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.
There is a reading list for the War College. See if you can find it. SS
Influence of Sea Power upon History?
His brother is already getting that...
everyone always forgets about jomini.
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
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.
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