Professional Reading Suggestions

 

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To further the principles of the Quiet Professional, MTI asked our community with assistance in creating a professional reading list for each respective profession:

  • Military
  • Law Enforcement
  • Urban Fire/Rescue
  • Wildland Fire
  • Mountain Professional

Recommendations are listed below. You’ll see we received many more reading suggestions from military and law enforcement athletes.

Feedback? Suggestions? 
Email rob@mtntactical.com


MILITARY

Military History (Conventional and Small Wars/Insurgency)

  • Matterhorn – Karl Marlantes
  • On Guerilla Warfare – Mao Tse-Tung
  • War of the Flea – Robert Taber
  • Spec Ops – William McRaven
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom – T.E. Lawrence
  • Attacks – Erwin Rommel
  • Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
  • A History of Warfare – John Keegan
  • The Liberation Trilogy – Rick Atkinson
  • The Lion’s Gate – Steven Pressfield
  • Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warrios of SOF – John Plaster
  • Invisible Armies – Max Boot
  • The Savage Wars of Peace – Max Boot
  • The Village – Bing West
  • Warrior Politics – Robert Kaplan
  • The Killer Angels – Michael Shaara
  • USMC Small Wars Manual
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain – Lester W. Grau & David M. Glantz
  • Where Men Win Glory – Jon Krakuaer
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides
  • Masters of Chaos: The Secret History of the Special Forces – Linda Robinson
  • Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present – Max Booth
  • The Savage Wars of Peace – Max Boot
  • Forgotten Soldier – Guy Sager
  • Violence of Action: The Untold Stories of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the War on Terror – by Marty Skovlund Jr., Charles Faint, Leo Jenkins

Small Unit Leadership, Training, and Tactics

  • What It’s Like to Go To War – Karl Marlantes
  • Platoon Leader – James McDonough
  • The Mission, the Men, and Me – Pete Blaber
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain – Lester Grau
  • The Other Side of the Mountain – Lester Grau
  • Once a Eagle – Anton Myrer
  • The Mask of Command – John Keegan
  • One Bullet Away – Nathaniel Fick
  • Battle Leadership – Adolf von Schell
  • With the Old Breed – E. B. Sledge
  • Multiple Books by H. J. Poole
  • Leadership: The Warriors Art – Christopher Kolenda
  • The Unforgiving Minute – Craig Mullaney
  • Recce: Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines – Koos Stadler
  • Leadership and Training for the Fight – Paul Howe
  • MCDP-1 Warfighting
  • One Bullet Away – Nathanial Fick
  • Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink and Lief Babin
  • Team of Teams – Stanley McChrystal
  • Make It Stick – Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Rodriguez III, Mark A. McDaniel
  • Beyond Band of Brothers – Dick Winters
  • Warrior Ethos – Steven Pressfield

Physical Training

  • Never Gymless – Ross Enamait
  • Chosen Soldier – Dick Couch
  • Fixing your Feet – John Vonhof
  • Never Let Go by Dan John
  • Supple Leopard – Kelly Starret
  • Chosen Soldier – by Dick Couch

Marksmanship

  • Green Eyes and Black Rifles – Kyle Lamb

Performance Psychology

  • On Combat – Dave Grossman
  • On Killing – Dave Grossman
  • A Fighters Heart – Sam Sheridan
  • The Fighters Mind – Sam Sheridan
  • War – Sebastian Junger
  • Tribe – Sebastian Junger
  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For – Eric Blehm
  • Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War – Robert Coram
  • Fearless – Erich Blehm
  • Unbeatable Mind – Mark Divine
  • The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • Curious – Ian Leslie
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien Curious by Ian Leslie
  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How 11 Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan – Erick Blehm
  • Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

International Relations

  • Out of the Mountains – David Kilcullen
  • The Accidental Guerrilla – David Kilcullen
  • Ghost Wars – Steve Coll
  • Ghost Fleet – P. W. Singer
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
  • Dereliction of Duty – H. R. McMaster
  • Diplomacy – Henry Kissinger
  • World Order – Henry Kissinger
  • The Arab Mind – Raphael Patai
  • Level Zero Heroes – Michael Golembesky
  • Dagger 22 – Michael Golembesky
  • Horse Soldiers – Dough Stanton

Law Enforcement 

Law Enforcement History

  • The French Connection – Robin Moore
  • Desperados – Elaine Shannon

Legal Systems and Enforcement

  • California Police Officer Legal Sourcebook
  • Intelligence Led Policing – Ratcliffe

Marksmanship

  • TAPS – Pat McNamara
  • Stay in the Fight – Kyle Lamb
  • Green Eyes Black Rifle – Kyle Lamb
  • Dry-Fire Training: For the Practical Pistol Shooter – Ben Stoeger.

Physical Training

  • Starting Strength -Mark Rippetoe
  • Never Let Go – Dan John

Leadership

  • Leadership and Training for the Fight – Paul Howe
  • Leadership in the Shadows – Kyle Lamb
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • Book of Five Rings – Mushashi
  • 36 Stratagems – The Secret Art of War
  • Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer – Sid Heal
  • The Army Field Manual on Leadership – FM 22-100 1983 edition
  • Band of Brothers – Stephan Ambrose

Performance Psychology

  • Left of Bang – Patrick Van Home
  • Gift of Fear – Gavin de Becker
  • On Killing – Dave Grossman
  • On Combat – Dave Grossman
  • Sharpening the Warrior’s Edge – Bruce Siddle
  • Case Studies (Drug Enforcement, Gangs, Sex Crimes, Hate Crimes, Terrorism)

Case Studies

  • Review of the William Paul Drive Incident -NTOA
  • Independent Board of Inquiry Into the Oakland Police Department March 21, 2009 Incident -James K. Stewart
  • Newhall Shooting – A Tactical Analysis – Mike Wood

Fire/Rescue

Fire/EMS History

  • A Thousand Naked Strangers – Kevin Hazzard
  • Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic – Kevin Grange
  • Report from Engine Co 82 – Dennis Smith
  • 3,000 Degrees – Sean Flynn
  • Seven Fires: The Urban Infernos That Reshaped America

Firefighting Tactics/Techniques

  • Fire Department Special Operations – John Norman Safety
  • Survival on the Fire Ground – Vincent Dunn

Emergency Medicine

Physical Training

Leadership

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
  • Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink and Lief Babin
  • The Fire Officers Handbook of Tactics – John Norman

Performance Psychology


Wildland Firefighting

Wildland Fire History

  • The Big Burn –  Timothy Egan
  • Young Men & Fire – Norman Maclean
  • Yarnell Hill Fire Serious Incident Accident Report – USFS

Weather Reading/Forecasting

  • Living with Fire: Fire Ecology and Policy for the Twenty-First Century. Jensen, Sara E. and Guy R. McPherson.

Reading Terrain/Orienteering

Leadership

Physical Training

Performance Psychology

  • Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty.  – Weick, Karl E. and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe.

Alpinism

Alpine History

  • The Third Man Factor – John Geiger

Systems and Knots

Weather Reading/Forecasting

Reading Terrain/Orienteering

Performance Psychology

  • Kiss or Kill – Mark Twight
  • Extreme Fear – Jeff Wise
  • Deep Survival – Laurence Gonzalez

Physical Training

  • Training For the New Alpinism – Steve House and Scott Johnson
  • Extreme Alpinism – Mark Twight

Skiing

Ski History

  • Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow.  – Fox, Porter.

Avalanche Safety

  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. – Tremper, Bruce.
  • Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard. – Fredston, Jill and Doug Fesler.

Weather Reading/Forecasting

Reading Terrain/Orienteering

Physical Training