2018 Navy Reading List

Below is the Official CNO’s 2018 professional reading list. The list is broken up into six sections and contains 142 books:

  • The Cannon
  • Core Attributes
  • Naval Power
  • Navy Team
  • High Velocity Learning
  • Partnerships

The Cannon

  1. The Declaration of Independence, by Thomas Jefferson
  2. Principles of Maritime Strategy, by Julian S. Corbett
  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. Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought, by Michael I. Handel
  8. The Influence of Sea Power on History, by A. T. Mahan
  9. On War, by Carl Von Clausewitz
  10. Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, by Peter Paret
  11. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  12. The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton

Core Attributes

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

Partner Network

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

Navy Team

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

Naval Power

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

High Velocity Outcomes

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


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