Top 10 Books from the World’s Militaries [Video]

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Greetings Emmitt here from reading for wisdom calm the normal format of this show is for us to pick a book that we
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really really like and review it we're gonna do something slightly different today and in the next episode what we're
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going to do is we're going to feature the top 10 books recommended for reading by militaries across the world now where
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do we get this information well I spent quite a few years studying the phenomenon of the professional military
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reading list and what I did was I collected lists recommended reading lists from armies navies air forces from
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countries all across the world from Asia from Europe North America here in New Zealand of course and Australia and
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analyzed those lists did it be quantitative analysis and boiled down what were the hundred books that
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militaries all across the world have reached a consensus these were books that were really really important reads
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and had something essential to pass on to officers to NCOs to soldiers and of course to the general reading public so
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what we are going to do is on this episode is highlight the top ten and we'll be continuing that on in the next
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episode till we get to number one [Music] at number 10 Martin van crevel command
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in war now whether you disagree with crevel whether you agree with him however you feel he is a provocative
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writer one of the great modern military theorists Israeli writer speaks many languages German included which enabled
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him to do research very very deeply very broadly across a range of archives and based on his knowledge of modern war and
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his knowledge of historical war vank reveled always brings wonderful insights in command and war it was one of the
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very first books to really look at the commander and his role so the commander and his use of technology the commander
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and logistics the commander and the organization of his men and women number 10 on our list highly recommended by
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militaries across the world at number 9 we have Elliott Cohen's supreme command now in contrast to number 10 on the list
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this book really is about those big statesmen people who were politicians but who really interfered with command
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and commanders and did it brilliantly this book highlights Winston Churchill it highlights David ben-gurion it
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highlights Abraham Lincoln and of course the French politician Clemenceau and Cohen takes a wonderful look through big
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strategy the big strategic picture this is essential reading [Music]
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at number eight we have masters of war by Michael handle and this work looks at classical strategy Clausewitz etc and a
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bit of a challenging read this is our beast of a book this really is an intellectual tour de force not something
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I would recommend for the average reader really is an advanced piece of work but something that I think that young
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officers should get familiar with as an introduction to the big picture of military strategy and for military
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historians armchair historians if you're into the big theories if you're into Clausewitz if you're into those great
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figures from the past some sue this is a real primer but it's a challenging read number seven we have John Keegan the
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mask of command this is the first of two appearances by John Keegan in our top ten and Keegan a rightly venerated
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writer in another episode I'm gonna talk about Keegan and his works I'm not a huge fan I think the one or two of his
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works are definitely classics this is a great read but he his career is also featured in my opinion by some
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disappointing works and some of Keegan sort of central theories I don't particularly believe myself but a great
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writer nonetheless one of the true greats mask of command is about generals and about the almost the personas they
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develop to get the job done the personas they develop to get people to follow them the personas they develop to gain
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power and hold power very interesting thesis and militaries all around the world highly recommended
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[Music] at number six the first book on our list so far to have been written by an actual
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practitioner of war a general a hero a great leader and this was written by Hal more general Hal Moore who was one of
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the early commanders on the ground in the American leg of the Vietnam War We Were Soldiers once and Young was also
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co-written with Joseph Galloway an American journalist and that partnership was fascinating and it's produced a
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really wonderful book fascinating because Galloway was a journalist who covered the battles that are described
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here in the early part of 65 66 and this book is lauded for a reason it's full of great humanity great heroic tales lots
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to learn about the actuality of command on the ground in highly challenging conditions it was made into a really
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good movie with Mel Gibson and you'll see Mel Gibson featured on the cover playing Hal Moore that's a movie worth
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checking out and this book number six for a very good reason so we just went from number 10 to number six on the list
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of books that are recommended by militaries across the world in the next episode we are going to go from five to
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the number one spot if you're interested in the research behind these videos the research into the professional military
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