CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE AIR FORCE'S
READING LIST
JULY 22, 2002
GENERAL JOHN JUMPER 

The web site Air Force Link provides the following background information on the CSAF's Reading List. "General Ronald Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members -- officers, enlisted, and civilians -- to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of aerospace power. General Michael Ryan and now General John Jumper have wholeheartedly embraced and continued the Professional Reading Program." General Jumper writes: "This is a new list, a single list, which replaces the previous tiered list that has served the Air Force over the past six years. That prior list was divided into sections depending upon your rank. Given that my list is new, it's appropriate for Air Force members of all grades to pursue it, as their time permits. Also, it is my conviction that it's useful for the generals to know what the young troops are reading and vice versa.... In selecting these particular books I have been mindful that the 'Chief of Staff Reading List' must be subject to periodic renewal if it is to remain relevant to our constantly changing times and challenges. Accordingly, I intend to make this a dynamic list with additions and substitutions from time to time."

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Category I
History of the Air Force
From Its Beginnings Through Its Major Transformations as an Institution


Stephen E. Ambrose The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany
Walter J. Boyne Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the United States Air Force, 1947-1997
Benjamin S. Lambeth The Transformation of American Air Power
Geoffrey Perret Winged Victory: The Army Air Forces in World War II
Forrest C. Pogue George C. Marshall: Organizer of Victory, 1943-1945

 

CATEGORY II
Insight into Ongoing Conflicts and the Frictions that can Produce
Conflicts in the Future


Yossef Bodansky Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America
Samuel P. Huntington The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order
Eric S. Margolis War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet
Karl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair Brysac Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia
Daniel Yergin The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power

 

Category III
Organization, Leadership and Sucess Stories
Holding Lessons for the Present and Future


Bill Creech The Five Pillars of TQM (Guidelines for Organizational Greatness)
Edgar F. Puryear American Generalship: Character is Everything: The Art of Command

 

Category IV
Lessons Emerging from Recent Conflicts - and the Preparation for Them


Tom Clancy with Chuck Horner Every Man a Tiger
James Kitfield Prodigal Soldiers

 
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