Help Needed: What Are Your Professional Reading Suggestions?

When Books Went to War cover.

To further the principles of the Quiet Professional, MTI is developing a professional reading list for each respective profession of the MTI community:

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

We need your help. Which books have most influenced your professional career? Which books have made your professional reading list and you would recommend as essential reading to others?

Below we’ve listed book categories relevant to each profession. Make your recommendations in the  survey blocks below… Please name the profession, topic, author, and title, and a small description on why you recommend it.

The books title/author in italics were recommended to us last week. Keep them coming!


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
  • 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
  • Physical Training
    • Never Gymless – Ross Enamait
    • Chosen Soldier – 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
  • 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

Military Athlete Reading List Survey – Click Here


Law Enforcement 

  • Law Enforcement History
  • Legal Systems and Enforcement
  • Marksmanship
    • TAPS – Pat McNamara
    • Stay in the Fight – Kyle Lamb
    • Green Eyes Black Rifle – Kyle Lamb
  • Physical Training
  • 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
  • Performance Psychology
    • Left of Bang – Patrick Van Home
    • Gift of Fear – Gavin de Becker
    • On Killing – Dave Grossman
    • On Combat – Dave Grossman
  • Case Studies (Drug Enforcement, Gangs, Sex Crimes, Hate Crimes, Terrorism)

Law Enforcement Athlete Reading List Survey – Click Here


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
  • Firefighting Tactics/Techniques
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Physical Training
  • Leadership
    • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
  • Performance Psychology

Fire/Rescue Reading List Survey – Click Here


Wildland Firefighting

  • Wildland Fire History
  • Weather Reading/Forecasting
  • Reading Terrain/Orienteering
  • Leadership
  • Physical Training
  • Performance Psychology

Wildland Fire Athlete Reading List Survey – Click Here


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

Alpine Athlete Reading List Survey – Click Here


Skiing

  • Ski History
  • Avalanche Safety
  • Weather Reading/Forecasting
  • Reading Terrain/Orienteering
  • Physical Training

Ski Athlete Reading List Survey


Comments, questions, or concerns? Email charles@mtntactical.com

 

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