The January 2010 revision of the Army reading list

(source) The readings provide a useful course of independent study in the origin of the profession of arms, valuable leadership techniques, and the use of our critical-thinking abilities to understand the world around us. Taken together, these readings will help Soldiers or Army civilians sharpen their intellects while preparing for their next level of responsibility. The books also complement materials currently used in the Army educational system and can help bridge the intervals between periods of formal instruction at Army schools. While intended for independent study, one could also use the list as the basis for establishing book clubs, discussion groups, and other professional development activities

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Company-Grade Officers, WO1–CW3, and Company Cadre NCOs

Book cover for American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, And Vietnam

Book cover for America's First Battles, 1776-1965

Book cover for An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

Book cover for Challenge of Command

Book cover for Company Commander: The Classic Infantry Memoir of World War II

Book cover for East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950

Book cover for Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant  Volume 2

Book cover for The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century

Book cover for The Philippine War, 1899-1902

Book cover for The War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I

Cadets, Soldiers, and Junior NCOs

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

Book cover for Closing With the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944-1945

Book cover for Face of Battle

Book cover for For the Common Defense

Book cover for If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II, One American Officer's Riveting True Story

Book cover for In The Company Of Heroes

Book cover for Patton: A Genius for War

Book cover for Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific

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

Senior Leaders above Brigade Level

Book cover for Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam

Book cover for Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age

Book cover for The Challenge of Change: Military Institutions and New Realities, 1918-1941

Book cover for The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

Book cover for The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300-2050

Book cover for The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

Book cover for The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War

Book cover for The Peloponnesian War

Book cover for Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers

Book cover for Transformation Under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights

Book cover for Victory On The Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies The Pentagon

Book cover for War in European History

Field-Grade Officers, CW4–CW5, and Senior NCOs

Book cover for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Book cover for George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century

Book cover for Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Book cover for Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought

Book cover for On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic

Book cover for Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

Book cover for The Art Of War

Book cover for The Future of the Army Profession

Book cover for The Generals' War : The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf

Book cover for The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations