As leaders of the Armed Forces of the United States progress in their development, they should expand their horizons to encompass familiarity with other Services and develop an informed perspective on joint warfare. The following readings complement and do not replace the professional reading lists developed by each Service.


Allard, C. Kenneth. Command, Control, and the Common Defense. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.

Buell, Thomas B. The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance. Annapolis, Maryland: US Naval Institute Press, 1987.

Eisenhower, Dwight D. Crusade in Europe. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1990.

Fall, Bernard B. Street Without Joy. New York: Schocken Books, 1972.

Handel, Michael I., ed. Strategic and Operational Deception in the Second World War. London and Totowa, New Jersey: Frank Cass, 1987.

Hastings, Max. The Korean War. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.

Johnson, Robert Erwin. Guardians of the Sea: History of the U.S. Coast Guard 1915 to the Present. Annapolis, Maryland: US Naval Institute Press, 1987.

Kam, Ephraim. Surprise Attack: The Victim's Perspective. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1988.

Keegan, John. The Face of Battle. New York: Viking Press, 1983.

Larrabee, Eric. Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants and Their War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Luongo, Kenneth N., and W. Thomas Wander, eds. The Search for Security In Space. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1989.

Moorehead, Alan. Gallipoli.New York: Ballantine Books, 1985.

Slim, Sir William. Defeat Into Victory. London: Cassell and Company, 1956.

Summers, Harry G., Jr. On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War. New York: Dell Publishing Company, 1984.

Tedder, Arthur (Lord). With Prejudice. Boston, Massachusetts: Little Brown and Company, 1966.

Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1977.


Clausewitz, Carl von.On War. Edited and translated by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1984.

Douhet, Giulio. The Command of the Air. Translated by Dino Ferrari. Salem, New Hampshire: Ayer Company, Publishers, 1972. Reprinted with editor's introduction by Office of Air Force History, Washington, DC, 1991; this edition recommended.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Translated by Peter E. Bondanella and Mark Musa. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.

Mahan, Alfred Thayer.The Influence of Sea Power on History: 1660-1783. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 1987.

Sun Tzu. The Art of War. Translated and with an Introduction by Samuel B. Griffith. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1963.


Howard, Michael, ed. The Theory and Practice of War. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1975.

Ikle, Fred Charles. Every War Must End. New York: Columbia University Press, 1971.

Neustadt, Richard E.,and Ernest R. May. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers. New York: The Free Press, 1986.

Paret, Peter, ed. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1986.


Eccles, Henry E. Logistics in the National Defense. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Gansler, Jacques S. Affording Defense. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1991.

Gilpin, Robert. The Political Economy of International Relations. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987.

Van Creveld, Martin. Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1977.

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