Top 12 Professional Military Books


You made the commitment to read, now are you ready to do it? Each purchase includes the top 12 books on the Military’s reading list, quarterly accountability calls with John Laney; the owner of DODReads and a private LinkedIn discussion group.

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In one purchase you are buying: 1. The most popular books on the Military’s reading list to include:

  • Turn The Ship Around by David Marquest:  The only book that made it on both the Navy’s and Air Force’s reading list. His story of turning followers into leaders while the commanding officer on board the USS Santa Fe.
  • 2nd Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger, and the new power politics: With the cold war ending more than two decades ago we are now seeing the re-emergence of nuclear weapons as a key element of statecraft and politics.   This is an essential guide to the new emerging rules of international nuclear politics.
  • Russia’s Military Revival: Russian annexation of Crimea and the recent air campaign over Syria took the world by surprise.  These operations signal to the world that Russia is back in business on the international stage.
  • Space Barrons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the quest to colonize the cosmos:  Nearly half a century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon a group of billionaire entrepreneurs are pouring their fortunes into the resurrection fo the American space program. By using silicon valley style innovation to dramatically lower the cost they plan on sending humans even further than NASA has gone.
  • Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead:  Jim Mattis’s account of learning to lead in a chaotic world broken into three accounts of direct leadership, executive leadership and strategic leadership. The book explores what it is like to lead thousands along with adapting your leadership style to make sure your intent is understood.
  • The Leaders Bookshelf: Admiral James Stavridis and his co-author have surveyed hundreds of 4-Star military officers about their reading habits and favorite books.  The Leaders Bookshelf synthesizes their responses to identify the top fifty books that can help anyone become a better leader.
  • Start with Why: How Great leaders inspire everyone to take action: Starting with the fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? Simon Sinek explores options settling on the fundamental question of “why?”
  • The Go Giver: A little story about a powerful business idea:  Most people just laugh when they hear that the secret to success is giving…. Then again, most people are nowhere near as successful as they wish they were. The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for just a little bit more and follow his story from getting to giving.
  • Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t: In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?
  • The Obstacle is the way: The art of turning trials into triumph: Stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
  • Enders Game by Orson Scott Card: One of the classic military science fiction books of our time.  Asks the question “how far wold you go to save your civilization?”
  • Radical Candor: Be Kickass boss without losing your humanity: Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity. Radical Candor offers a guide to walk that fine line between challenging and caring.

2. Four quarterly accountability phone calls with John Laney, the owner of DODReads. You may have made the commitment to read in 2021 but without ACTION and ACCOUNTABILITY you know by spring that commitment will dwindle away to nothing. Buying the books now ensures you will have a ready pile of professional reading; quarterly accountability calls ensure you will never be at a loss when your boss asks “what are you reading?” 3. A private LinkedIn discussion group for those that purchased this bundle.

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