Professional Reading Recommendations from the Chief

I’m in the process of finalizing my Recommended Professional Reading List.  Currently, it is divided into four categories: The Army Profession, The Force of Decisive Action, Broadening Leaders, and The Strategic Environment.

To really get into the spirit of things on this blog, I invite you to review my draft list and offer an opinion.  I am interested in your thoughts.  Currently, I have 78 titles and I would like to pare it down to a manageable number.

via Professional Reading Recommendations from the Chief.

I’ve read a pretty fair number of the more popular titles on the list. The only recommendation I’d give GEN Odinero is to rethink including anything by Thomas Friedman.

What do you think of his list? What shouldn’t be on it? What should be?

2 thoughts on “Professional Reading Recommendations from the Chief”

  1. Well, I can’t say I have read much of that list; maybe 15%. My most recent book that was not required reading was “Fighter Pilot” about Robin Olds. That was an outstanding book. Finished the last third of it while all drugged up and my arm in a sling when I was supposed to be taking a nap. Probably doesn’t need to be on a professional reading list, unless there is a, you know, “Leadership” category, but well worth the time spent. Kind of an eye-opener as well as an indictment with regards to the USAF, but gave me a whole new respect for Olds.

  2. I would substitute Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer for McCullogh’s 1776 (which I really think is overrated). It’s a better analysis of the army and how it fought than McCollough’s book.

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