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Core Knowledge

 
MASTERS OF WAR
Classical Strategic Thought*

Michael I. Handel
  
STRATEGY
The Classic Book on Military Strategy

B.H. Liddell Hart

 MILITARY STRATEGY
A General Theory of Power Control*

J. C. Wylie
 

THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES
A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War*

Robert B. Strassler

ON WAR*
Carl von Clausewitz

THE INFLUENCE OF SEAPOWER ON HISTORY, 1660 - 1783*
A.T. Mahan
 
MAKERS OF MODERN STRATEGY
From Machiavelli to the Modern 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
How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential*

John C. Maxwell

GIVING VOICE TO VALUES
How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right*

Mary C. Gentile  

TEAMS 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 Melthdowns 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
Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

Ronald A Heifetz and Marty Linsky

MANAGING THE UNEXPECTED
Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty*

Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe

NAVIGATING THE SEVEN SEAS
Leadership Lessons of the First African-American Father and Son to Serve at the Top of 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 and Practice of the Learning Organization*

Peter M. Senge

THE LAST STAND OF THE TIN CAN SAILORS*
James D. Hornfischer

THE CONQUERING TIDE
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 21st Century*

Geoffrey Till  

RED STAR OVER THE PACIFIC
China's Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Superiority*

Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes  
 

PACIFIC CRUCIBLE
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 Surf Boards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators Fading Empires and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers*

Simon Winchester 

THE RICKOVER EFFECT
The Inside Story of How Adm. Hyman Rickover Built the Nuclear Navy

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 
Used copies here
Full 15 vol set here
 
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
Admiral Joseph Mason Reeves and Origins of the Carrier Airpower

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*

Jonathan Parshall; Anthony Tully

MASTER AND COMMANDER*
Patrick O'Brian  
Used O'Brian books here
Complete audio book series 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
Seapower 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*
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 B. 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  

GRANT
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant and Selected Letters 1839 - 1865*

Eds. William S. McFeely; Mary McFeely 
 

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
The 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
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
The Impact of the Highly Improbable*

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 Startups, 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
The Inside Story of How Adm. Hyman Rickover Built the Nuclear Navy

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*

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
Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading

Ronald A Heifetz and Marty Linsky 

A VIETNAM EXPERIENCE
Ten Years of Reflection

By 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*
Herman Wouk  

TRIBE
On Homecoming and Belonging*

Sebastian Junger  
   
       

Partnerships


PARTNERSHIPS 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
America's Anti-Statism and Cold War Grand Strategy

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
A Personal Account of World War II

By 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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