First Lady of the Marine Corps’ Recommended Reading List

Bonnie Amos, the Commandant’s wife, has released her own suggested reading list for spouses and children of Marines. These books are highly recommended for Marine families to read together.

For Spouses

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Senior Officer: Col-Gen

Colonels and Generals

Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare

By Colin Gray

another-century-colonels-generalsMany nations, peoples and special interest groups believe that violence will advance their cause. Warfare has changed greatly since the Second World War; it continued to change during the late 20th century and this process is still accelerating. Political, technological, social and religious forces are shaping the future of warfare, but most western armed forces have yet to evolve significantly from the cold war era when they trained to resist a conventional invasion by the Warsaw Pact. America is now the only superpower, but its dominance is threatened by internal and external factors. The world’s most hi-tech weaponry seems helpless in the face of determined guerrilla fighters not afraid to die for their beliefs. Professor Colin Gray has advised governments on both sides of the Atlantic and in ANOTHER BLOODY CENTURY, he reveals what sort of conflicts will affect our world in the years to come.

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Senior Enlisted

Senior Level Enlisted: MGySgt, Sgt Maj

Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

By Jonathan Shay

achillesin-vietnamIn this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.

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