2006 CSAF Reading List

CSAF Reading List Archive

The 2006 Chief of Staff reading list provides Airmen of all ranks a guide to further their education and expertise. Professional reading continues to be vital as Airmen maintain the Air Force initiative today and prepare for the future. This year's list contains 14 books divided into three categories: leadership, strategic context and military heritage.

CSAF Reading List


Our Military History

A History of the American People - Paul Johnson Book review

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era - James M. McPherson Book review

1776 - David McCullough Book review

General George Washington: A Military Life - Edward G. Lengel Book review

The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America - Ken Pollack Book review

Victory at Yorktown: The Campaign that Won the Revolution - Richard M. Ketchum Book review

Air Force Pioneers

A Question of Loyalty: Gen Billy Mitchell and the Court-Martial that Gripped the Nation - Douglas Waller Book review

Billy Mitchell: Crusader for Air Power - Alfred F. Hurley Book review

Eddie Rickenbacker: An American Hero in the Twentieth Century - W. David Lewis Book review

The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid, America's First World War II Victory - Craig Nelson Book review

Our Air Force Heritage

Air Force Roles and Missions: a History - Warren A. Trest Book review

Airpower Against Terror: America's Conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom - Benjamin Lambeth (RAND) Book review

Air Power: The Men, Machines, and Ideas that Revolutionized War, From Kitty Hawk to Gulf War II - Stephen Budiansky Book review

The Influence of Air Power upon History - Walter J. Boyne Book review

Locating Air Force Base Sites: History's Legacy - Edited by Frederick J. Shaw Book review

Winged Defense: The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power Economic and Military
- William Mitchell Book review


General Ronald Fogleman created the CSAF Professional Reading Program in 1996 to develop a common frame of reference among Air Force members - officers, enlisted, and civilians - to help each of us become better, more effective advocates of air and space power. General Michael Ryan and now General John Jumper have wholeheartedly embraced and continued the Professional Reading Program.