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Posted: 6/3/2008 3:32:52 PM EDT
One of my former roommates (Wes) has a brother that is about to graduate from OCS and go into surface  warfare (ships).  

Wes asked me what would be some good books that go into strategy and logistics.

I came up with Red Storm Rising and The Art of War.

Any suggestions?   I want his brother to have some good books to read...so hopefully he can have a larger knowledge base when the day comes that he has tough decisions to make and lives are on the line.

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Link Posted: 6/3/2008 3:35:03 PM EDT
There is a reading list for the War College. See if you can find it. SS
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 3:35:14 PM EDT
Influence of Sea Power upon History?
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 3:37:58 PM EDT
Starship Troopers

Link Posted: 6/3/2008 3:38:55 PM EDT

Starship Troopers

His brother is already getting that...
Link Posted: 6/3/2008 3:39:26 PM EDT
everyone always forgets about jomini.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:18:22 AM EDT
Moving Mountains - Written by Gen William Pagonis, who was Logistics Chief for ODS, gives a good picture of logistics in a modern pick up war.

Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam
by Gilles Kepel and Anthony F. Roberts(NOT Jihad - The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia)  the book was/is a textbook at the Naval Postgraduate school.  A good book that traces the rise and fall of political Islam, goes back to the days of the Ottoman Empire, the collapse of the Empire, the Moslem Brotherhood and the collapse in the 20th century resulting in terrorism being the only political weapon left available to the fundamentalists.

Samuel Eliot Morrison - WW2 Navy history books

I would expect that there are some books on chinese expansionism.

OCS - should have a good list of directly related professional books.

Chapman's, Duttons, etc
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:22:00 AM EDT
Not strictly strategy, but the book Castles of Steel by Robert K Massie is a must have for ever Navy man. An awesome chronicle of WW1 at sea.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:23:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 12:33:14 AM EDT
WTF is a pook?

I suggest that you pick one from each list.

Chief of Naval Operations - Suggested Books on Leadership and Management

Execution — Larry Bossidy, et.al

Good to Great — Jim Collins

Primal Leadership — Daniel Goleman

Leadership Is An Art — Max Depree

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People — Stephen R. Covey

Leading Change — John P. Kotter

The Power of Alignment — George Labovitz And Victor Rosansky

Powerful Conversations — Phil Harkins

The Psychology of Winning — Denis Waitley

The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry — Sue Annis Hammond

Half Time — Bob Buford

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of A Leader — John C. Maxwell

What Leaders Really Do — John P. Kotter

Faith of My Fathers — John McCain

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels — Michael Watkins

Play to Your Strengths — Haig Nalbatian, et.al

Yellow Smoke — Robert H. Scales

The Iraq War— Williamson Murray and Robert H. Scales

Mustin: A Naval Family of the Twentieth Century — John Fass Morton

The Cruel Sea— Nicholas Monsarrat

First to Fight: an inside view of the U.S. Marine Corps— Victor H. Krulak

Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima — James Bradley

Mater Chief Petty Officer Of The Navy - Required Reading Naval Heritage/Core Values

A Most Fortunate Ship — Narrative History of Old Ironsides by Tyrone Martin

A Sailor's Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life by Rear Adm. Robley Dungliston Evans with introduction by Benjamin Franklin Cooling

A Voice From the Main Deck by Samuel Leech

Battleship Sailor by Theodore C. Mason

Brave Ship, Brave Men by Arnold S. Lott

Crossing the Line: A Bluejacket's WWII Odyssey by Alvin Kernan

Descent Into Darkness by Cmdr. Edward C. Raymer

Devotion to Duty — A Biography of Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague by John F. Wukovits

Divided Waters — The Naval History of the Civil War by Ivan Musicant

Every Other Day: Letters from the Pacific by George B. Lucas

Good Night Officially by William M. McBride

In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton — new for 2002

In Love and War: Revised and Updated by Jim and Sybil Stockdale

Iwo by Richard Wheeler

Life in Mr. Lincoln' s Navy by Dennis J. Ringle

Naked Warriors by Cmdr. Frances Douglas Fane and Don Moore

Nimitz by E. B. Potter

Quiet Heroes by Cmdr. Frances Omori

Raiders from the Sea by John Lodwick

Raiders of the Deep by Lowell Thomas, introduction by Gary E. Weir

Shield and Sword — The U.S. Navy and the Persian Gulf by Marolda and Schneller

Ship's Doctor by Captain Terrence Riley

Submarine Diary — The Silent Stalking of Japan by Rear Adm. Corwin Mendenhall

The Battle of Cape Esperance — Encounter at Guadalcanal by Capt. Charles Cook, USN(Ret.)

The Fast Carriers — The Forging of an Air Navy by Clark G. Reynolds

The Fighting Liberty Ships — A Memoir by A. A. Hoehling

The Golden Thirteen — Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers by Paul Stillwell with Colin L. Powell

The Last Patrol by Harry Holmes

Thunder Below by Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey, USN(Ret.)

Tin Can Sailor - Life Aboard the USS Sterett, '39-'45 by C. Raymond Calhoun

We Will Stand By You — Serving in the Pawnee, 1942-1945 by Theodore C. Mason

What a Way to Spend a War: Navy Nurse POWs in the Philippines by Dorothy Still Danner
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