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MCPON reading list.

The following books comprise the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's Naval Heritage/Core Values Reading Guide as revised in August 2002. This list is updated periodically as part of the Chief Petty Officer Initiation Season. The books are available through the Navy Exchange or the Uniform Center toll-free ordering system.

The Leadership, Management and Personal Growth Reading Guide was updated in July 2002. This reading list is intended as a guide for all enlisted Navy leaders. Each of the books on this list contains sound management concepts and ideas, many of which can be applied to your leadership role in the Navy. Keep in mind that these books are written by civilians, for the civilian workplace, so not everything will directly apply.

"A" List: Required Reading

A Most Fortunate Ship: Narrative History of Old Ironsides by Tyrone G. Martin

A Sailor's Log: Recollections of Forty Years of Naval Life by Robley D. Evans

A Voice From the Main Deck: Being a Record of the Thirty Years' Adventures of Samuel Leech by Samuel Leech

Battleship Sailor by Theodore C. Mason, Edward L. Beach Jr.

Brave Ship, Brave Men by Arnold S. Lott

Crossing the Line: A Bluejacket's World War II Odyssey by Alvin Kernan

Descent Into Darkness by Edward C. Raymer

Devotion to Duty: A Biography of Admiral Clifton A.F. Sprague by John F. Wukovits, Thomas B. Buell

Divided Waters: The Naval History of the Civil War by Ivan Musicant

Every Other Day: Letters from the Pacific by George B. Lucas

Good Night Officially: The Pacific War Letters of a Destroyer Sailor by James O. Raines, William M. McBride (editor)

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton (new for 2002)

In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years (Revised and Updated) by Jim and Sybil Stockdale

Iwo by Richard Wheeler

Life in Mr. Lincoln's Navy by Dennis J. Ringle

Naked Warriors: The Story of the U.S. Navy Frogmen by Frances Douglas Fane & Don Moore

Nimitz by E.B. Potter

Quiet Heroes: Navy Nurses of the Korean War 1950-1953 by Frances Omori

Raiders from the Sea: The Story of the Special Boat Service in World War II by John Lodwick

Raiders of the Deep by Lowell Thomas, Gary E. Weit (photographer)

Shield and Sword: The United States Navy and the Persian Gulf War by Edward J. Marolda and Robert J. Schneller Jr.

Ship's Doctor by Terrence Riley

Submarine Diary: The Silent Stalking of Japan by Corwin Mendenhall, I.J. Galantin

The Battle of Cape Esperance: Encounter at Guadalcanal by Charles O. Cook

The Fast Carriers: The Forging of an Air Navy by Clark G. Reynolds

The Fighting Liberty Ships: A Memoir by A.A. Hoehling

The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers by Paul Stillwell

The Last Patrol by Harry Holmes

Thunder Below: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II by Eugene B. Fluckey

Tin Can Sailor: Life Aboard the USS Sterett, 1939-1945 by C. Raymond Calhoun

We Will Stand By You: Serving in the Pawnee, 1942-1945 by Theodore C. Mason

What a Way to Spend a War: Navy Nurse POWs in the Philippines by Dorothy Still Danner

"B" List: Reference

A Quest for Glory: A Biography of Rear Admiral John A Dahlgren by Robert J. Schneller Jr.

Admiral John H. Towers: The Struggle for Naval Air Supremacy by Clark G. Reynolds

Air Raid: Pearl Harbor!: Recollections of a Day of Infamy by Paul Stillwell

All at Sea: Coming of Age In World War II by Louis R. Harlan

American Naval History: An Illustrated Chronology of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-Present by Jack Sweetman

Assault from the Sea: The Amphibious Landing at Inchon by Curtis A. Utz

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor by Gordon W. Prange

Authors at Sea: Modern American Writers Remember Their Naval Service by Robert Shenk

Book of Navy Songs by The Trident Society

Clash of the Titans: World War II at Sea by Walter J. Boyne

Cordon of Steel: The U.S. Navy and the Cuban Missile Crisis by Curtis A. Utz

Crossed Currents: Navy Women from World War I to Tailhook by Jean Ebbert, Marie-Beth Hall

E-Boat Alert: Defending the Normandy Invasion Fleet by James Foster Tent

Great American Naval Battles by Jack Sweetman

Heroes in Dungarees: The Story of the American Merchant Marines in World War II by John Bunker

History of the U.S. Navy, Vol. 1, 1775-1941 by Robert W. Love Jr.

History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, Vol. I to XV by Samuel Eliot Morison

Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by Stuart I. Rochester, Frederick T. Wiley

Kinkaid of the Seventh Fleet: A Biography of Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, U.S. Navy by Gerald E. Wheeler

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

Magnificent Mitscher by Theodore Taylor, Jeffrey G. Barlow

Miracle at Midway by Gordon W. Prange

Okinawa: The Last Battle of World War II by Robert Leckie

One Hundred Years of Sea Power: The U.S. Navy, 1890-1990 by George W. Baer

Prisoners of the Japanese by Gavan Daws

PT 105 by Dick Keresey

Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance by Thomas B. Buell

Revolt of the Admirals: The Fight for Naval Aviation 1945-1950 by Jeffrey Barlow, Dean C. Allard

Rocks & Shoals: Naval Discipline in the Age of Fighting Sail by James E. Valle

Run Silent, Run Deep by Edward L. Beach Jr.

Sea Power: A Naval History by E.B. Potter (editor)

Submarine Admiral: From Battlewagons to Ballistic Missiles by I.J. Galantin

Submarine Commander: A Story of World War II and Korea by Paul R. Schratz

The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway by John B. Lundstrom

The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 by John B. Lundstrom

This People's Navy: The Making of American Sea Power by Kenneth J. Hagan

The Two Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War by Samuel Eliot Morison

The Unsinkable Fleet: The Politics of U.S. Navy Expansion in World War II by Joel R. Davidson

U-Boat Commander: A Periscope View of the Battle of the Atlantic by Peter Cremer, Fritz Brustat (naval photographer)

Unsung Sailors: The Naval Armed Guard in World War II by Justin F. Gleichauf

War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II by Nathan Miller

War Beneath the Sea: Submarine Conflict During World War II by Peter Padfield

We Pulled Together and Won! Personal Memories of the World War II Era by Reminisce Books

Leadership, Management and Personal Growth

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by James Collins and Jerry Porras

Changing the Game: organizational Transformations of the First, Second, and Third by Eric G. Flamholtz, Yvonne Randle and Howard Schultz

Decision Traps: Ten Barriers to Brilliant Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them by J. Edward Russo

Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within by Robert E. Quinn

Futurize Your Enterprise: Business Strategy In the Age of the E-customer by David Siegel

Imaginization: New Mindsets for Seeing, Organizing and Managing by Gareth Morgan

In Athena's Camp: Preparing for Conflict in the in formation Age by John Arquilla, et al.

Leadership and Self-deception: Getting Out of the Box by Arbinger Institute

Leadership is an Art by Max DePree

Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronald Heifetz

Leading Change by John P. Kotter

Managing at the Speed of Change by Daryl R. Conner

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Doc Searls, Christopher Locke, Rick Levine

The Digital Economy: Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked intelligence by Don Tapscott

The Digital Estate: Strategies for Competing, Surviving and Thriving in an international World by Chuck L. Martin Jr.

The Human Side of Intranets: Content, Style, and Politics by Jerry W. Koehler, et al.

The Leadership Engine: Building Leaders at Every Level by Noel M. Tichy and Eli B. Cohen

The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization by Thomas L. Friedman

The Other 90%: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life by Robert K. Cooper

The Power of Alignment: How Great Companies Stay Centered and Accomplish Things by George Labovitz and Victor Rosansky

Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard

Sources:, Sept. 10, 2002
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