2018 Air Force list posted

R081510ZNOV18: The 2018 Air Force reading list is posted! Some carryovers from last year, but some interesting new material as well such as Kevin Kelly's The Inevitable. Enjoy!

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Many military commands publish recommended reading lists, but due to the ephemeral nature of the web these lists can sometimes be lost. This site attempts to capture them for posterity. Here's an overview of all the military reading lists that are available. Enjoy!

Most popular authors

Robert D. Kaplan
John Keegan
Thomas L. Friedman
Max Hastings
Rick Atkinson

Recent reading

  1. On Jan 06 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy by Micah Zenko and commented:

    I didn't know the origin of "Devil's Advocate" until I read this book, so that was interesting. Does a good job of selling an interesting concept. I can certainly imagine organizations pushing back hard against the introduction of red teams.

  2. On Dec 19 2018 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport and commented:

    Pragmatic discussion of different paths to achieving focus depending on your situation.

  3. On Dec 18 2018 colleen (USA) read Hold Back the Night by Pat Frank
  4. On Dec 18 2018 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and commented:

    Nice contrast of SF organization with top-down Taylorism. But a fair analysis of the advantages of Taylorism too.

  5. On Nov 29 2018 colleen (USA) read The Caine Mutiny: A Novel by Herman Wouk
  6. On Nov 22 2018 miked681lt read History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The by Office of History
  7. On Nov 20 2018 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and commented:

    Good anecdotes on important conversations that leaders have to help their people develop.

  8. On Nov 20 2018 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future by Victor Cha and commented:

    Good commentary on efforts the US has made to engage. Ends on a hopeful note!

  9. On Nov 10 2018 kcholbert (USAF) read Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
  10. On Nov 08 2018 David (USA) read Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis by Graham Allison and commented:

    Excellent unclassified study of the events governing the US decision making effort during the Crisis.

  11. On Oct 31 2018 spaike read The Defense of Hill 781 by James R. McDonough
  12. On Oct 30 2018 colleen (USA) read Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice
  13. On Oct 30 2018 colleen (USA) read Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee
  14. On Oct 19 2018 colleen (USA) read John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail by Tim McGrath
  15. On Oct 11 2018 colleen (USA) read Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by Eric Greitens Navy SEAL
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