Lt Gen Mattis' reading list

R232103ZAUG16: I've added Lt. Gen. Mattis' reading list! This is an older list - from 2007 - but has a variety of classic selections like Pressfield's Gates of Fire and Bing West's The Village. There are also a few on there that I hadn't seen before, such as Herzog's The Arab-Israeli Wars. This is a solid list from a man who had an amazing career. Enjoy!

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  1. On Aug 25 kcholbert (USAF) read Once a Warrior--Always a Warrior: Navigating the Transition from Combat to Home--Including Combat Stress, PTSD, and mTBI by Charles W. Hoge M.D.
  2. On Aug 24 kcholbert (USAF) read No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah by Bing West
  3. On Aug 24 kcholbert (USAF) read The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost by The Russian General Staff
  4. On Aug 24 kcholbert (USAF) read The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War by Ali Ahmad Jalali
  5. On Aug 24 kcholbert (USAF) read Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq by David J. Danelo
  6. On Aug 22 Tom Copeland (USCG) read A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon by Neil Sheehan and commented:

    I had never heard of General Schriever and of the story of the development of the ICBM and IRBM systems. Lots of interesting anecdotes about how things came together. Since this is a biography, maybe it over-emphasizes the effects of individual personalities on history - but maybe not! The right person in the right place with the right motivations, and next thing you know, there's a balance of power.

  7. On Aug 15 colleen (USA) read "Execute against Japan": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) by Joel Ira Holwitt
  8. On Aug 07 Tom Copeland (USCG) read American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman and commented:

    Shows the difference that a great executive can make. Interesting to see how someone not from the auto industry overcame resistance. Also some good stuff on the bailout period.

  9. On Aug 05 colleen (USA) read Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines by Zell Miller
  10. On Aug 01 Tom Copeland (USCG) read America the Vulnerable: Inside the New Threat Matrix of Digital Espionage, Crime, and Warfare by Joel Brenner and commented:

    The bits about SCADA/ICS were especially disturbing. Hard to imagine that getting remedied without some big incident happening first.

  11. On Jul 26 colleen (USA) read A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
  12. On Jul 23 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and commented:

    Has some nicely done explanations of crypto concepts like asymmetric encryption and web of trust.

  13. On Jul 23 colleen (USA) read The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber
  14. On Jul 13 kcholbert (USAF) read Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter
  15. On Jul 11 kcholbert (USAF) read Tip of the Spear: U.S. Marine Light Armor in the Gulf War by G. J. Michaels
  16. On Jul 09 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna and commented:

    This felt like a mix between "Tortilla Flats" and "Mister Roberts". Obviously the author has spent time on a ship; was a quick read. Did feel a little over the top in some places.

  17. On Jul 03 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu by Bernard Fall and commented:

    I had heard many times about "the disaster at Dien Bien Phu", and this book unwrapped the story for me. What I appreciated about this book was the personal nature of it; the author interviewed many of the combatants. You can hear him mourning as the ring closes around the French soldiers and as their counterbattery fire goes silent.

  18. On Jun 23 kcholbert (USAF) read The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Authorized Edition) by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
  19. On Jun 18 kcholbert (USAF) read Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare by Juan Zarate
  20. On Jun 17 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Very Best Men by Evan Thomas and commented:

    Good character studies from a interesting part of the CIA's history.

  21. On Jun 08 kcholbert (USAF) read American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
  22. On Jun 07 Tom Copeland (USCG) read A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency by Richard Helms and commented:

    I really enjoyed the format of this autobiography. When you think about Richard Helms, what are the things you would want to ask him about? Nosenko. Bay of Pigs. Laos. Church Committee. Angleton. Kennedy assassination. And so on. This book has a short chapter about each one, laying out his involvement and the conclusions he drew from it. It's an effective format and of course Helms' take on things is great.

  23. On May 30 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Circle by Dave Eggers and commented:

    Kind of over the top, and throws the baby out with the bathwater, but still, makes you think.

    I will say that in the dot coms where I've worked, especially during the fast growth times, my experience has not been of God-like scientists using nano-bots to convert mud into spaceships. Instead, it's been a constant organic struggle to invent and implement major changes while continuing to add new features and keep up with the inbound volume.

  24. On May 28 kcholbert (USAF) read At All Costs by Matt Proietti
  25. On May 28 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Stalin's Secret War: Soviet Counterintelligence against the Nazis, 1941-1945 (Modern War Studies) by Robert W. Stephan and commented:

    Interesting anecdotes - apparently after a heavy snow the Soviets would drop in agents without parachutes so they would not be spotted. If any members of the team were injured on landing, the remaining members were instructed to shoot him. Another good quote - "The USSR's counterintelligence system was inefficient, but it was not ineffective."

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