Book List


Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World’s Most Amazing Helicopter by Col. Ray L’Heureux (Author), Lee Kelley (Author). Inside Marine One provides the reader with an insight into what it takes to operate the most recognizable helicopter in the world. While Col. L’Heureux was involved in flying four presidents, I really enjoyed his tales of riding with President George H.W. Bush as a member of Pelaton One!

I recently finished Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat by Michael Giorgione. I found it to be an interesting and insightful book about the history of the camp and the presidents and their families that used the camp as an escape from the pressures of Presidential life. The author, Michael Giorgione served a stint as the camp’s commanding officer, and together with his family, called the camp home.

I just finished Travis Howes’ book Create Your Own Light, Finding Post Traumatic Purpose. I couldn’t put the book down! Travis grew up in South Carolina and was in the Marine Corps, a Police Officer and a Firefighter. His stories flow easily and are told from the point of view of a Veteran, First Responder and stand-up comic. Travis relays his life, the good and the not so good and openly writes about his struggles with PTSD. Travis also has an excellent podcast also titled Create Your Own Light. If you are struggling with a traumatic event, the book is excellent! If you are not struggling, the book is excellent!

Daniel Suhr: A Story of September 11th by Paul Conlon

NORVEL: An American Hero by Kenneth Conklin

Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service
by Gary Sinise and Marcus Brotherton  

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
by Admiral William H. McRaven

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
by David McCullough

Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler’s Fleet
by Iain Ballantyne and Jonathon Band

The Capture of Attu: As Told By the Men Who Fought There
by Robert J. Mitchell and Sewell T. Tyng

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
by Liza Mundy, Erin Bennett, et al

20 Years in the Secret Service: My Life with Five Presidents
by Rufus W. Youngblood

The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand
by Matt Gutman

Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
by L. David Marquet and Stephen R. Covey

Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II
by Arthur Herman

The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story
by Hyeonseo Lee and David John

Hal Moore on Leadership: Winning When Outgunned and Outmanned
by Harold G. Moore and Mike Guardia

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner

Destroyer Squadron 23: Combat Exploits of Arleigh Burke’s Gallant Force by Ken Jones

“The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor”  by Jake Tapper

Surviving Hiroshima: A Young Woman’s Story by Anthony Drago and Dougless Wellman.

Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say–and What You Don’t by L. David Marquet

No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid by Will Chesney

Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos

Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force by Dan Schilling

Operation Vengeance: The Astonishing Aerial Ambush That Changed World War II by Dan Hampton

Granite Mountain: The First-Hand Account of a Tragic Wildfire, Its Lone Survivor, and the Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice by Brendan McDonough

Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by Dave Von Drehle

No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII by Robert Weintraub 

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage by Dan Crenshaw

The Expendable: The true story of Patrol Wing 10, PT Squadron 3, and a Navy Corpsman who refused to surrender when the Philippine Islands fell to Japan by John Floyd

The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II by Mari K. Eder

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest—The True Story of the 101st Airborne’s Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers by Richard Killblane (Author), Jake McNiece (Author) was an entertaining and interesting read. Jake McNiece (the leader of the Filthy Thirteen), is a wonderful story teller. The movie, “The Dirty Dozen” is very loosely based on the Filthy Thirteen but Jake makes it clear that none of his group were criminals, just screwups and incredible combat troopers!