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CARL: SAMS Book List


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.  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.


Future Operational Environments (FOE) Reading List AY 21-22

658.40355 H662t 2015 Hines, Andy and Bishop, Peter. Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight. Social Technologies, LLC, 2006. ISBN 978-0-9789317-0-4.

355.4 L584f 2017 Leonhard, Robert. Fighting by Minutes. 2017.

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

153.83 R215t 2011 Rao, Venkatesch. Tempo: Timing, Tactics and Strategy in Narrative Decision-Making. Ribbonfarm, Inc, 2011.

341.63 R528u 2018 Richemond-Barak, Daphne. Underground Warfare. New York: OUP, 2018.

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

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

519.542 S587s 2015 Silver, Nate. The Signal and the Noise. New York: Penguin, 2015.

355.02 S612r Simpkin, Richard. Race to the Swift: Thoughts on 21st Century Warfare. London: Brassey’s Defense Publishers, 1985.

Design and Systems Thinking

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

003.54 T143a 2014 Taleb, Nassim Nicholas (Nick).  Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder.  New York: Random House, 2012.  Chapters 1, 4, and 5 through 11.  (127 pages).

003.7 J69e Johnson, Steve.  Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software.  New York, NY: 2002. 11-73 (63 pages).

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

153.42 D713L 1996 Dorner, Dietrich.  The Logic of Failure: Why Things Go Wrong and What we Can Do to Make Them Right. New York: Metropolitan Books, 1996.

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

153.83 L666t 2014 Levitt, Steven D. and Stephen J. Dubner.  Think Like a Freak.  New York, NY: Harper Collins Press, 2014.

160 B883a 2007 Browne, M. Neil, and Stuart M. Keeley. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking. 8th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice, 2007.

153.9 E64r 2019 Epstein, David.  Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World.  New York: New York, 2019.

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

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

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

658.4 K87pi Kotter, John.  Power and Influence Beyond Formal Authority.  New York, NY: Free Press, 1985. 

658.4012 S399ao 1996 Schwartz, Peter.  The Art of the Long View:  Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World.  New York Doubleday, 1991.

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

808 P844c 2008 Abbot, Porter.  The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 

917.8042 B749o 2019 Botkin, Daniel. Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

940.2742 P228c Paret, Peter.  The Cognitive Challenge of War: Prussia 1806.   Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009.

940.5425 S633d 1986 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. 

971.018092 W855s Schama, Simon.  Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations).  New York, NYL Vintage, 1992. 

Pull List for Great Power Perspectives

Great Power Perspectives – Theory Section (all students)

301.2 G298i Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books. 1973.

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

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

501 K96s 1996  Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of the Scientific Revolution. Chicago:  University of Chicago. 1970. 43-91.

658.45 W416s Weick, Karl E. Sensemaking in Organizations. London:  Sage. 1995. Available on BB

Pull Lists for Individual Countries


793.1 A447a 1986 Almeida, Bira. Capoeira: a Brazilian art form. Berkeley: Blue Snake Books, 1986.

795.334 H722c 2014 Fontes, Paulo and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda. The Country of Football: politics, popular culture, and the Beautiful Game in Brazil. London: Hurst & Company, 2014.

869.342 C672a 2014 Coehlo, Paulo. The Alchemist. Translated by Alan R. Clarke. New York: Harper, 2014.

981 H722r 2016 Holanda, Sérgio Buarque. Roots of Brazil. Translated by G. Harvey Summ. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.

981.03 A162c 1998 Capistrano de Abreau, João. Chapters of Brazil’s Colonial History, 1500-1800. Translated by Arthur Brakel. New York: Oxford, 1997.

981.06 B893c 2019 Brum, Elaine. The Collector of Leftover Souls: field notes on Brazil’s everyday insurrections. Translated by Diane Grosklaus Whitty. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2019.

981.06 G114p 2020 Garcia de Gabiola, Javier. The Paulista War: the last civil war in Brazil, 1932 (Vol I). Warwick, England: Helion & Company, 2020.

981.06 G114p 2021 Garcia de Gabiola, Javier. The Paulista War: the last civil war in Brazil, 1932 (Vol II). Warwick, England: Helion & Company, 2021.

981.064 C268a 2007 Cardoso, Fernando Henrique (with Brian Winter). The Accidental President of Brazil. New York: Perseus Books, 2006.

989.205 E77p 2019 Esposito, Gabriele. The Paraguayan War 1864-70: The Triple Alliance at Stake in La Plata. Oxford: Osprey, 2019.


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).

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

327.73051 A438d 2017 Graham Allison, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape the Thucydides Trap? (New York: Mariner Books, 2017).

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).

355.033551 F846a 2019 Taylor Fravel, Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019).

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


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 2014 Biswas, Bidisha. Managing Conflicts in India: Policies of Coercion and Accommodation. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.

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

327.101 D778t 2011   Drezner, Daniel W. Theories of International Politics and Zombies. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. [Review]

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

954.04 G942i / DS480.84 Guha, Ramachandra. India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2008.

954.052 A861 2009 / DS485.K1943 Lavoy, Peter R. ed. Asymmetric Warfare in South Asia: The Causes and Consequences of the Kargil Conflict. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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

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


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

303.625 H232i 2004 Hamzeh, Ahmad Nizar. In the Path of Hizbullah.

305.60955 S194r 2000 Sanasarian, Eliz. Religious Minorities in Iran.

327.55047 E75t 2018 Esfandiary, Dina and Tabatabai, Ariane. Triple Axis.

327.73055 C933t 2013 Crist, David. The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran.

330.955 M257i 2015 Maloney, Suzanne. Iran's Political Economy since the Revolution.

355.30955 O85v 2018 Ostovar, Afshon. Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

955 A617i 2014 Ansari, Ali. Iran: A Very Short Introduction.

955.05 A159h 2018 Abrahamian, Ervand. A History of Modern Iran.

955.0542 R279i 2015 Razoux, Pierre. The Iran-Iraq War.

955.0542092 S253c 2003 Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis.


DVD at CIRCULATION Children of Heaven




DVD at CIRCULATION Where is the Friends house

DVD at CIRCULATION White Balloon



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  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 Korea. 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 2012 Robinson, Neil, ed. The Political Economy of Russia.  Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2013.

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 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 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   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.


909.09712561 I34 1996  Brown, L Carl, ed. The Ottoman Imprint on the Balkans and the Middle East. New York: Columbia. 1996.  

956.101 K55o Kinross, Patrick. The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire.  New York:  Morrow. 1979.

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

Theoretical Foundations (TF) Reading List AY 21-22

342.73 B414p 2010 Beeman, Richard. Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution. New York: Random House, 2009.

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

355 C616o 1984 Clausewitz, Carl von. On War. Edited and translated by Peter Paret and Michael Howard. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976.

355.020943 C831r Corum, James S. The Roots of Blitzkrieg: Hans von Seeckt and German Military Reform. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2005.

355.02 D665p 2005 Dolman, Everett C. Pure Strategy: Power and Principles in the Space and Information Age. New York: Routledge, 2005.

355.028 I26a Ikenberry, G. John. After Victory: Institutions, strategic restraint, and the rebuilding of order after major wars. Princeton: University Press, 2001.

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

355.033573 F853d 2004 Freedman, Lawrence. Deterrence. Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2006.

355.4 F853s Freedman, Lawrence. Strategy: A History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

355 M729m Hughes, Daniel J., ed. Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1995.

355.082 M235 1986 Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, edited by Peter Paret, Gordon A. Craig, and Felix Gilbert. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.

355.033573 M426c Matheny, Michael R., Carrying the War to the Enemy: American Operational Art to 1945. Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 2011.

355.001 E93 2011 Olsen, John Andreas, and Martin van Creveld. The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

172.42 O66m 2006 Orend, Brian. The Morality of War. Toronto: Broadview Press, 2006.

353.033073 S874w 2019 Stoker, Donald. Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

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

359.03 T574s 2018 Till, Geoffrey. Seapower: A Guide for the Twenty-First Century. 4th ed. New York: Routledge, 2018.

343.7301 W827L Witt, John Fabian. Lincoln’s Code. New York: Free Press, 2012.

Fundamentals Reading List AY 21-22

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

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

201.615 H149r 2013 Haidt, Johnathan, The Righteous Mind, Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. New York: Vintage Books, 2013.

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

306.42 B496s Berger, Peter, L and Luckman, Thomas. The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. New York: Doubleday, 1966.

320.54 A545i 2016 Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Revised Edition. New York: Verso, 1983.

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

355.0209 G258h Gat, Azar. A History of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to the Cold War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

355.43 R 783 The Roots of Strategy: Book 2. "Jomini’s Art of War in Ed. Curtis Brown. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1987. (also available as an eBook).

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

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

658.4012 M667r Mintzberg, Henry. The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning. Toronto: Free Press; Maxwell Macmillan Canada, 1994.

658.4 S476f 2006 Senge, Peter, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday, 2006.

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

973.332 W318f Fischer, David Hackett. Washington’s Crossing. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

ROW Weeks 1-9 Reading List AY 21-22

ROW Week 1

355 C616ow Clausewitz, Carl von. On War, ed. and trans. by Michael Howard and Peter Paret. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1976.

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

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

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

973.332 W318f 2006 Fischer, David Hackett. Washington’s Crossing. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

ROW Week 2

355.0094 R846a Rothenberg, Gunther E. The Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981.

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

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

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

ROW Week 3

952.03 P147j 2017 Paine, S. C. M. The Japanese Empire: Grand Strategy from the Meiji Restoration to the Pacific War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

968.048 N268b 2011 Nasson, Bill. The Boer War: The Struggle for South Africa. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK: Spellmount, 2011.

ROW Week 4

940.31 W253 2013 Hamilton, Richard F., and Holger H. Herwig, ed., War Planning, 1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

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

940.421 H581m Herwig, Holger H. The Marne 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle that Changed the World. New York: Random House, 2009.

ROW Week 5

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). 

ROW Week 6

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

ROW Week 7

951.9041 M653w Millett, Allan R. The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came From the North.  Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2010

ROW Week 8

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

956.70442373 S971Lw Swain, Richard M. "Lucky War:" Third Army in Desert Storm.  Fort Leavenworth, KS: U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Press, 1994.  Limited physical copies; also available on Blackboard

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

ROW Week 9

172.42 F533m Fisher, David. Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Highlighted items are duplicates from previous pull weeks

Research Course (R700) Reading List AY 21-22


320.3072 L257i 2003 Landman, Todd. Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Routledge, 2013.

808.02 T929m 2018 Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 9th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2018.

901 A756h 2000 Arnold, John H. History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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