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Notes:
Many titles are available in the Navy Library system in various formats for authorized users.
Links are generally to the least expensive paperback version, but other formats, hardback, kindle, ect. are usually available from the link.
Some titles appear under multiple catagories on the CNO list but herein are only shown once.
A compulation of several older Navy reading lists are here.

Profession of Arms

 

After Action: The True Story of a Cobra Pilot's Journey   Dan Sheehan Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death    Jim Frederick First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps  Victor H. Krulak  
       
Forgotten Warriors: The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the Corps Ethos, and the Korean War   T. X. Hammes Hesitation Kills: A Female Marine Officer's Combat Experience in Iraq    Jane Blair The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat    Bob Drury; Thomas Clavin
       
Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills  Charles Henderson
 
The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines    Melton Alonza McLaurin Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal   James D. Hornfischer   
       
We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah   Patrick K. O'Donnell Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts    James E. Wise; Scott Baron    

Innovation

       
Assault from the Sea: Essays on the History of Amphibious Warfare    Merrill L. Bartlett Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII    Chester Nez; Judith Schiess Avila Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon   Kim Zetter   
       
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It    Ian Leslie Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future   George P. Shultz Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898–1945    Trent Hone  
       
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World    Pedro Domingos Military Innovation in the Interwar Period  Williamson R. Murray (Ed.); Alan R. Millet (Ed.) On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story    Richard Jadick; Thomas Hayden  
       
Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse   Robin L. Hutton The White Donkey: Terminal Lance   Maximilian Uriarte Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century   P. W. Singer
     

Leadership

       
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead Jim Mattis; Bing West Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.  Brené Brown It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership  Colin Powell
The Leader's Bookshelf   James Stavridis; R. Manning Ancell Legacy  James Kerr Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life    Eric Greitens  
       
Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business  Charles Duhigg
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action   Simon Sinek Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging   Sebastian Junger
       
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption    Laura Hillenbrand You Are Worth It: Building a Life Worth Fighting For Kyle Carpenter; Don Yaeger    
       

Strategy

       
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know    P. W. Singer; Allan Friedman Fleet Tactics And Naval Operations, Third Edition   Wayne P. Hughes; Robert Girrier Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't   Jim Collins  
       
Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age   Edward D. Hess; Katherine Ludwig LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media  P. W. Singer; Emerson T. Brooking Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power   Robert D. Kaplan  
       
A New Conception of War. John Boyd, The U.S. Marines, and Maneuver Warfare   Ian T. Brown One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander  Sandy Woodward; Patrick Robinson Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy  Toshi Yoshihara; James R. Holmes  
       
Thinking, Fast and Slow   Daniel Kahneman The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds   Michael Lewis  
       

CMC Choice

       
The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare    Christian Brose      
       

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