Books on Warfare

ImageI have always been fascinated by war and warfare.  That is why I was thrilled to be selected to attend the National War College in 1987-1988.  And, it is not just the physical type of armed combat that interests me — it is also spiritual warfare that is a compelling subject to me.  And, in studying the two it is amazing how many similarities and parallels there are between the two.  Anyway, the following is a great listing of books on warfare that appeared on The Art of Manliness blog this morning. The listing and commentary on them was written by Ryan Holiday, a “manly” guest contributor.  I believe you’ll appreciate the post and if not that’s ok.  War is an unspeakably terrible thing and perhaps that is a good thing lest, as Robert E. Lee said, we grow too fond of it. Oh, one other thing — please note that the listing includes the following book:

ImageHere is Holiday’s characterization of the book:Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram. One of the greatest fighter pilot instructors who ever lived made his mark not in the air, but on the ground. Boyd, a master strategist and thinker, essentially reinvented our understanding of maneuver warfare. (His plans were used for the overwhelming victory in the First Gulf War.) The lessons in this book are incredibly valuable for anyone fighting against a bureaucracy, against inertia, against doubters and ass-kissers. It’s considered a classic and read by most strategic thinkers across the armed forces today for a reason.The reason I single out this one book is because it’s subject, Col. John Boyd (RIP), was the father of dear friends and fellow members of New Life Christian Church, Mary Ellen and Jeff Boyd.  In addition to this particular book, other books as well as TV documentaries have featured Col. Boyd’s career and accomplishments.  The following is a link to The Art of Manliness article.  RMF

43 Books About War That Every Man Should Read


About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church ( Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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