The December 2014 revision of the U.S. Special Operations Command reading list

(source) The USSOCOM Reading List represents important works for all SOF officers, enlisted and civilians as well as those supporting the USSOCOM mission.

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December 2013

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Book cover for The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - From Ancient Greece to Iraq

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

Book cover for Grey Eminence: Fox Conner and the Art of Mentorship

Book cover for Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

The Threat

Book cover for The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

Book cover for The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran

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

Book cover for Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific


Book cover for The Battle for Peace: A Frontline Vision of America's Power and Purpose

Book cover for The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

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

Book cover for Going Big by Getting Small: The Application of Operational Art by Special Operations in Phase Zero


Book cover for The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

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


Book cover for Intelligence: From Secrets To Policy

Book cover for Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency

Technology & Innovation

Book cover for Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World

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

Book cover for FIRE: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation