Navy Reading Lists

This is a compulation of several older lists outdated by the current CNO List
The subject matter remains relevant and many of these titles are 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


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, 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, 2nd 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 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



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



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: 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

Dava Sobel

The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business

Clayton M. Christensen

Department Head / Command Leader



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




Rudolph W. Giuliani

The Second World War, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm

Winston Churchill

Naval and Military Heritage


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

"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



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     


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     


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     
Leadership Rudolph Giuliani    
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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