The January 2012 revision of the Navy reading list

(source) The Navy Professional Reading Program was developed to encourage a life-long habit of reading and learning among all Sailors. The books included in these collections can provide readers with a deeper understanding and appreciation for naval heritage, the profession of arms, and the complex modern world in which we operate.

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Operate Forward

Book cover for Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

Book cover for Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal

Book cover for Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy

Book cover for The Man from Pakistan: The True Story of the World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Smuggler

Book cover for The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

Book cover for "Execute against Japan": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare

Be Ready

Book cover for A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy

Book cover for In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War

Book cover for Navigating the Seven Seas: Leadership Lessons of the First African American Father and Son to Serve at the Top of the US Navy

Book cover for The Morality of War

Book cover for Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule--and Your Life

Book cover for Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

Book cover for Leadership: The Warrior's Art

Book cover for Longitude

Book cover for Master and Commander

Book cover for The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business

Book cover for The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Book cover for Two Souls Indivisible

Book cover for Aircraft Carriers at War: A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation

Book cover for On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace

Book cover for One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U. S. Navy, 1890-1990

Book cover for The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us

Book cover for The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the Twenty-First Century

Book cover for The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour

Book cover for The Sand Pebbles

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

Book cover for The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World

Book cover for Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer

Book cover for Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

Book cover for Starship Troopers

Book cover for The Second World War, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm

Book cover for The Seventh Angel

Book cover for To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines

Book cover for Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief

Warfighting First

Book cover for 1812: The Navy's War

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

Book cover for Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN

Book cover for Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War

Book cover for The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

Book cover for Wake of the Wahoo: The Heroic Story of America's Most Daring WWII Submarine, USS Wahoo