Tuesday, March 11, 2014

VMI Summer Reading 2014 (Draft)

Summer Reading 2014 (Draft)               

This is an unoffical document prepared for cadets in my courses.

1.       Ambrose, Stephen. Band of Brothers**; Undaunted Courage; Citizen Soldiers.

2.       Angers, Trent. Hugh Thompson: The Forgotten Hero of My Lai.**

3.       Anthology of British World War I poetry.

4.       Aurelius, Marcus. Meditations.

5.       Bible (King James Version). Genesis; Exodus; Job; Ecclesiastes; Matthew; Mark; Luke; John.

6.       Bunting, Joshua. An Education for Our Time; The Lionheads. [former VMI Superintendent]

7.       Cain, James M. Double Indemnity; The Postman Always Rings Twice.

8.       Camus, Albert. The Stranger; The Plague; The Fall; The Myth of Sisyphus.

9.       Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood.

10.   Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life.

11.   Churchill, Winston. My Early Life. The Second World War. History of the English-Speaking Peoples.

12.   Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness; The Secret Agent; Lord Jim; Under Western Eyes.

13.   Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage; Short Stories; Poems.

14.   Dahl, Roald. The Best of Roald Dahl; Boy; Going Solo.

15.   Del Vecchio, John M. The 13th Valley. [Vietnam novel by a Vietnam veteran]

16.   DeLillo, Don. Libra. [fictional depiction of the conspiracy to kill Kennedy]

17.   Denton, Adm. Jeremiah. When Hell was in Session. [Vietnam POW]

18.   Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations; David Copperfield.

19.   Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Brothers Karamazov. The Idiot.

20.   Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

21.   Ellroy, James. American Tabloid; L.A. Confidential.

22.   Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Self-Reliance.

23.   Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom.

24.   Fischer, David Hackett. Washington’s Crossing.

25.   Flaubert, Gustav. Madame Bovary (Lowell Bair, trans.)

26.   Foote, Shelby. The Civil War (3 vols.).

27.   Forester, C.S. The Horatio Hornblower books.

28.   Frankl, Victor. Man’s Search for Meaning.

29.   Franklin, Benjamin. Autobiography.

30.   Fraser, George MacDonald.  Quartered Safe Out Here*; Flashman; Flashman at the Charge.

31.   Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory; Wartime.

32.   Golding, William. Lord of the Flies.

33.   Grant, Ulysses S. Personal Memoirs.**

34.   Graves, Robert. Good-bye to all that; I, Claudius.

35.   Grossman, Dave. On Killing.*,**

36.   Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon.

37.   Heinlein, Robert. Starship Troopers.

38.   Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time; A Farewell to Arms; For Whom the Bell Tolls**.

39.   Herodotus. Histories. [Landmark Edition]

40.   Homer. Iliad; Odyssey. (Lombardo translation for beginners; Lattimore for the serious)

41.   Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World.

42.   Irving, John. The World According to Garp.

43.   Johnson, Paul. Socrates; Napoleon; Churchill; Darwin; George Washington; Modern Times.

44.   Jones, James. The Thin Red Line.

45.   Junger, Sebastien. The Perfect Storm; War.

46.   Keegan, John. The Face of Battle.**

47.   Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air.

48.   Le Carre, John. The Spy who came in from the Cold.

49.   Liddy, G. Gordon. Will; The Monkey Handlers.

50.   London, Jack. To Build a Fire.

51.   Lovecraft, H.P. Short stories.

52.   MacArthur, Douglas. Reminiscences.

53.   Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince.

54.   Mailer, Norman. The Naked and the Dead.

55.   Marlantes, Karl. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War.*

56.   Masters, Edgar Lee. Spoon River Anthology.

57.   Maugham, Somerset. The Razor’s Edge.

58.   McCarry, Charles. The Tears of Autumn; Christopher’s Ghosts; Shelley’s Heart.

59.   McCarthy, Cormac. The Road; No Country for Old Men.

60.   McCullough, David. 1776**; John Adams; Mornings on Horseback; The Great Bridge.

61.   McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove.

62.   Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty.

63.   Morgan, Edmund S. Benjamin Franklin.

64.   Morris, Edmund. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.

65.   Munro, H.H. (Saki). Short Stories.

66.   Myrer, Anton. Once an Eagle.**

67.   Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita.

68.   O’Connor, Flannery. Short stories.

69.   Oates, Stephen B. With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln.

70.   Orwell, George. Animal Farm; 1984. Politics and the English Language.

71.   Parkman, Francis. The Oregon Trail.

72.   Paulson, Gary. Hatchet; Brian’s Winter.

73.   Plato. Apology of Socrates; Crito.

74.   Plutarch. Greek Lives (Oxford World’s Classic); Roman Lives (Oxford World’s Classics).

75.   Portis, Charles. True Grit.

76.   Pressfield, Steven. Gates of Fire.*

77.   Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front*; The Road Back.

78.   Rochester, S.I, & Kiley, F. Honor Bound: The History of American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973.

79.   Saki (Munro, H.H.). Short stories.

80.   Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels.*,**

81.   Shakespeare, William. Hamlet; Othello; MacBeth; King Lear; Julius Caesar; Henry IV, Part I; Richard III; Henry V.

82.   Sledge, E.B. With the Old Breed: On Peleliu and Okinawa.*

83.   Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions. (esp. the chapters on Buddhism and Hinduism)

84.   Stockdale, James B. Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot.

85.   Strunk, William, & White, E.B. The Elements of Style.

86.   Thompson, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Hell’s Angels.

87.   Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War** (The Landmark Thucydides, R.B. Strassler, Ed.)

88.   Timberg, Robert. The Nightingale’s Song.

89.   Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit.

90.   Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace; Anna Karenina.

91.   Traven, B. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

92.   Twain, Mark. The Mysterious Stranger; The Private History of a Campaign that Failed.

93.   Tzu, Sun. The Art of War.*

94.   U.S. Constitution.*,**

95.   Unknown. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. (Burton Raffel or J.R.R. Tolkien translations)

96.   Vidal, Gore. Lincoln; Burr.

97.   Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five; Cat’s Cradle; Breakfast of Champions.

98.   Wambaugh, Joseph. The Onion Field.

99.   Webb, James. Fields of Fire; A Sense of Duty; The Emperor’s General.

100.                        Weigley, Russell. The American Way of War.

101.                        Wodehouse, P.G. Carry on Jeeves; The Code of the Woosters.

102.                        Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff; Jousting with Sam and Charlie.

103.                        Wolff, Geoffrey. The Duke of Deception.

104.                        Wolff, Tobias. This Boy’s Life.

105.                        Yeager, Chuck. Yeager.


*USMC Commandant’s Professional Reading List
**US Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List

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