The December 2013 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.

Other revisions

November 2015

December 2014

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Strategic Context

Book cover for The Bear Trap: Afghanistan's Untold Story

Book cover for Asymmetrical Warfare: Today's Challenge to U.S. Military Power

Book cover for Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Book cover for Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power

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

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


Book cover for Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

Book cover for Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

Book cover for Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Book cover for My Share of the Task: A Memoir

Military Science

Book cover for Getting More: How You Can Negotiate to Succeed in Work and Life

Book cover for One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

Intel and Security Affairs

Book cover for Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al-Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab Al-Suri

Book cover for Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam