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This is a compulation of older lists outdated by the current CNO List. The subjects remains relevant and many of the titles appear on the newer lists.
Junior Enlisted
Leading Petty Officer
Division Leader
Department Head / Command Leader
Senior Leader
Ready to be Ready List
Supplemental 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
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 Quintet Book 1)
Orson Scott Card
   
       

Management and Strategic Thinking

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Stephen R. Covey
Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule and Your Life
Julie Morgenstern
   
       

Leading Petty Officer

Critical Thinking

     
THE CAINE MUTINY, a Novel of WW II
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 Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us  
Robyn Meredith
   
The Sand Pebbles 
Richard McKenna
     
       

Leadership

     
Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer
 Margot Morrell

Billy Budd, Bartleby, and Other Stories (Penguin Classics Edition)
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: A Novel
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 (Herman Melville's Collector's Editio
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 : 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: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
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
Patrick O'Brian
The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell (American Warriors)
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::History Of Fifty Years Of Independence
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
Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning
Henry Mintzberg
   
       


"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  
 
   
Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
P.W. Singer  
 
   
The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran David Crist    
   
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  
 
   
Fallout: The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking  
Catherine Collins; Douglas Franz
 
   

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 the top in the U.S. Navy
Melvin G. Williams  
 
   
The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader
Jason Redman; John Bruning  
 
   
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders 
L. David Marquet
 
   
Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life
Mike Krzyzewski  
 
   
Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
P. W. Singer  
 
   

Supplemental Navy Reading Lists


 

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
 
   
Moral Issues in Military Decision Making  
Anthony E. Hartle
 
   
How to Win Friends and Influence People  
Dale Carnegie
 
Civility  
Stephen L. Carter
 
   
Integrity 
Stephen L. Carter  
 
   

Critical Thinking

 
Developing Critical Thinkers : Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting  
Stephen Brookfield
 
   
No End to War: Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century   
Walter Laquer
 
   
Ethics for the Junior Officer: Selected Cases From Current Military Experience, 2nd Edition 
Karel Montor
 
   
On Organizational Learning   
Chris Argyris
 
   
Perception and Misperception in International Politics   
Robert Jervis
 
   
The Bridges at Toko-Ri 
James A. Michener   
 
   
Soft Power: The Means To Success In World Politics 
Joseph S. Nye   
 
   
The Complete Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant 
Ulysses S. Grant  
 
   
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  
 
   
The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme 
John Keegan   
 
   
The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis 
Richard J. Heuer  
 
   
Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam 
H. R. McMaster  
 
   
A Rulebook for Arguments
Anthony Weston  
 
   
Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers 
Richard A. Neustadt  
 
   
Becoming a Critical Thinker: User Friendly Manual (5th Edition) 
Sherry Diestler  
 
   
The Power of Critical Thinking: Effective Reasoning About Ordinary and Extraordinary Claims 
Lewis Vaughn   
 
   
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  
 
   
The Elements of Mentoring, Revised Edition 
W. Brad Johnson   
 
   
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker 
A'Lelia Bundles
 
   
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America
Ira Katznelson   
 
   
Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire 
Carol Jenkins  
 
   
The Other Face of America : Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping Our Future
Jorge Ramos   
 
   
Mentoring and Diversity
David Clutterbuck  
 
The Diversity Scorecard: Evaluating the Impact of Diversity on Organizational Performance
Edward E. Hubbard   
 
   
Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action, Race, and American Values Christopher Edley Jr.    
   
Communicating Diversity 
Samuel Betances
 
   
The Substance of Things Hoped for: A Memoir of African-American Faith
Samuel D. Proctor   
 
   
Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63  
Taylor Branch
 
   
Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65
Taylor Branch
 
   
At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68  
Taylor Branch
 
   

Joint and Combined Warfare

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

Leadership

 
Afterburner: Naval Aviators and the Vietnam War
John Darrell Sherwood  
 
   
Farragut : America's First Admiral
Robert John Schneller   
 
   
American Admiralship: The Moral Imperatives of Naval Command
Edgar F. Puryear
 
   
Foundations of Moral Obligation: The Stockdale Course
Joseph Gerard Brennan   
 
   
Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants, and Their War
Eric Larrabee  
 
   
Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea 
Kathleen Broome Williams   
 
   
Cushing: Civil War SEAL
Robert John Schneller  
 
   
Leadership Embodied: The Secrets To Success Of The Most Effective Navy And Marine Corps Leaders
Joseph J. Thomas   
 
   
Management of Organizational Behavior Leading Human Resources
Hersey; Blanchard; Johnson  
 
   
Run Silent, Run Deep
Edward Latimer Beach  
 
   
Naval Leadership in Korea: The First Six Months (U.S. Navy and the Korean War)
Thomas B. Buell  
 
   
Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime
Eliot A. Cohen   
 
   
The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
Thomas B. Buell  
 
   
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
John C. Maxwell   
 
   
Rickover: The Struggle for Excellence
Francis Duncan   
   
Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective
C. Bell  
 
   
Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters
E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell   
 
   
Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches
Winston Churchill  
 
   
Leadership on the Future Battlefield
James G. Hunt   
 
   
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   
 
   

Management and Strategic Planning

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

Naval and Military Heritage

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

Regional and Cultural Awareness

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

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