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Navy Reading List

Junior Enlisted
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Division Leader
Department Head / Command Leader
Senior Leader
Supplemental List
CNO's "Ready to be Ready!" Reading List

Junior Enlisted

Leadership

Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times  Donald T. Phillips
Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein

Naval and Military Heritage

A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy Thomas J. Cutler
Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy Dennis J. Ringle

Joint and Combined Warfare

Flags of Our Fathers James Bradley
D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II Stephen E. Ambrose
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10  Marcus Luttrell

Regional and Cultural Awareness

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
A Passage to India E.M. Forster

Critical Thinking

The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865 John Grafton
Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) Orson Scott Card

Management and Strategic Thinking

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R. Covey
Time Management from the Inside Out, second edition: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule--and Your Life Julie Morgenstern
 

Leading Petty Officer

Critical Thinking

The Caine Mutiny: A Novel Herman Wouk
The Sheriff: America's Defense of the New World Order Colin S. Gray

Naval and Military Heritage

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour James D. Hornfischer
To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines A. B. C. Whipple

Joint and Combined Warfare

Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda Sean Naylor
Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign That Won the Revolution Richard M. Ketchum

Regional and Cultural Awareness

The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror Bernard Lewis
The Sand Pebbles Richard McKenna
The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us  Robyn Meredith

Leadership

Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer Margot Morrell
Billy Budd and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Herman Melville

Management and Strategic Thinking

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell
American Government Robert A Heineman
 

Division Leader

Leadership

Two Souls Indivisible James S. Hirsch
The Good Shepherd C. S. Forester

Naval and Military Heritage

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy  Ian W. Toll
The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers Paul Stillwell
White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War: Volume Five (Melville) Herman Melville

Joint and Combined Warfare

Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War Edward J. Marolda
The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power Max Boot

Regional and Cultural Awareness

On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace Donald Kagan
Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East Michael Gilsenan
Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul  MIchael Reid 

Critical Thinking

The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century Thomas L. Friedman
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Dava Sobel

Management and Strategic Thinking

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Dava Sobel
The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business Clayton M. Christensen
 

Department Head / Command Leader

Leadership

Master and Commander (Aubrey Maturin Series) Patrick O'Brian
Leadership: The Warrior's Art Barry R. McCaffrey

Naval and Military Heritage

Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805 Joseph Wheelan
One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U. S. Navy, 1890-1990 George Baer

Joint and Combined Warfare

Eagle Against the Sun: The American War With Japan Ronald Spector
Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond Robert D. Kaplan

Regional and Cultural Awareness

From Beirut to Jerusalem Thomas L. Friedman
The Fate of Africa: From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair Martin Meredith

Critical Thinking

Thinking In Time : The Uses Of History For Decision Makers Richard E. Neustadt
The Cruel Sea Nicholas Monsarrat

Management and Strategic Thinking

Implementing Diversity Marilyn Loden
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done Larry Bossidy
 

Senior Leader

Leadership

Leadership Rudolph W. Giuliani
The Second World War, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm Winston Churchill

Naval and Military Heritage

1776  David McCullough 
Aircraft Carriers at War: A Personal Retrospective of Korea, Vietnam, and the Soviet Confrontation James Holloway III 
The Pursuit of Victory: The Life And Achievement of Horatio Nelson R. J. B. Knight

Joint and Combined Warfare

Rethinking the Principles of War Anthony Mc Ivor
Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War William Manchester

Regional and Cultural Awareness

Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism Robert Pape
The Great Wall at Sea: China's Navy Enters the Twenty-First Century Bernard D. Cole

Critical Thinking

The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World Peter Schwartz
Scenarios: The Art of Strategic Conversation Kees van der Heijden

Management and Strategic Thinking

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Michael Lewis
The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning Henry Mintzberg
 

Supplemental List

Character

Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success   John C. Maxwell
When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan  Peggy Noonan
Civility  Stephen L. Carter
Integrity  Stephen L. Carter 
How to Win Friends and Influence People  Dale Carnegie
Moral Issues in Military Decision Making  Anthony E. Hartle
 

Critical Thinking

Developing Critical Thinkers : Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting  Stephen Brookfield
Ethics for the Junior Officer: Selected Cases From Current Military Experience, 2nd Edition  Karel Montor 
The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant  Ulysses S. Grant 
No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century   Walter Laquer
On Organizational Learning   Chris Argyris
Perception and Misperception in International Politics   Robert Jervis
The Red Badge of Courage  Stephen Crane 
Responsibility and Judgment  Hannah Arendt 
Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas  Edward de Bono 
Soft Power: The Means To Success In World Politics  Joseph S. Nye 
The Bridges at Toko-Ri  James A. Michener 
The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme  John Keegan 
The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims  Lewis Vaughn 
The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis  Richard J. Heuer 
A Rulebook for Arguments Anthony Weston 
Becoming a Critical Thinker: User Friendly Manual (5th Edition)  Sherry Diestler 
Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam  H. R. McMaster 
Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers  Richard A. Neustadt 
Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life  Avinash K. Dixit 
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning  Chris Hedges 
 

Diversity

Attitudes Aren't Free: Thinking Deeply About Diversity in the US Armed Forces  James E. Parco 
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker  A'Lelia Bundles
Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire  Carol Jenkins 
The Elements of Mentoring, Revised Edition  W. Brad Johnson 
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America Ira Katznelson 
The Other Face of America : Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future Jorge Ramos 
The Diversity Scorecard: Evaluating the Impact of Diversity on Organizational Performance Edward E. Hubbard 
Communicating Diversity  Samuel Betances 
The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith Samuel D. Proctor 
Mentoring and Diversity David Clutterbuck 
Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race, and American Values Christopher Edley Jr. 
Mirror to America: The Autobiography of John Hope Franklin John Hope Franklin 
Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63  Taylor Branch
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68   Taylor Branch
Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65 Taylor Branch
 

Joint and Combined Warfare

Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control  J. C. Wylie 
The Navy  W. J. Holland (Ed.) 
Reading Clausewitz Beatrice Heuser 
Seapower: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century Geoffrey Till 
Small Wars Manual  United States Marine Corps 
Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett 
"Swift and Effective Retribution": The U.S. Sixth Fleet and the Confrontation with Qaddafi Joseph T. Stanik 
Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century P. W. Singer 
Leverage of Sea Power: The Strategic Advantage of Navies in War Colin S. Gray 
What Causes War?: An Introduction to Theories of International Conflict Greg Cashman 
The Face of Naval Battle: The Human Experience of Modern War at Sea John Reeve 
Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought Michael I. Handel 
Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda Sean Naylor 
Against All Odds: U.S. Sailors in the War of 1812 Charles E. Brodine 
All Brave Sailors: The Sinking of the Anglo-Saxon, August 21, 1940 J. Revell Carr 
Assault From the Sea: The Amphibious Landing at Inchon  GPO
At War at Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century Ronald H. Spector 
Command at Sea: Naval Command and Control since the Sixteenth Century Michael A. Palmer 
Coping With the Bounds: Speculations on Nonlinearity in Military Affairs Thomas J. Czerwinski 
Crusade in Europe Dwight D. Eisenhower 
Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History Craig L. Symonds 
The Art of War Sun Tzu 
Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat Wayne P. Hughes 
Joint Military Operations: A Short History Roger A. Beaumont 
 

Leadership

Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War John Darrell Sherwood 
American Admiralship: The Moral Imperatives of Naval Command Edgar F. Puryear 
Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War Eric Larrabee 
Cushing: Civil War SEAL Robert John Schneller 
Farragut : America's First Admiral Robert John Schneller 
Foundations of Moral Obligation: The Stockdale Course Joseph Gerard Brennan 
Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea  Kathleen Broome Williams 
Leadership Embodied: The Secrets To Success Of The Most Effective Navy And Marine Corps Leaders Joseph J. Thomas 
Leadership on the Future Battlefield James G. Hunt 
Management of Organizational Behavior Leading Human Resources Hersey; Blanchard; Johnson 
Naval Leadership in Korea: The First Six Months (U.S. Navy and the Korean War) Thomas B. Buell 
The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Thomas B. Buell 
Leadership Rudolph Giuliani 
Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective C. Bell 
Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches Winston Churchill 
Please Don't Just Do What I Tell You, Do What Needs to Be Done Bob Nelson 
Quarterdeck and Bridge: Two Centuries of American Naval Leaders James C. Bradford 
Rickover: The Struggle for Excellence Francis Duncan 
Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell 
Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach Dandridge M. Malone 
Run Silent, Run Deep Edward Latimer Beach 
Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime Eliot A. Cohen 
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You John C. Maxwell 
 

Management and Strategic Planning

An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784-1861 William B. Skelton 
Captain Jan De Hartog 
Command of the Seas John F. Lehman 
Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (2nd Edition) Graham T. Allison 
Fighting Power: German and U.S. Army Performance, 1939-1945 Martin L. Van Creveld 
Forged In War: The Naval-Industrial Complex and American Submarine Construction, 1940-1961 Gary E. Weir 
Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time Daniel Gross 
Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War Eliot A. Cohen 
Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, Revised Edition Deborah A. Stone 
Redesigning the Future: Systems Approach to Societal Problems Russell Lincoln Ackoff 
Time Management : Proven Techniques for Making the Most of Your Valuable Time Marshall J. Cook 
Revolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation, 1945-1950 Jeffrey G. Barlow 
Systems Analysis and Policy Planning: Applications in Defense E.S. & Boucher, W.I. Quade 
This War Really Matters: Inside the Fight For Defense Dollars George C. Wilson 
The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization Thomas L. Friedman 
The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth Clayton M. Christensen 
American Admiralship: The Moral Imperatives of Naval Command Edgar F. Puryear 
 

Naval and Military Heritage

The Messman Chronicles: African-Americans in the U.S. Navy, 1932-1943 Richard E. Miller 
Sea Buoy Outbound: Journals of a Master Mariner Peter B. Booth 
Leave No Man Behind: The Saga of Combat Search and Rescue George Galdorisi 
White Jacket Or The World On A Man-of-War(Annotated) Herman Melville 
American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-Present Jack Sweetman 
Admiral Arleigh Burke E. B. Potter 
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy Rick Atkinson 
Brave Ship, Brave Men Arnold S. Lott 
Cochrane: The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain Robert Harvey 
This People's Navy: The Making of American Sea Power Kenneth J. Hagan 
U.S. Navy A Complete History M. Hill Goodspeed 
The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy Russell Weigley 
Divided Waters: The Naval History of the Civil War Ivan Musicant 
For the Common Defense Allan R. Millett 
The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell 
HISTORY OF THE U. S. NAVY. VOLUME I: 1775-1941; VOLUME II: 1942-1991. Robert W., Jr. Love 
Long Passage to Korea: Black Sailors And the Integration of the U.s. Navy Bernard C. Nalty 
Readings in American Military History James M. Morris 
Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery Paul M. Kennedy 
Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War Samuel Eliot Morison 
Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, Updated Edition (Research Division Report / National Endowment for the Arts) Andrew Carroll 
 

Regional and Cultural Awareness

China's Energy Strategy: The Impact on Bejing's Maritime Policies Andrew S. Erickson 
A Passage to India E.M. Forster 
Recognizing Islam: Religion and Society in the Modern Middle East Michael Gilsenan 
Asian Philosophies (6th Edition) John M. Koller 
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War Mark Bowden 
Democracy in America Alexis De Toqueville 
A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East David Fromkin 
Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America, Revised Edition Michael Scheuer 
Time and Tide Thomas Fleming 
China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective Andrew S. Erickson 
China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force Andrew S. Erickson 
Europe: A History Norman Davies 
Faith of My Fathers John McCain 
Fields of Fire James Webb 
The Illustrated Guide to World Religions Michael D. Coogan 
Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects David L. Shambaugh 
The New History of the World J. M. Roberts 
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph: The Complete 1922 Text T. E. Lawrence 
The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century Thomas X. Hammes 
Surprise, Security, and the American Experience John Lewis Gaddis 
The Co-Vans: U.S. Marine Advisors in Vietnam John Grider Miller 

CNO's "Ready to be Ready!" List

Warfighting First

1812: The Navy's War George C. Daughan 
Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It Richard Clarke 
Seal of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt Michael P. Murphy, USN Gary Williams 
Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War Edward Marolda 
The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008 Thomas E. Ricks 
Wake of the Wahoo: The Heroic Story of America's Most Daring WWII Submarine, USS Wahoo Forest J. Sterling 

Operate Forward

The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror Bernard Lewis 
"Execute against Japan": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare Joel I. Holwitt 
Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power Robert D. Kaplan 
Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal James D. Hornfischer 
Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy Yoshihara and Holmes 
The Man from Pakistan: The True Story of the World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Smuggler Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins 

Be Ready

A Sailor's History of the U.S. Navy Thomas Cutler 
In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America's Longest War Joshua Welle, (ed) 
Navigating the Seven Seas: Leadership Lessons of the First African American Father and Son to Serve at Melvin G. Williams 
The Morality of War Brian Orend 
Time Management from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule -- and Your Life Julie Morgenstern 
Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century P.W. Singer 

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