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We Were Soldiers Once...And Young
Ia Drang The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
Harold G. Moore - 1992-10-20 (first published in 1991)
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Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young. In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopt...
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The Art of War
Sun Tzu - 2017-04-12 (first published in 500)
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Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should b...
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Band of Brothers
E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
Stephen E. Ambrose - 2017-09-05 (first published in 1992)
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Stephen E. Ambroses classic New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series about Easy Company, the ordinary men who became the World War IIs most extraordinary soldiers at the frontlines of the war's most critical moments. Featuring a foreword from Tom Hanks.They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn ...
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Tulsi Gabbard
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Black Hawk Down
A Story of Modern War
Mark Bowden - 2010-04-13
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On October 3, 1993, about a hundred U.S. soldiers were dropped by helicopter into a teeming market in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia, to abduct two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. The action was supposed to take an hour. Instead, they spent a long and terrible night fighting thousands of armed Somalis. By morning, eighteen Americans were dead...
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One Bullet Away
The Making of a Marine Officer
Nathaniel C. Fick - 2006-09-07 (first published in 2005)
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If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him ...
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Peter Attia
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On Killing
The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
Dave Grossman - 2009-06-22 (first published in 1995)
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The revised and updated edition of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's modern classic, hailed by the Washington Post as "an illuminating account of how soldiers learn to kill and how they live with the experiences of having killed." The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instincti...
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Noah Kagan
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David McCullough - 2006-06-27 (first published in 2005)
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In this masterful book, David McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence - when the whole American cause was riding on their success, without which all hope for independence would have been dashed and the noble ideals of the Declaration would have amo...
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Sean Junkins
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Starship Troopers
Robert A. Heinlein - 1987-05-15 (first published in 1959)
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The historians cant seem to settle whether to call this one "The Third Space War" (or the fourth), or whether "The First Interstellar War" fits it better. We just call it The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were "incidents," "patrols," or "police actions." However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an "incident" as you are...
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With the Old Breed
At Peleliu and Okinawa
E. B. Sledge - 2007-09-25 (first published in 1981)
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Eugene B. Sledge was part of the war's famous 1st Marine Division - 3d Battalion, 5th Marines. Based on notes that Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and intense frankness the experience of a Marine in the fierce Pacific Theatre. Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life...
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A True Story of Courage
James Bradley - 2004-09-14 (first published in 2003)
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Over the remote Pacific island of Chichi Jima, nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there-were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. When the war was over...
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The Forever War
Dexter Filkins - 2009-06-02
The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
The Pentagon Wars by James G. Burton
America's War for the Greater Middle East by Andrew J. Bacevich
Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha
A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Call Sign Chaos by Jim Mattis
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Outpost by Jake Tapper
Generation Kill by Evan Wright
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
On China by Henry Kissinger
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The Face of Battle by John Keegan
The Liberator by Alex Kershaw
Boyd by Robert Coram
Sergeant Rex by Mike Dowling
The Dog Who Could Fly by Damien Lewis
The Good War by Studs Terkel
Always Faithful by William W. Putney
Lincoln and His Generals by T. Harry Williams
A Paper Hug by Stephanie Skolmoski
Countdown 'til Daddy Comes Home by Kristin Ayyar
Buddy the Soldier Bear by Marie Joy
Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley
My Army - Coloring Book - Kindergarten Kids Ages 4-6 by Rachel Mintz
Dogs Of War by Lisa Rogak
Leading Change, With a New Preface by the Author by John P. Kotter
I Love You Near and Far by Marjorie Blain Parker
Grunts by John C. McManus
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant
Military History by DK
On War by Carl von Clausewitz
Blood on the Risers by John Leppelman
Missionaries by Phil Klay
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
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Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid
Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier by Joseph Plumb Martin