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 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.

  2. On Jun 29 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt and commented:

    This is a wonderful little book - great anecdotes, lively writing, and a straightforward message about the difference between strategy and goals.

  3. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read Strategy by B. H. Liddell Hart
  4. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
  5. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  6. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore
  7. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read Scipio Africanus: Rome's Greatest General by Richard A. Gabriel
  8. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  9. On Jun 12 Seth Martell read The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
  10. On Jun 11 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific by Robert D. Kaplan and commented:

    Good tour of the region and the different cultures and economic landscapes. Interesting points about "area denial" regarding the South China Sea.

  11. On Jun 10 David (USA) read The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan
  12. On May 17 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and commented:

    Quick read, classic sci-fi.

  13. On May 12 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo
  14. On May 09 Vincent (French Navy) read Defeat Into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942-1945 by William Slim
  15. On May 09 Vincent (French Navy) read The First World War by Hew Strachan
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