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A compulation of several older Navy reading lists are here.

Core Knowledge

Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought
Michael I. Handel
Strategy: Second Revised Edition (Meridian)
B.H. Liddell Hart

Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control (Classics of Sea Power)
J. C. Wylie
 
       
The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
Robert B. Strassler
On War
Carl von Clausewitz
The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783
A.T. Mahan
       
Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age
Ed. Peter Paret, with Gordon A. Craig and Felix Gilbert
Principles of Maritime Strategy
Julian Corbett
The Art Of War
Sun Tzu
 
       
The Constitution of the United States 
James Madison

The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson

Articles of Confederation
     

Core Attributes

Developing the Leaders Around You
John C. Maxwell
Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right
Mary C. Gentile  
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
Stanley McChrystal  
 
       
His Excellency: George Washington
Joseph J. Ellis
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Simon Sinek
The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies... Before It's Too Late
Marianne M. Jennings  
 
       
The Anatomy of Courage: The Classic WWI Study of the Psychological Effects of War
Lord Moran
America's Constitution: A Biography
Akhil Reed Amar
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
Simon Sinek 
 
       
Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot
James Stockdale
In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years
James and Sybil Stockdale 
Meditations
Marcus Aurelius  
 
       
Leadership on the Line, With a New Preface: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change
Ronald A Heifetz and Marty Linsky
Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty, 2nd Edition
Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

Navigating the Seven Seas: Leadership Lessons of the First African American Father and Son to Serve at Top in the U.S. Navy
Melvin G. Williams, Sr. and Melvin G. Williams, Jr
       
The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command
Andrew Gordon
The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
Peter M. Senge
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
       
The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Vol. 2) (Pacific War Trilogy): War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944
Ian W. Toll  
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
Karl Marlantes 
Enchiridion
Epictetus 
 
The Road to Character
David Brooks
     
       

Naval Power

Toward a New Maritime Strategy: American Naval Thinking in the Post-Cold War Era
Peter D. Haynes  
Seapower: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century
Geoffrey Till  
Red Star over the Pacific: China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy
Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes  
 
       
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (Vol. 1) (Pacific War Trilogy): War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942
Ian W. Toll
Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
Ian W. Toll  
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman 
 
       
Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia
RADM Terry McKnight, USN (Ret), and Michael Hirsh  
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
Simon Winchester 
The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made A Difference
Theodore Rockwell 
 
       
Rickover and the Nuclear Navy: The Discipline of Technology
Francis Duncan 
The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War
Samuel Eliot Morison 
Fleet Tactics and Coastal Combat, 2nd Edition
By Wayne P. Hughes, Jr
Wayne P. Hughes, Jr
 
       
The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
John Keegan 
Military Readiness: Concepts, Choices, Consequences
Richard K. Betts
Military Innovation in the Interwar Period
Edited by Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millett 
 
       
All the Factors of Victory: Adm. Joseph Mason Reeves and the Origins of Carrier Air Power
Thomas Wildenberg 
"Execute against Japan": The U.S. Decision to Conduct Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
Joel Ira Holwitt  
John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail
Tim McGrath  
 
       
Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World
Roger Crowley
Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan Parshall; Anthony Tully
Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)
Patrick O'Brian  
Used O'Brian books here
 
       
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
Simon Winchester 
1812: The Navy's War
George C. Daughan
Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century
Chris Parry  
 
       
Technology and War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present
Martin Van Creveld
Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
P.W. Singer 
7 Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century
Andrew F. Krepinevich  
 
       
Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II
Arthur Herman
The Making of the Atomic Bomb (text only) by R. Rhodes
Richard Rhodes
Joe Rochefort's War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway
Elliot Carlson
       
The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson
Roger Knight 
Washington's Crossing (Pivotal Moments in American History)
David Hackett Fischer 
One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander
Admiral Sandy Woodward with Patrick Robinson 
       
Fighting Talk: Forty Maxims on War, Peace, and Strategy
Colin S. Gray 
No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel Roberts in the Persian Gulf
Bradley Peniston  
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
P.W. Singer and August Cole  
 
       
Hold Back the Night
Pat Frank 
Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa
COL Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (Ret)
Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America's Military
Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales, Jr. 
 
       
D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
Stephen E. Ambrose 
The Victory at Sea: the Allied Campaign Against U-Boats During the First World War 1917-18
William S. Sims and Burton J. Hendrick 
Other Clay: A Remembrance of the World War II Infantry
Charles R. Cawthon 
 
       
England in the Seven Years War: A Study in Combined Strategy
Julian S. Corbett
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
Steven Pressfield  
Ulysses S. Grant : Memoirs and Selected Letters : Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant / Selected Letters, 1839-1865
Eds. William S. McFeely; Mary McFeely 
 
       
The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians
Peter Heather 
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945
James D. Hornfischer 
Service: A Navy SEAL at War
Marcus Luttrell with James D. Hornfischer  
 
       
Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors
James D. Hornfischer 
The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy
Andrew F. Krepinevich; Barry Watts 
Leading Change
John P. Kotter  
 
       
First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
Victor H. Krulak 
The Marines of Montford Point: America's First Black Marines
Melton Alonza McLaurin 
American Spartans: The U.S. Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq
James Warren 
 
       
Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC
Colonel Jon T. Hoffman 
Forgotten Warriors: The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the Corps Ethos, and the Korean War
Thomas Hammes 
Brute: The Life of Victor Krulak, U.S. Marine
Robert Coram
 
 
       
       

Fast Learning

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy
David A. Mindell  
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
William Zinsser  
The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business
Clayton M. Christensen  
       
The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
George Friedman  
The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition
Steven J. Spear  
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Ben Horowitz
 
       
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande 
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
Daniel H. Pink
 
Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days
Jake Knapp
 
       
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Erik Brynjolfsson
 
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
 
Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers
Richard E. Neustadt
 
 
       
Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
Michio Kaku
The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error
Sidney Dekker
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Jon Gertner
       
The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action
Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Edward Tufte 
Sensemaking in Organizations
Karl E. Weick 
 
       
The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World
Peter Schwartz  
The Elements of Style: Everything You Need to Know to Write
William Strunk, Jr 
Inviting Disaster: Lessons From the Edge of Technology
James R. Chiles  
 
       
Envisioning Information
Edward R. Tufte 
Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done
Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan  
The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More
Chris Anderson
       
Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Dan Ariely
Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems
Sidney Dekker
The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
 
 
       
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Steven D. Levitt; Stephen J. Dubner
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
Ray Kurzweil

 
Zero to One Notes on Start-Ups, or How to Build the Future
Peter Thiel
 
       
Simulating War: Studying Conflict through Simulation Games
Philip Sabin 
Strategy: A History
Lawrence Freedman 
Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents
James Reason
       
The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations
John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen  
Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy
Micah Zenko  
The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger
Marc Levinson 
       
Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare Warfare
Stephen Budiansky
Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty
Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe
       
       

Navy Team

The Accidental Admiral: A Sailor Takes Command at NATO
James Stavridis
Leadership on the Line, With a New Preface: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Change
Ronald A Heifetz and Marty Linsky 
A Vietnam Experience: Ten Years of Reflection
James Stockdale 
 
       
Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell  
The Wisdom of Crowds
By James Surowiecki  
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Malcolm Gladwell  
       
The Caine Mutiny: A Novel of World War II
Herman Wouk  
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Sebastian Junger  
   
       
       

Partnerships

Partnership for the Americas: Western Hemisphere Strategy and U.S. Southern Command
James Stavridis
The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder
Peter Zeihan
Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific
Robert D. Kaplan
       
World Order
Henry Kissinger
At Ease: Stories I Tell to Friends
Dwight Eisenhower
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
Robert D. Kaplan
       
In the Shadow of the Garrison State
Aaron L. Friedberg  
Grand Strategies in War and Peace
Paul Kennedy 
The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives
Zbigniew Brzezinski 
 
       
Crusade in Europe
Dwight D. Eisenhower 
Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America
Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane 
The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. 
 
       
On China
Henry Kissinger  
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Jared Diamond  
Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance
Tim Koller, Richard Dobbs, Bill Huyett 
 
       
       

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