Reading List

“He who would lead must read!” Most of these books I can recommend. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have wasted the time to read them!


A Practical View of Christianity (William Wilberforce)

The Effective Executive (Peter F. Drucker)

The 5AM Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life (Robin Sharma)

First Blue: Butch Voris and the Creation of the Blue Angels (Robert Wilcox)

What The Heck Is EOS? (Gino Wickman & Tom Bouwer)

Success Is The Only Option: Art of Coaching Extreme Talent (John Calipari)

Top Gun: An American Story (Dan Pedersen)

Extreme Ownership: How US Navy Seals Lead and Win (Jocko Willink & Leif Babin)


Today Matters (John C. Maxwell)

Leadership Gold (John C. Maxwell)

Killing England: The Bitter Struggle for American Independence (Bill O’Reilly)

Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior (Arthur Herman)

On The Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership (Alison Levine)

Rebel Yell (S. C. Gwynne)


Master Life: Developing a Rich Personal Relationship with The Master (Avery T. Willis Jr.)

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Donald Sull & Kathleen Eisenhardt)

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life (Adm. William H. McRaven)

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission (Brett Baier)

Triple Threat Discipleship (Dr. Brad Ball)

The Hunter Killers (Dan Hampton)

Never Call Me A Hero (N. Jack “Dusty” Kleiss w/Timothy & Laura Orr)

George Washington’s Sacred Fire (Peter A. Lillback)

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Heath Lambert)

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (Travis Bradbury & Jean Greaves)

The Swamp Fox: How Francis Marion Saved the American Revolution (John Oller)

The Art of Intelligence (Henry A. “Hank” Crumpton)


A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham (Steve Kemper)

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity Amidst Life’s Storms (Tim Tebow)

The Lost Airman: Escape From Nazi-Occupied France (Seth Meyerowitz)

13 Hours (Mitchell Zuckoff)

James Buchanan (Jean H. Baker)

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One (Jenny Blake)

In His Image (Dr. Paul Brand)

Plunder And Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future (Mark R. Levin)

Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Lives (Charles Swindoll)

Partisans and Redcoats (Walter Edgar)

The Genius of Robert E. Lee (Al Kaltman)

Freed to Lead: F3 & Unshackling the Modern-day Warrior (Dredd & OBT)

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Dr. Paul Brand)

Prelude to Yorktown: The Southern Campaign of Nathanael Greene (M.F. Treacy)

South Carolina and the American Revolution: A Battlefield History (John Gordon)

Exploring America Part 2: Late 1800s to the Present (Ray Notgrass)

The Cross He Bore (Frederick Leahy)

From Success to Significance (Lloyd Reeb)

Half Time: Moving from Success to Significance (Bob Buford)

George Washington on Leadership (Richard Brookhiser)

Theodore Roosevelt (Lois Auchincloss)


Hard Choices (Hillary Clinton)

The Wright Brothers (David McCullough)

Exploring America Part 1: Columbus – Reconstruction (Ray Notgrass)

Killing Patton (Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard)

41: A Portrait of My Father (George Bush)

The Making of a Man: How Men & Boys Honor God and Live with Integrity (Tim Brown)

Christian Man Laws (Adrian Despres)

Thinner This Year (Chris Crowley & Jennifer Sacheck)

The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe)

Flying the SR-71 Blackbird (Col. Richard H. Graham, USAF ret)

A Higher Call (Adam Makos)

Counter Culture (David Platt)

The China Mirage (James Bradley)

Going Pro: The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism (Tony Kern)

Lee’s Real Plan at Gettysburg (Troy Harman)

The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 (Nigel Hamilton)

Washington’s General: Nathanael Greene & The Triumph of the American Revolution (Terry Golway)


The Bible (God)

Valleys of Death: A Memoir of the Korean War (Col. Bill Richardson, Ret)

Wade Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman (Walter Brian Cisco)

The Last Stand of Fox Company: “We Will Hold” (Bob Drury & Tom Clavin)

The Generals: American Military Command WW2 to Today (Thomas Ricks)

The 7-Day Energy Surge (Jim Karas)

Ronald Reagan: The Notes (Edited by Douglas Brinkley)

The Power of Starting Something Stupid (Richie Norton)

Seeing the Big Picture (Kevin Cope)

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix (Edwin Friedman)

The Power of Full Engagement (Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz)

Where Have All The Leaders Gone? (Lee Iacocca)

The Man Who Saved the Union: Grant in War & Peace (HW Brands)

Talent is Overrated (Geoff Colvin)

Drive (Daniel H. Pink)

The Checklist Manifesto (Atul Gawande)

Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating (Brian Tracy)


American Generalship (Edgar F. Puryear, Jr.)

It’s Your Ship (Capt. D. Michael Abrashoff)

It’s Our Ship (Capt. D. Michael Abrashoff)

The Campaign That Won America: The Story of Yorktown (Burke Davis)

Contagious: Why Things Catch On (Jonah Berger)

Moonwalking with Einstein (Joshua Foher)

Fighter Pilot: Memoirs of Robin Olds (Christina Olds & Ed Rasimus)

Never Surrender (LTG William G. Boykin – Ret)

Calvin Coolidge (David Greenberg)

The Five Levels of Leadership (John Maxwell)

The Soldier from Independence: Harry Truman (DM Giangreco)

Younger Next Year (Chris Crowley & Harry Lodge, MD)

Just Run It! (Dick Cross)

Save Your Brain (Paul David Nussbaum, PhD)

The West Point Way of Leadership (Col. Larry Donnithorne, Ret)

Dauntless Helldivers (Harold Buell)

In The Shadow of Greatness: USNA Class of 2002 (Welle, Enis, Kranz, Plaster)

Eat&Run (Scott Jurek)

Courage To Lead (Charlie Farrell)


Bloody Crimes (James Swanson)

Decision Points (George W. Bush)

Yanks (John Eisenhower)

Glenn Beck’s Common Sense (Glenn Beck) and Common Sense (Thomas Paine)

Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)

To The Last Breath (Francis Slakey)

Pershing (Jim Lacey)

Samson & the Pirate Monks (Nate Larkin)

Bible Prophecy for Yourself (Tim LaHaye)

Leadership by The Book (Blanchard, Hybels, Hodges)

Flyboys (James Bradley)

Lone Survivor (Marcus Luttrell)

Mere Christianity (CS Lewis)

Islands of the Damned (RV Burgin)

If You Want to Walk on Water (John Ortberg)

Through My Eyes (Tim Tebow & Nathan Whitaker)


Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

Marshall: Hero for Our Times (Leonard Mosley)

19 Stars: A Study in Military Character & Leadership (Edgar F Puryear, Jr)

Blue Threat (Dr. Tony Kern)

Christ In The Camp (J. William Jones)

Do Hard Things (Brett & Matt Harris)

Moe (Jim Hamlett)

All Things For Good (J Steven Wilkins)

Red Badge of Courage (Stephen Crane)

1776 (David McCollough)

Radical (David Platt)


No Ordinary Time (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

It’s Not About the Bike (Lance Armstrong)

The Last Man On the Moon (Gene Cernan)

A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)

Into Thin Air (John Krakauer)

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