Subjects in the Combat Studies Institute list of readings on military professional development and leadership:

General Studies
Ancient History
War in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
The Era of Fredrick II and Napoleon

Clausewitz
Civil War
The British Empire
World War I

J. F. C. Fuller and B. H. Liddell Hart
World War II
Korean War
Modern Warfare
Vietnam War
Falkland Island War
Arab-Israeli Wars

The Nuclear Age
The Moral Effects of Combat

Russian and Soviet Military History
East Asian Military History
Sea Power
Air Power
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Why the South Lost the Civil War

This study offers serious students an interpretation of why the South lost the Civil War. The authors, all history professors, believe the Confederacy succumbed to internal rather than external causes.

 

A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Vol 3)

Written with vigor, clarity, and warmth, Catton's work describes the last year of the Civil War, including the Battle of the Wilderness and the siege of Petersburg. This is the third volume in the author's trilogy about the war. It is preceded by Mr. Lincoln's Army and Glory Road. Catton's Civil War volumes are simply magnificent.

 

Coming Fury

 

Terrible Swift Sword

 

Phoenix: Never Call Retreat

Catton was America's leading Civil War writer, and all of his books are worth reading. These volumes provide an exciting account of the Civil War from the Union perspective.

 

The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command

For those seeking a thorough examination of the Battle of Gettysburg, this book provides a comprehensive battle analysis and evaluates command during the entire campaign leading to the battle.

 

Civil War Volume 1-3 Box Set

A Mississippian, novelist, World War II field artillery captain, and master narrator of men and battles, Shelby Foote captures the flavor of the times and examines the war as a whole, including all the major campaigns. While the three volumes contain nearly 3,000 pages of text, they are beautifully written and easily read.

 

Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command

Once very popular with U.S. military officers, this readable narrative is a composite biography of Confederate generals and a masterful study of command and war. Freeman takes great care to preserve some Confederate legends.

 

Grant & Lee: A Study in Personality & Generalship

Major General Fuller examines the influence of personality on generalship. He broke with the then-conventional view that Grant was a butcher and Lee one of the world's greatest generals.

 

How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War

Emphasizing strategy and logistics, these two history professors have produced a thorough, comprehensive analysis of the Civil War from the viewpoint of the high-level commanders on both sides. Also included is an excellent appendix on how to study military operations.

 

Stonewall Jackson and the American Civil War

Written in 1898 by a famous British officer and military historian, this book is the classic analysis of the great Confederate general and was required reading for generations of British officers.

 

The U.S. Army War College Guide to the Battle of Antietam: The Maryland Campaign of 1862

The authors, who teach at the U.S. Army War College, provide a valuable tool for conducting a staff ride of Antietam, covering the Battles of South Mountain, Crampton's Gap, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam. If you have the opportunity to conduct your own staff ride at this well-preserved battlefield located near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., you should first read Landscape Turned Red by Stephen Sears, then examine the Center of Military History pamphlet, The Staff Ride (CMH Pub 70-21) by Dr. William Glenn Robertson of the Combat Studies Institute, and finally, go to the field with this guide. Luvaas and Nelson have also written a similar guide to Gettysburg.

 

Ordeal By Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction.

McPherson, in the best one-volume survey of the war, examines political, military, social, and economic aspects of the Civil War.

 

Landscape Turned Red : The Battle of Antietam

In this recent, splendid battle analysis, Sears provides gripping reading about a battlefield you will want to visit.

 

The Killer Angels

This historical novel of the Battle of Gettysburg is accurate, easy to read, and a much-discussed book at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (and for reasons other than it being required reading). Featured in this memorable war novel are Confederate General James Longstreet and the hero of Little Round Top, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.

 

Lincoln and His Generals

            Williams, one, of America's greatest professors of history, presents the controversial thesis that President Lincoln was an outstanding commander in chief whose strategic vision brought victory to the Union. The author also shows how Lincoln developed a modern command system for the United States. Students admire this book for its keen analysis bright narrative.

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