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The mother of all reading lists: Some other suggestions for your beach reading

Just to make sure you don’t get bored over the summer, here are some other military history reading lists for you: Rep. Ike Skelton’s overview list. Ten of my own favorites (the list would be a bit different now — in part because of the interesting comments on this post). A Pentagon reading list. A ...

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Just to make sure you don't get bored over the summer, here are some other military history reading lists for you:

Rep. Ike Skelton's overview list.

Ten of my own favorites (the list would be a bit different now -- in part because of the interesting comments on this post).

Just to make sure you don’t get bored over the summer, here are some other military history reading lists for you:

Rep. Ike Skelton’s overview list.

Ten of my own favorites (the list would be a bit different now — in part because of the interesting comments on this post).

A Pentagon reading list.

A reading list from Guantanamo Bay detainees.

A pre-deployment list for platoon leaders going to Afghanistan.

My list for a friend deploying to Afghanistan:

The 101st Airborne’s list for Afghanistan.

And the 10 best post-deployment books.

Here’s my list of what to read if you are a civilian going to work at the Pentagon. 

But if you really want to have a fun summer, here is a reading list on terrorism:

Here’s one on COIN:

One on intelligence.

Here’s D’Este’s besties on WWII:

A "gun nut’s" list.

A unusual Vietnam War list.

Adm. Stavridis’ list of fiction (20 novels).

This guy also has some better suggestions near the end of his interview.

For real obscurity, a Tory’s reading list.

To top it off, here are some roundups I did of reading lists:

One — and two.

And yet another one.

And a study of the solder’s load!

For a change, here is a list of books I never finished:

Since then, to my regret, I finished The Education of Henry Adams — one of the most overrated books I’ve ever read, along with Liddell Hart’s Strategy.

And a list of books about Iraq to avoid.

Finally, once you get tired of reading, here is a list of terrific war movies.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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