Coast Guard Commandant's Reading List


Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude Raymond M. Kethledge and Michael S. Erwin
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action   Simon Sinek
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World    Admiral William H. McRaven
Never to Return    Randall Peffer and Col. Robert Nersasian
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)  Nassim Nicholas Taleb
On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments   Alison Levine
Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II   Liza Mundy
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future   Kevin Kelly
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?   Graham Allison
This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition   T.R. Fehrenbach


 Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations   Thomas L. Friedman
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic  Sam Quinones
The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom   Evgeny Morozov
The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save Our Lives  Shankar Vedantam
F(X) Leadership Unleashed! Thomas Narofsky 
Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works  Jay Newton Small
The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great Joel Peterson 
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging  Sebastian Junger
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business  Charles Duhigg
Foreign Policy Begins at Home: The Case for Putting America's House in Order  Richard Haass 


Into a Raging Sea: My Life and the Pendleton Rescue Bernie Webber
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  Laura Hillenbrand
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
Summary Of The Truth about Employee Engagement A Fable about Addressing the Three Root Causes of Job Misery  Patrick M. Lencioni
Fire on the Water: China, America, and the Future of the Pacific   Robert Haddick
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World  General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins,  David Silverman and Chris Fussell
Highliners: A Novel  William B. McCloskey
World Order  Henry Kissinger
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War  P. W. Singer and August Cole
What Is Code? Paul Ford  (Link to article on )


2010 Rescue Warriors: The U.S. Coast Guard, America's Forgotten Heroes  David Helvarg
2007 The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership Steven Sample
2006 Alexander Hamilton  Ron Chernow
2005 Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great) Jim Collins and Jerry Porras
2003 Character in Action: The U.S. Coast Guard on Leadership Donald Phillips and ADM James Loy, USCG (Ret.)
2002 The Founding Fathers on Leadership: Classic Teamwork in Changing Times Donald Phillips

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