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  • The Leader's Bookshelf

  • By: R. Manning Ancell, ADM. James Stavridis USN (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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For the last several years Adm. James Stavridis and his co-author, R. Manning Ancell, have surveyed over 200 active and retired four-star military officers about their reading habits and favorite books, asking each for a list of titles that strongly influenced their leadership skills and provided them with special insights that helped propel them to success in spite of the many demanding challenges they faced. The Leader's Bookshelf synthesizes their responses to identify the top 50 books that can help virtually anyone become a better leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start here.

  • By Bennett M. on 01-04-18

Inspiring

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Reviewed: 06-26-18

Will definitely try to tackle some of the recommend reading on this list. Stavridis is what all leaders should aspire to be.

  • The Accidental Guerrilla

  • Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
  • By: David Kilcullen
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
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    4 out of 5 stars 139
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent if advanced

  • By Krista M. Haas on 06-18-10

Informative and important

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Reviewed: 04-25-18

I enjoyed he in depth case study, don’t normally re listen to audiobooks but will def re visit this one

  • The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell

  • By: Harry S. Laver, Jefferey J. Matthews
  • Narrated by: Scott Laurence Peterson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
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    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through conscious effort - a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Leaders and Leadership Summaries

  • By JAMES RHOADS on 07-17-14

Wonderful

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Reviewed: 04-13-18

A very simple yet important book that we’ll definitely be a book I will re read when needed.