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Commandant's Professional Reading List - Official Site  

Official site of the Marine Corps Commandant's Professional Reading List per ALMAR 009-16. This site outlines the annual and recommended reading requirements for all Marines.
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2017 URL: http://guides.grc.usmcu.edu/usmcreadinglist Print Guide Email Alerts

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Printables

For your convenience, we present the following printable of the Reading List.

The 31 OCT 2017 update reflects 1) the addition of Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden to the CMC Choice section, and 2) RB Digital, the new provider for USMC MCCS e-books and audiobooks.

 

Primary Level Enlisted (Private - Private First Class - Lance Corporal)

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CHESTY - Jon T. Hoffman  Icon  Icon  Icon
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The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became—and has remained—the epitome of the Marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question—at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize).

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ENDER'S GAME - Orson Scott Card  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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In this science fiction novel, child genius Ender Wiggin is chosen by international military forces to save the world from destruction by a deadly alien race. His skills make him a leader yet Ender suffers from isolation and rivalry from his peers, pressure from adults, and fear of the enemy. His psychological battles include loneliness and fear that he is becoming like his cruel brother. The novel’s major theme is the concept of a “game” and all of the other important ideas in the novel are interpreted through this concept. Some of the important ideas in the book include: the relationship between children and adults, compassion, ruthlessness, friends and enemies, and the question of humanity: what it means to be human.

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RIFLEMAN DODD - C. S. Forester  Icon  Icon
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Study of one man's commitment to duty taking precedence over his own personal survival. It shows how one man with ability, courage, and initiative can make a difference to the outcome of a war.

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THE LAST STAND OF FOX COMPANY: A TRUE STORY OF U.S. MARINES IN COMBAT - Bob Drury  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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During the Korean War, 234 heroic Marines from Fox Company, First Division, held off a force of 10,000 Chinese soldiers in subzero weather to secure the Toktong Pass. This is their story.

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THE MARINES OF MONTFORD POINT: AMERICA'S FIRST BLACK MARINES - Melton Alonza McLaurin  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Collection of interviews with members of the Montford Point Marines Association, organized by chronology and theme. This recognizes and honors the men who desegregated the Marine Corps and loyally served their country in three major wars. It is about the first black recruits who received Marine Corps basic training at the segregated Camp Montford Point (adjacent to Camp Lejeune). Between 1942 and 1949, more than 20,000 men trained at Montford Point, most of them going on to serve in the Pacific Theatre in World War II as members of support units.

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ON CALL IN HELL - Richard Jadick; Thomas Hayden  Icon  Icon  Icon
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A recipient of the Bronze Star with a Combat V for valor, Jadick is the only Navy doctor to have been awarded one so far in the Iraq war. In this riveting memoir, he shares the inspiring story of his decision to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment to Iraq in 2004, and his experience on the front lines at the Battle of Fallujah.

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READY PLAYER ONE - Ernest Cline  Icon  Icon  Icon
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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.     But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

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THE WARRIOR ETHOS - Steven Pressfield; Shawn Coyne (Editor)  Icon
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WARS CHANGE, WARRIORS DON'TWe are all warriors. Each of us struggles every day to define and defend our sense of purpose and integrity, to justify our existence on the planet and to understand, if only within our own hearts, who we are and what we believe in. Do we fight by a code? If so, what is it? What is the Warrior Ethos? Where did it come from? What form does it take today? How do we (and how can we) use it and be true to it in our internal and external lives?The Warrior Ethos is intended not only for men and women in uniform, but artists, entrepreneurs and other warriors in other walks of life. The book examines the evolution of the warrior code of honor and "mental toughness." It goes back to the ancient Spartans and Athenians, to Caesar's Romans, Alexander's Macedonians and the Persians of Cyrus the Great (not excluding the Garden of Eden and the primitive hunting band). Sources include Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Xenophon, Vegetius, Arrian and Curtius--and on down to Gen. George Patton, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, and Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Dayan.

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