USMC Reading List - Senior Level - Officer

Title: MODERN STRATEGY

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The book is a major contribution to the general theory of strategy; it makes sense of the strategic history of the twentieth century, and provides understanding of what that strategic history implies for the century to come.

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Title: SUPREME COMMAND: SOLDIERS, STATESMEN, AND LEADERSHIP IN WARTIME

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This book offers compelling proof that, as Clemenceau put it, “War is too important to leave to the generals.” By examining the shared leadership traits of four politicians (Abraham Lincoln, Georges Clemenceau, Winston Churchill, and David Ben-Gurion) who triumphed in extraordinarily varied military campaigns, the author argues that active statesmen make the best wartime leaders, […]

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Title: THE FEDERALIST PAPERS

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This book explains the complexities of a constitutional government—its political structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man. Scholars have long regarded this work as a milestone in political science and a classic of American political theory. It is commonly referred to the third “sacred writing” of American political history, behind the Declaration […]

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Title: THE GUNS OF AUGUST

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This book brings to life the people and events that led up to WWI.  The author clearly articulates just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped, but wasn’t.

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Title: THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR

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Comprehensive guide to the Peloponnesian War. It includes several maps, brief informative appendices by classical scholars, explanatory marginal notes on each page, an index of unprecedented subtlety, and numerous other useful features.

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Title: THE LANDSCAPE OF HISTORY: HOW HISTORIANS MAP THE PAST

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A look at the historian’s craft as well as a strong argument for why a historical consciousness should matter to us today. For example: What is history and why should we study it? Is there such a thing as historical truth? Is history a science? This book is a “historical method” for beginners, a reaffirmation […]

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Title: The little book of economics : how the economy works in the real world

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From inflation to the Federal Reserve, taxes to the budget deficit, the author walks us through how the economy really works and its role in our everyday life.  Contains plain-English explanations of important economic terms, concepts, events, historical figures and major players.

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Title: The Revenge of Geography : What the map tells us about coming conflicts and the battle against fate

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This book offers a new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what may lie ahead for continents and countries around the world. The author builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the past to look back at critical points in history, and then to […]

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