The January 2011 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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History and Heritage

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

Book cover for April 1865: The Month That Saved America

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

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

Book cover for John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship

Book cover for Once An Eagle

Book cover for Red Badge Of Courage: An Episode Of The American Civil War

Book cover for The Art Of War

Book cover for The Killer Angels: A Novel

Book cover for The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Book cover for This Kind of War

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


Book cover for Click: The Forces Behind How We Fully Engage with People, Work, and Everything We Do

Book cover for Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty

Book cover for Outliers: The Story of Success

Book cover for Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Book cover for The Defense Of Duffer's Drift

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

Book cover for WAR

Critical Analysis and the Global Context

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

Book cover for On War

Book cover for Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point

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 The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--and What We Can Do About It

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

Book cover for The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century