2007 CSAF Reading List

CSAF Reading List Archive

The 2007 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 Air Force Heritage

Master of Airpower: General Carl A. Spaatz - David R. Mets 
Book ReviewBook Cover

I Could Never Be So Lucky Again: An Autobiography of General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle  Gen. Doolittle with Carrol V. Glines  Book Review

Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership - David N. Spires 

Courage and Air Warfare: The Allied Aircrew Experience in the Second World War - Mark K. Wells  Book Review
Chennault: Giving Wings to the Tiger - Martha Byrd  Book Review

Bury Us Upside Down - Rich Newman and Don Shepperd  Book Review

Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War against Nazi Germany - Donald L. Miller Book Review

Our Mission, Doctrine and Profession

Learning Large Lessons: The Evolving Roles of Ground Power and Air Power in the Post-Cold War Era - David E. Johnson (RAND) 

10 Propositions Regarding Air Power - Phillip S. Meilinger

Sir John Fisher's Naval Revolution - Nicholas A. Lambert 

Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation - James P. Womack and David T. Jones  Book Review

Leading Change - John P. Kotter  Book Review 

Our Nation and World

Book CoverFrom Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East - Bernard Lewis Book Review

Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years - Bernard Lewis Book Review 

A History of the Arab Peoples - Albert Hourani  Book Review

The Dream Palace of the Arabs - Fouad Ajami 

The Foreigner's Gift - Fouad Ajami Book Review

Our Military Heritage

 America: The Last Best Hope Vol I, From an Age of Discovery to a World at War - William J. Bennett America: The Last Best Hope Book Review

America: The Last Best Hope Vol II, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom - William J. Bennett  Book Review

The Philippine War 1899-1902
- Brian McAllister Linn Book Review

The Last Days of Innocence: America At War 1917-1918 - Meirion and Susie Harries  Book Review
The Air War: 1939-1945 - Richard J. Overy  Book Review
Victory on the Potomac: The Goldwater-Nichols Act Unifies the Pentagon - James R. Locher III  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.