U.S. Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List, Sublist 3, for Field-Grade Officers, CW4-CW5, and Senior NCOs
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Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror / Rohan GunaratnaBased on over five years of research, Inside al Qaeda provides the definitive story behind the rise of this small, mysterious group to the notorious organization making headlines today. An essential read for senior officers and NCOs in this Global War on Terrorism.
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era / James McPhersonProfessor McPherson has written a brilliant account of the American Civil War—the war that made the country what it is today. He discusses the causes of the war, the military operations, the soldiers, the leaders, and the political, economic, and social aspects of life in the Union and the Confederacy before and during the war in clear, incisive detail. Numerous historians have pronounced it the best one-volume book on the Civil War ever written. It is an essential book for senior officers and NCOs to understand this important conflict.
Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton / Martin Van CreveldSurveying four centuries of military history, noted historian Martin Van Creveld points out clearly the reasons why “amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics.” Most battlefield results would not have been possible without the careful organization and allocation of logistical resources. Field-grade officers, warrant officers, and senior NCOs who fail to consider logistics in all their plans and operations will do so at their peril.
George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century / Mark A. StolerGeneral George C. Marshall played a pivotal role in American history between 1939 and 1951. In this fascinating work, Mark Stoler integrates an extensive variety of primary and secondary sources, including Marshall’s private papers, in the story of the frustrations and successes of Marshall’s attempts to forge a workable military policy in World War II consistent with the basic principles of American democracy. Marshall, best remembered for the Marshall Plan, is made comprehensible as a strategist at the center of the most destructive conflict in world history.
The General’s War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf / Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. TrainorDrawing on interviews with senior officials, Gordon and Trainor provide a behind-the-scenes look at the highest levels of military decision making that determined the outcome of the first Gulf War. An excellent primer for all senior leaders about the importance of personality in politics and war.
On Becoming a Leader / Warren BennisManagement expert Warren Bennis shows how individuals develop leadership traits and how organizations encourage or stifle potential leaders. He profiles dynamic figures from diverse business arenas to demonstrate how all leaders share distinctive characteristics. This provocative examination will encourage all aspiring leaders to take risks, embrace change, and transform their visions into reality.
The Art of War / Sun Tzu, Translated by Samuel GriffithWritten in China over two thousand years ago, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War provides the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations. These wise, aphoristic essays contain timeless principles acted upon by such twentieth-century Chinese generals as Mao Tse Tung.
On War / Carl von Clausewitz, Edited and Translated by Michael Howard and Peter ParetThis edition of On War, the third English version published, is easily the best. In this indexed edition, Howard and Paret have taken care to provide an accurate translation from the original 1832 version. On War represents one of the greatest works on military thought and strategy ever written and contains ideas and concepts that apply at either the operational or the national level. Clausewitz remains essential reading for all senior leaders.
Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought, 3rd Edition / Michael I. HandelMasters of War is a comparative analysis of the classical works on war and strategic thought by Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Jomini, and Machiavelli. The book illuminates the many similarities between the works of these authors and highlights the continuity in the logic of war through the ages. As such, it is a valuable compendium of military thought that all senior officers and NCOs should read.
The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations / Samuel HuntingtonBlending the disciplines of history, sociology, and political science, Huntington’s study is required reading for the Army officer. The author develops a theoretical framework with which to analyze civil- military relations. Particularly noteworthy in this study is the preliminary discussion, “Officership as a Profession.” The arguments that Huntington has set forth in this section have colored the American military’s self-perception for an entire generation.
The Future of the Army Profession / Don Snider and Gayle Watkins, Project DirectorsWho are the future members of the Army profession, and how is their competence to be certified to their client, the American people? This is a contemporary analysis of the Army profession, its knowledge and expertise, with conclusions and policy recommendations. This book is important reading for all senior officers and NCOs who care about their Army.