Chief of U.S. Naval Operations Reading List

The following list of books was posted by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations - NCC. It was undated, but was obtained from the world wide web on October 20, 2002.The list is divided into three sections: for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Reading Lists.



All Quiet on the Western Front Erich M. Remarque
American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 William Manchester
Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes Stephen M. Hawking
Command of the Seas: A Personal Story John F. Lehman
Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Thirty Three Anmerican Soldiers Who Fought It Al Santoli, Ed.
Flight of the Intruder Stephen Coontz
Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy
In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years James B. & Sybil Stockdale
In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies Thomas J. Peters
On Watch Elmo Zumwalt
Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane
Red Storm Rising Tom Clancy
Run Silent, Run Deep Edward L. Beach
The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk
The Cruel Sea Nicholas Monsarrat
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara
The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
The Russians Hedrick Smith
The Sand Pebbles Richard McKenna
The Source James A. Michener
The United States Navy: A Two Hundred Year History Edward L. Beach
Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War Samuel E. Morison
War and Remembrance Herman Wouk
Winds of War Herman Wouk


A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Neil Sheehan
Admiral Arleigh Burke: A Biography E.B. Potter
At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor Gordon W. Prange
Assignment-Pentagon: The Insider's Guide to the Potomac Puzzle Palace Perry M. Smith
Bull Halsey: A Biography E.B. Potter
Commander in Chief: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, His Lieutenants and Their War  Eric Larrabee
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture Ruth Benedict
Eagle Against the Sun: An American War with Japan Ronald H. Spector
Eisenhower: At War, 1943-1945 David Eisenhower
Fate is the Hunter Ernest K. Gann
First to Fight: An Island View of the U.S. Marine Corps Victor H. Krulak
From Hiroshima to Glasnost: At the Center of Decision Paul Nitze
Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competetive Success Masaaki Imai
Makers of Modern Strategy Peter Paret
Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King Thomas Buell
Miracle at Midway Gordon W. Prange
Modern Times: The World from the Twenties to the Eighties Paul Johnson
Mountbatten Philip Ziegler
Nelson, A Biography David Walder
Nimitz E.B. Potter
Out of the Crisis W. Edwards Deming
Presidency and the Management of National Security Carnes Lord
The Deming Management Syatem Mary Walton
The Guns of August Barbara W. Tuchman
The Atlantic Campaign: World War II's Great Struggle at Sea Dan Van Der Vat
The Face of Battle John Keegan
The Future of Sea Power Eric J. Grove
The KGB Today: The Hidden Hand John Barron
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 William Manchester
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940 William Manchester
The Maritime Strategy: Geopolitics and the Defense of the West Colin S. Gray
The Mask of Command John Keegan
The Pentagon and the Art of War: The Question of Military Reform Edward N. Luttwak
The Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval Warfare John Keegan
The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Thomas Buell
The Rise of American Naval Forces, 1776-1918 Harold & Margaret Sprout
The Rivals: America and Russia Since World War II Adam B. Ulam
Sea Power: A Naval History Elmer B. Potter & Chester Nimitz
The Second World War John Keegan
Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan Clay Blair, Jr.
Today's Isms: Communism, Fascism, Capitalism, Socialism William Ebenstein & Edwin Fogelman
The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 John L. Gaddis
Vietnam: A History Stanley Karnow


America at Century's End James R. Schlesinger
The Art of War Sun Tsu
Cold Dawn: The Story of SALT John Newhouse
Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville
Deterrence in American Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice  Alexander George
Fleet Tactics: Theory and Practice Wayne P. Hughes
From Beirut to Jerusalem Thomas L. Friedman
The Geopolitics of Superpowers Colin S. Gray
How Democracies Perish Jean-Francois Revel
The Influence of Seapower Upon History Alfred T. Mahan
Man, the State and War: A Theoretical Analysis Kenneth N. Waltz
Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control Joseph C. Wylie
Origins of the Maratime Strategy: American Naval Strategy in the First Postwar Decade Michael A. Palmer
On War Carl von Clausewitz
Power and Change: The Administrative History of the Office of the CNO, 1946-1986 Thomas C. Hone 
Seapower and Strategy Colin S. Gray & Roger Barnett
The Soldier and the State: The Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations Samuel P. Huntington
Some Principles of Maratime Strategy Julian S. Corbett
Strategy for Defeat: Vietnam in Retrospect Ulysses Sharp
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace Edward N. Luttwak
The Ultra Secret F.W. Winterbotham
U.S. Defence Policy in an Era of Constrained Resources Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Jr. & Richard H. Schultz
The U.S. Navy: The View from the Mid-1990's James L. George
War and Politics Bernard Brodie
The White House Years Henry Kissinger