04. August 2004 · Comments Off on Essential Reading · Categories: Wild Blue Yonder

Phil Carter has the Army’s new professional reading list up at his site, so I thought I’d share the CSAF’s professional reading list here. Unlike the Army’s list, the Air Force list isn’t divided between ranks, with different books recommended for different ranks. Instead, the list is broken into categories. Everyone is encouraged to read the listed books.

Category I
History of the Air Force from its beginning through its major transformations as an Institution.

Frank M. Andrews: Marshall’s Airman – DeWitt S. Copp and the Air Force History and Museums Program

Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997 – Walter J. Boyne

The Transformation of American Air Power – Benjamin S. Lambeth

Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II – Geoffrey Perret

Category II
Insight into ongoing conflicts and the frictions that can produce conflicts in the future.

The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror – Bernard Lewis

The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order – Samuel P. Huntington

Age of Sacred Terror – Steven Simon and Dan Benjamin

Of Paradise and Power – Robert Kagan

Category III
Organization, leadership and success stories holding lessons for the present and future.

The Five Pillars of TQM (Guidelines for Organizational Greatness) – Bill Creech

An Army at Dawn – Rick Atkinson

American Generalship: Character is Everything: The Art of Command – Edgar F. Puryear

Category IV
Lessons emerging from recent conflicts – and the preparation for them.

Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime – Eliot Cohen

Prodigal Soldiers – James Kitfield

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