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 Apr 13 spaike read Platoon Leader - A Memoir of Command in Combat by James McDonough
  2. On Mar 27 spaike read Maneuver Warfare Handbook by William S Lind
  3. On Mar 26 colleen (USA) read Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman
  4. On Mar 26 colleen (USA) read Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  5. On Feb 24 colleen (USA) read Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal
  6. On Feb 07 colleen (USA) read The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil
  7. On Feb 02 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less by Joseph McCormack and commented:

    Author consulted with JSOC, good anecdotes!

  8. On Jan 28 colleen (USA) read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  9. On Jan 24 David Serafini read Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow and commented:

    The defining one volume work on Washington.

  10. On Jan 22 colleen (USA) read Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
  11. On Jan 20 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis and commented:

    Lively and quick read about the perils of high finance and how to destroy a nation's economy.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. On Dec 18 2018 colleen (USA) read Hold Back the Night by Pat Frank
  15. 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.

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