U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Commanding General’s Reading List

(source) The overarching purpose of this list is to gain understanding through the reading of foundational texts. There are many books and essays on military history, leadership, ad world events that are worth reading. This list distinguishes, for Military Intelligence Professionals, a fine selection of reading material from a larger body of literature. The list is divided into three sections: Professional Development, History & Heritage, and Global Analysis. Each section encourages the reader to take a critical look at the lessons of the past, at the changing world around them, and within themselves in order to learn and grow as an Army Professional.

This revision was published October 2014.

Professional Development

Book cover for Collaborative Intelligence: Using Teams to Solve Hard Problems

Book cover for The Defense Of Duffer's Drift

Book cover for Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy

Book cover for The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

Book cover for The GAMe: Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal

Book cover for Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship

Book cover for A Message to Garcia

Book cover for Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond

Book cover for Nineteen Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership

Book cover for Once An Eagle

Book cover for Outliers: The Story of Success

Book cover for Patton: A Genius for War

Book cover for The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Book cover for A Tactical Ethic: Moral Conduct in the Insurgent Battlespace

Book cover for When Hell was in Session

History and Heritage

Book cover for The Art Of War

Book cover for Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

Book cover for Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars

Book cover for Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors

Book cover for G-2: Intelligence for Patton

Book cover for Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

Book cover for The Killer Angels: A Novel

Book cover for The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam

Book cover for The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

Book cover for The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Book cover for Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War

Book cover for This Kind of War

Book cover for Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring

Book cover for We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

Book cover for With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

Global Analysis

Book cover for 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century

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

Book cover for Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency

Book cover for The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

Book cover for Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It

Book cover for Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present

Book cover for Modern Warfare, Intelligence and Deterrence: The Technologies That Are Transforming Them

Book cover for The Next Decade: Empire and Republic in a Changing World

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

Book cover for Rethinking the Principles of War

Book cover for Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty