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Navy SEAL Inspired Reading - Warrior Mindset.

The following books provide insight into SEAL training, life as a SEAL operator and a view inside the minds of warriors. Each book was recommended by a member of the SEAL teams. These books are invaluable in helping you understand the regional and cultural sensitivities with which Navy SEALs are immersed.


Books appear in no particular order. They're listing represents a collection of books over time. As recommended to the Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate for inclusion in the "Inspired Reading" list. No endorsement is implied.








Making of SEALs

Warrior Elite by Dick Couch


The Finishing School by Dick Couch

Warrior mindset

Lone Survivor by Marcus Lutrell


Sheriff of Ramadi by Dick Couch


Brave Men-Dark Waters by Orr Kelly


Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden


Point Man by Chief James Watson and Kevin Dockery


Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice by          William H. McRaven

Regional and cultural sensitivities

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson


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


Islam: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith


Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times by Margaret Nydell

Theory of war

War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare by Robert Taber


Modern Irregular Warfare: In Defense Policy and as a Military Phenomenon by Von    der Heydte


Case Study in Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare by Special Operations    Research Office


Guerrilla by Charles W. Thayer


Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary and Resistance Warfare by Special    Operations Research Office


Human Factors Considerations of Undergrounds in Insurgencies by Special    Operations Research Office


Guerrilla Warfare by Ernesto Guevara


Seven Pillars of Wisdom; a Triumph by T.E. Lawrence


On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Tse-Tung


The Art of War by Sun Tzu


Strategy by Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart


On War by Carl von Clausewitz


The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli


On Revolution by Hanna Arendt


When Men Revolt and Why by James Chowning Davies

Guerilla warfare

Guerrilla: Colonel von Lettow-Vorbeck and Germany's East African Empire by    Edwin P. Hoyt


We Remained: Three Years Behind the Enemy Lines in the Philippines by Russell    Volkmann


Secret Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SOG by John    Plaster


The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944 by        Will Irwin


War in the Shadows: The Guerrilla in History by Robert Asprey

Escape and evasion

Five years to Freedom by James N. Rowe


Code-Name Bright Light: The Untold Story of U.S. POW Rescue Efforts During the    Vietnam War by George J. Veith


The Escape Factory: The Story of MIS-X by Lloyd R. Shoemaker


The Escaping Club by A. J. Evans


Saturday at M.I.9: A History of Underground Escape Lines in North-West Europe in    1940-45 by a Leading Organiser at M.I.9 by Airey Neave


From Colditz in Code by J. M. Green


The Wooden Horse by Eric Ernest Williams


Cease Resistance: It's Good for You; A History of U.S. Army Combat Psychological    Operations by Stanley Sandler


The Art and Science of Psychological Operations: Case Studies of Military

   Application. Volume One and Two by the American Institutes for Research


Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes by Jacques Ellul


You Can't Fight Tanks with Bayonets: Psychological Warfare Against the Japanese    Army in the Southwest Pacific by Allison B. Gilmore

Special operations forces from other branches of service

U.S. Army Special Warfare: Its Origins: Psychological and Unconventional Warfare,    1941-1952 by Alfred H. Paddock Jr.


From OSS to Green Beret: The Birth of Special Forces by Aaron Bank


Operation White Star by Richard O. Sutton


SOG: The Secret Wars of America's Commandos in Vietnam by John L. Plaster


Tanks in the Wire: The First Use of Enemy Armor in Vietnam by David B. Stockwell


Green Berets at War: U.S. Army Special Forces in Southeast Asia, 1956-1975 by    Shelby L. Stanton


Secret War against Hanoi: Kennedy's and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and    Covert Warriors in North Vietnam by Richard H. Schultz


Mobile Guerrilla Force: With the Special Forces in War Zone D by James C.    Donahue


Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch





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