Reading List

Once again, more excellent leadership books added from the Reading List (Updates).  Remember, I’m only interested in the best of the best books … each read by me and recommended after a thorough review.


19 Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership. Edgar F. Puryear Jr. 

24/7: The First Person Y Must Lead is You. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead

A Higher Standard: Leadership, Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General. Ann Dunwoody

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. Bret Stephens

American Soldier. General Tommy Franks

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.  Nassim Nicholas Taleb 

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Stephen E. Ambrose

Becoming a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day.  Joel Osteen

Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It. James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Cyrus the Great. Jacob Abbott

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. Robert Gates

Endless War: Middle-Eastern vs. Western Civilization. Ralph Peters

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Marcella Hazan

Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America. Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney

Finding a Way to Win. Bill Parcels

Flags of our Fathers. James Bradley

From Pusan to Panmunjom: Wartime Memoirs of the Republic of Korea’s First Four-Star General. Paik Sun Yup

Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole.  Kirk S. Lippold, USN (Ret)

Funding Evil. Rachel Ehrenfeld

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … And Others Don’t.  Donald Mitchell

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Paul Tough

How Successful People Think.  John C. Maxwell

 It Worked for Me. Colin Powell

Joe Torre’s Ground Rules for Winners.  Joe Torre

Lead On: A Practical Approach to Leadership.  Rear Admiral Dave Oliver, Jr.

Lincoln and His Generals. Thomas Harry Williams

Lincoln the Unknown. Dale Carnegie

Make Today Count.  John C. Maxwell

Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future War.  S.L.A. Marshall

My Share of the Task: A Memoir. Stanley McChrystal

Nineteen Stars: A Study in Military Character and Leadership.  Edgar Puryear 

Outliers: The Story of Success. Malcolm Gladwell

Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed.  Jason L. Riley

Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life. Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker

Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life. Eric Greitens

Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life. Donald Rumsfeld

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy. Ian W. Toll

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. Simon Sinek

 Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. Sharyl Attkisson

Strategic Failure: How President Obama’s Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America. Mark Moyar

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. Stanley McChrystal, et al. 

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. John C. Maxwell

The Age of the Unthinkable. Joshua Cooper Ramo

The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits. David Horowitz

The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign December 1862-July 1863. Shelby Foote

The Civil War and American Art. Eleanor Jones Harvey

The Coldest Winter. David Halberstam

The Compound Effect: Jumpstart your Income, Your Life, Your Success. Darren Hardy

The Essential 55. Ron Clark

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today. Thomas E. Ricks

The Greatest Generation. Tom Brokaw

The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander. Pete Blaber

The Past as Prologue: The Importance of History to the Military Professional.  Edited by Williamson Murray and Richard Hart Sinnreich

The Professional of Arms. John Winthrop Hackett

The Spirit to Serve: Marriott’s Way by J.W. Marriott, Jr. and Kathi Ann Brown

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. William Easterly

Thunderbolt: From the Battle of the Bulge to Vietnam and Beyond.  Lewis Sorley

Turn the Ship Around. L. David Marquet

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Laura Hillenbrand

Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker

Unknown Iacocca. Peter Wyden

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.  Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter

We Were Soldiers Once … and Young: Ia Drang—the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway

What the Dog Saw: and other Adventures. Malcolm Gladwell

Winning Through Innovation: A Practical Guide to Leading Organizational Change and Renewal. Michael L. Tushman and Charles A. O’Reilly III

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization.  John Wooden and Steve Jamison

Work Hard, Study … and Keep out of Politics. James A. Baker, III and Steve Fiffer