My War-ish Reading List

Inspired by others, here is my War-ish reading list:

Two Classics:

- The Art of War by Sun-Tzu

- The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

General Purpose-ish

- The American Threat: National Security and Foreign Policy By James L Payne

- The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century by Bruce D. Berkowitz

- How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War – from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror by Bevin Alexander

- Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization by John Robb

- The Pentagon’s New Map Thomas P.M. Barnett

- Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P. W. Singer

Maneuver Warfare / 3GW

- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (A short intro to Maneuver Warfare – aka 3GW – thinking embedded in a fun to read Science Fiction novel)

4GW

- War Nerd by Gary Brecher (This is a  book mostly about 4GW by an insightful asshole)

- The Principles of War for the Information Age by Robert Leonhard

- Utility of Force by Rupert Smith

- The Sling and the Stone by  Thomas X. Hammes

Moving toward some 5GW thinking

- Unrestricted Warfare by Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui ( Forget the dumb criticism that this is anti-US book. This book broadens ones mind as to what conflict can be, is leads in to a key idea of 4GW and 5GW, that is the  Weaponization of things not thought to be Weapons)

- An Army of Davids by Glenn Reynolds (The emergence of Strategic Citizens)

- The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Brafman and Beckstrom

- Strategic Denial and Deception: The Twenty-First Century Challenge edited by Roy Godson and James Wirtz

- World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World by Christopher Andrew

- The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy

Other/Related

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

- Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence by Roy Godson

- The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism by Hernando De Soto

- The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny

2 Responses

  1. Roots of Strategy, edited by T.R. Phillips. Includes translations of Sun Tzu, Vegetius (on Roman tactics and strategy), De Saxe (Baroque period, borrowed from Vegetius), Frederick the Great and Napoleon.

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