What are thebooks that every soldier should read?

What are thebooks that every soldier should read?

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    What are thebooks that every soldier should read?

    Before my grandfather passed away he gave me a list of books that
    every soldier should read...and I lost it.

    So I figured I would do the next best thing and ask all of you what are some books that every soldier should read??

    Some books I have read so far that I have really enjoyed and learned at least a little from

    Shooter by GySGT Jack Coughlin

    The Making of a Legionnaire by Bill Parris

    With the Old Breed by Eugene Bondurant Sledge

    Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

    And a book on the way is called The Last Stand of Fox Company by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

    All of these were good books, none of which I would consider required reading for soldiers tho, any suggestions?
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    Sounds like you had a great grandfather!

    The ones you listed are great for helping you determine your actions.
    Depending on your personal choice one or more of the following will help with your planning and reactions.

    * Bhagavad Gita
    * Bahai Texts
    * Bible
    * Buddhist Texts
    * Christian Fathers
    * Confucian Texts
    * Corpus Hermeticum
    * Dead Sea Scrolls
    * Divrei Torah
    * Enuma Elish
    * Ethiopian Texts
    * The Egyptian Book of the Dead
    * Gnostic Texts
    * Hindu Texts
    * Islamic Texts
    * Jain Texts
    * 1st and 2nd Books of Jeu
    * Mormon Texts (Church of Jesus Christ)
    * Nag Hammadi Texts
    * Old testament Apocrypha
    * Old testament Pseudepigrapha
    * Pistis Sophia
    * New testament Apocryphal Acts
    * New testament Apocryphal Apocalypse
    * New testament Apocryphal Gospels
    * Taoist Texts
    * Sepher Yetzirah
    * Shinto Texts
    * Sikh Texts
    * Tibetan Book of the Dead
    * Urantia Book
    * Zen Texts
    * Zoroastrian Texts

    (Standard disclaimer I neither promote nor speak against any of the above except between me and the one I follow. Sorry for the ones I missed too.)

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    Start here:
    Chief of Staff of the Army's Professional Reading List

    And here:
    General Schwartz releases 2009 CSAF Reading List

    And here:
    COMMANDANT OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS OFFICIAL READING LIST

    Some good books on the various lists. If you're looking for historical perspective, the evolution of modern doctrine, and joint warfare, you'll find something on those lists. You'll also find great and inspiring stories about badasses from all services.

    A good soldier understands the Air Force and a good Airman understands the Army. Everyone should know about the Marine Corps.

    Some of my favorites:
    We Were Soldiers Once, and Young
    A Few Great Captains
    Thud Ridge
    Patton on Leadership
    Lincoln on Leadership
    Red Badge of Courage

    One I haven't read, but need to:

    On Killing

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    The Holy Bible
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    Ordered On Killing today. I read it for a good hour straight on amazon via the "surprise me function", seems like a fantastic and absolute necessary read for all those who might be in the unfortunate situation to take another human life some day. I'd recommend it to all DC.com members.
    "A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master." -- George Washington

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    Every enlisted man or officer should read, "Once An Eagle", by Anton Myrer.

    It was a heck of a mini-series too.

    Biker

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    The Art of War by Sun Tzu
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    We Were Soldiers Once,,, and Young by LTG Hal Moore. It Doesn't Take a Hero by Gen H. Norman Schwartzkopf.

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    The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay by Warren Kozak

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    The Prince by Machivelli, not sure of the spelling of his name, Good book though.
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    "On Killing".

    But I don't know the dude's name. It's pretty good, though. He wrote another book that wasn't so good (IMHO), but "On Killing" is right on.

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    "...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."


    Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.

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    On Killing is one I recommend. More for leaders than privates, but a good book to help understand the psychology of it all.

    Musashi's Book of Five Rings is also one of my favorites.

    All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Big Red One are a couple of my favorite novels.

    Required reading: FM 7-8
    "and suddenly I can not hold back my sword hand's anger"

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    The instruction manual for his weapon.
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    Evil prevails when good men stand by and do nothing
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    Quote Originally Posted by heylin View Post
    The instruction manual for his weapon.

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    For Marines:

    Don't worry about reading.

    Listen to your DI, believe everything he tells you.

    Later, listen to your Gunny, he'll make you believe everything he tells you!

    Do both of the above, you have a good chance of staying alive.

    Marines don't learn war from books, they learn war from their NCOs.

    Marines don't theorize about wars, they fight wars.

    Master Gunny sends.
    Retired Marine, Retired School Teacher, Independent voter, Goldwater Conservative.

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