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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.
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Intermediate Level Enlisted ( Staff Sergeant - Gunnery Sergeant)

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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT - Erich Maria Remarque  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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This book is about Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of WWI. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other, if only he can come out of the war alive.

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AMERICAN SPARTANS: A COMBAT HISTORY FROM IWO JIMA TO IRAQ - James Warren  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Authoritative battle history of the Marines from the islands of the Pacific to Korea to the Middle East. It reveals how "the few and the proud" have drawn on their timeless precepts across six decades while reinventing themselves in the face of political change to forever remain America's finest warriors.

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FIELDS OF FIRE - James Webb  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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A novel about 3 young men from different worlds plunged into jungle warfare in the An Hoa Basin of Vietnam in 1969. The author captures the journey of one Marine platoon through a man-made hell as in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, until each man found his fate.

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LEADING CHANGE - John P. Kotter  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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What will it take to bring your organization successfully into the twenty-first century? Leading Change examines the efforts of more than 100 companies to remake themselves into better competitors. This book identifies the common mistakes leaders and managers make in attempting to create change and identifies an eight-step process that every company must go through to achieve its goal, and shows where and how people - good people - often derail.

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LEADING UP
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Eight true stories show that Leaders today aren't just bosses, they're self-starters who take charge even when they haven';t been given a charge. Upward leaders get results by helping their superiors lead. They make sure that good ideas don't die on the vine because a boss's understanding doesn't reach down deep enough into the organization. Upward leadership assures that advice arrives from all points on the corporate compass, not just from the top down. And it applies at every level: Even CEOs need to learn about leading up because they ultimately answer to their boards. In Leading Up, Michael Useem offers instructive accounts of this vital and unexplored facet of leadership. Drawing on the extraordinary experiences of real people, Useem shows us what happens when those not in charge rise to the challenge, and also what happens when those who should step forward fail to do so.

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MY MEN ARE MY HEROES - Brad Kasal  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Account of Marine First Sergeant Brad Kasal’s courageous mission to rescue fallen comrades while under intense enemy fire during the Battle of Fallujah. During the fight, Kasal was shot seven times, almost losing his leg, and sustained 47 shrapnel wounds using his body to shield a wounded Marine from an enemy grenade. He was awarded the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest award for heroism, for his actions.

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ONCE AN EAGLE - Anton Myrer  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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A story of two soldiers: Sam Damon, who puts duty, honour and the men he commands above self interest; and Courtney Massengale, who advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington's corridors of power. The conflict between the two begins during the Great War and reaches its conclusion in the Vietnam War.

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THE CHANGING FACE OF WAR: COMBAT FROM THE MARNE TO IRAQ - Martin Van Creveld  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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Examines the path that led to the impasse in Iraq, why powerful standing armies are now helpless against ill-equipped insurgents, and how the security of sovereign nations may be maintained in the future. Paying close attention to the unpredictability of the human element, the author takes the reader on a journey from the last century’s clashes of massive armies to today’s short, high-tech, lopsided skirmishes and frustrating quagmires.

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THE INNOVATORS - Walter Isaacson  Icon  Icon
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Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.

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THINKING, FAST AND SLOW - Daniel Kahneman  Icon  Icon  Icon
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In this book, the author takes us on a tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think and the way we make choices. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. He exposes the extraordinary capabilities, and also the faults and biases, of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives, and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Kahneman received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making. His work has transformed cognitive psychology and launched the new fields of behavioral economics and happiness studies.

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THIS KIND OF WAR: THE CLASSIC KOREAN WAR HISTORY - T. R. Fehrenbach  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon  Icon
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History of the Korean War written from the perspective of those who fought it. Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of small-unit commanders and their troops. As Americans and North Koreans continue to face each other across the 38th Parallel, this book offers vital lessons for the future.

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