Army Reading List - U.S. Army Professional Reading List

Title: The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme

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The Face of Battle is military  history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at  the “point of maximum danger.” Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and  xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions,  John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military  historians. […]

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Title: Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

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In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years’ War–long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution–takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create Britain’s empire and to sow the seeds […]

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Title: Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War

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Counterinsurgency has staked its claim in the new century as the new American way of war. Yet, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have revived a historical debate about the costs – monetary, political and moral – of operations designed to eliminate insurgents and build nations. Today’s counterinsurgency proponents point to ‘small wars’ past to […]

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Title: The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare: The Triumph of the West

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Warfare provides a unique account of Western warfare from antiquity to the present day. The book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, sea and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; […]

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Title: Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign

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A frank and honest memoir by Britain’s former ambassador to Kabul which provides a unique, high-level insight into Western policy in Afghanistan. For three years, from 2007 until 2010, Sherard Cowper-Coles was on the diplomatic frontline in Kabul as the West’s mission in Afghanistan sank deeper into crisis. First as British Ambassador and, later, as […]

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Title: American Military History, vol. 2, The United States Army in a Global Era, 1917-2008

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Created initially as a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps textbook, this second volume in a two-volume overview of the Army’s story covers the period from World War I to the early days of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Written in an engaging style and enhanced by sophisticated graphics and recommended readings, the work is an […]

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Title: The AEF Way of War: The American Army and Combat in World War I

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This exemplary case study of doctrinal and tactical innovation under fire shows how four divisions of the American Expeditionary Forces adapted, or failed to adapt, to conditions on the Western Front during World War I. The 1st and 2d Divisions perfected artillery-infantry liaison so that by November 1918 they had achieved “state-of-the-art” tactical skills. Both […]

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Title: Battle Cry Of Freedom: The Civil War Era

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Recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the American Civil War, is a chronicle of the war itself, and includes the author’s view on such matters as the slavery expansion issue in the 1850s, the origins of the Republican Party, the causes of secession, internal dissent and anti-war opposition in the North and the South, and […]

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