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CNO's Professional Reading Program

This guide lists the titles in the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program, revised in 2015.

Titles and Nimitz Library Call Numbers

Crusade in Europe - Eisenhower, Dwight D.  Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1948.    D743.E35 1952

On grand strategy - John Lewis Gaddis.  New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2018.

Scales on war : the future of America's military at risk - Maj. Gen. Bob Scales, USA (Ret.). Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, 2016.  UA23 .S29498 2016

Neptune's inferno : the U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal - James D. Hornfischer Imprint New York : Bantam Books, 2011.  D767.98 .H665 2011

Sea power : the history and geopolitics of the world's oceans - Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.).  New York : Penguin Press, 2017.  V25 .S73 2017

Toward a new maritime strategy : American naval thinking in the post-Cold War era - Peter D. Haynes.  Annapolis, Maryland : Naval Institute Press, 2015.  V165 .H39 2015

The rules of the game : Jutland and British naval command - Andrew Gordon.  Annapolis, Md., Naval Institute Press, 2000.  D582.J8 G67 2000

Seapower : a guide for the twenty-first century - Geoffrey Till.  London, Portland, OR : Frank Cass, 2004.  V25 .T55 2004

Red star over the Pacific : China's rise and the challenge to U.S. maritime strategy - Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2010.  VA633 .Y67 2010

Pacific crucible : war at sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 - Ian W. Toll.  New York : W.W. Norton, 2012.  D767 .T65 2012

The conquering tide : war in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 - Ian W. Toll.  New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.   D767 .T64 2015

Six frigates : the epic history of the founding of the U.S. Navy - Ian W. Toll.  New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.  E182 .T65 2006

Cybersecurity and cyberwar : what everyone needs to know - P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman.  New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.  QA76.9.A25 S562 2014

Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers - Simon Winchester.  New York, NY. : Harper, 2015.  GC771 .W56 2015

The Rickover effect : how one man made a difference - Theodore Rockwell.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1992.  V63.R54 R63 1992

Rickover and the nuclear navy : the discipline of technology - by Francis Duncan.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1990.  V63.R54D86 1990

Two-ocean war : a short history of the United States Navy in the Second World War - by Samuel Eliot Morison.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2007.  D773 .M62 2007

Fleet tactics and coastal combat - Wayne P. Hughes, Jr.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2000.  V167 .H84 2000

The face of battle : a study of Agincourt, Waterloo and the Somme - John Keegan.  London : Pimlico, 2004.  D25 .K43 2004

Military readiness : concepts, choices, consequences - Richard K. Betts.  Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution, 1995.  UA10 .B48 1995

Military innovation in the interwar period - edited by Williamson Murray, Allan R. Millet.  Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.  U42 .M556 1996

"Execute against Japan" : the U.S. decision to conduct unrestricted submarine warfare - Joel Ira Holwitt.  College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2009.  D783 .H65 2009

John Barry : an American hero in the Age of Sail - Tim McGrath.  Yardley, Pa. : Westholme, 2010.  E207.B2 M345 2010

Empires of the sea : the siege of Malta, the battle of Lepanto, and the contest for the center of the world - Roger Crowley.  New York : Random House, 2008.  D215 .C76 2008

Shattered sword : the untold story of the Battle of Midway - Jonathan B. Parshall, Anthony P. Tully.  Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, 2005.  D774.M4 P37 2005

Master and commander - Patrick O'Brian.  New York : W.W. Norton, 1990.  PR6029.B55M28 1990

1812 : the Navy's war - George C. Daughan.  New York : Basic Books, 2011.  E360 .D25 2011

Technology and war : from 2000 B.C. to the present - Martin van Creveld.  New York : Free Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1991.  U27 .V27 1991

Wired for war : the robotics revolution and conflict in the twenty-first century - P. W. Singer.  New York : Penguin Press, 2009.  UG450 .S45 2009

Freedom's forge : how American business produced victory in World War II - Arthur Herman.  New York : Random House, 2012.  HC106.4 .H467 2012

The making of the atomic bomb - Richard Rhodes.  New York : Simon & Schuster, 1986.  QC773.R46 1986

Joe Rochefort's war : the odyssey of the codebreaker who outwitted Yamamoto at Midway - Elliot Carlson.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2011.  D774.M5 C28 2011

The pursuit of victory : the life and achievement of Horatio Nelson - Roger Knight.  New York : Basic Books, 2005.  DA87.1.N4 K58 2005

Washington's crossing - David Hackett Fischer.  New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.  E263.P4 F575 2004

One hundred days : the memoirs of the Falklands battle group commander - Sandy Woodward with Patrick Robinson.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1997.  F3031.5 .W66 1997

Fighting talk : forty maxims on war, peace, and strategy - Colin S. Gray.  Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007.  U19 .G738 2007

Ghost fleet : a novel of the next world war - P.W. Singer and August Cole.  Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.  PS3619.I572455 G48 2015

Hold back the night - Pat Frank.  Philadelphia : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1952.  PS3556.R33435 H65 1952

Utmost savagery : the three days of Tarawa - Joseph H. Alexander.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1995.  D767.917 .A48 1995

Yellow smoke : the future of land warfare for America's military - Robert H. Scales, Jr.  Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003.  UA23 .S296 2003

England in the Seven Years' War; a study in combined strategy - Julian S. Corbett.  London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta, Longmans, Green, 1907.  DA87.C7

Navigating the seven seas : leadership lessons of the first African American father and son to serve at the top in the U.S. Navy - Melvin G. Williams Sr. and Melvin G. Williams Jr.  Annapolis, MD. : Naval Institute Press, 2011.  V63.W545 A3 2011

The rules of the game : Jutland and British naval command - Andrew Gordon.  Annapolis, Md., Naval Institute Press, 2000.  D582.J8 G67 2000

The last stand of the tin can sailors : the extraordinary World War II story of the US Navy's finest hour - James D. Hornfischer.  New York, Bantam Dell, 2005.  D774.L48 H67 2005

The fleet at flood tide : America at total war in the Pacific, 1944-1945 - James D. Hornfischer.  New York : Bantam Books, 2016.  D767 .H596 2016

Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR's legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors - James D. Hornfischer.  New York : Bantam Books, 2006.  VA65.H66 H67 2006

Leading change - John P. Kotter.  Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Press, 1996.  HD58.8 .K65 1996

Matterhorn : a novel of the Vietnam War - Karl Marlantes.  New York, Atlantic Monthly Press, Berkeley, El León Literary Arts, 2010.  PS3613.A765 M27 2010

First to fight : an inside view of the U.S. Marine Corps - Victor H. Krulak.  Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 1984.  VE23 .K78 1984

Chesty : the story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC - Jon T. Hoffman.  New York : Random House, 2001.  VE25.P85 H64 2001

Forgotten warriors : the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, the Corps ethos, and the Korean War - T.X. Hammes.  Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, 2010.  DS919 .H353 2010