Bruce Lee Books – Biography, Martial Arts & Philosophy

Bruce Lee Books

About His Life, Philosophy, Martial Arts & Training

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The Bruce Lee Books section showcases the best available Bruce Lee books and literature about Bruce Lee the man, philosopher, athlete and martial artist.

The book categories are split between Bruce Lee Workout Books, Bruce Lee Biography BooksBruce Lee Martial Arts Books and Bruce Lee Philosophy Books.

This site’s author has personally curated all of the Bruce Lee books and reading materials listed here for quality. Every Bruce Lee book available for purchase below holds an Amazon rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars. Click on any item’s link to buy it today on

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The Art of Expressing the Human Body by Bruce Lee and John Little

This is THE definitive book about the Bruce Lee workout routine. Drawing on Lee’s own notes, letters, diaries and training logs, this tome presents the full extent of unique Bruce Lee training methods including nutrition, diet, cardio, aerobics, isometrics, stretching and weight training. Highly recommended!


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Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit by Bruce Thomas

This Bruce Lee book details each important phase of Lee’s life: his boyhood in Hong Kong, street fighting teenage years, emigration to Seattle, development of his evolving art and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, struggles breaking into the film business and eventual mass recognition and appeal as an international celebrity. The book also chronicles Lee’s last days, shedding light on his recent out of character behavior (drug abuse, adultery) with brief but insightful speculation regarding what could have killed him. Unlike other books, this one does not get caught up in hero worship.


The Treasures of Bruce Lee: The Official Story of the Legendary Martial Artist by Paul Bowman

The Treasures of Bruce Lee tells the Bruce Lee story as never before, through painstaking research, never-before-seen memorabilia and rare photographs. It also includes written poems, illustrations and notes on all aspects of Lee’s martial arts.


Bruce Lee: The Evolution of a Martial Artist by Tommy Gong

Tracing Bruce Lee’s path from Wing Chun student to Jeet Kune Do founder, this Bruce Lee biography chronicles Lee’s physical journey from Hong Kong to Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles and back again to Hong Kong as well as his voyage of self-discovery and actualization. The book draws on numerous conversations with Bruce Lee’s childhood classmates, former students and family friends.


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Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon by John Little

This Bruce Lee biography book is full of rare Bruce Lee photographs spanning from his early stage career in Hong Kong to his worldwide success as an actor and martial arts phenomenon.


Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon: An Anthology of Bruce Lee’s Correspondence with Family, Friends and Fans (1958-1973) by Bruce Lee

This Bruce Lee book is a fascinating glimpse of the private Bruce Lee behind the public image. The letters track Bruce Lee’s career and development from his decision to move to the US to further his education, through the many setbacks and triumphs of life that shaped his life.



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Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee

Compiled from Bruce Lee’s notes and essays, this iconic Bruce Lee book explains Jeet Kune Do in detail, depicted through hundreds of Lee’s own illustrations. It also covers topics such as Zen and enlightenment, kicking, striking, grappling and footwork.


Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method (Volumes 1-4) by Bruce Lee

Originally compiled as a four-volume series, this Bruce Lee martial arts book demonstrates the most effective methods for retaliating against surprise attacks, grabs, chokes, multiple attackers and armed assailants. Bruce Lee’s no-nonsense counters include eye gouges, groin kicks, head stomps and other techniques that aren’t taught in most studios. This collection of all four volumes of “Bruce Lee’s Fighting Method” series contains detailed illustrations and vintage photos capturing Lee in his prime.


Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee’s Commentaries on the Martial Way by Bruce Lee & John Little

This seminal Bruce Lee book presents Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do in his own notes and writings. It features Lee’s illustrative sketches and his remarkable notes and commentaries on the nature of combat and achieving success in life through the martial arts, as well as the importance of a positive mental attitude during training.


Bruce Lee The Tao of Gung Fu: A Study in the Way of Chinese Martial Art by Bruce Lee & John Little

This is a Bruce Lee book that he began writing in 1964, but never completed. Bruce Lee’s writings about Gung Fu reveal his thoughtful analysis of the tapestry of Chinese martial arts and offers glimpses into this ancient martial style.


Wing Chun Kung-Fu by Bruce Lee & J. Yimm Lee

Edited by Bruce Lee and featuring Jeet Kune Do legend Ted Wong, this book introduces the reader to the Sil Lim Tao form, the immovable-elbow and centerline theories, Chi Sao (sticky hands), trapping and much more.


Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense by Bruce Lee

This Bruce Lee book includes personal testimonies regarding the author and his art from James Yimm Lee, the legendary Ed Parker, and jujutsu icon Wally Jay. Through hand-drawn diagrams and captioned photo sequences, this book demonstrates a variety of Bruce Lee training exercises and fighting techniques. Topics include basic Gung Fu (kung fu) stances, weight loss training, leg training and the theory of yin and yang.


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The Warrior Within : The Philosophies of Bruce Lee by John Little

During his lifetime, Bruce Lee, martial artist of legend, formulated a complex personal philosophy–a synthesis of Eastern and Western ideals–that extolled the virtues of knowledge and total mastery of one’s self. The Warrior Within is the most comprehensive volume of these Bruce Lee teachings, meant to help you apply the Bruce Lee philosophy to your own life.


Bruce Lee: Artist of Life by Bruce Lee & John Little

This Bruce Lee philosophy book explores the development and fruition of Bruce Lee’s thoughts about Gung Fu (kung fu), philosophy, psychology, poetry, Jeet Kune Do, acting and self-knowledge.


Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living

This Bruce Lee book covers 72 topics and 825 aphorisms, from spirituality to personal liberation and from family life to filmmaking, all of which Bruce lived by.


Bruce Lee – Wisdom for the Way by Bruce Lee

This Bruce Lee book is a compilation of quotes and proverbs coined by Bruce Lee himself. Touching on martial arts, the universe and life in general, this collection defines the concepts behind both a warrior and a martial artist.


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A note to our Bruce Lee Workout readers:

Bruce Lee used a wide variety of exercises including weight training, body strength training, circuit training, isometrics, ab workouts, stretching, diet and cardio fitness. He used the best training equipment available to get that muscular Bruce Lee body in his classic martial arts movies. Bruce Lee’s perfect body, wisdom, charisma and kung fu skill inspired books on his life, philosophy & martial arts!

Visit the Bruce Lee Workout homepage for a complete breakdown on all the Bruce Lee training programs and Bruce Lee workout routines. Workout Like Bruce Lee!


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