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  • Aebi, Tania with Bernadette Brennan. Maiden Voyage. Random House. 1996.
    The account of an 18 year old New York City woman's solo sailing voyage around the world. With little experience, she became the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe. (retired in 2011)
  • Axelrod, Alan. Elizabeth I CEO: Strategic Lessons from the Leader Who Built an Empire. Prentice Hall Press. 2000.
    This book starts with an overview of Elizabeth's life and 45-year reign as queen of England. The book then progresses to a series of lessons ("Stand-up for Those You Lead, Communicate Directly and Often, and Strength Always Communicates") that are illustrated by using examples from her reign. (retired in 2011)
  • Blanchard, Kenneth H., William Oncken, Jr., and Hal Burrows. The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey. William Morrow. 1989.
    If you've ever wondered how you got loaded down with other peoples business (Monkeys) this book gives you one possibility. The care and feeding of monkeys demands a lot of time and energy, so here you are shown how to give those monkeys to their rightful owners. (retired in 2005)
  • Boukreev, Anatoli and G. Weston DeWalt. The Climb: Tragic Ambitions of Everest. St. Martins Press. 1998.
    A compelling account of the 1996 commercial expedition to the top of Mt. Everest that ended in tragedy. Boukreev, the head guide for Mountain Madness Expeditions, challenges many of the accounts of Into Thin Air, and details his account of the ill-fated expedition. (retired in 2011)
  • Buell, Thomas. Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War. Crown Publishing Group. 1996.
    Buell uses a general stereo-type for 6 civil war generals and follows them through their careers. Of interest in leadership styles and contrast is General George Thomas. Here you find a classic leader, solid professional, innovative in thinking outside the box in a hide bound traditional military. Generally a good read, pointed and critical with interesting authors notes on his research. (retired in 2005)
  • Cannon, Jeff and Jon. Leadership Lessons of the Navy Seals. McGraw-Hill. 2005.
    Battle-tested strategies for creating successful organizations and inspiring extraordinary results. How to build, prepare, and maintain the organization for the mission. (retired in 2011)
  • Collins, Larry and Dominique Lapierre. Freedom at Midnight. Simon & Schuster. 1975.
    This book tells the astonishing story of Mahatma Gandhi's organization and leadership of a massive, non-violent, grassroots campaign in his native India. He ultimately led one of the world's poorest nations to independence from the British Empire. (retired in 2011)
  • Covey, Stephen. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Simon & Schuster. 1989.
    Covey develops a step-by-step approach for living with integrity, honesty, and fairness that provides the foundation necessary to adapt to change and to take advantage of the opportunities change provides. (retired in 2005)
  • Department of the Army. Army Leadership: Be, Know, Do. Field Manual 22-100. 2001. On the Web at:
    The U.S. Army's basic leadership reference. This is an excellent reference for all aspects of leadership training. (retired in 2005)
  • Fielder, Donald J. The Leadership Teachings of Geronimo: How 19 Defeated 5000. Sterling House. 2002.
    This book vividly links the modern leader/executive to the David versus Goliath strategies of Geronimo, one of the greatest chiefs in American history. (retired in 2011)
  • Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. Bantam Books. 1997.
    The author argues that there are important emotional skills that contribute to human intelligence and successful performance in the workplace. These skills include self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy and social deftness. (retired in 2011)
  • Hackworth, David A. and Eilhys England. Steel My Soldiers' Hearts: The Hopeless to Hardcore Transformation of U.S. Army, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry in Vietnam.
    Rugged Land. 2002.
    This account details a young Lieutenant Colonel's assignment to a poorly led battalion of draftees in the Mekong Delta 1969. This unit had one of the highest casualty rates and lowest morale in Vietnam at that time. Colonel Hackworth details his efforts at transforming this battalion. His discipline, training, and lead from the front style turns the misfits into effective warriors. (retired in 2005)
  • Johnson, Spencer M. D. Who Moved My Cheese? G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 1998.
    A funny story about four individuals in search of "what they need." The book asks the reader to answer two basic questions: One, "what makes you happy" and two, "what are you willing to do to get it?" (retired in 2005)
  • Lansing, Alfred. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. Carroll & Graf. 1959.
    The story of Ernest Shackleton's abortive 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole is another great study in leadership. Shackleton's ship, Endurance, was trapped and then crushed by pack ice, leaving Shackleton and his 27 men adrift on ice floes. The story of how Shackleton ultimately brings all of his men to safety at South Georgia Island is an epic of survival and a portrait of outstanding leadership in the face of adversity. (retired in 2011)
  • McDonald, Charles B. Company Commander. Burford Books. 1999.
    This is McDonald's account of his experiences in an American Rifle Company Commander in France during the Second World War. As a novice officer, fresh from the states, he led Normandy veterans through the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Germany. This is a gripping story about the development of leadership under fire. (retired in 2005)
  • Newman, Major General Aubrey Follow Me I: The Human Element in Leadership. Presidio Press. 1981.
    This book was based on Major General Newman column in "Army Magazine" called, "Forward Edge." The column ran for 20 years. This book emphasizes the importance of the human element in leadership. It is aimed at young lieutenants and NCOs at the platoon level, who are first time leaders. This is a first in a series of three books - Follow Me II, published in 1982, emphasizes leading and mentoring; Follow Me III, published in 1987, encourages senior leaders to remember where they came from and to consider the human element in their leadership actions. (retired in 2011)
  • Rich, Ben R. and Leo Janos. Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed. Little, Brown & Co. 1996.
    Lockheed's Advanced Development Project has set standards for the aerospace industry for half a century, repeatedly developing and fielding breakthrough aviation technology. Janos describes the unique management framework and leadership style that freed engineers and technicians to accomplish astounding results. (retired in 2011)
  • Ruggero, Ed. Duty First. HarperCollins. 2001.
    An account of a year inside one of America's premier schools for leadership - the United States Military Academy at West Point. The author, a former West Point graduate and professor, takes a critical look at how this elite school builds leaders for the future. (retired in 2005)
  • Riley, Pat. The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players. Berkley Trade; Reprint edition. 1994.
    He's one of America's greatest coaches, known for inspiring the champions of professional basketball to work as a team. The Winner Within is his game plan for team players in all of life, not just on the court but in business, at home, and in personal achievement. Here are his winning strategies that inspire change, motivate teamwork, and reveal the winner within us all. (retired in 2011)
  • Smith, Perry M. Taking Charge: A Practical Guide for Leaders. DIANE Publishing. 1995.
    This is a practical guide for leaders written in a clear, crisp style. Helps the leader set standards for integrity and excellence through the use of case studies and checklists. (retired in 2011)
  • Stewart, George R. Fire. University of Nebraska Press. 1948 (Reprinted in 1984).
    This novel written in 1948 describes the mythical Spitcat Fire that has a life span of 11 days. This is a vivid and dramatic account of man pitted against one of his worst enemies. The story describes the effect of this desperate fight upon the bodies and minds of the men and women involved in the mythic Spitcat Fire. (retired in 2005)
  • Sun Tzu. Translation by Thomas Cleary. The Art of War. Shambhala Publications. 1991.
    Written over 2000 years ago by a Chinese warrior-philosopher. This timeless book has been studied through the ages by military leaders, politicians, and business executives. The writings of Sun Tzu apply to competition and conflict on every level from interpersonal to international. This is a book not only of war, but also of peace. Above all, it is an excellent tool for understanding the very roots of conflict and resolution. (retired in 2005)