Army Reading ListReading Lists

2017 Army Reading List

Below is the Official US Army Reading List broken up into the seven below topics:.

  • Strategic Environment
  • Regional Studies
  • History and Military History
  • Leadership
  • Army Profession
  • Fiction


  1. The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder by Peter Zeihan
  2. Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare, by Colin S. Gray
  3. Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq, by Louis A. DiMarco
  4. Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, by arag Khanna
  5. The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective, by Hew Strachan
  6. The Future Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action, by Matthew Burrows
  7. The Future of Land Warfare, by Michael E. O’Hanlon
  8. The Future of Power, by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
  9. Great Powers and Geopolitical Change, by Jakub J. Grygiel
  10. Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post–Cold War Order, by Hal Brands
  11. No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, by Charles A. Kupchan
  12. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla, by David Kilcullen
  13. Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, by Hans J. Morgenthau
  14. The Post-American World: Release 2.0, by Fareed Zakaria
  15. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers:Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 by, Paul Kennedy
  16. The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World, by Ruchir Sharma
  17. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power, by Zbigniew Brzezinski
  18. Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, by Ian Bremmer
  19. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, by John J. Mearsheimer
  20. Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, by P. W. Singer
  21. The World America Made, by Robert Kagan
  22. A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, by Richard Haass
  23. World Order, by Henry Kissinger


  1. Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism, by David Kilcullen
  2. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, by Timothy Snyder
  3. Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, by George Friedman
  4. Hirohito’s War: The Pacific War, 1941–1945, by Francis Pike
  5. Milestones, by Sayyid Qutb
  6. Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, by Robert D. Kaplan
  7. The Next Great War? The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict by Richard N. Rosecrance and Steven E. Miller
  8. Quotations from Chairman by Mao Tse-tung Mao Zedong
  9. Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad
  10. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
  11. Strategy by Aleksandr A. Svechin
  12. The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power by Jakub J. Grygiel
  13. War in European History by Michael Howard


  1. 1776 by David McCullough
  2. The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783–1900 by Robert Wooster
  3. America’s First Battles, 1776–1965 by Charles E. Heller and William A. Stofft, eds
  4. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa 1942–1943  by Rick Atkinson
  5. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy 1943–1944 by New York: Henry Holt
  6. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945 by New York: Picador
  7. Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare by Robert M. Citino
  8. Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power by Victor Davis Hanson
  9. Combat Ready? The Eighth U.S. Army on the Eve of the Korean War by Thomas E. Hanson
  10. The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1945 by Ian W. Toll
  11. Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942 by Robert M. Citino
  12. Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers: Innovation in`the U.S. Army, 1917–1945 by David E. Johnson
  13. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I by  Barbara W. Tuchman
  14. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  15. History of Rome by Michael Grant
  16. Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 by Max Hastings
  17. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War by Robert B. Strassler
  18. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 by Ian W. Toll
  19. The Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine and Training in the German Army, 1920–1939 by Robert M. Citino
  20. The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000 by William H. McNeill
  21. The Regulars: The American Army, 1898–1941 by Edward M. Coffman
  22. A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War by  Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh
  23. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May
  24. This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness by T. R. Fehrenbach
  25. The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943 by Robert M. Citino


  1. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White
  2. The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Account of the Psychological Effects of War by Charles Wilson
  3. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005 by Thomas E. Ricks
  4. The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today by Thomas E. Ricks
  5. The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant by J. F. C. Fuller
  6. George C. Marshall, 4 vols. by Forrest C. Pogue
  7. Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century by Alistair Horne
  8. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  9. Memoirs and Selected Letters: Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Selected Letters,1839–1865 by Ulysses S. Grant
  10. A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard
  11. A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service by Robert M. Gates
  12. The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo
  13. Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in by Wartime Eliot A. Cohen
  14. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley McChrystal
  15. Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times by Lewis Sorley
  16. The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education by Craig M. Mullaney
  17. William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life by James Lee McDonough


  1. The American Way of War, by Russell F. Weigley
  2. The Art of War, by Antoine Henri de Jomini
  3. The Art of War Sun Tzu, trans, by Samuel B. Griffith
  4. Brute Force: Allied Strategy and Tactics in the Second World War, by John Ellis
  5. The Campaigns of Napoleon: The Mind and Method of History’s Greatest Soldier, by David G. Chandler
  6. Civil War Command and Strategy: The Process of Victory and Defeat, by Archer Jones
  7. Frederick the Great on the Art of War, by Jay Luvaas
  8. The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War, by Donald J. Stoker
  9. History of the U.S. Army, by Russell F. Weigley
  10. How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War, by Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones
  11. Infantry in Battle, by George C. Marshall
  12. Just War Reconsidered:Strategy, Ethics, and Theory, by james M. Dubik
  13. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age by Peter Paret, Gordon A. Craig, and Felix Gilbert
  14. Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis, by Kenneth N. Waltz
  15. Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought, by Michael I. Handel
  16. On War by Carl von Clausewitz, trans. Michael Howard and Peter Paret
  17. Reconsidering the American Way of War: U.S.Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan, by Antulio J. Echevarria II
  18. Restraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy, by Barry Posen
  19. The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations, by Samuel P. Huntington
  20. Some Principles of Maritime Strategy, by Julian S. Corbetty
  21. Strategy: A History, by Lawrence Freedman
  22. Strategy: The Indirect Approach, by Basil H. Liddell Hart
  23. The Strategy of Conflict, by Thomas C. Schelling
  24. War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict in a Vietnamese Province, by Jeffrey Race
  25. War in the Modern World Since 1815, by Jeremy Black


  1. The Aeneid Virgil, by  trans. Robert Fitzgerald
  2. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae, by Stephen Pressfield
  3. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, by P. W. Singer and August Cole
  4. The Iliad and the Odyssey, by Homer,trans. Robert Fagles
  5. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes

We provide high quality content for life long learners; not adds, spam, or popups.

If you appreciate our content and intend on purchasing a military reading list for your library or command  please consider buying from first.

Army Reading List CMH_Pub_105-5-1_2017

Leave a Reply....