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    Professional/recommended reading lists

    Please add any professional or recommended reading lists that you think would be helpful for The Staff School! Feel free to include your own personal lists based on your prior reading.
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    Here's the Chief of Staff, United States Army (CSA) Professional Reading List for General Schoomaker.

    Here's Thomas Ricks' Top Ten non-Iraq books to understand Iraq. He is the author of Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.

    USMC Reading List

    The following lists come out of the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, which is the home of the Command & Staff General College. LTG Petraeus, who will soon be replacing GEN Casey as the MNF-I Commander in Iraq, is the current CAC Commander, and so you can think of these lists as being to a degree, LTG Petraeus' reading lists.

    Combined Arms Center Commander's Jihadism/Militant Islam Reading List

    Combined Arms Center Commander's Cultural Awareness Reading List

    Combined Arms Center Commander's Counterinsurgency Reading List


    A general reading list link "library", which contains many of the above lists.
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    Excellent choice for a thread

    Here's a website I didn't even know existed until Shek got me thinking about it. I've got 3 or 4 of my favorites on their list:

    http://www.navyreading.navy.mil/

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    Excellent choice for a thread

    Here's a website I didn't even know existed until Shek got me thinking about it. I've got 3 or 4 of my favorites on their list:

    http://www.navyreading.navy.mil/
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    Thanks. I know that the USMC has their own reading lists as well - I just haven't had a chance to go out and collect up the links and drop them in the thread.

    EDIT: I've added the lists above, now.
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    This may be the World Affairs Board but I'm going to keep it at a lower level. Here's a list for fire team leader and below. Band of Brothers always makes everyones shortlist. Here's some that are often overlooked that deserve a mention.

    Nonfiction:
    - Soldier by Anthony Herbert
    - Steel My Soldier's Hearts by David Hackworth
    - Blackjack 33 by James Donahue

    Fiction:
    - Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
    - The 13th Valley by John Del Vecchio
    - Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

    To be worth anything a book has to hold your attention. I went to sleep trying to read Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
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    ST-100-3 Battlebook
    ST-100-7 OPFOR Battlebook
    FM 3.0 Operations

    Extremely hard reads but these books are the basis for alot of non-Western military doctrines.

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    Barbarossa, The German Russian Conflict 1941-1945, by Alan Clark
    Why the Allies Won, by Richard Overy
    A Peace to End All Peace, The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, by David Fromkin
    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon
    The Gathering Storm, by Winston Churchill

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    I think two phenominal books to read are the two published by Thomas Barnett on the Pentagon. The Pentagon's New Road Map and The Pentagon's New Road Map: Blue Print for Action

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    Many doorstops to add!

    If someone could be of assistance, over the years I have suggested an awful lot of books, some of serious interest, others that find their value as diversion.
    In most cases I believe that I had submitted an ISBN as aid. So ... given I have just a little trouble navigating the WAB, the assistance would be that of plonking them all on his thread.

    I suppose I could always go up to the library.
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    Air Force Reading List

    I know each service has their own recommended reading list, here is the Air Force list:
    Chief of staff of Air Force announces new reading list

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    Wars of Blood and Faith, by Ralph Peters

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    No Luttwak or Clausewitz on the USMC lists?

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    Hellooo. First post on these boards. Wow...what a great place!!

    This is an old field manual but I think it has some useful stuff in it for combined forces operations that can still be applied today.

    FM 100-20: Command And Employment Of Air Power

    And a couple of books...

    On War - Carl von Clausewitz
    Modern Strategy - Colin S. Gray

    Cheers,
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