2018 Navy list posted!

R120224ZJUL18: The 2018 Navy reading list is up! Lots of overlap from last year, and some duplication between sections, but a huge list full of good stuff. 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 Aug 18 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians by Peter Heather and commented:

    Interesting thesis - that the fall of Rome was driven by the expansion of the Huns.

  2. On Aug 09 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman and commented:

    Good overview of history of computer crime. Some decent tips at the end for keeping personal information safe - or at least safer. Pretty depressing all in all sadly!

  3. On Aug 02 Schmitty read The Defense Of Duffer's Drift by Ernest Dunlop Swinton
  4. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell
  5. On Aug 02 Schmitty read A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard
  6. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
  7. On Aug 02 Schmitty read We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore
  8. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
  9. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield and commented:

    My favorite book of all time.

  10. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Platoon Leader - A Memoir of Command in Combat by James McDonough
  11. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer
  12. On Aug 02 Schmitty read Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer
  13. On Jul 24 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and commented:

    Interesting thoughts about how technology helps to create winner-takes-all scenarios.

  14. On Jul 20 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II by Arthur Herman and commented:

    Great stuff! I hadn't realized that the B-29 had so many problems initially. Lots of interesting shipbuilding bits.

  15. On Jul 04 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and commented:

    Good bits here about how to establish baselines for making predictions.

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