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Recommended Reading List

This reading list has been constructed to support our college’s understanding that professional reading has been very important part of the military culture and it plays an essential role in the professional development of each officer and civil servant. The books selected have been divided into a few categories that correspond to the educational aims of the Baltic Defence College. The titles selected will definitely serve to inspire you to spend more time on extending your knowledge.

 

Politics and War | History | Strategy | Leadership | Military Studies

 

Politics and War

Daryl Grayson Press

Calculating Credibility: How Leaders Evaluate Military Threats

Publication date: 2007
 

Francis Fukuyama

The End of History and the Last Man

Publication date: 1992
 

Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton

Everyone Loses: the Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia

Publication date: 2017
 

Rosa Brooks

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon

Publication date: 2016
 

Kenneth N. Waltz

Man, the State and War: a Theoretical Analysis

Publication date: 1959
 

Marcel H. van Herpen

Putin’s Propaganda Machine: Soft Power and Russian Foreign Policy

Publication date: 2016
 

Samuel Huntington

The Soldier and the State: the Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations

Publication date: 1957
 

Jan-Werner Müller

What is Populism?

Publication date: 2016

Also available as an e-book

 

Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson

Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Publication date: 2012
 

History

Ronald Findlay and Kevin H. O'Rourke

Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium

Publication date: 2007

Also available as an e-book

 

Jeremy Black

Rethinking Military History

Publication date: 2004

Strategy

Robert Cooper

The Breaking of Nations: Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century

Publication date: 2004

Also available as an e-book

 

Hew Strachan

The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

Publication date: 2013
 

Richard Rumelt

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: the Difference and Why it Matters

Publication date: 2011

Also available as an e-book

 

John Stone

Military Strategy: the Politics and Technique of War

Publication date: 2011

Also available as an e-book

 

Elinor C. Sloan

Modern Military Strategy: an Introduction

Publication date: 2012

Also available as an e-book

 

Robert D. Kaplan

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

Publication date: 2013
 

Leadership

Stephen Bungay

The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results

Publication date: 2010

Also available as an e-book

 

Romeo Dallaire

Shake Hands with the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

Publication date: 2003
 

Eitan Shamir

Transforming Command: the Pursuit of Mission Command in the U.S., British, and Israeli Armies

Publication date: 2011

Also available as an e-book

 

Military Studies

Peter Singer

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know

Publication date: 2014

 

 

John Andreas Olsen, editor

European Air power: Challenges and Opportunities

Publication date: 2014

Also available as an e-book  

Michael O'Hanlon

The Future of Land Warfare

Publication date: 2015

Also available as an e-book

 

Mark Galeotti

Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina?: Getting Russia’s Non-Linear Military Challenge Right

Publication date: 2016

 

 

Walter J. Boyne

The Influence of Air Power upon History

Publication date: 2005

 

Bradley Jay Stawser, editor

Killing by Remote Control: the Ethics of an Unmanned Military

Publication date: 2013

 

 

William G. Pagonis and Jeffrey L. Cruikshank

Moving Mountains: Lessons in Leadership and Logistics from the Gulf War

Publication date: 1992

 

 

Meir Finkel

On Flexibility: Recovery from Technological and Doctrinal Surprise on the Battlefield

Publication date: 2011

 

 

Sean Naylor

Relentless Strike: the Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command

Publication date: 2015

 

 

Geoffrey Till

Seapower: a Guide for the Twenty-First Century

Publication date: 2013

Also available as an e-book

 

Roger N. McDermott

The Transformation of Russia’s Armed Forces: Twenty Lost Years

Publication date: 2015
 
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