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 | Leadership | Military Studies


Politics and War


David Kilcullen

The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West

Publication date: 2020





Stuart Russell

Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control

Publication date: 2019





Francis Fukuyama

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

Publication date: 2011




Samuel A. Greene and Graeme B. Robertson

Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia

Publication date: 2019

Timothy Snyder

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Publication date: 2019


Michael E. O'Hanlon

The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes

Publication date: 2019

Also available as an e-book

Peter Pomerantsev

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality

Publication date: 2019



Steve R. Dunn

Battle in the Baltic: The Royal Navy and the Fight to Save Estonia and Latvia 1918–20

Publication date: 2020


Prit Buttar

Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II

Publication date: 2013


Andrejs Plakans

A Concise History of the Baltic States

Publication date: 2011



Donald E. Vandergriff

Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture

Publication date: 2019


Jörg Muth

Command Culture : Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Force, 1901-1940, and the Consequences for World War II

Publication date: 2011

Also available as an e-book

Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Publication date: 2013


L. David Marquet

Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules

Publication date: 2001

Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

Publication date: 1998

Military Studies

Frank Ledwidge

Aerial Warfare: The Battle for the Skies

Publication date: 2018



Fred Kaplan

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Publication date: 2016



John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld, editors

The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present

Publication date: 2011




Lawrence Freedman

The Future of War: A History

Publication date: 2017




Sean McFate

The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder

Publication date: 2019



Oscar Jonsson

The Russian Understanding of War: Blurring the Lines between War and Peace

Publication date: 2019




Andrew Lambert

Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict That Made the Modern World

Publication date: 2018




Christopher Andrew

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

Publication date: 2018



David Jordan ... et al.

Understanding Modern Warfare

Publication date: 2016




Email again:


Roundtable on ’Brexit’ or ’Bremain’


Graduation Ceremony of the HCSC 2016 and JCGSC 2015/2016

Share this article