In today's Army, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki has put together a professional reading list of books that examine the past and consider the future of America's military leaders.
"We can never spend too much time thinking about our profession," said Shinseki. He challenges all military leaders to make reading an essential part of their professional development.
Shinseki's list consists of books that address the issues and challenges relevant to each of us, from the ranks of a private to a general.
These books are available at the Fort Myer Library and at AAFES bookstands. The lists can be accessed at www.aafes.com or www.army.mil/cmh-pg/reference/csalist.htm.
Shinseki's professional reading list includes:
-- Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
-- Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose
-- America's First Battles: 1776-1965 edited by Charles E. Heller and William A. Stoft.
-- East of Chosin by Roy E. Appleman
-- The Long Grey Line by Rick Atkinson
-- The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
-- On War by Carl von Clausewitz
-- The War to End All Wars by Edward Coffman
-- An Army for Empire by Graham Cosmas
-- The Evolution of U.S. Army Tactical Doctrine, 1946-1976 by Robert Doughty
-- This Kind of War by T.R. Fehrenbach
-- Command Decisions by Kent Roberts Greenfield
-- A Concise History of the United States Army, 1775-2000: 225 Years of Service to the Nation by David W. Hogan Jr.
-- War in European History by Michael Howard
-- Soldier and the State by Samuel P. Huntington
-- Jomini and His Summary of the Art of War by Antoine Henri Jomini
-- The Face of Battle by John Keegan
-- The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
-- Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
-- Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War by Gerald F. Linderman
-- Company Commander by Charles B. MacDonald
-- Three Battles: Amaville, Altuzzo, and Schmidt by Charles B. MacDonald and Sidney Matthews
-- Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James M. McPherson
-- Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age edited by Peter Paret
-- Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future War by S.L. Marshall
-- Military Innovation in the Interwar Period edited by Williamson Murray and Alan Millett
-- For the Common Defense by Alan Millet and Peter Maslowski
-- We Were Soldiers Once, and Young by Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway
-- Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer
-- Thinking in Time by Richard Neustadt and Ernest May
-- The Challenge of the Command by Roger Nye
-- Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective by Dave Palmer
-- Certain Victory by Robert Scales
-- The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
-- An American Profession of Arms by William Skelton
-- Buffalo Soldiers (Black Saber Chronicles) by Tom Willard
-- George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century by Mark Stoler
-- On Strategy by Harry Summers
-- The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
-- Supplying War: Logisitics from Wallenstein to Patton by Martin Van Creveld
-- The American Way of War: A History of United States Miltary Strategy and Policy by Russell Weigley