Reading Rainbow: Take A Look

The Long March
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin A. Schoenberger

--Perhaps the most succinct list I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I think we should just hire the Australians to run our military.


--Speaking of which, an Australian captain’s list for busy platoon leaders

--Video games that teach you strategy. What have you got to lose?

--Gus Coles has a list of books that surprised me—I hadn’t heard of most of them.

--I’ve read tons of British military memoirs, but I hadn’t heard of a couple of these either.

--For newcomers to this column, here is the MoARL (Mother of All Reading Lists).

--If you haven’t read this overview of Mattis as defense secretary, you need to.

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