General Sir David Richards, Britain’s most senior military officer recently published a reading list (of 90 books) for candidates to the UK’s Defence Academy.
However, in general, the list has a bit of an “MBA” feel to it. There’s lots of analysis, but very few original sources. I’d have expected a lot more texts that originate in different (non-Western) cultures. Even if one believes, as suggested in “The Dictator’s Handbook” (another omission), that all leaders are driven by their political survival, arguments are still cloaked in cultural history.
Still, these lists provoke debate. And that’s a good thing.