Admiral McRaven’s Reading List


America’s top operator, Admiral William H. McRaven – the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) – has released his reading list for next year.  Its intent, he says, “is to motivate members of the SOF [Special Operations Forces] community to grow professionally and personally. The USSOCOM Reading List represents important works for all SOFofficers, enlisted and civilians as well as those supporting the USSOCOM mission.”

The list is divided into books on strategy, leadership, military science, and intelligence and security affairs. Here it is:

Strategic Context:


Military Science:

Intel and Security Affairs:

The original document can be viewed here.


Ryan Evans is the assistant director of the Center for the National Interest and the editor-in-chief of War on the Rocks. 


Image: U.S. Special Operation Command photo by Mike Bottoms