars
Robert Edgerton (2002)


The Limits of Heroism: Homer and the Ethics of Reading
Mark Buchan (2005)

Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar
Paul Johnson (2008)

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours 
Greg Nagy (2013)


Heroic Leadership: An Influence Taxonomy of 100 Exceptional Individuals
Scott T. Allison & George R. Goethals (2013)

What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness
Elizabeth Svoboda (2013)

The Hero Field Guide (Volume 1) 
Matthew Osmon & Matt Langdon (2014)


Everyday Heroism: Victorian Constructions of the Heroic Civilian (link)
John Price (2014)

Untangling Heroism: Classical Philosophy and the Concept of the Hero
Ari Kohen (2015)

Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World
Carol Pearson (2015)


Ordinary People Change the World 
Brad Meltzer (2015)

Reel Heroes and Villains
Scott T. Allison & Greg Smith (2015)


Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership
Scott T. Allison, George R Goethals and Roderick M. Kramer (2016)

Mentoring Teenage Heroes: The Hero's Journey of Adolescence
Matthew P. Winkler (2016)

The Heroic Skill Set
Shawn Furey (2016)


The Social Psychology of Good and Evil, Second Edition
Arthur G. Miller (2016)

Hero: Being the Strong Father Your Children Need
Meg Meeker (2017)

Heroes of Richmond: Four Centuries of Courage, Dignity, and Virtue
Scott T. Allison (2017)


Heroism and Wellbeing in the 21st Century: Applied and Emerging Perspectives
Olivia Efthimiou, Scott T. Allison, & Zeno E. Franco (2018)

Heroic Humility: What the Science of Humility Can Say to People Raised on Self-Focus
Everett Worthington & Scott T. Allison (2018)

Heroes and Villains of the Millennial Generation
Scott T. Allison (2018)

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