What It Is Like to Go to War

In 1968, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of forty Marines who would live or die by his decisions. In his thirteen-month tour he saw intense combat, killing the enemy and watching friends die. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his experiences.

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A Young Man of Montana: From Hard Youth to Hawaii Muleskinner

In A Young Man of Montana: From Hard Youth to Hawaii Mule-skinner, Dr. Daniel T. Miller chronicles the story of army soldier Irvin Atchison. He embarks on a journey from the windswept badlands of Sidney, Montana to serve in Hawaii during Imperial Japan’s early conquest of mainland Asia. The Montana of Atchison’s youth was a hard and beautiful place where the Indian Wars and closing of the American West were fresh in history’s memory.

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On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones

A timely and thoughtful examination of the mental and emotional toll our nation is exacting from the warriors it assigns to operate its Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) (aka drones), On Killing Remotely: The Psychology of Killing with Drones, is a deep dive into the development, operation, and potential future of the RPA community and its culture. Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Phelps’ work brings clarity to the opaque world of drone operations, highlighting critical and unexpected challenges faced by RPA crews. It also sheds light on the practical and philosophical implications of a Joint Force that is increasingly invested in using unmanned technologies for the conduct of warfare. 

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Military Career Transition

Transitioning from the military can be very stressful. The work culture in a private sector company can be very different from the culture of the military. There may be a steep learning curve for military members as they transition from Active Duty. Author and U.S. Army veteran William Kieffer have focused his post-military career on helping veterans successfully make the transition and aiming this book at those in the military to share the perspective of an employer in the private sector. 

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Warrior’s Creed: A Life of Preparing for and Facing the Impossible

Roger Sparks was a senior Air Force pararescue jumper at the time of OPERATION BULLDOG BITE; he rescued a platoon of soldiers from a well-planned, up close, and unrelenting enemy ambush in the Afghanistan Watapur Valley. His actions earned him a Silver Star. Spark harnessed a volatile upbringing during his journey and had the ethos to seek the most difficult military training available. Along with integrating ancient philosophies to build mental resiliency, it wholly prepared him for his missions.

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The No B.S. Guide to Military Life

David Pere―active duty Marine, real estate investor, and host of the Military Millionaire Podcast ―has one goal in mind: to help you create a successful career in the military while building the life of your dreams for after service. Service members and veterans alike will learn how to achieve financial freedom, have a successful career, maximize veteran benefits, use their VA loan, invest to build wealth, transition out of the military, and become a Military Millionaire

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First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11

Toby Harnden’s extensive background in reporting and specialization in terrorism and war is evident in this book. He’s a man who’s reported in thirty-three countries, been imprisoned and cleared, and spent a decade as a Royal Navy Officer. The author has the ability to deliver information in an almost entrancing way throughout the novel. Often feeling like a “Tom Clancy” novel and a post-action report had a child, this book is gripping in its presentation of the men and women who lead the fight into the heart of Afghanistan; before even the United States military had a plan. Reading this book is definitely an intense ride though, arguably, some of the most important early history in the twenty-year war on terror.  

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Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma

Everyone struggles and can use those opportunities for personal growth and service by learning how to struggle well. The main idea of the authentic and earnest book is simple and deep—post-traumatic growth is both possible and teachable (learnable). This is an easy read, but not a light subject. This book inspires thought, reflection, and change.

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Reflections of a Servant Leader

Maj Gen Flowers reflects on his life by anchoring his story on the fact that he is the longest serving Airman in Air Force history and longest serving African American in the Department of Defense—46 years, rising to both Master Sergeant and Major General. He vividly describes his early life growing up in his grandparents’ home, working as young sharecropper, and spending countless hours in both church and school.

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By Water Beneath the Walls

Told through the eyes of remarkable leaders and racing from one longshot, hair-curling raid to the next, By Water Beneath the Walls is the tale of the unit’s heroic naval predecessors, and the evolution of the SEALs themselves. But it’s also the story of the forging of American special operations as a whole—and how the SEALs emerged from the fires as America’s first permanent commando force when again and again some other unit seemed predestined to seize that role.

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