Marine Corps Commandant’s Reading List

Written by Kevin Webb

The Commandant’s official reading list has recently be revised, along with the MARADMIN that goes along with it. Marines will now be required to read three of the books on the list each year. Below is the completed list.

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Narr/Reference A Is Cmc White Letter 4-12, Reading In The Marine Corps… “Thirty Year Old Body And 5000 Year Old Mind,” Which Updates The Commandant’s Professional Reading List.

Reference B Is Mco 1553.4b, Professional Military Education. Reference C Is Mco P1610.7f, Performance Evaluation System. Reference D Is Mco P1070.12k, Marine Corps Individual Records Administration Manual.

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1. The Commandant’s Professional Reading List (Cprl) As Promulgated In Reference A Represents An Updated Version Of Those Books Most Pertinent For Professional Development And Critical Thinking At Each Rank Level.

2. Action. Effective Immediately, Commanding Generals And Commanding Officers Are To Incorporate The New Cprl Into Their Command And Unit Professional Military Education (Pme) Programs.

A. The Cprl Is Broken Down Into Three Sections: Commandant’s Choice, Levels, And Categories. Commandant’s Choice Books Are Required Reading For All Marines. Books Listed At Each Rank Level Are Required, While The Books Listed Under Categories Consist Of Recommended Readings To Expand Understanding In Specific Areas. Each Marine Shall Read A Minimum Of Three Books From The “Commandant’s Choice” Or “Level” Sections Each Year.

B. I Strongly Encourage Marines To Discuss And Debate The Issues Raised By The Books On This List To Broaden Their Perspectives And Benefit From The Experiences Of Others. These Professional Discussions Should Unite Marines Of Varying Ranks By Providing A Common Literary Frame Of Reference. I Invite Marines To Submit Nominations For A Cprl Book Of The Month Per Instructions On The Cprl Website, Provided In Paragraph 6 Of This Almar.

C. Completion Of The Cprl Reading Requirement Shall Be Noted In The Individual Marine’s Fitness Report And Taken Into Account When Assigning Proficiency/Conduct (Pro/Con) Remarks Per References B, C And D. How A Marine Demonstrates Completion Of The Annual Requirement Is At The Discretion Of The Command.
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Enlisted Reading List

Below is the officially revised Commandant’s Reading List for enlisted Marines.
[divider] [toggle title=”Commandant’s Choice” state=”close”]”A Message To Garcia” By E. Hubbard

“Leading Marines (MCWP 6-11)” By The United States Marine Corps
“The Warrior Ethos” By S. Pressfield
“Warfighting (Mcdp 1)” By The United States Marine Corps
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Recruit/Poolee” state=”close”] “Battle Cry” By L Uris
“Corps Values” By Z. Miller
“Making The Corps” By T. Ricks
“The Red Badge Of Courage” By S. Crane
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Candidate/Midshipman” state=”close”] “Battle Cry” By L. Uris
“Corps Values” By Z. Miller
“I’m Staying With My Boys” By J. Proser And J Cutter
“Making The Corps” By T. Ricks
“My Men Are My Heroes” By N. Helms
“The Killer Angels” By M. Shaara
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Pvt-Cpl” state=”close”] “Enders Game” By O. Card
“Gates Of Fire” By S. Pressfield
“Marine! The Life Of Chesty Puller” By B. Davis
“My Men Are My Heroes” By N. Helms
“Rifleman Dodd” By C. Forester
“The Last Stand Of Fox Company” By B. Drury And T Clavin
“The Marines Of Montford Point, Americas First Black Marines” By M. Mclaurin[/toggle] [toggle title=”Sgt, SSgt” state=”close”] “First To Fight: An Inside View Of The U.S. Marine Corps” By V Krulak
“Islands Of The Damned” By R. Burgin And B Marvel
“Outliers” By M. Gladwell
“Quartered Safe Out Here” By G. Fraser
“Soldiers Of God” By R. Kaplan
“Storm Of Steel” By E. Junger
“The Defense Of Duffer’s Drift” By E. Swinton
“The Forgotten Soldier” By G. Sajer
“The Killer Angels” By M. Shaara
“U.S. Constitution”
“With The Old Breed: At Peleliu And Okinawa” By E. Sledge
[/toggle] [toggle title=”GySgt, MSgt, 1stSgt” state=”close”] “All Quiet On The Western Front” By E Remarque
“American Spartans” By J. Warren
“Fields Of Fire” By J. Webb
“Flags Of Our Fathers” By J. Bradley
“Helmet For My Pillow” By R. Leckie
“On Killing” By D. Grossman
“The Age Of The Unthinkable: Why The New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It” By J. Ramo
“The Changing Face Of War” By M. Van Creveld
“This Kind Of War” By T. Fehrenbach
“U.S. Constitution”
“We Were Soldiers Once And Young” By H. Moore And J. Galloway
[/toggle] [toggle title=”MgySgt, SgtMaj” state=”close”] “Achilles In Vietnam” By J. Shay
“Assignment Pentagon: How To Excel In A Bureaucracy” By P. Smith And D. Gerstein
“Command Culture” By J. Muth
“Forgotten Warriors” By T. Hammes
“Hot, Flat And Crowded” By T. Freidman
“Just And Unjust Wars” By M. Walzer
“No Bended Knee” By M. Twining
“The Face Of Battle” By J. Keegan
“The Mask Of Command” By J. Keegan
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Officer’s Reading List

Below is the officially revised Commandant’s Reading List for Marine officers.
[divider] [toggle title=”WO, 2ndLt, 1stLt” state=”close”] “All Quiet On The Western Front” By E. Remarque
“Battle Leadership” By A. Von Schell
“Gates Of Fire” By S. Pressfield
“Marine! The Life Of Chesty Puller” By B. Davis
“Matterhorn: A Novel Of The Vietnam War” By K. Marlantes
“The Art Of War” By S. Tzu
“The Defense Of Duffer’s Drift” By E. Swinton
“The Forgotten Soldier” By G. Sajer
“The Last Stand Of Fox Company” By B. Drury And T. Clavin
“The Marines Of Montford Point, Americas First Black Marines” By M. Mclaurin
“U.S. Constitution”
“With The Old Breed: At Peleliu And Okinawa” By E. Sledge
[/toggle] [toggle title=”CWO2, CWO3, Capt” state=”close”] “Attacks” By E. Rommel
“Black Hearts” By J. Frederick
“First To Fight: An Inside View Of The U.S. Marine Corps” By V. Krulak
“Infantry In Battle (Fmfrp 12-2)” By The United States Marine Corps
“Into The Tiger’s Jaw” By F. Petersen
“Islands Of The Damned” By R. Burgin And B Marvel
“On Killing” By D. Grossman
“Outliers” By M. Gladwell
“Quartered Safe Out Here” By G. Fraser
“Sources Of Power” By G. Klein
“The Virtues Of War” By S. Pressfield
“U.S. Constitution”
“War Made New” By M. Boot
[/toggle] [toggle title=”CWO4, CWO5, Maj, LtCol” state=”close”] “Battle Cry Of Freedom” By J. Mcpherson
“Blink” By M. Gladwell
“Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed The Art Of War” By R. Coram
“Brute: The Life Of Victor Krulak” By R. Coram
“Carnage And Culture By V. Hanson
“Command Culture” By J. Muth
“Defeat Into Victory” By W. Slim
“Forgotten Warriors” By T. Hammes
“Hot, Flat And Crowded” By T. Freidman
“Just And Unjust Wars” By M. Walzer
“Military Innovation In The Interwar Period” By W. Murray And A Millett
“Ripples Of Battle” By V. Hanson
“The Age Of The Unthinkable: Why The New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It” By J. Ramo
“The Warriors: Reflections On Men In Battle” By J. Gray
“This Kind Of War” By T. Fehrenbach
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Col-Gen” state=”close”] “Another Bloody Century” By C, Gray
“Assignment Pentagon: How To Excel In A Bureaucracy” By P. Smith And D. Gerstein
“Dereliction Of Duty: Johnson, Mcnamara, The Joint Chiefs Of Staff And The Lies That Led To Vietnam” By H. Mcmaster
“Diplomacy” By H. Kissinger
“How Wars End” By G. Rose
“Landscape Of History: How Historians Map The Past” By J. Gaddis
“Little Book Of Economics: How The Economy Works In The Real World” By G. Ip
“Military Power: Explaining Victory And Defeat In Modern Battle” By S. Biddle
“Modern Strategy” By C. Gray
“Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen And Leadership In Wartime” By E. Cohen
“Team Of Rivals: The Political Genius Of Abraham Lincoln” By D. Goodwin
“The Federalist Papers” By A. Hamilton
“The Guns Of August” By B. Tuchman
“The Landmark Thucydides” By R. Strassler
“The Revenge Of Geography” By R. Kaplan
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