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    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)


    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


    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

    3 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.

    2. Starship Troopers

      Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®
      by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman

      David Kahn
      Code Breakers

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