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SAMS book lists found on this page might not be up-to-date!  Check the Academic Year (AY) listed at the top of each list to see if it is the most recent.  There may also be changes made to the curriculum after a list is posted.  There will be a note at the bottom of the list if changes were made after it was posted.  All the books on these lists are SAMS books and will be located in the SAMS book area to the left of the Circulation desk for SAMS students (look for books with a blue star).  If you are not a SAMS student, many of these titles have one or more copies in our Main collection on the 2nd floor with the same call number.


Theoretical Foundations (TF) Reading List AY25

153.42 K12tf 2013 Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011.

160 B883a 2007 Brown, Neil and Stuart M. Keely. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2007.

172.42 F533m Fisher, David. Morality and War: Can War be Just in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

302.35 H361o 2018 Hatch, Mary Jo. Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

306.27 C968 2019  Mansoor, Peter and Williamson Murray, eds. The Culture of Military Organizations, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

306.42 B496s Berger, Peter and Thomas Luckmann. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. New York: Anchor Books, 1966.

320.54 A545i 2016 Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. 2nd ed. New York: Verso, 2006.

355 C616ow Clausewitz, Carl von. On War. Translated and edited by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984.

355.0332 F499o 2011  Finkel, Meir. On Flexibility: Recovery from Technological and Doctrinal Surprise on the Battlefield. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2011.

355.033573 F853d 2004 Freedman, Lawrence. Deterrence. Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2008.

355.4 L584f 2017 Leonhard, Robert, R. Fighting by Minutes: Time and the Art of War. 2nd edition, 2017.

355.4 N323i 1997 Naveh, Shimon. In Pursuit of Military Excellence: The Evolution of Operational Theory. New York: Frank Cass Publisher, 1997.

355.4 O82s Osinga, Frans P.B. Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd. New York: Routledge, 2007.

378.013 S371e 1990 Schon, Donald. Educating the Reflective Practitioner. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1987.

501 K96s 1996 Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 3rd ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

519.5 W561n 2014 Whelan, Charles. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data. New York: WW Norton, 2014.

901 G123L Gaddis, John Lewis. The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

SAMS Pre-Reads:

153.9 E64r 2019 (also an eBook) Epstein, David.  Range: Why Generalists Triumph in A Specialized World.  New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2019. 

634.9618 M163y (also an eBook) MacLean, Norman. Young Men and Fire.  Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1992.

658.403 R628b 2009 Roam, Dan. The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. New York: Penguin, 2013.

ROW Block 1 Reading ListAY25

343.7301 W827L Witt, John Fabian.  Lincoln’s Code:  The Laws of War in American History. New York:  Free Press, 2012.

355.477309034 B722u Bonura, Michael A. Under the Shadow of Napoleon: French Influence on the American Way of War from the War of 1812 to the Outbreak of WWII. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

940.27 C455c Chandler, David G. The Campaigns of Napoleon. New York: Macmillan, 1966.

973.62 J69g Johnson, Timothy D. A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2007.

973.7 H572c 2017 Hess, Earl J.  Civil War Logistics:  A Study of Military Transportation.  Baton Rouge, LA:  Louisiana State University Press, 2017. 

973.7 S874g Stoker, Don. The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Multidomain Operations (MDO) Reading List AY24

(ebook) Cares, Jeffrey R., and Anthony Cowden. Fighting the Fleet: Operational Art and Modern Fleet Combat. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2021.

355.343 C762o 2017 Conti, Gregory, and David Raymond. On Cyber: Towards an Operational Art for Cyber Conflict. Middletown, DE: Kopidion Press, 2017.

355 M729m Hughes, Daniel J., ed. Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings. Translated by Daniel J. Hughes and Harry Bell. New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1993. 

355.001 E93 2011 (also an ebook) Olsen, John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld, eds. The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2011.

355.02 D665p 2005 (also an ebook) Dolman, Everett C. Pure Strategy: Power and Principles in the Space and Information Age. London, UK: Routledge, 2005. 

355.033573 M426c (also an ebook) Matheny, Michael R. Carrying the War to the Enemy: American Operational Art to 1945. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.

355.082 M235 1986 (also an ebook) Paret, Peter, Gordon A. Craig, and Felix Gilbert, eds. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986.

355.4 F853s 2013 (also an ebook) Freedman, Lawrence. Strategy: A History. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013.

355.4 R783 (also an ebook) “Jomini’s Art of War.” In The Roots of Strategy: Book 2, edited by Curtis Brown. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1987.

355.4 S894d 2013 Strachan, Hew. The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

355.4 S968s Svechin, Aleksandr A. Strategy. Edited by Kent D. Lee. Minneapolis, MN: East View Publications, 1992.

355.43 W983m 2014 Wylie, J. C. Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014.

658.4012 M667r Mintzberg, Henry. The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning. New York, NY: Free Press, 1994.

940.27 C455c 1966 Chandler, David G. The Campaigns of Napoleon. New York, NY: Macmillan Company, 1966.

940.27 N216em Epstein, Robert M. Napoleon’s Last Victory and the Emergence of Modern War. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1994.

ROW Block 2 Reading ListAY24

355.0094 R846a Rothenberg, Gunther E. The Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981. Chapter 5, pages 126-164, and Chapter 6, pages 165, and 187-196.

940.27 C455c Chandler, David G. The Campaigns of Napoleon. New York: Macmillan, 1966. Review pages 133-191 from the MDO course; read pages 443-516 (yes, this goes into another chapter).

940.4144 Z12g 2018 Ząbecki, David T. The Generals’ War: Operational Level Command on the Western Front in 1918. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018. Pages 37-46, 95-194.

940.5426593 P896i Prados, John. Islands of Destiny: The Solomons Campaign and the Eclipse of the Rising Sun. New York: NalCaliber/Penguin, 2012. Pages 1-101.

943.604 C886b 1975 Gordon A. Craig, The Battle of Koniggratz. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1964. Read pages ix-xii, 43-169. Pay particular attention to pages 165-169 and understand why Bismarck did not want a continuation of the war.

947.084 G545w 2015 Glantz, David M. and Jonathan House. When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler, revised and expanded edition (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2015), Chapters 3-8, pages 28-151.  

973.62 J69g Johnson, Timothy D. A Gallant Little Army: The Mexico City Campaign. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2007. Pages 1-136.

973.757 D732s 2012 Dougherty, Kevin. Strangling the Confederacy: Coastal Operations in the American Civil War. Havertown, PA: Casemate Publishers, 2009. Read pages 1-7 and 31-197, but skim through detailed sections on tactical actions.

Design and Systems Thinking Reading List AY24

003 G411s 2011  Gharajedaghi, Jamshid.  Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity: A Platform for Designing Business Architecture.  3rd ed.  Burlington, MA: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011. 

003.54T143a 2014  Taleb, Nassim Nicholas.  Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.  New York, NY: Random House, 2014. 

003.7J69e  Johnson, Steve.  Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software.  New York, NY: Scribner, 2004.

153.42 B223m 2004  Bar-Yam, Yaneer.  Making Things Work: Solving Complex Problems in a Complex World.  Cambridge, MA: NESCI Knowledge Press: 2004.

153.42 D713L  Dorner, Dietrich.  The Logic of Failure: Why Things Go Wrong and What we Can Do to Make Them Right. New York: Metropolitan Books, 1997.

172.42 F533m  Fisher, David. Morality and War: Can War be Just in the Twenty-first Century? Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press Inc, 2011.

302.35 A969h  Axelrod, Robert and Michael D. Cohen.  Harnessing Complexity: Organizational Implications of a Scientific Frontier.  New York, NY: Basic Books, 2000. 

302.35 H361o 2018  Hatch, Mary Jo. Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives. 4th ed. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2018. [Also used in Theoretical Foundations course]

303.49 T347s 2015  Tetlock, Philip E. and Dan Gardner.  Superforecasting:  The Art and Science of Prediction.  New York, NY:  Crown, 2015.

327.101 C737  Harrison, Neill E, ed.  Complexity in World Politics: Concepts and Methods of a New Paradigm.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006. 

355.02 D665p 2005  Dolman, Everett C. Pure Strategy: Power and Principle in the Space and Information Age. New York, NY: Frank Cass, 2005.

355.02 W242j 2006  Walzer, Michael. Just and Unjust War: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustration. 4th ed. New York, NY. Basic Books. 2006.

355.480904 C678m  Cohen, Eliot A. Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War.  New York, NY: The Free Press, 1990. 

658.4 S476f 2006  Senge, Peter, M. The Fifth Discipline, The Art and Practice of a Learning Organization. Revised and Updated. New York, NY: Currency Doubleday, 2006.

658.4012 S399ao 1996  Schwartz, Peter.  The Art of the Long View:  Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World.  New York, NY:  Doubleday, 1996.

720 L425h 2006  Lawson, Bryan.  How Designers Think: The Design Process Demystified.  4th ed.  Burlington, MA: Architectural Press, 2006. 

808 P844c 2008  Abbot, Porter.  The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.  2nd ed. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 

940.5425 S633d 2000  Slim, Field Marshall Viscount William.  Defeat Into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942-1945.  New York, NY:  Cooper Square Press, 2000.

949.703 A557b  Andreas, Peter.  Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in Sarajevo.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008. 

973.931092 G259d  (Will be available to pull on 9/28/23) Gates, Robert M. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.  New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

Pull Lists for Individual Countries Reading List AY24


128.4 J94t 2004 Francois Jullien, A Treatise on Efficacy (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004).

153.4 N724g 2004 Richard E. Nisbett, The Geography of Thought (New York: Free Press, 2003).

324.251075 M147p 2012 Richard McGregor, The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (New York: Harper Perennial, 2010).

327.1120951 P642h 2016 Pillsbury, Michael.  The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.  New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016.

327.51 K61o 2011 Henry Kissinger, On China (New York: Penguin Press, 2012).

330.951 K93c 2016 Arthur R. Kroeber, China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

355.02 L693u 2005 Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, Unrestricted Warfare (Brattleboro, VT: Echo Point Books, 1999).

951.02 J72c 1998 Alastair Ian Johnston, Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995).

335.4345 J61g 2022 Xi Jingping. Xi Jingping: The Governance of China IV.  Beijing, China: Foreign Language Press, 2022.


172.420954 R888h 2012   Roy, Kaushik. Hinduism and the Ethics of Warfare in South Asia: from Antiquity to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

303.60954 B623m 2015 Biswas, Bidisha. Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and Accommodation. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.

355.033554 A286i 2014 Ahmed, Ali. India’s Doctrine Puzzle: Limiting War in South Asia. New Delhi, India: Routledge, 2019.

355.40904 C581b 2004 Citino, Robert M.  Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004.

954 P189m 2020 Pande, Aparna. Making India Great: The Promise of a Reluctant Great Power. New Delhi, India: HarperCollins, 2020.

954.035 G195h 2009 Gandhi, Mohandas, and Anthony Parel. Hind Swaraj and Other Writings. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

954.04 G942i 2007 Guha, Ramachandra. India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2008.

954.05 G197i 2011 Ganguly, Sumit, and Rahul Mukherji. India since 1980. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

954.052 A861 2009 Lavoy, Peter R. ed. Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences of the Kargil Conflict. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

973.913 R142m 2018 Raghavan, Srinath. The Most Dangerous Place: A History of the United States in South Asia. Haryana, India: Penguin Random House, 2018.


297.82 M732i 1985 Moojan Momen, An Introduction to Shi’i Islam: The History and Doctrines of Twelver Shi’ism, New Haven, 1987.  

303.625 H232i 2004 Ahmad Nizar Hamseh, In the Path of Hizbullah, New York, 2004.

305.2350955 K45y 2007 Shahram Khosravi, Young and Defiant in Tehran, Pennsylvania, 2008. 

(Only 5 copies available –For Reference Only) 305.60955 S194r 2000 Eliz Sanasarian, Religious Minorities in Iran, Cambridge, 2000. 

320.540955 A617p 2012 (ebook available) Ali Ansari, The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran, Cambridge, 2012.

320.577 M676p 2011 (ebook available) Ali Mirsepassi, Political Islam, Iran, and the Enlightenment: Philosophies of Hope and Despair, Cambridge, 2010. 

322.10955 T112r 2019 (ebook available) Mohammed Tabaar, Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran, New York, 2019.

327.5505692 D614 2006 H.E. Chehabi, ed., Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon in the Last 500 Years, London, 2006.

355.30955 O85v 2018 (ebook available) Afshon Ostovar, Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Oxford, 2016.

955 A617m 2019 (ebook available) Ali Ansari, Modern Iran Since 1797: Reform and Revolution, London, 2019.

955 F6681 2016 Richard Foltz, Iran in World History, Oxford, 2015.

955 H947i 2014 Shireen Hunter, Iran Divided: The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity. Maryland, 2014.  

955.05 A159h 2008 Arvand Abrahamian, A History of Modern Iran, Oxford, 2014.

955.051 I65 2010 (ebook available) H.E. Chehabi and Vanessa Martin, eds., Iran’s Constitutional Revolution: Popular Politics, Cultural Transformations, and Transnational Connections, London, 2010.

955.0543 A719a 2012 (ebook available) Said Amir Arjomand, After Khomeini:  Iran Under His Successors, Oxford, 2012.

(1 copy in In-Library Use Only) 955.25 N146r Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, New York, 2004. 

956 L673f 2004 (ebook available) Bernard Lewis, From Babel to Dragomans:  Interpreting the Middle East, Oxford, 2004.


153.4 N724g 2004 Nisbett, Richard E. The Geography of Thought. New York, NY: Free Press, 2003.

306.42 B496s Berger, Peter L., and Thomas Luckmann. The Social Construction of Reality. New York: Anchor Books, 1967.

327.5193 H458u 2014 (ebook available) Han, Jong-Woo and Jung Tae-Hern, eds. Understanding North Korea: indigenous perspectives. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.  

951.9 S495c 2016 Seth, Michael J. A Concise History of Modern Korea: From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.  


303.660947 C281r 2017   Carleton, Gregory.  Russia: The Story of War.  Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2017.

327.47 S826p 2020 Stent, Angela.  Putin’s World: Russia Against the West with the Rest.  New York: Twelve, 2020.

330.947 P769 2020 Robinson, Neil, ed. The Political Economy of Russia.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2020.

330.957 G123s 2003 Hill, Fiona and Clifford Gaddy. The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold.  Washington, DC: Brookings, 2003.

355.020947 J81r 2019 (ebook available) Jonsson, Oscar.  The Russian Understanding of War: Blurring the Lines between War and Peace.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2019.

355.0330485 S898 2018 Dahl, Ann-Sofie, ed.  Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Sea Region: Russia, Deterrence, and Reassurance.  Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018.

355.409 H673 2005    Krause, Michael D. and R. Cody Phillips, eds. Historical Perspectives of the Operational Art. Washington DC: Center of Military History, 2005.

355.40947 G545s 1991 (ebook available) Glantz, David.  Soviet Military Operational Art: In Pursuit of Deep Battle.  New York: Frank Cass, 1991.

911.47 G465r 2007 Gilbert, Martin.  The Routledge Atlas of Russian History. 4th Edition.  New York: Routledge, 2007.

947.01 P743r 2006 Poe, Marshall T. The Russian Moment in World History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.

947.08 S649r 1976 Smith, Hedrick.  The Russians.  New York:  Ballantine Books, 1976.

947.086 B598r 2004 Billington, James. Russia in Search of Itself.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.

947.086 M493r 2020 Medvedev, Sergei.  The Return of the Russian Leviathan.  Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2020.


322.109561 E43m 2010 Eligur, Banu, The Mobilization of Political Islam in Turkey. 2014. 

909.09712561 B878i 1996 Brown, L Carl, ed. Imperial Legacy: The Ottoman Imprint on the Balkans and the Middle East. New York: Columbia. 1996.  

956 L673f 2004 (ebook available) Bernard Lewis, From Babel to Dragomans:  Interpreting the Middle East, Oxford, 2004.

956.101 K55o 1977 Kinross, Patrick. The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire.  New York:  Morrow. 1977.

956.102 T939 1996 Kedourie, Sylvia. Turkey: Identity, Democracy and Politics. Frank Cass. 1996.

956.104 B297f 2017 Basaran, Ezgi. Frontline Turkey: The Conflict at the Heart of the Middle East. London. IB Tauris. 2017.

956.104092 C127e 2020 Cagaptay, Soner. Erdogan’s Empire:  Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East. London: IB Tauris. 2019.

ROW Block 3 Reading List – AY24

355.40904 C581b 2004 Citino, Robert M. Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004. 

959.704342 S534c Shaw, John M. The Cambodian Campaign: The 1970 Offensive and America’s Vietnam War. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2005. 

956.70443 G664c Gordon, Michael R. Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. London, England: Pantheon Books, 2006.

Future Operational Environments (FOE) Reading List AY24

303.4833 R175s 2016 Ramo, Joshua. The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune and Survival in the Age of Networks. London: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

623.4 S311a 2018 Scharre, Paul. Army of None. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2018.

658.4012 M323f Conway, Maree. Foresight Infused Strategy: A How-To Guide for Using Foresight in Practice. Melbourne, Australia: Thinking Futures, 2019.

658.40355 H662t 2015 Hines, Andy and Bishop, Peter. Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight. Social Technologies, LLC, 2006.

813.6 S282o 2005 Scalzi, John. Old Man’s War. New York, NY: Tom Doherty Associates, 2005.

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