Army Chief of Staff’s Reading List


1. The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World by Ruchir Sharma

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2. A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard N. Haass

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3. World Order by Henry Kissinger

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4. Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad

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5. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

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6. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944 (The Liberation Trilogy — 2) by Rick Atkinson

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7. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944–1945 by Rick Atkinson

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8. Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power by Victor Davis Hanson

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9. On War by Carl von Clausewitz

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10. The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder by Peter Zeihan

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11. Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare by Colin S. Gray

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12. The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force by Eliot A. Cohen

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13. Concrete Hell: Urban Warfare From Stalingrad to Iraq by Lou DiMarco

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14. Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna

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15. The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective by Hew Strachan

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16. The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action by Mathew Burrows

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17. The Future of Land Warfare (Geopolitics in the 21st Century) by Michael E. O’Hanlon

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18. The Future of Power by Joseph S. Nye Jr.

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19. Great Powers and Geopolitical Change by Jakub J. Grygiel

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20. Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order by Hal Brands

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21. No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn by Charles A. Kupchan

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22. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen

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23. Politics Among Nations by Hans J. Morgenthau

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24. The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

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25. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000 by Paul Kennedy

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26. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power by Zbigniew Brzeziński

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27. Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World by Ian Bremmer

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28. The Tragedy of Great Power Politics by John J. Mearsheimer

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29. Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P.W. Singer

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30. The World America Made by Robert Kagan

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31. Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism by David Kilcullen

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32. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder

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33. Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe by George Friedman

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34. Hirohito’s War: The Pacific War, 1941–1945 by Francis Pike

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35. Milestones by Sayed Qutb

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36. Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power by Robert D. Kaplan

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37. The Next Great War?: The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict by Richard N. Rosecrance

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38. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Mao Zedong

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39. Strategy by Alexander Svechin

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40. The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power by Jakub Grygiel

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41. War in European History by Michael Eliot Howard

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42. 1776 by David McCullough

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43. The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783–1900 by Robert Wooster

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44. America’s First Battles, 1775–1965 by Charles E. Heller

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45. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #1) by Rick Atkinson

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46. Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare by Robert M. Citino

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47. Combat Ready?: The Eighth U.S. Army on the Eve of the Korean War by Thomas E. Hanson

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48. The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944 by Ian W. Toll

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49. Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942 by Robert M. Citino

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50. Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers: Innovation in the U.S. Army, 1917–1945 by David E. Johnson

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51. The First World War by Hew Strachan

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52. The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich by Robert M. Citino

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53. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

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54. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

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55. History of Rome by Michael Grant

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56. Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945 by Max Hastings

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57. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

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58. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942 by Ian W. Toll

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59. Path to Blitzkrieg: Doctrine & Training in the German Army, 1920–39 by Robert M. Citino

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60. The Pursuit of Power by William Hardy McNeill

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61. The Regulars: The American Army, 1898–1941 by Edward M. Coffman

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62. A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War by Williamson Murray

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63. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers by Richard E. Neustadt

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64. This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness by T.R. Fehrenbach

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65. Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943 by Robert M. Citino

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66. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White Jr.

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67. The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Study of the Psychological Effects of War by Charles McMoran Wilson Moran

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68. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

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69. The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant by J.F.C. Fuller

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70. George C. Marshall: Education of a General: 1880–1939 by Forrest C. Pogue

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71. George C. Marshall: Organizer of Victory: 1943–1945 by Forrest C. Pogue

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72. George C. Marshall: Ordeal and Hope: 1939–1942 by Forrest C. Pogue

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73. George C. Marshall: Statesman: 1945–1959 by Forrest C. Pogue

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74. Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century by Alistair Horne

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75. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

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76. Memoirs and Selected Letters by Ulysses S. Grant

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77. A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard

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78. A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service by Robert M. Gates

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79. The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo

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80. Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime by Eliot A. Cohen

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81. Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley McChrystal

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82. Thunderbolt- From the Battle of the Bulge to Vietnam and Beyond: General Creighton Abrams and The Army of His Times by Lewis Sorley

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83. The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education by Craig M. Mullaney

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84. William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life by James Lee McDonough

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85. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy by Russell F. Weigley

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86. The Art of War by Antoine-Henri de Jomini

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87. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

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88. Brute Force: Allied Strategy And Tactics In The Second World War by John Ellis

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89. The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler

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90. Civil War Command And Strategy: The Process Of Victory And Defeat by Archer Jones

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91. Frederick The Great On The Art Of War by Frederick the Great

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92. The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War by Donald Stoker

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93. A History of the United States Army by Russell F. Weigley

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94. How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War by Herman Hattaway

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95. Infantry in Battle by The Infantry Journal

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96. Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory by James M. Dubik

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97. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age by Peter Paret

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98. Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis by Kenneth N. Waltz

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99. Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought by Michael I. Handel

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100. Reconsidering the American Way of War: US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan by Antulio J. Echevarria II

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