I’m KeenKoala, and it’s my goal to provide you with a watchful eye, a box of tools, and the tactical know-how to become the best version of yourself you can be in the Crucible. Each week I will be updating a new Crucible Book Club: long article series from various texts marrying tactical and philosophical concepts to your quest to dominate. If you’re interested in getting the books for your own personal collection, each book is linked to Amazon. Proceeds from each purchase go towards supporting this project!

Our journey to self-improvement is a long one; don’t expect to become better overnight after watching and reading what you find here. What you should expect is putting in buckets of blood, sweat, and tears. After all,

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.


Featured Crucible Book Club

2 – The Water


Book Club Series List


Playing to Win by David Sirlin

1 – Introducing the Scrub
2 – More on Losing
3 – What Should be Banned?
4 – Cheating and Sportsmanship


The Art of War by Sun Tzu

1 – Laying Plans
2 – Waging War
3 – Attack by Stratagem
4 – Tactical Dispositions
5 – Energy
6 – Weak Points and Strong
7 – Maneuvering
8 – Variation in Tactics
9 – The Army on the March
10 – Terrain
11 – The Nine Situations
12 – The Attack by Fire / The Use of Spies
13 – The Recap


The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

1 – The Earth
2 – The Water