2008 CSAF Reading List

CSAF Reading List Archive

The 2008 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
 Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot
First Light - Geoffrey Wellum 

Gods of Tin - James Salter 
Jimmy Stewart:  Bomber Pilot - Starr Smith

Our Mission, Doctrine and Profession 

John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power - John A. Olsen
On the Edge of Earth:  The Future of American Space Power - Steven Lambakis
Why Air Forces Fail:  The Anatomy of Defeat - Robin Higham and Stephen J. Harris 

Our Nation and World 

The Crisis of Islam:  Holy War and Unholy Terror - Bernard Lewis

Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul - Michael Reid 

Our Military Heritage

Book coverAt Dawn We Slept:  The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor - Gordon Prange
Empire by Default:  The Spanish-American War and the Dawn of the American Century - Ivan Musicant
Last Chance for Victory:  Robert E. Lee and the Gettysburg Campaign - Scott Bowden and Bill Ward


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.