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2019 Navy Reading List

The 2019 Navy reading list was recently released by the Naval War College and can be found at www.Navy.mil/cno-reading. The Reading list contains 142 books and is by far the most technically demanding reading list of all services.

The Canon

  1. The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton
  2. Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought, by Michael I. Handel
  3. Strategy: The Classic Book on Military Strategy, by B. H. Liddell Hart
  4. Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control, by J. C. Wylie
  5. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War, by Robert B. Strassler
  6. The U.S. Constitution, by James Madison
  7. The Declaration of Independence, by Thomas Jefferson
  8. The Influence of Sea Power on History, by A. T. Mahan
  9. Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, by Peter Paret
  10. Principles of Maritime Strategy, by Julian S. Corbett
  11. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  12. On War, by Carl Von Clausewitz

Partner Network

  1. Safe Passage, by Kori Schake
  2. A World In Disarray, by Richard Haass
  3. Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific, by Robert D. Kaplan
  4. The Paradox of American Power, Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go it Alone, by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
  5. On China, by Henry Kissinger
  6. Partnerships for the Americas, by James G. Stavridis
  7. World Order, by Henry Kissinger
  8. The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, by Robert D. Kaplan
  9. The Grand Chessboard, by Zbigniew Brzezinski
  10. Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance, by Tim Koller, Richard Dobbs, Bill Huyett

Navy Team

  1. Humility is the New Smart, by Edward Hess
  2. Service: A Navy SEAL at War, by Marcus Luttrell and James D. Hornfischer
  3. The Accidental Admiral, A Sailor Takes Command at NATO, by James Stavridis
  4. Teams of Teams, New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, by Stanley McChrystal
  5. Navigating the Seven Seas, by Melvin G. Williams
  6. Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
  7. One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander, by Sandy Woodward and Patrick Robinson
  8. Leaders Eat Last, Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek
  9. A Vietnam Experience, Ten Years of Reflection, by James B. Stockdale
  10. Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, by Jim Stockdale
  11. The Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk
  12. In Love and War, by Jim and Sybil Stockdale
  13. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger
  14. At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends, by Dwight D. Eisenhower
  15. Enchiridion, by Epictetus
  16. Grant: Personal Memoirs and Selected Letters of Ulysses S. Grant, by Ulysses S. Grant
  17. His Excellency, George Washington, by Joseph J. Ellis
  18. Other Clay: A Remembrance of the World War II Infantry, by Charles R. Cawthon
  19. Crusade in Europe: A Personal Account of World War II, by Dwight D. Eisenhower
  20. The Last Warrior, by Andrew F. Krepinevich and Barry D. Watts
  21. The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki

Naval Power

  1. Neptune’s Inferno, by James D. Hornfischer
  2. Scales on War: The Future of America’s Military at Risk, by Maj. Gen Bob Scales
  3. On Grand Strategy, by John Gaddis
  4. Sea Power, by Admiral James Stavridis
  5. 1812: The Navy’s War, by George C. Daughan
  6. Toward a New Maritime Strategy, by Peter D. Haynes
  7. The Rules of the Game, by Andrew Gordon
  8. Seapower, A Guide for the 21st Century, by Geoffrey Till
  9. Red Star over the Pacific, by Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes
  10. The Conquering Tide, by Ian W. Toll
  11. Execute Against Japan, The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, by Joel Ira Holwitt
  12. John Barry, An American Hero in the Age of Sail, by Tim McGrath
  13. Pacific Crucible, War at Sea in the Pacific 1941-1942, by Ian W. Toll
  14. Six Frigates, by Ian W. Toll
  15. Empires of the Sea, by Roger Crowley
  16. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, by James D. Hornfischer
  17. Ship of Ghosts, by James D. Hornfischer
  18. The Fleet at Flood Tide, by James D. Hornfischer
  19. Shattered Sword, The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully
  20. Master and Commander, by Patrick O’Brian
  21. The Rickover Effect, The Inside Story of How Adm. Hyman Rickover Built the Nuclear Navy, by Theodore Rockwell
  22. Rickover and the Nuclear Navy, The Discipline of Technology, by Francis Duncan
  23. The Two-Ocean War, A Short History of the U.S. Navy in the Second World War, by Samuel Eliot Morison
  24. Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat, by Wayne P. Hughes Jr.
  25. The Face of Battle, by John Keegan
  26. The Price of Admiralty, by John Keegan
  27. The Mask of Command, by John Keegan
  28. Military Readiness: Concepts, Choices, Consequences, by Richard K. Betts
  29. Military Innovation in the Interwar Period, by Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett
  30. All the Factors of Victory, by Thomas Wildenberg
  31. Matterhorn, A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes
  32. Ghost Fleet, by P.W. Singer and August Cole
  33. Hold Back the Night, by Pat Frank
  34. Utmost Savagery, The Three Days of Tarawa, by Joseph H. Alexander
  35. Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy, by Colin S. Gray
  36. The Admirals, by Walter Borneman
  37. Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America’s Military, by Robert H. Scales
  38. England in the Seven Years’ War: A Study in Combined Strategy, by Julian S. Corbett
  39. The Global Seven Years War 1754 – 1763, by Daniel A. Baugh
  40. Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in the World War II, by Arthur Herman
  41. Joe Rochefort’s War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway, by Elliot Carlson
  42. Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson, by Roger Knight
  43. Washington’s Crossing, by David Hackett Fischer
  44. Technology and War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present, by Martin Van Creveld
  45. Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21sr Century, by P. W. Singer
  46. First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps, by Victor H. Krulak
  47. Chesty, by Jon T. Hoffman
  48. Marines of Montford Point: America’s First Black Marines, by Melton Alonza McLaurin
  49. Forgotten Warriors, by Thomas Hammes
  50. American Spartans: A Combat History from Iwo to Iraq, by James Warren
  51. Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, by Robert Coram

High Velocity Outcomes

  1. Machine Platform Crowd, by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson
  2. Democracy, by Condoleezza Rice
  3. Simulating War, Studying Conflict Through Simulation Games, by Philip Sabin
  4. Strategy, A History, by Lawrence Freedman
  5. Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents, by James Reason
  6. Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty, by Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe
  7. The Heart of Change: Real-life Stories of How People Change their Organizations, by John P. Kotter
  8. Leading Change, by John P. Kotter
  9. Blackett’s War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare, by Stephen Budiansky
  10. The Fall of the Roman Empire, by Peter Heather
  11. Grand Strategies in War and Peace, by Paul Kennedy
  12. The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economic Bigger, by Marc Levinson
  13. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser
  14. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business, by Clayton M. Christensen
  15. High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence, by Steven J. Spear
  16. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande
  17. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz
  18. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink
  19. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days, by Jake Knapp
  20. The Making of the Atom Bomb, by Richard Rhodes
  21. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
  22. The Knowing Doing Gap, by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
  23. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward R. Tufte
  24. Sensemaking in Organizations, by Karl E. Weick
  25. The Art of the Long View: Planning in an Uncertain Future, by Peter Schwartz
  26. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
  27. Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology, by James R. Chiles
  28. 7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century, by Andew F. Krepinevich
  29. Envisioning Information, by Edward R. Tufte
  30. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
  31. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, by Peter M. Senge
  32. The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  33. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  34. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers, by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May
  35. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  36. Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell
  37. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
  38. Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems, by Sidney Dekker
  39. The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’, by Sidney Dekker
  40. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt
  41. The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, by Ray Kurzweil
  42. Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, by Micah Zenko

Core Attributes

  1. Warriors and Citizens, by Kori Schake & Jim Mattis
  2. Make Your Bed, by Admiral William H. McRaven
  3. The Anatomy of Courage, by Lord Moran
  4. Giving Voice to Values, by Mary C. Gentile
  5. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  6. The 7 Signs of Ethical Collapse, by Marianne M. Jennings

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