Air Force 2016 list added!

R180255ZMAY16: The Chief of Staff of the Air Force 2016 reading list is out and posted here now! As with past CSAF lists this is a small one, but some interesting new selections that haven't shown up on other lists - like Laqueur's Putinism. Enjoy!

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If you like military reading lists and military books, you've come to the right place. You'll find 2104 books on 72 revisions of 39 different military reading lists. Here's an overview of all the military reading lists that are available. Enjoy!

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  1. On May 22 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist and commented:

    The stories of the special ops involvement in the tanker war are fascinating. Not an upbeat or hopeful book, but an honest and informative one.

  2. On May 21 colleen (USA) read Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by Ted Koppel
  3. On May 19 kcholbert (USAF) read Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben R. Rich
  4. On May 18 kcholbert (USAF) read It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
  5. On May 18 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood by Donovan Campbell and commented:

    Really heavy stuff; you can see Campbell getting burned out over time. By the end of the book the tone was way different than at the beginning. Is it just the pace and stresses of modern urban warfare, or is that generally near the upper end for combat effectiveness?

  6. On May 16 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Defense Of Duffer's Drift (1916) by Ernest Dunlop Swinton and commented:

    I can see why this is on so many lists now! I read the first chapter to my oldest son and he quickly devoured the rest. Thinking of giving it as a gift to a friend who served in that part of the world.

  7. On May 14 kcholbert (USAF) read Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer
  8. On May 14 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Cold Warrior: James Jesus Angleton - Cia's Master Spy Hunter by Tom Mangold and commented:

    Makes a strong case for Angleton having set US counterintelligence efforts back due to his paranoia.

  9. On May 13 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage by Norman Palmer and commented:

    Really interesting. The litany of service members who approached the Soviets to sell secrets is pretty depressing!

  10. On May 12 colleen (USA) read Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer
  11. On May 12 colleen (USA) read Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood by Donovan Campbell
  12. On May 11 Tom Copeland (USCG) read At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet and commented:

    A good one! You can tell that Tenet really cared about the people working for him. Some of the intelligence "inside baseball" organizational stuff is a little dry. One of the stories is about after he resigned - President Bush called his teenage son to say that his father had done a good job. That jives with other stories I've heard about President Bush as well; another thoughtful leader.

  13. On May 06 kcholbert (USAF) read Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal
  14. On May 06 kcholbert (USAF) read The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World (Little Books. Big Profits) by Greg Ip
  15. On May 05 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Spymaster: My Thirty-two Years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West by Oleg Kalugin and commented:

    A fascinating description of a long KGB career. This is the first book I've read that speaks kindly of Kim Philby, although I guess that makes sense. Amazing that Kalugin survived all the intrigues!

  16. On May 05 kcholbert (USAF) read The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet
  17. On May 02 kcholbert (USAF) read Redeployment by Phil Klay
  18. On May 02 kcholbert (USAF) read Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC by Jon T. Hoffman
  19. On May 02 kcholbert (USAF) read What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes
  20. On May 02 kcholbert (USAF) read Keep from All Thoughtful Men: How U.S. Economists Won World War II by Jim Lacey
  21. On May 01 kcholbert (USAF) read Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis
  22. On Apr 27 Tom Copeland (USCG) read The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang and commented:

    A quick but painful read. Comments about capitalism (i.e., the black market) cropping up in various circumstances were interesting.

  23. On Apr 16 kcholbert (USAF) read On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman
  24. On Apr 09 Tom Copeland (USCG) read Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency by James Bamford and commented:

    This book filled in some gaps for me about some incidents, like the USS Pueblo and the USS Liberty. I felt like it came down a little hard on President Bush for his initial reactions to the 9/11 attacks; I remember that morning thinking "wow what a terrible accident" at first. Good description of the scale at which the NSA operates. And the computing capability has only gotten bigger since then!

  25. On Apr 07 kcholbert (USAF) read On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
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