The May 2014 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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Armies at War; Battles and Camp

Book cover for The AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I

Book cover for American Military History, Volume II: The United States Army in a Global Era, 1917-2003

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

Book cover for Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West's Afghanistan Campaign

Book cover for The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

Book cover for Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War

Book cover for Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

Book cover for The Endgame: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Iraq, from George W. Bush to Barack Obama

Book cover for Face of Battle

Book cover for Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq

Book cover for Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific

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

Book cover for Refighting the Last War: Command and Crisis in Korea 1950-1953

Book cover for Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45

Book cover for Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

Book cover for The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education

Book cover for Washington's Crossing

Book cover for Westmoreland's War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam

The Army Profession

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

Book cover for The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War

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 Invisible Wounds of War: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan

Book cover for Kevlar Legions: The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005

Book cover for Leading Change

Book cover for Lincoln and His Generals

Book cover for A Message to Garcia

Book cover for On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

Book cover for Once An Eagle

Book cover for Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

The Strategic Environment

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 Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

Book cover for A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East

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

Book cover for The Cold War: A New History

Book cover for Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

Book cover for Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Threats

Book cover for Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Book cover for The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be

Book cover for The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence

Book cover for Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC

Book cover for Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul

Book cover for Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror

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

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

Book cover for The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom

Book cover for On China

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

Book cover for The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

Book cover for The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World

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