New Joint Force Staff College list posted!

R190218ZOCT16: The Joint Forces Staff College reading list for 2016 is up! Mostly classics, but The Guns Of Independence is a new one here. Enjoy!

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  1. On Oct 17 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Soldiers of God: With Islamic Warriors in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Robert D. Kaplan and commented:

    Interesting reading a later edition with a preface that talks about changes since it was written. This reminded me of "War at the Top of the World" by Eric Margolis when it talked about how demanding just staying in, let alone fighting in, Afghanistan is.

  2. On Oct 17 kcholbert (USAF) read The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez
  3. On Oct 14 kcholbert (USAF) read The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel by Adam Johnson
  4. On Oct 04 kcholbert (USAF) read Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization by John Wooden
  5. On Oct 04 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban by Stephen Tanner and commented:

    A thorough overview. The bits about the British experience in the 1800s are particularly gripping, as one would expect.

  6. On Sep 28 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay and commented:

    IIRC, "Quartered Safe Out Here" has some counterpoints on Paul Fussell's comments.

  7. On Sep 24 colleen (USA) read Sustaining the Transformation MCRP 6-11D by U. S. Marine Corps
  8. On Sep 17 colleen (USA) read American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq by James A. Warren
  9. On Sep 15 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account by the CIA's Key Field Commander by Gary Berntsen and commented:

    Good stuff. Kind of heavy with the redacted sections, but that's a point he's trying to make. I like the opening anecdote when he talks about his first day in USAF boot camp and how he realized "whoa, I've been wasting my life."

  10. On Sep 11 Tom Copeland (USCG) read War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet by Eric Margolis and commented:

    An interesting mix of boots-on-the-ground war journalism and geopolitical discussions. The bits about the Kashmir conflict were all new to me.

    This book was written in 2000; I think some of his predictions have not quite played out. For example he suggests that in the US the federal government will get weaker and the states will get stronger. I think the opposite has happened.

  11. On Sep 06 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile and commented:

    A profane but lively story. The comparisons to Harry Flashman are a nice touch.

  12. On Aug 29 colleen (USA) read How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle by Gideon Rose
  13. On Aug 25 colleen (USA) read Battle Leadership by Adolf Von Schell
  14. On Aug 25 colleen (USA) read No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah by Bing West
  15. On Aug 25 colleen (USA) read Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the War against the Taliban by Stephen Tanner
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