2017 Air Force Reading List

The Official Air Force Reading List include 23 books from the following six sections:

  • Leadership
  • Warfighting
  • Heritage
  • Strategic Environment
  • Innovation & exploration
  • CMASF  Picks


  1. Leaders Eat Last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t, by Simon Sinek
  2. Chief, by Scott H. Dearduf
  3. Team of Teams: New  Rules of Engagement for a complex world, by General Stanley McChrystal 
  4. The Effective Executive: The Definitive guide to getting the right things done,by Peter F. Drucker

Air Force Warfighting

  1. Cyberspace in Peace and War, by Martin C. Libicke
  2. The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger and the New Power Politics, by Paul Bracken
  3. Airpower Reborn, by John Andreas Olsen

Air Force Heritage

  1. Shoot like a Girl, by Major Mary Jennings Hegar
  2. The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough
  3. Beyond Horizons:  A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership
  4. by David N. Spires
  5. The Strategist, by Bartholomew Sparrow

The Strategic Environment

  1. The Accidental Super Power: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the coming global disorder, by Peter Ziehan
  2. The New Tsar: The Rise of Vladimir Putin, by Steven Lee Myers
  3. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick
  4. On China, by Henry Kissinger

Innovation and Exploration

  1. Attitudes Aren’t Free: Thinking Deeply about Diversity in the US Armed Forces, by James E. Parco & David A. Levy
  2. Skunk Works, by Ben R. Rich & Leo Janos
  3. Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas L. Friedman
  4. Big Data, by Victor Mayer-Schonberger & Kenneth Cukier

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Reading List   

  1. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
  2. The One Thing, by Gary Keller
  3. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth

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