Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Leadership development

The Chief of Staff, United states Army has a reading list.

It's quite a list too.

How many of these volumes do you have dog-eared and sitting in a prominent place on your bookshelf?

For Cadets, Soldiers, and Junior NCOs

The Constitution of the United States / Available at
Centuries of

Service: The U.S. Army 1775–2004 / David W. Hogan, Jr. (CMH Pub. 70–71–1)

The Face of Battle / John Keegan

For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of
America / Allan R. Millett and Peter Maslowski

Band of Brothers: E
Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest / Stephen E. Ambrose

We Were Soldiers Once … and Young: Ia Drang—The Battle That
Changed the War in Vietnam / LTG (Ret.) Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to
the End of World War II, One American Officer’s Riveting True Story / GeorgeWilson

Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific / Eric M.Bergerud

Closing with the Enemy: How GIs Fought the War in Europe, 1944–1945 / Michael D. Doubler

Patton: A Genius for War / Carlo D’Este

In the Company of Heroes / Michael J. Durant

For Company-Grade Officers, WO1-CW3, and Company Cadre NCOs

America’s First Battles: 1776–1965 / Edited by Charles E. Heller and William A. Stofft

Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant / Ulysses S. Grant

The Philippine War, 1899–1902 / Brian McAllister Linn

The War To End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I / Edward M.Coffman

An Army at Dawn: The War in Africa, 1942–1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy / Rick Atkinson

Company Commander / Charles B. MacDonald

East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950 / Roy E. Appleman

Leadership: The Warrior’s Art / Christopher Kolenda

American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam / Peter S. Kindsvatter

The Challenge of Command: Reading for Military Excellence, Art of Command Series / Roger Nye

The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century / Bruce Berkowitz

For Field-Grade Officers, CW4-CW5, and Senior NCOs

National Security Strategy of the United States of America / Available at

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism / Available at

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era / James McPherson

Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton / Martin Van Creveld

George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century / Mark A. Stoler

The General’s War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf / Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor

On Becoming a Leader / Warren Bennis

The Art of War / Sun Tzu, Translated by Samuel Griffith

On War / Carl von Clausewitz, Edited and Translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret

Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought, 3rd Edition / Michael I. Handel

The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations / Samuel Huntington

The Future of the Army Profession / Don Snider and Gayle Watkins, Project Directors

For Senior Leaders above Brigade Level

Thinking in Time / Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest May

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order / Samuel Huntington
Controversial...but still should be read.

The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization / Thomas Friedman

War in European History / Michael Howard

Makers of Modern Strategy: From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age / Edited by Peter Paret

The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War / Edited by Williamson Murray, MacGregor Knox, and Alvin Berstein

The Peloponnesian War / Donald KaganSenior

Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam / H. R. McMaster

Victory on the Potomac / James R. Locher III

The Dynamics of Military Revolution, 1300–2050 / Edited by MacGregor Knox and Williamson Murray

The Challenge of Change: Military Institutions and New Realities, 1918–1941 / Edited by Harold R. Winton and David R. Mets

Transformation under Fire: Revolutionizing How America Fights / Douglas A. Macgregor

Just add the Holy Bible and the Ranger Handbook.......Who needs West Point?