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2024 Navy Reading List

The CNO’s Official Reading list just received some MAJOR updates this spring. The new reading list includes 22 books organized into three main topics: War-fighting, Warfighters, and Foundation along with a few professional reading options.


The 2024 Chief of Naval Operations Reading List

War-Fighting: Deliver Decisive Combat Power

  1. WAR TRANSFORMED: by Mick Ryan
  2. CHINA AS A TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY NAVAL POWER: by Michael McDevitt
  3. RED STAR OVER THE PACIFIC: by Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes
  4. THE SEA IN RUSSIAN STRATEGY: by Andrew Monaghan and Richard Connolly
  5. ARMY OF NONE: by Paul Scharre
  6. THE LAST STAND OF THE TIN CAN SAILORS: by James Hornfischer
  7. THIS KIND OF WAR: by  T.R. Fehrenbach

Warfighters: Strengthen the Navy Team

  1. LEARNING WAR: by Trent Hone
  2. WINNING A FUTURE WAR: by Norman Friedman
  3. MINDSET: by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
  4. TEAM OF TEAMS: by U.S. Army Retired General Stanley McChrystal
  5. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT: by Daniel James Brown

Foundation: Build Trust, Align Resources, Be Ready

  1. ENGINEERS OF VICTORY: by Paul Kennedy
  2. FREEDOM’S FORGE: by Arthur Herman

CNO Professional Reading

  1. THE BLUEJACKET’S MANUAL, 26th Edition: by Thomas J. Cutler
  2. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER’S GUIDE, 2nd Edition: by FLTCM Paul A. Kingsbury, USN; foreword by MCPON John Hagan, USN (Ret.), 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
  3. THE CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO THE U.S. NAVY: by Thomas J. Cutler
  4. COMMAND AT SEA, 7th Edition: by ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), RADM Robert Girrier, USN (Ret.), and RADM Fred Kacher, USN
  5. DEVELOPING THE NAVAL MIND: by Benjamin F. Armstrong and John Freymann
  6. DICTIONARY OF MODERN STRATEGY AND TATICS: by Michael Keane
  7. DICTIONARY OF NAVAL ABBREVIATIONS, Fourth Edition: by Deborah W. Cutler and Thomas J. Cutler
  8. DIVISION OFFICER’S GUIDE, 12th Edition: by ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) and RADM Robert Girrier, USN (Ret.)

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