Reading List

Professional, Leadership, and Military Reading List


  • Churchill by J. Rufus Fears, The Great Courses
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant PhD
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell
  • The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  • The Wisdom of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith


  • Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead by Jim Mattis, Bing West
  • Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War by L. Scott Lingamfelter
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
  • Potsdam by Michael Neiberg
  • Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World by Ian Bremmer
  • The Hundred-Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury
  • The Kill Chain by Christian Brose
  • The Last Days of Stalin by Joshua Rubenstein
  • The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers
  • The Russian Understanding of War: Blurring the Lines Between War and Peace by Oscar Jonsson
  • The Secret History of World War II: Spies, Code Breakers, & Covert Operations by Neil Kagan, Stephen G. Hyslop
  • The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower by Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Military (Great Courses Series)

  • Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories: What We Should and Shouldn't Believe - and Why by Michael Shermer, The Great Courses
  • Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective by Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach by Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Interpreting the 20th Century: The Struggle Over Democracy by Pamela Radcliff, The Great Courses
  • Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers by The Great Courses, Andrew R. Wilson
  • The History of the United States, 2nd Edition by The Great Courses by Allen C. Guelzo, Gary W. Gallagher, Patrick N. Allitt
  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History by Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
  • Turning Points in American History by Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Turning Points in Modern History by Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses


  • Brief by Joseph McCormack
  • Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law by Eric Berger, The Great Courses
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols
  • The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
  • The Future Is Faster Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker