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U.S. Army Center of Military History Recommended Professional Reading List

U.S. Army Center of Military History Recommended Professional Reading List – http://www.history.army.mil/reading.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What was it like to fight in World War II?
  • What was it like to fight in Vietnam?
  • What was it like to occupy Iraq in the early years of the occupation?

Description:

If you want to understand US Army thinking, it may be helpful to read off of their reading list. This list is divided into four sublists based on level of responsibility:

  • SUBLIST 1 (Cadets, Soldiers, Junior NCOs)
  • SUBLIST 2 (Company Grade NCOs, WO1-CW 3, and Company Grade Officers)
  • SUBLIST 3 (Senior NCOs, CW4-CW5, Field Grade Officers)
  • SUBLIST 4 (Senior Leaders above Brigade Level)

All of the books have a paragraph or so summarizing the book so it is clear why it is on the list.
Some of the books focus on the experiences of individuals and small units and so might be helpful in supplying character details and/or situations. A few worth noting here are:

  • Moore, Harold G. and Joseph L. Galloway. We Were Soldiers Once … and Young. Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 2004 (Vietnam)
  • Brown, Todd S. Battleground Iraq: Journal of a Company Commander. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2007
  • MacDonald, Charles B. Company Commander.(WW II) Springfield, N.J.: Burford Books, 1999. Original edition, 1947.
  • Palmer, Dave R. Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective. Novato, Calif: Presidio Press, 1995.
  • D’Este, Carlo. Eisenhower: A Soldier’s Life. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2002.
  • Slim, Viscount William. Defeat Into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India 1942-45.
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