The January 2009 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 America's First Battles, 1776-1965

Book cover for Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander

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

Book cover for Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice

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

Book cover for Savage Peace: Americans at War in the 1990s

Book cover for Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

Book cover for The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare

Book cover for The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

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

Book cover for Washington's Crossing

Cadets, Soldiers, and Junior NCOs

Book cover for 1776

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

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

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

Book cover for Centuries of Service the U S Army 1775-2005

Book cover for Face of Battle

Book cover for For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War

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

Book cover for The Savage Wars Of Peace: Small Wars And The Rise Of American Power

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 Defeat Into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942-1945

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

Book cover for Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life

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

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

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

Book cover for Recruiting for Uncle Sam: Citizenship and Military Manpower Policy

Book cover for Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime

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

Book cover for The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

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

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

Book cover for Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

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

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

Book cover for Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective

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

Book cover for The Black Regulars, 1866-1898

Book cover for The Limits of Air Power: The American Bombing of North Vietnam

Book cover for The Philippine War, 1899-1902

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

Book cover for U.S. Army Counterinsurgency and Contingency Operations Doctrine, 1942-1976