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Nobody should be going to college immediately after high school. They should be taking a two year road trip across the country to find out who they are and what they want out of life instead. But still, every year we send millions of inexperienced 18-year-olds down a path of debt, worthless degrees, poor employment prospects, commonness and misery. The results are two full generations of adults who wasted decades of their lives chasing dreams that would never come true. And sadly there's another generation on deck about to do the same. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can all become "Reconnaissance Men" instead.

The Reconnaissance Man (or Woman) takes the time to explore this country, not just to see what this country has to offer, but to find out who they are, where they belong, and what they really want out of life. They don't rush off to college, let alone return to get their "master's degree" until they know about the world around them and precisely how they fit in it. Of course, this journey may take months (more likely years) but that's better than wasting eight years in a school you hate, and 20 years in a career you loathe, only to find out you're 50 and there's no way you can undo what's been done. Become a Reconnaissance Man instead. It's easier, much more fun, and is how life was meant to be lived.

©2016 Aaron Clarey (P)2016 Aaron Clarey

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1/3 of the book is Travel USA

I thought this book was more of the philosophy of being a reconnaissance man, instead I got a book that read as a travel guide.
I'm 36 so maybe this book is for people just getting out of high school.

I'd prefer a refund if I could.

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Simply Great

Mr. Clarey is a great writer he has put a lot of information and equivalent effort into his work. 5 stars.

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The beginning wasn't as great as the ending.

great book, I live about 50 miles from from the author in minnesota. I am planning to visit Seattle, Salt Lake, and Vegas. Great book for someone who hasn't yet planted roots and wants to find a way out of their socialist hell hole state. I have 40-60 years left to work in my life. Minnesota is the coldest state and 6th highest taxed. Thanks Mark dayton.

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Every Young Man should read this

Excellent Guide on how to rebuild yourself in a world of instant gratification and lack of strong role models.

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  • 06-22-21

Inspired me to move

I can't find many books that are this relatable for young men trying to move. Even if you disagree with some of the author's views on particular states, this book gets the reader thinking about exploring other areas and truly living on their own terms. This book inspired me to do my own recon and leave my home state for a state I knew was more aligned with my interests. One of Aaron's best.

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Another Amazing Volume From Clarey

At best this book will help you discover Who You Are, Where You Want To Live, and What You Want To Do. At worst it will act as an excellent Travel Guide to The United States, pointing out places to avoid and the must see spots. Mr. Clarey also gives great ideas for ways to travel cheaply.

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Wish I read this at 20

Been listening to Cappy for years on the Tunes. Never having read any of his books I reached out for consulting and he suggested this book. Thank God I listened to this gem in early 30s and not at 50.

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  • 03-23-20

Very helpful

Does a great job in taking out the guess work in where you should be doing recon. Highly recommended.

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43 yr old libertarian wants to get out of Lubbock

my favorite quote from this book is " watch the Cubs lose at Wrigley Field"
Asshole gives a no-nonsense upfront way to see our great country as cheaply as possible
whether you are a young man or woman or even an old man or woman

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READ IT WITH YOUR EARS NOW!

Typical Cappy. Logical, to the point, informative, entertaining, humorous, etc, etc, etc. If you know Clarey you know what to expect and you wont be disappointed. First audio book I've ever read (heard?) Narrator does a good job of interpreting Clarey's ideas.

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  • 03-11-19

Pretty good

It starts out with real insight on the pursuit of success, however if you're not American then when it gets into details on the American cultural and geographic landscape it may be harder to follow. A simultaneously interesting and useful read nevertheless