The June 2018 revision of the Air Force reading list

(source) General Ronald Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members -- officers, enlisted, and civilians -- to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of air and space power. Each CSAF since then has enhanced and continued the Professional Reading Program.

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Leadership and Decision Making

Book cover for Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Book cover for The Art of Thinking Clearly

Book cover for Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders


Book cover for Cyberspace in Peace and War (Transforming War)

Book cover for Airpower Applied: U.S., NATO, and Israeli Combat Experience (History of Military Aviation)

Book cover for The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics

Book cover for Escalation and Deterrence in the Second Space Age (CSIS Reports)

Book cover for The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters (Bridging the Gap)

Book cover for Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space


Book cover for The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight

Book cover for The Wright Brothers

Book cover for Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership

Strategic Environment

Book cover for The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

Book cover for Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis

Book cover for Russia's Military Revival

Book cover for On China

Book cover for The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future

Technology and Information

Book cover for The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

Book cover for Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

Book cover for The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

Book cover for The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future


Book cover for Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

Book cover for The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Book cover for Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Book cover for The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

Book cover for Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called "Don't Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A"

Book cover for The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea