COMMANDANT OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS
OFFICIAL READING LIST

The intent of the Commandant in issuing this list (MCBUL 1500) is stated as follows: "In an era of constrained resources, our professional reading program is designed to provide Marines with an intellectual framework to study warfare and enhance their thinking and decision making skills. The mind, like the body, grows soft with inactivity. All Marines must understand that mental fitness is as demanding and as important as physical fitness, for both require commitment and perseverance. In a world characterized by rapid change and great uncertainty, our reading program will act as a combat multiplier by providing all Marines with a common frame of reference and historical perspective on warfare, human factors in combat and decisionmaking. In so doing, the program will also strengthen the threads of cohesion that make our Marine Corps unique." Selectons of  recommended works are to be made from the listings under each rank. The sub-categories of readings for "All Marines" listed at the end, are shown in parentheses.

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Private, Private First Class, Lance Corporal

Forester Rifleman Dodd
Heinlein Starship Troopers
Hubbard A Message to Garcia
Miller The Bridge at Dong-Ha
Simmons U.S. Marines: 1775-1975
Various U.S. Constitution
Webb Fields of Five

Corporal, Sergeant

Barber The War of the Running Dogs: The Malayan Emergency, 1948-1962
Campbell The Old Man's Trail
Card Ender's Game
Chapin Uncommon Men: Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps
Crane The Red Badge of Courage
Davis Marine: The Life of Lt Gen & USMC (Ret) Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller
Hammel Fire in the Streets: The Battle for Hue, Tet 1968
Leckie The Buffalo Soldiers: A Narrative of the Negro Cavalry in the West
Marshall Soldier's Load and the Mobility of a Nation
McCormick The Right Kind of War
Schell Battle Leadership
Swinton The Defense of Duffer's Drift
Thomason Fix Bayonets!
Uris Battle Cry
West The Village

Staff Sergeant, Warrant Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2, Warrant Officer 3, Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant

Amrose Band of Brothers: E Co. 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
Ambrose Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944
Asprey War in the Shadows: The Guerilla in History
Collins Common Sense Training: A Working Philosophy for Leaders
English & Gudmundsson On Infantry
Fuller  Grant and Lee: A Study in Personality and Generalship
Giap How We Won the War
Hagan American Gunboat Diplomacy and the Old Navy, 1877-1889
Holmes Acts of War: The Behavior of Men in Battle
Hynes Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator
Keegan The Face of Battle
Laquer & Alexander Terroism Reader
Liddell Hart Strategy
Lind Maneuver Warfare Handbook
Manning The Middle Parts of Fortune: Somme and Ancre
Moore & Galloway We Were Soldiers Once and Young: La Drang, The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam
Moskin The U.S. Marine Corps Story
Moskos The Military: More Than Just a Job
Nolan Operation Buffalo: USMC Fight for the DMZ
Nye Challenge of Command: A Reading for Military Excellence
Rommel Attacks
Ross Iwo Jima: Legacy of Valor
Sajer The Forgotten Soldier: The Classic World War II Autobiography
Scales Firepower in Limited War
Shaara The Killer Angels
Sherrod Tarawa: The Story of  a Battle
Sulzberg The Fall of Eagles
Sun Tzu Art of War
Various U.S. Constitution
Willock Unaccoustomed to Fear: A Biography of the Late General Roy S. Gieger

Gunnery Sergeant, First Seargeant, Master Sergeant, Chief Warrant Officer 4, Captain

Ardant Du Picq Battle Studies: Ancient and Modern Battles
Chaliand Guerrilla Strategies: A Historical Anthology from the Long March to Afghanistan
Doughty The Breaking Point: Sedan and the Fall of France, 1940
Fall Street Without Joy
Hackett Profession of Arms
Hastings Battle for the Falklands
Heinl Victory at High Tide: The Inchon-Seoul Campaign
Higgenbotham The War of American Independence: Military Attitudes, Policies, and Practice
Hoffman Once a Legend:"Red Mike" Edson of the Marine Raiders
Hooker  Maneuver Warfare: An Anthology
Horne The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916
Infantry School (U.S.) Infantry in Battle
Isley & Crowl The U.S. Marines and Amphibious War: Its Theory, and its Practice in the Pacific
Keegan The Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval Warfare
Krulak First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps
Lupfer The Dynamics of Doctrine: The Changes in German Tactical Doctrine During the First World War
MacArthur Reminiscences
McDonald Company Commander
Mao Tse-Tung Mao Tse-Tung on Guerilla Warfare
McDonough Defense of Hill 781
McPherson Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era
Mellenthin Panzer Battles: A Study of the Employment of Armor in the Decond World War
Meyer Company Command: The Bottom Line
Millett & Maslowski For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America
Moorehead Galipoli
Moran The Anatomy of Courage
Myrer One an Eagle
Navmc 2890 Small Wars Manual
Newman Follow Me: Human Element in Leadership
O'Ballance No Victor, No Vanquished: Yom Kippur War
Peppers History of U.S. Military Logistics, 1935-1985
Puller Fortunate Son
Sears Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam
Sledge With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa
Smith Douglas Southall Freeman on Leadership
Summers On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War
Turley The Easter Offensive, Vietnam, 1972
Van Creveld Airpower and Maneuver Warfare

Major, Chief Warrent Officer 5

Baynes Morale: A Study of Men and Courage
Catton Grant Takes Command
Clausewitz On War
D'este Patton: A Genius for War
Fall Hell in a Very Small Place: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu
Fehrenbach This Kind of War: A Study in Unpreparedness
Frank Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account
Fraser Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
Griffith Forward into Battle: Fighting Tactics from Waterloo to Vietnam
Guevara Che Guevara on Guerilla Warfare
Hammel Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War
Higginbotham George Washington and the American Military Tradition
Lejeune Reminiscences of a Marine
Mersky U.S. Marine Corps Aviation
Paret Makers of Modern Steategy: From Maciavelli to the Nuclear Age
Prange At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
Robertson Dieppe: The Shame and the Glory
Schwarzkopf It Doesn't Take a Hero
Sherrod History of Marine Corps Aviation in WW2
Shy A People Numerous and Armed: Reflections on the Military Struggle for American Independence
Slim Defeat into Victory
Spector Eagle Against the Sun: The American War with Japan
Van Crevald Command in war
Van Crevald Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton

Master Gunnery Sergeant, Sergeant Major, Lieutenent Colonel

Baer One Hundred Years of Seapower: The U.S. Navy, 1890-1990 
Bennett Ultra in the West: The Normandy Campaign, 1944-45
Buell The Quiet warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
Gordon & Trainor The General's War: The Inside Story of the Conflict in the Gulf
James The Year of MacArthur
Keiser The U.S. Marine Corps and Defense Unification, 1944-47: The Politics of Survival
Kohn Eagle and Sword: The Federalists and the Creation of the Military Establishment in America, 1783-1802
Krepinevich The Army and Vietnam
Long Personal Memoirs of Ulusses S. Grant
Millett In Many a Strife: General Gerald C. Thomas and the U.S. Marine Corps
Murray The Making of Strategy
Newman Follow Me II: More on the Human Element in Leadership
Pagonis Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War
Travers How the War Was Won
Vaux Take That Hill: Royal Marines in the Falklands War
White The Enlightened Soldier: Scharnhorst and the Militarische Gesellschaft in Berlin, 1801-1805
Woodward 100 Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander

COLONEL

Ambrose The Supreme Commander: The War Years of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Brennan Foundations of Moral Obligation: The Stockdale Course
Chandler The Campaigns of Napoleon
Cohen Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War
Cray General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman
Doughty Seeds of Disaster: The Development of French Army Doctrine, 1919-1939
Eccles Logistics in the National Defense
Flicke War Secrets in the Ether: The use of Signals Intelligence by the German Military in WW2
Forester The General
Friedman From Beirut to Jerusalem
Horne A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962
Horne To Lose a Battle:, France 1940
Kennedy The Rise and Fall of British Naval Mastery
Millett & Murray Military Innovation in the Interwar Period
Murray Luftwaffe
O'Neill A Democracy at war: America's Fight at Home and Abroad in WW2
Palmer The 25-Year War: America's Military Role in Vietnam
Potter Nimitz
Ridgeway Korean War
Ryan A Bridge to Far
Shulimson The Marine Corps Search for a Mission, 1880-1898
Simpkin Race to the Swift: Thoughts on Twenty First Century Warfare
Smythe Pershing, General of the Armies
Thucydides The Peloponnesian War
Travers The Killing Ground: The British Army, the Western Front, and the Emergence of Modern Warfare, 1900-1918
Van Tien Dung Our Great Spring Victory: An Account of the Liberation of South Vietnam
Vandergrift Once a Marine: The Memoirs of General A.A. Vandergrift, USMC
Weigley Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944-45

Generals

Bartlett Lejeune: A Marine's Life, 1867-1942
Fuller Generalship, Its Diseases and Their Cure: A Study of the Personal Factor in Command
Halberstam The Best and the Brightest
Kagan On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace
Kennedy Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500-2000
Kissinger Diplomacy
MacDonald Giap: The Victor in Vietnam
McNamara In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
Moore A Woman at War: Storming Kuwait with the U.S. Marines
Murray Airwar in the Gulf
Newman What Are Generals Made of?
Powell My American Journey
Royster Memoirs of General W.T. Sherman
Schmidt Maverick Marine: General Smedley Butler and the Contradictions of American Military History
Sheehan A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
Timberg The Nightingale's Song
Twining No Bended Knee

All Marines - Military Affairs and National Security Issues

Greenwood & Neimeyer America's Cutting Edge: U.S. Marine Corps Roles and Missions (Roles and Missions)
Smith Angels from the Sea: Relief Operations in Bangladesh (Peace Operations)
Drew NATO: From Berin to Bosnia (Peace Operations)
McKenzie Peacekeeper (Peace Operations)
Murray 1995-1996 Brassey's Mershon American Defense Annual (Revolutions in Military Affairs)
Toffler & Toffler War and Anti-War (Revolutions in Military Affairs)
Scwartau Information Warfare (Information Warfare)
Campen The First Information War (Information Warfare)
Libicki What Is Information Warfare? (Information Warfare)
Van Ham Managing Non-Proliferation Regimes in the 1990s (International Nuclear Proliferation)
Reiner Nuclear Non-Proliferation (International Nuclear Proliferation)
Braestrup Big Story (Military and the Media)
Fialka Hotel Warriors (Military and the Media)

All Marines - Professional and Societal Issues

Covey Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Professional Development) 
Smith Taking Charge, Making the Right Choices (Professional Development)
Walton The Deming Management Method (Professional Development)
Senge The Fifth Discipline (Professional Development)
Thomas Beyond Race and Gender (Cultural Diversity)
Buchen Cultural Diversity Manual (Cultural Diversity)
Hacker Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal (Cultural Diversity)
Bennett Book of Virtues (Ethics)
Carter Integrity (Ethics)
Various Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces (Women in the Military)
Webb Step Forward (Women in the Military)
Yianilos Woman Marine (Women in the Military)
Elshtain Women and War (Women in the Military)

 
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