Military History

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Great Books

Here is a list of great books dealing with military history, as well as links to the professional reading lists of the various branches of the Armed Forces. If you have suggestions for the list, please email me.

Don’t Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 by Donald Hickey

On War by Carl von Clausewitz

The Art of War by Sun-Tzu

The Colonial Wars, 1689-1763 by Howard Peckham

Pontiac and the Indian Uprising by Howard Peckham

The Crucible of War by Fred Anderson

The First Way of War by John Grenier

We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young by LTG Harold Moore (USA-Ret.) and Joseph Galloway

Steal My Soldier’s Hearts by Col. David Hackworth

American Empire by Andrew Bacevich

American Military History (2 vol.) Edited by Maurice Matloff

Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Story by Carlos D’Este

Nothing but Victory by Steven Woodworth

On Killing by David Grossman

Anything by James McPherson

Patriots by Christian Appy

A Viet Cong Memoir by Truong Nhu Tang

From Enemy to Friend by Bui Tin

The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis

The Fifty-year War by Norman Friedman

Imperial Hubris by Michael Scheuer

One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick

Memoirs of service personnel

Reading lists

U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Rading List

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s Reading List

Air Force Chief of Staff reading list

U.S. Navy Professional Reading Program

U.S. Marine Corps Professional Reading Program

Coast Guard Reading List

Ike Skelton’s National Security Book List

Military Classics bibliography from Dr. Robert H. Berlin of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

BOOKS FOR THE MILITARY PROFESSIONAL (reading list from the Combined Arms Research Library)

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