2017 was a full year. Between graduation and the Army, I didn’t get in as much reading as I had hoped. That’s changing in 2018. I’ll have a much more normal schedule and can finally pick up books I’ve been wanting to read. Twenty books isn’t particularly challenging, but I think it’s about right considering what next year holds.
Here are the books I’m going to read in 2018:
1. Fighting Talk by Colin Gray — this modern version of ancient thinking, much of it based on Carl Von Clausewitz’s work, was shared by a friend at Officer Candidate School.
2. World Order by Henry Kissinger
3. Rational Optimist by Mark Ridley
4. William Tecumseh Sherman by James McDonough — another book shared by a friend at OCS, this biography on Sherman looks promising.
5. Principles by Ray Dalio
6. Do I Make Myself Clear? By Harold Evans
7. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
8. The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
9. The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse
10. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
11. Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg
12. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
13. The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater
14. A Different Drummer by Michael Deaver
15. The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus by Susan Schiefelbein
16. Innovation Blind Spot by Ross Baird
17. Relentless Strike by Sean Naylor
18. Deep Work by Cal Newport
19. (Reread) Zero to One by Peter Thiel
20. (Reread) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway — this is a classic and one I try to read annually.
Twenty books is an achievable number for 2018 and I can’t wait to read them.--- Follow @chriscottrell