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2017 Marine Corps Reading List

2017 Marine Corps Reading List

As per ALMAR 015/17, Below are the 110 books on the 2017 Marine Corps Reading list. Commandant Nellers orders: “All commanders are to incorporate this CRPL into their command and unite professional training programs.”


Commandants Choice

  1. “Leading Marines (MCWP 6-10)” USMC
  2. “Sustaining the Transformation (MCTP 6-10A)” USMC
  3. “Warfighting (MCDP 1)” USMC
  4. “First to Fight” V. Krulak
  5. “A World in Disarray” R. Haass
  6. “Legacy” J. Kerr
  7. “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” M. Lewis

Marine Corps Grade Level Reading Lists

Entry Level Enlisted: (Poolee, Recruit)

  1. “Battle Cry” L. Uris
  2. “Corps Values” Z. Miller
  3. “The Red Badge of Courage” S. Crane
  4. “Gates of Fire” S. Pressfield
  5.  “Starship Troopers” R. Heinlein

Entry Level Officer (Candidate, Midshipman)

  1. “Battle Cry” L. Uris
  2. “Corps Values” Z. Miller
  3. “Im Staying with My Boys” J. Proser and J. Cutter
  4. “My Men Are My Heroes” N. Helms
  5. “The Killer Angels” M. Shaara
  6. “Gates of Fire” S. Pressfield
  7. “Starship Troopers” R. Heinlein

Primary Level Enlisted (Pvt, LCpl)

  1. “Enders Game” O. Card
  2. “Rifleman Dodd” C. Forester
  3. “The Last Stand of Fox Company” B. Drury and T. Clavin
  4. “The Marines of Montford Point” M. Mclaurin
  5. “Chesty” J. Hoffman
  6. “The Warrior Ethos” S. Pressfield
  7. “On Call in Hell” R. Jadick
  8. “Ready Player One” E. Cline

Primary Level Officer (2ndLt, 1stLt)

  1. “All Quiet on the Western Front” E. Remarque
  2. “The Last Stand of Fox Company” B. Drury and T. Clavin
  3. “The Marines of Montford Point” M. Mclaurin
  4. “With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” E. Sledge
  5. “Chesty” J. Hoffman
  6. “What It is Like To Go To War” K. Marlantes
  7. “Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology” J. Galvin and R. Hooker
  8. “Fields of Fire” J. Webb
  9. “At The Waters Edge: Defending Against the Modern Amphibious Assault” T. Gatchel
  10. “The Defense of Hill 781: An Allegory of Modern Mechanized Combat” J. Mcdonough
  11. “Ready Player One” E. Cline

Career Level Enlisted (Cpl, Sgt)

  1. “Resilience” E. Greitens
  2. “Outliers” M. Gladwell
  3. “The Defense of Duffers Drift” E. Swinton
  4. “The Killer Angels” M. Shaara
  5. “With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa” E. Sledge
  6. “Battle Leadership” A. Von Schell
  7. “Ghost Fleet” P. Singer and A. Cole
  8. “We Were Soldiers Once… and Young” H. Moore and J. Galloway
  9. “On Killing” D. Grossman
  10. “Left of Bang” P. Van Horne and J. Riley
  11. “The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate” R. Kaplan

Career Level Officer (WO, CWO2, Capt)

  1.  “Attacks” E. Rommel
  2. “Black Hearts” J. Frederick
  3. “Into The Tigers Jaw” F. Petersen and J. Phelps
  4. “On Killing” D. Grossman
  5. “War Made New” M. Boot
  6. “Curious: The Desire to Know And Why Your Future Depends On It” I. Leslie
  7. “Forgotten Warriors” T. Hammes
  8. “Maneuver Warfare Handbook” W. Lind
  9. “Assault from the Sea: Essays on the History Of Amphibious Warfare” M. Bartlett
  10. “The Starfish and the Spider” O. Brafman and R. Beckstrom
  11. “Neptunes Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal” J. Hornfischer
  12. “The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about coming conflicts and the battle against fate” R. Kaplan
  13. “Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla” D. Kilcullen

Intermediate Level Enlisted (SSgt, GySgt)

  1.  “All Quiet On The Western Front” E. Remarque
  2. “American Spartans” J. Warren
  3. “The Changing Face of War” M. Van Creveld
  4. “This Kind of War” T. Fehrenbach
  5. “Fields of Fire” J. Webb
  6. “Leading Change” J. Kotter
  7. “My Men Are My Heroes” N. Helms
  8. “Thinking Fast and Slow” D. Kahneman
  9. “Leading Up” M. Useem
  10. “Once an Eagle” A. Myrer
  11. “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” W. Isaacson

Intermediate Level Officer (CWO3, CWO4, Maj, LtCol)

  1. “Command Culture” J. Muth
  2. “Defeat Into Victory” W. Slim
  3. “Just and Unjust Wars” M. Walzer
  4. “Military Innovation in The Interwar Period” W. Murray and A. Millett
  5. “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle” J. Gray
  6. “The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World” R. Smith
  7. “This Kind Of War” T. Fehrenbach
  8. “Team of Teams” S. McChrystal and T. Collins
  9. “Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the Worlds First Digital Weapon” K. Zetter
  10. “After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam” L. Hazelton
  11. “Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power” R. Kaplan
  12. “Cobra II: The Inside Story Of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq” M. Gordon and B. Trainor
  13. “The Blitzkrieg Legend: The 1940 Campaign in the West” K. Frieser
  14. “Storming the City: US Military Performance in Urban Warfare from WWII to Vietnam” A. Wahlman
  15. “The Mind of War: John Boyd and American Security“  G. Hammond
  16. “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” W. Isaacson
  17. “The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” R. Kurzweil

Senior Level Enlisted (MSgt, 1stSgt, MGySgt, SgtMaj)

  1. “Achilles in Vietnam” J. Shay
  2. “Command Culture” J. Muth
  3. “Forgotten Warriors” T. Hammes
  4. “Just and Unjust Wars” M. Walzer
  5. “No Bended Knee” M. Twining
  6. “The Face of Battle” J. Keegan
  7. “Team of Teams” S. McChrystal
  8. “Start with Why” S. Sinek
  9. “On Combat” D. Grossman
  10. “Guns of August” B. Tuchman
  11.  “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” K. Kelly
  12.   “The Innovators Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” C. Christensen
  13.   “The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” R. Kurzweil

Senior Level Officer (CWO5, Col-Gen)

  1. “Another Bloody Century” C. Gray
  2. “Assignment Pentagon: How To Excel in A Bureaucracy” P. Smith and D. Gerstein
  3. “Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, The Joint Chiefs Of Staff And the Lies That Led to Vietnam” H. McMaster
  4. “Diplomacy” H. Kissinger
  5. “Little Book Of Economics: How The Economy Works in the Real World” G. Ip
  6. “Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime” E. Cohen
  7. “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” D. Goodwin
  8. “The Federalist Papers” A. Hamilton
  9. “The Landmark Thucydides” R. Strassler
  10. “Every War Must End” F. Ikle
  11. “The Soldier and the State” S. Huntington
  12. “Strategy: A History” L. Freedman
  13. “Treasurys War” J. Zarate
  14. “Guns of August” B. Tuchman
  15. “Stilwell and the American Experience In China: 1911-1945” B. Tuchman
  16. “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” K. Kelly
  17.  “The Innovators Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail” C. Christensen
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