The folks at Castle Argghhh!
found the web-page featuring the National Defense University Professional Military Reading List
GO check it out if you are looking for some reading recommendations, that include Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Douhet and all of the others you might expect...but there are some that you might like.
For those who don't want to read another book about the Civil War or some dead guys views on the essence of combat here's my reading list...
OUTLAW 13's MILITARY READING LIST
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDERCW2
by: LAYNE HEATH
A fictional account of a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, this book is both interesting and enlightening (especially about the cult of the Warrant Officer Aviator) all at the same time.THUD RIDGE
by: JACK BROUGHTON
There are many worthwhile books one can read about the airwar over North Vietnam, but this is the first one I ever read (it was loaned to me by the Professor of Military Science USAF ROTC at Baylor University, when I thought I was going to be a fighter pilot). The story has some interesting parallels especially concerning ROE. Really worth your while...and it's back in print!PUNK's WAR
by: WARD CARROLL
Another fiction book, this time detailing the life of a pilot on a modern aircraft carrier. I found this book to be very funny and entertaining. An additional bonus is, I don't think I have ever read a more accurate description of an oxygen thieving officer than I have in this book. The author has a knack for describing characters that one sees in the military all the time...but most stories about the military never describe. Good stuff.DERELICTION OF DUTY
by: HR McMASTER
A book detailing the conflict between the President of the United States and the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the beginning stages of the Vietnam War. Interesting in its discussion of the duties of a soldier(especially a senior ranking officer) and the options he has in regards to carrying out a policy that he believes is flawed or unsound.STARSHIP TROOPERS
by: ROBERT A. HEINLEIN
Buried in a Science Fiction novel are concepts of leadership and soldiering that everyone in the military need to grasp. I remember reading that this book was once required reading at the Naval Acadamy...I doubt that it still is. If all you know about this is the movie, then you need to put that aside and read this book.
You may not learn as much about the "Art of War" by reading my list but you will learn about the people who fight them.
Labels: Army Stuff, Reading is FUNdamental, Starship Troopers