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The New 2020 Coast Guard Reading List +5 Options To Request Books for your command

Every year the US Coast Guard comes out with a new reading list. For the first time ever the junior members of the workforce had a great impact on picking this year’s list. The list covers a wide array of topics that have direct links to today’s Coast Guard including mental and physical health, military leadership, financial wellness, Coast Guard history, and many more thought-providing subjects. With this new format, the Coast Guard is soliciting recommendations from across the workforce. Submissions can be sent to the Coast Guard Office of Leadership.

For those interested in ordering these books below are 5 options to make your supply officers job just a little bit easier, and your command just a little bit smarter:

  1. Operation Paperback: Operation Paperback is the largest non-profit organization that provides books to our serving troops.  While Operations Paperback does attempt to supply books on the Services Reading List, they rely almost solely on book donations for their distribution. This makes it very hard to “special request” specific books. However, as stated on the Operation Paperback’s website they will make an attempt to fulfill an order of books from your services reading list. The form for requesting books can be found here.
  2. Books for Soldiers and Books for Troops:  Both organizations provide books, magazines, and video games to deployed service members. 
  3. Books-A-Million Books to Troops Program: Books-A-Million has partnered with Reach out and Read to provide books to veterans, children, and overseas service members.   For individuals or commands serving overseas requests can be submitted directly to
  4. Amazon: While Amazon holds the largest inventory of books around they only hold ready access to 24 books on the Coast Guard Reading List. The remainder of the books are either out of print or fulfilled by other vendors. If you do choose to purchase from Amazon please consider purchasing through my Reading List page, I have conveniently included links for all the books and will receive a small affiliate commission to help run this website.
  5. DODReads:  If none of the above options meet your needs the Army, Navy, Air Force, USMC, and Coast Guard reading list can be purchased directly from us. Our primary customer is the Department of Defense and we make it very easy for your supply officer to purchase a reading list of choice. DOD Reads can process online purchases, quotes, and for larger purchases, we accept payments through Contracting / SAM.   We are veteran owned and operated with a percent of our profits going back to services for the military.

The 2020 Coast Guard Reading List

  1. I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Terrance Real
  2. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  3. Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  4. Not Your Father’s Coast Guard: The Untold Story of US Coast Guard Special Forces by Matthew Mitchell
  5. Outside the Wire by Jason Kander
  6. One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick
  7. The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien
  8. The Knowledge Illusion by Philip Pernbach and Steven Sloman
  9. Women’s Ways of Knowing – The Development of Self, Voice, and Mind by Mary Field Belenky, Blythe McVicker Clinchy, Nancy Rule Goldberger, and Jill Mattuck Tarule
  10. Overcome: Crush Adversity with the Leadership Techniques of America’s Toughest Warriors by Jason Redman
  11. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  12. Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base by Andy Brown & Massad Ayoob
  13. About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by David Hackworth
  14. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss what Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
  15. The Captain Class by Sam Walker
  16. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  17. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  18. The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber
  19. Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover From Trauma by Elizabeth Stanley
  20. The Last of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
  21. How to Measure Anything – Finding the value of “intangibles” in business by Douglas W. Hubbard
  22. Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday
  23. Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
  24. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Multi-Media Content

  1. The Jocko Podcast
  2. The Moth
  3. Choose FI
  4. How to Get People to Follow You
  5. The SPAR Life
  6. Forget the Pecking Order at Work
  7. The Global Leadership Summit
  8. The Model Health Show
  9. Work Life
  10. Leading Through Change and Crisis
  11. Optimal Living Daily

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