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The mother of all reading lists: Some other suggestions for your beach reading

Just to make sure you don't get bored over the summer, here are some other military history reading lists for you:

Rep. Ike Skelton's overview list.

Ten of my own favorites (the list would be a bit different now -- in part because of the interesting comments on this post).

A Pentagon reading list.

A reading list from Guantanamo Bay detainees.

A pre-deployment list for platoon leaders going to Afghanistan.

My list for a friend deploying to Afghanistan:

The 101st Airborne's list for Afghanistan.

And the 10 best post-deployment books.

Here's my list of what to read if you are a civilian going to work at the Pentagon. 

But if you really want to have a fun summer, here is a reading list on terrorism:

Here's one on COIN:

One on intelligence.

Here's D'Este's besties on WWII:

A "gun nut's" list.

A unusual Vietnam War list.

Adm. Stavridis' list of fiction (20 novels).

This guy also has some better suggestions near the end of his interview.

For real obscurity, a Tory's reading list.

To top it off, here are some roundups I did of reading lists:

One -- and two.

And yet another one.

And a study of the solder's load!

For a change, here is a list of books I never finished:

Since then, to my regret, I finished The Education of Henry Adams -- one of the most overrated books I've ever read, along with Liddell Hart's Strategy.

And a list of books about Iraq to avoid.

Finally, once you get tired of reading, here is a list of terrific war movies.



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