General Eric K. Shinseki

General Eric K. Shinseki, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, has promugated this professional reading list for Army leaders. He writes: "We can never spend too much time thinking about our profession. There is no better way to develop the sure knowledge and confidence required of our calling than a disciplined, focused commitment to a personal course of reading and study." General Shinseki continues: "The Books included in this list are designed to provoke critical thinking concerning the profession of soldering and the unique role of landpower. There are works here that address issues and chalenges relevant to each of us, from private to general. This list includes books that examine the past and those that consider the future. These readings deepen our understanding of the timeless constants of the Army's values and traditions, the enduring dynamics of the human face of battle, and the future's potential to transform the profession of arms in the 21st Century." The Professional Reading List covers army heritage and military history, includes an annotation for each title and is issued in four sublists.


Sublist 1: For Cadets, Soldiers, and Junior NCOs

Stephen Ambrose Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. 1992 
Rick Atkinson The Long Gray Line. 1999
Tom Brokaw The Greatest Generation. 1998
T.R. Fehrenbach This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness. 1994
Charles E. Heller & William A. Stoft, eds. America's First Battles: 1776-1965. 1986
David W. Hogan, Jr. A 225 Yeaars of Service: The U.S. Army 1775-2000. 2000
John Keegan The Face of Battle. 1977
Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (ret.) & Joseph L. Galloway We Were Soldiers Once, and Young...1992
Anton Myrer Once an Eagle. 1995
Michael Shaara The Killer Angels. 1974


Sublist 2: For Company Grade Officers, WO1-CW3, and Company Cadre NCOs

Steven Ambrose Citizen Soldiers. 1997
Edward M. Coffman The War to End All Wars: The American Military Experience in World War I. 1968
Samuel P. Huntington Soldier and State. 1957
Gerald F. Linderman Embattled Courage: The Experience of Courage in the American Civil War. 1987
Charles B. MacDonald Company Comander. 1999
S.L.A. Marshall Men Against Fire: The Problem of Battle Command in Future War. 1947
Alan R. Millett & Peter Maslowski For the Common Defense, A Military History of the United States of America. 1984
Robert H. Scales, Jr. Certain Victory. 1994
Mark A. Stoler George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century. 1989
Tom Willard Buffalo Soldiers. 1996


Sublist 3: For Field Grade Officers, CW4-CW5, and Senior NCOs

Roy E. Appleman East of Chosin: Entrapment and Breakout in Korea, 1950. 1987
Graham A. Cosmas An Army for Empire: The United States Army and the Spanish American War. 1994
Robert A. Doughty The Evolution of U.S. Army Tactical Doctrine, 1946-1976. 1979
Antoine Henri Jomoni Jomini and His Summary of the Art of War. 1965
Charles B. MacDonald & Sidney T. Mathews Three Battles: Arnaville, Altuzzo, and Schmidt. n.d.
James M. McPherson Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War era. 1988
Roger H. Nye The Challenge of Command. 1986
Dave R. Palmer Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective. 1978
Martin Van Creveld Supplying war: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton. 1977
Russell F. Weigley The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy. 1973


Sublist 4: For Senior Leaders Above Brigade

Carl von Clausewitz On War. 1832
Kent Roberts Greenfield, ed. Command Decisions. 1960
Michael Howard War in European History. 1976
Paul Kennedy The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. 1987
Henry Kissinger Diplomacy. 1994
Williamson Murray & Alan R. Millett, eds. Military Innovation in the Interwar Period. 1996
Richard E. Neustadt & Ernest R. May Thinking in Time. 1986
Peter Paret, ed. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. 1986
William B. Skelton An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784-1861. 1992
Harry Summers On Strategy. 1982
Thucydides The Peloponnesian War. 1972