U.S. Special Operations Command Commander's Reading List

(source) The USSOCOM Reading List represents important works for all SOF officers, enlisted and civilians as well as those supporting the USSOCOM mission.

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Book cover for Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan

Book cover for Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

Book cover for Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Book cover for Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Book cover for The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It

The Threat

Book cover for The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action

Book cover for Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla

Book cover for Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It

Book cover for Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism


Book cover for Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

Book cover for Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Book cover for Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World


Book cover for The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Book cover for @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

Book cover for The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Book cover for Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less