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

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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Combat Studies Institute - Sea Power

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Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War Against Japan

This book is a lengthy, readable, popular account of U.S. submarine operations against Japan in World War II.


A Guide to Naval Strategy

Brodie's primer explains the basic concepts of naval strategy and was used as a textbook in Navy officer training schools and as required reading aboard ship. First titled A Layman's Guide to Naval Strategy, the book remains a useful introduction to sea power.


Red Star Rising at Sea

This work originally appeared in 1972-73 as a series of eleven articles titled "Navies in War and Peace" in Morskoi Sbornik [Naval Digest], the official journal of the Soviet Navy. In 1974, the articles, each with a commentary by a senior U.S. naval officer, appeared in English in the United States Naval Institute Proceedings. Especially significant is Admiral Gorshkov's explanation of the reasons behind the rise of Soviet naval power during his tenure as commander in chief of the Soviet Navy from 1956 to 1986.


Sea Power of the State

In this translation from Russian, Admiral Gorshkov explains why the Soviet    Union as a world superpower requires a large modern navy. Prominent naval analysts disagree as to whether this book is a statement of doctrine or one of advocacy.


In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 1775-1984 (Contributions in Military Studies)

Hagan's collection of eighteen scholarly articles by different authors surveys U.S. naval history since the American Revolution. Especially helpful are the lists of additional readings at the end of each article. This is a useful work for discovering current trends in naval history research and writing.


Naval Aristocracy: The Golden Age of Annapolis and the Emergence of Modern American Navalism

This controversial but scholarly social history offers a critical appraisal of the U.S. Navy officer corps and its development from 1845 to 1925.


The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783.

Mahan's object in writing this book was to estimate the effect of sea power on the course of history and the prosperity of nations. Admiral Mahan (1840-1914) had a direct and profound influence on the theory of sea power and naval strategy, and this book served as the basis for his rise to fame. While much of the work is no longer relevant, it is worth reading for historical background and for the questions Mahan raised about the utility of sea power.



From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, 1904-1919; Jutland and After

Marder has produced a scholarly, multivolume study on the Royal Navy from 1904 to 1919 that covers the service of Admiral Sir John Fisher, who became First Sea Lord in 1904. This era of naval history included the launching of H.M.S. Dreadhought in 1906, the outbreak of World War I, the U-boat campaigns, the convoy system, and the 1918 raid on Zeebrugge. According to Marder, Admiral Fisher had the six essentials of a great military leader: guts, charm, ruthlessness, vision, strength, and brains. This is a masterful study of a remarkable man and a significant period of British naval history.


History of United States Naval Operations in World War II 15 Volume Set

A massive study written by America's most famous modem naval historian, this history is essential for a study of specific operations. Morison, however, failed to consider the strategic impact of differences in British and American war aims and the importance of interservice rivalries. This series was synopsized in The Two-Ocean War.


The Fast Carriers: The Forging of an Air Navy

Reynolds provides a thorough and accurate history of World War II naval aviation.


Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Man and His Letters  

This is a complete, accurate, and readable biography of Mahan.

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