The Young Officer's Relevant reading list

A Listmania! list by Mr. Edward G. M. Michell (UK)
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The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World
1.  The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World by Rupert Smith
The list author says:
  "Rupert Smith's views on the changing of the old guard and the coming of a new way of fighting are a good introduction to 21st Century Warfare"
£8.79   Used & New from: £5.56
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The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual
2.  The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual by United States
The list author says:
  "FM 3-24 is available through the Military Intranet, and can be a bit dry, but this is doctrine to be familiar with"
£10.50   Used & New from: £5.41
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
3.  The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen
The list author says:
  "An outstanding book by the man who was senior Counterinsurgency expert to Gen Petraeus during the 2007-08 'surge' in Iraq. Relevant and essential reading before any Operational Tour."
£20.00   Used & New from: £9.10
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (Soviet Russian Study of War)
4.  The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (Soviet Russian Study of War) by Lester W. Grau
The list author says:
  "Operational vignettes from the Soviet Army in Afghanistan that provide good context for Operations in Afghanistan. Not always relevant, but useful nonetheless."
£32.64   Used & New from: £5.69
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Afghan Guerrilla Warfare: In the Words of the Mujahideen Fighters (Zenith Military Classics)
5.  Afghan Guerrilla Warfare: In the Words of the Mujahideen Fighters (Zenith Military Classics) by Alli Ahmad Jalali
The list author says:
  "The other side of the coin. Vignettes of Mujahadeen tactics in the Afghan-Soviet war, many of the TTP's are still relevant today. Lacks the detail of the above, and the translation can be awkward"
£10.03   Used & New from: £2.58
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
6.  Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam by John A. Nagl
The list author says:
  "A key modern counterinsurgency text, that helped inform FM3-24, which draws good lessons and conclusions. It can be quite specific when addressing Malaya/Vietnam."
£12.00   Used & New from: £4.30
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (PSI Classics in the Counterinsurgency Era)
7.  Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (PSI Classics in the Counterinsurgency Era) by John A. Nagl
The list author says:
  "Another classic counter insurgency text. It stands up to scrutiny better than some of the other 'classic'  texts in my opnion."
£19.06   Used & New from: £14.70
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare (Companion)
8.  Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare (Companion) by Daniel Marston
The list author says:
  "Written by ex-RMAS Academics, this book is ideal for a Sandhurst Cadet looking for an easy route into Counterinsurgency study. The Afghan chapter also provides a good overview for NCOs"
Used & New from: £17.21
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007
9.  Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007 by Antonio Giustozzi
The list author says:
  "An excellent study of the Taliban et. al. this book is quite academic, but is a far more intelligent study than 99% of other books on the subject."
£16.16   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Low Intensity Operations: Subversion, Insurgency and Peacekeeping
10.  Low Intensity Operations: Subversion, Insurgency and Peacekeeping by Frank Kitson
The list author says:
  "If you can find a cheap used copy, go for it. A classic work on Counterinsurgency lessons learned from the end of the colonial era."
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Unrestricted Warfare: China's Master Plan to Destroy America
11.  Unrestricted Warfare: China's Master Plan to Destroy America by Qiao Liang
The list author says:
  "Don't be put off by the title; this text embodies all that modern, hybrid warfare is about, and shows the invalidity of our 'uber-blitzkrieg' doctrine, by looking at full spectrum warfare. A must."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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On Guerrilla Warfare
12.  On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Tse-Tung
The list author says:
  "A no-brainer, although I'm not a big fan of this translation."
£6.99   Used & New from: £1.56
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Guerrilla Warfare
13.  Guerrilla Warfare by Ernesto Che Guevara
The list author says:
  "As above, another manifesto of insurgent ideals."
£5.21   Used & New from: £2.41
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia
14.  The Great Game: On Secret Service in High Asia by Peter Hopkirk
The list author says:
  "Don't read 'Flashman', read this! THE classic account of Anglo-Russian intrigue during the 19th C in C Asia. And my bible during my thesis!"
£6.99   Used & New from: £1.56
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

The Relief of Chitral
15.  The Relief of Chitral by George John Younghusband
The list author says:
  "A gritty account of Operations on the North West Frontier over 100 years ago. Read it and marvel at the similarities to 2009."
£15.41

Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer
16.  Younghusband: The Last Great Imperial Adventurer by Patrick French
The list author says:
  "An excellent biography of an intriguing man who had huge sway in shaping South/Central Asia. The later life isn't that relevant though!"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Information Operations: Warfare and the Hard Reality of Soft Power (Issues in Twenty-First Century Warfare)
17.  Information Operations: Warfare and the Hard Reality of Soft Power (Issues in Twenty-First Century Warfare) by Edwin L. Armistead
The list author says:
  "A little dated now -doesn't cover Internet 2.0 etc - but a good introduction to something we do pretty badly."
£16.64   Used & New from: £2.79
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan [DVD]
18.  Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan [DVD] DVD ~ Ross Kemp
The list author says:
  "Pretty 2D, but I found it useful to increase the situational awareness of private soldiers prior to MST."
£4.95   Used & New from: £0.46
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through conflict in the Islamic world
19.  On the Road to Kandahar: Travels through conflict in the Islamic world by Jason Burke
The list author says:
  "A much lighter read than some of the above, this flows like reportage and addresses AQ as an intellectual, not physical construct."
£9.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Arabs
20.  Arabs by Mark Allen
The list author says:
  "Not quite so useful now TELIC has finished, but I found it useful when working in Iraq and the UAE"
£12.99   Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (Penguin Modern Classics)
21.  Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (Penguin Modern Classics) by T.E. Lawrence
The list author says:
  "Finishing on a high, our most famous 'unconventional' operator describing the Arab Revolt in a beautiful fashion."
£10.68   Used & New from: £0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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