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CMEF Leadership Library

From the Chief

Engaging in continuous reading and life-long learning is paramount for personal growth and intellectual development. By immersing oneself in books and educational resources, individuals can broaden their knowledge, enhance critical thinking skills, and stay abreast of current trends and innovations.

This ongoing process of learning not only enriches one's understanding of the world, but also fosters adaptability and resilience in the face of ever-evolving challenges. In essence, a commitment to reading and life-long learning is a gateway to a more fulfilling and enriched life.

CMSgt James M. Woods
Chief, Medical Enlisted Force (CMEF) and Enlisted Corps Chief

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others
by Jim Collins

Good to Great achieves a rare distinction: a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast-paced novel. It is widely regarded as one of the most important business books ever written.

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
by Daniel Coyle

The Culture Code reveals the secrets of some of the best teams in the world - from Pixar to Google to US Navy SEALs - explaining the three skills such groups have mastered in order to generate trust and a willingness to collaborate. Combining cutting-edge science, on-the-ground insight and practical ideas for action, it offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded.

No Time for Spectators: The Lessons That Mattered Most from West Point to the West Wing
by Martin Dempsey

Drawing upon a military career spanning more than four decades, General Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, examines the limits of loyalty, the necessity of sensible skepticism, and the value of responsible rebelliousness, and explains why we actually should sweat the small stuff.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
by Seth Godin

This life-changing manifesto shows how you have the potential to make a huge difference wherever you are.

Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard
by Dan Heath and Chip Heath

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that's built into our brains.

The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
by James C. Hunter

With an introduction on using the principles of The Servant in your life and career, this book redefines what it means to be a leader.

Humbitious: The Power of Low-Ego, High-Drive Leadership
by Amer Kaissi

In Humbitious, professional speaker, executive coach and distinguished Trinity University professor Amer Kaissi shatters the common myths about leadership being an ego-driven game.

How Successful People Lead: Taking Your Influence to the Next Level
by John C. Maxwell

The New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works.

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow
by John C. Maxwell

The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader gets straight to the heart of leadership issues.

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them and Empower Your Team
by John C. Maxwell

Learn how to build and maintain champion level teams, then lead your team to the peak level of success regardless of the field you're in.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Workbook: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
by John C. Maxwell

Discover the life-changing principles of Influence, Empowerment, Intuition, Respect, and Legacy that will transform your leadership - and your life.

The Leader's Greatest Return: Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders
by John C. Maxwell

Dive into a masterclass with world-renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell as he shares the most important lessons he’s learned about the leadership development process over the last quarter century.

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
by Kerry Patterson

Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high.

The Peter Principle
by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

With the wit of James Thurber or Mark Twain, the psychological and anthropological acuity of Sigmund Freud or Margaret Mead, and the theoretical impact of Isaac Newton or Copernicus, Dr. Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull's brilliant book explains how incompetence and its accompanying symptoms, syndromes, and remedies define the world and the work we do in it.

The Fred Factor: Every Person's Guide to Making the Ordinary Extraordinary!
by Mark Sanborn

In The Fred Factor, motivational speaker Mark Sanborn recounts the true story of Fred, the mail carrier who passionately loves his job and who genuinely cares about the people he serves. Because of that, he is constantly going the extra mile handling the mail - and sometimes watching over the houses - of the people on his route, treating everyone he meets as a friend. Where others might see delivering mail as monotonous drudgery, Fred sees an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those he serves.

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses.

The Infinite Game
by Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a just cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
by Simon Sinek

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek investigates great leaders from Marine Corps Officers, who don't just sacrifice their place at the table but often their own comfort and even their lives for those in their care, to the heads of big business and government - each putting aside their own interests to protect their teams.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

Start with Why asks (and answers) the questions: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

The Master Coach Model
by J. Arthur Smith

The Master Coach Model will accelerate your understanding of how to Pull-not push, Explore-not explain, and Listen-not lecture, to the success of both the coach and the coachee.

The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life
by Tommy Spaulding

The New York Times bestselling author Tommy Spaulding shows you how looking inwards - and leading with your heart - can transform your life.

No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results
by Cy Wakeman

The New York Times bestselling author of Reality-Based Leadership rejects the current fad of "engaging" employees and the emotional drama of "meeting their needs" - returning leadership to leaders and productivity to businesses.

As a Man Thinketh: 21st Century Edition
by James Allen and Sam Torode

As a Man Thinketh reveals how our thoughts shape our character and influence our circumstances, health, and achievements. The choice is yours: either master your mind to create the life you want, or remain mired in frustration and failure.

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity
by Peter Attia and Bill Gifford

With Outlive's practical advice and roadmap, you can plot a different path for your life, one that lets you outlive your genes to make each decade better than the one before.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
by Oliver Burkeman

Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.

How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and how You Can Achieve Yours
by Shirzad Chamine

Shirzad Chamine reveals how to achieve one's true potential for both professional success and personal fulfillment.

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
by James Clear

James Clear distils the most fundamental information about habit formation, so you can accomplish more by focusing on less.

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born, It's Grown
by Daniel Coyle

Drawing on the latest findings of scientists and educationalists, and looking at disciplines ranging from maths to music, he shows how the brain can be physically rewired and developed by training to create a 'talent code'.

Scarcity Brain: Fix Your Craving Mindset and Rewire Your Habits to Thrive with Enough
by Michael Easter

Michael Easter, author of The Comfort Crisis and one of the world's leading experts on behavior change, shows that the problem isn't you. The problem is the scarcity loop, left over from our ancient ancestors, who had to constantly seek and consume to survive. For the scarcity loop to work, you need three things: opportunity, unpredictable rewards and quick repeatability.

The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self
by Michael Easter

Discover the evolutionary mind and body benefits of living at the edges of your comfort zone and reconnecting with the wild.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers studies miscommunication, interactions and assumptions people make when dealing with those that they don't know.

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
by David Goggins

In Can't Hurt Me, David Goggins shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

Never Finished: Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within
by David Goggins

In Never Finished, David Goggins takes you inside his Mental Lab, where he developed the philosophy, psychology, and strategies that enabled him to learn that what he thought was his limit was only his beginning and that the quest for greatness is unending.

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover and Shari Wenk

Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak.

Discipline Is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control
by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday made the Stoic case for a bold and brave life. In this much-anticipated second book of his Stoic Virtue series, Holiday celebrates the awesome power of self-discipline and those who have seized it.

Stillness is the Key: An Ancient Strategy for Modern Life
by Ryan Holiday

Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, Holiday shows us how crucial stillness is, and how it can be cultivated in our own lives today. Just as Winston Churchill, Oprah Winfrey and baseball player Sadaharu Oh have done, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions - whether building a business or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction.

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn’t be this way. There is a formula for success that’s been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

Ego is the Enemy
by Ryan Holiday

Ego is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history. We meet fascinating figures like Howard Hughes, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, all of whom reached the highest levels of power and success by conquering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.

Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favours the Brave
by Ryan Holiday

Drawing on ancient Stoic wisdom and examples across history and around the world, Ryan Holiday shows why courage is so important, and how to cultivate it in our own lives. Courage is not simply physical bravery but also doing the right thing and standing up for what you believe; it's creativity, generosity and perseverance. And it is the only way to live an extraordinary, fulfilled and effective life.

Executive Loneliness: The 5 Pathways to Overcoming Isolation, Stress, Anxiety & Depression in the Modern Business World
by Nick Jonsson

Based on his own recovery experience, consultations with mental health experts, conversations with other executives who managed to recover from executive loneliness, and relevant research findings and the literature, as Nick see's it, there are five steps for either recovering from, or totally avoiding, executive loneliness.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
by Mark Manson

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope
by Mark Manson

Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us.

Conversations with People Who Hate Me: 12 Things I Learned from Talking to Internet Strangers
by Dylan Marron

Charmingly candid and refreshingly hopeful, Conversations with People Who Hate Me will serve as both a guide to anyone partaking in dif­ficult conversations and a permission slip for those who dare to believe that connection is possible.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently
by John C. Maxwell

While it may seem like some folks are born with a commanding presence that draws people in, the fact is anyone can learn to communicate in ways that consistently build powerful connections. Bestselling author and leadership expert John C. Maxwell offers advice for effective communication to those who continually run into obstacles when it comes to personal success.

Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less
by Joseph McCormack

Joe McCormack tackles the challenges of inattention, interruptions, and impatience that every professional faces.

The Awakened Brain: The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life
by Lisa Miller

Weaving her own deeply personal journey of awakening with her groundbreaking research, Dr. Miller’s book reveals that humans are universally equipped with a capacity for spirituality, and that our brains become more resilient and robust as a result of it.

Bounce Back: 12 Warrior Principles to Reclaim and Recalibrate Your Life
by Travis Mills

In Bounce Back, Travis reveals the path that helped him through tough times - and allowed him to continue to be a dedicated family man, husband, and father to two amazing children.

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Patterson

Daniel Kahneman, world-famous psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius
by Donald J. Robertson

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes readers on a transformative journey along with Marcus, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadrian - taken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his day - through to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides readers through applying the same methods to their own lives.

The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
by Peter Blaber

From each mission, Pete Blaber has taken a life lesson back with him. You will learn these enlightening lessons as you gain insights into never-before-revealed missions executed around the globe. And when the smoke clears, you will emerge wiser, more capable, and better prepared to succeed in life than you ever thought possible.

The Long Game: China's Grand Strategy to Displace American Order
by Rush Doshi

In The Long Game, Rush Doshi draws from a rich base of Chinese primary sources, including decades worth of party documents, leaked materials, memoirs by party leaders, and a careful analysis of China's conduct to provide a history of China's grand strategy since the end of the Cold War.

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century
by George Friedman

The Next 100 Years draws on a fascinating exploration of history and geopolitical patterns dating back hundreds of years.

Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front
by Mary Jennings Hegar

In Shoot Like a Girl, Mary Jennings Hegar takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

None Braver: U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism
by Michael Hirsh

From award-winning journalist and combat veteran Michael Hirsh comes the thrilling inside story of the Air Force’s pararescue operations in Afghanistan.

The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West
by David Kilcullen

The Dragons and the Snakes is a compelling, counterintuitive look at the new, vastly complex global arena. Kilcullen reshapes our understanding of the West's foes, and shows how it can respond.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
by Malcolm Gladwell

In The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell weaves together the stories of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the greatest moral challenges in modern American history.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
by Jim Mattis and Bing West

Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas - and short-sighted thinking - now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by Stanley A. McChrystal

In Team of Teams, Stanley A. McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits and organizations today. In periods of unprecedented crisis, leaders need practical management practices that can scale to thousands of people - and fast. By giving small groups the freedom to experiment and share what they learn across the entire organiza­tion, teams can respond more quickly, communicate more freely, and make better and faster decisions.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
by Admiral William H. McRaven

Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this bestseller of powerful life lessons "should be read by every leader in America."

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy)
by Admiral William H. McRaven

From the author of Make Your Bed - a short, inspirational book of advice and leadership lessons that Admiral McRaven collected over his four decades as a Navy SEAL.

Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
by Sean Naylor

Award-winning combat journalist Sean Naylor reveals a firsthand account of the largest battle fought by American military forces in Afghanistan in an attempt to destroy al-Qaeda and Taliban forces.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer

In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America's ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military.

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
by Colin Powell

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he's learned from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer.

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today
by Thomas E. Ricks

An epic history of the decline of American military leadership.

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day
by Cornelius Ryan

The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force
by Dan Schilling and Lori Chapman Longritz

A true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of twenty-three comrades-in-arms.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
by E. B. Sledge

Sledge's honesty and compassion for the other marines, even complete strangers, sets him apart as a memoirist of war. Read as sobering history or as high adventure, With the Old Breed is a moving chronicle of action and courage.

Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual
by Jocko Willink

Decorated ex-US Navy SEAL officer Jocko Willink delivers hard-won leadership principles that have been tested and proven on the battlefield, in business and in life. Leadership Strategy and Tactics takes the guesswork out of leadership by translating theory into practical skills and manoeuvers that leaders at all levels can apply, practice and execute.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
by Evan Wright

Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO original mini-series.

Yeager: An Autobiography
by Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager tells his whole incredible life story with the same "wide-open, full throttle" approach that has marked his astonishing career. What it was really like enaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe. How after being shot over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape. The amazing behind-the-scenes story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before.

by Marcus Aurelius

Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0
by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Drs. Bradberry and Greaves developed this revolutionary guide to help people identify their EQ skills, build these skills into strengths, and enjoy consistent performance in the pursuit of important life objectives. This book contains proven strategies to accurately measure and increase emotional intelligence.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

The book definitely has an unusual name, but its subject is not unusual: it simply discusses the power of perseverance and passion.

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

This is a totally unique and entertaining graphic adaptation of the bestselling business classic. Perhaps one small flaw - a behavior you barely even recognize - is the only thing keeping you from where you want to be. It may be that the very characteristic you believe got you where you are, like the drive to win at all costs, is what is holding you back.

A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

Leading Change
by John P. Kotter

John Kotter's now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe.

Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber

The insightful lessons you can learn from this short and easy-to-read book, based on the pioneering work of John Kotter, will empower you in work, family, and community. They will help you to make smart change happen faster and better, especially in an era of relentless change.

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
by Edgar H. Schein and Peter A. Schein

Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people - especially those who report to us - we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry.

2034: A Novel of the Next World War
by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis

From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea in 2034 - and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes
by Ben Bergeron

CrossFit trainer Ben Bergeron has helped build the world's fittest athletes, but he's not like other coaches.

Terminal List (Seven Book Series)
by Jack Carr

A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller.

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War
by John Donohue and J.T. Molloy

John "Chick" Donohue, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran volunteered to make the "greatest beer run ever" and embarked on a journey that would change his life forever.

Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

The bestselling Holocaust memoir about finding purpose and strength in times of despair.

Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make it Home
by Benjamin Hall

With Hall himself gravely injured and stuck in Kyiv, it was unclear if he would make it out alive. This is the story of how he survived - a story that continues to this day.

The Women
by Kristin Hannah

The Women is the story of one woman gone to war, but it shines a light on all women who put themselves in harm’s way and whose sacrifice and commitment to their country has too often been forgotten.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know
by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers studies miscommunication, interactions and assumptions people make when dealing with those that they don't know.

The Judge’s List
by John Grisham

How can Lacy pursue him, without becoming the next name on his list?

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

This book is full of revelations: about fascinating personalities and their drive to win; about the wellsprings of motivation and competition at the highest levels; and about what it takes to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger

Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

by James Kerr

Champions do extra. They sweep the sheds. They follow the spearhead. They keep a blue head. They are good ancestors. In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world?s most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.

Yard Work
by David Koepp

This wasn’t the plan. Judge Herman Calvert, eighty-eight, never thought he’d outlive his beloved wife, Marie. Yet now he finds himself alone, a grieving widower, desperate for escape from the home they built together, where every turn brings a painful reminder of his late wife.

A Grief Observed: Autobiographical Work in Which the Author Explores the Fundamental Questions of Faith and Theodicy
by C.S. Lewis

The book was first published under the pseudonym N.W. Clerk as Lewis wished to avoid identification as the author.

by Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey described the book as a collection of "stories, prayers, poems, people and places and a whole bunch of bumper stickers." The book includes stories and insights from McConaughey's life in chronological order.

Damascus Station
by David McCloskey

CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad’s recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy.

The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia.

Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology
by Chris Miller

Economic historian Chris Miller explains how the semiconductor came to play a critical role in modern life and how the U.S. became dominant in chip design and manufacturing and applied this technology to military systems.

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives
by Dan Millman

Journey with Dan on the peaceful warrior's path to unreasonable happiness. Find out for yourself why this book changes lives.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
by James Nestor

Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it.

The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Ghost Fleet
by P.W. Singer and August Cole

Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, it is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel - no matter how sci-fi it may seem - is real, or could be soon.

Built to Move: The 10 Essential Habits that Will Help You Live a Longer, Healthier Life
by Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett

This book is your game plan for the long game.

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11
by Mitchell Zuckoff

Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise is a testament to the human spirit as it triumphs over evil. This is a 9/11 book like no other.

Leadership & Teamwork

  • A Bit of Optimism: Simon Sinek talk with people that inspire him about love, life, leadership, and silver linings.
  • War on the Rocks: Discussions over drinks with security, defense, and foreign policy insiders and experts.


  • Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik: Kwik Brain is a fun, fast-paced show designed to help busy people learn and achieve anything in a fraction of the time!