Top 12 Military Strategy Books

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The list author says: "Here is my pick for the top 12 most influential books on military strategy. In my opinion, these books have had the most influence on military leaders and policy makers over the decades. Some are classics, and some are rather new. What do you think? Is there a book that you think needs to be added to this list? Please tell me your suggestions."
On War: The Complete Edition
1.  On War: The Complete Edition by Michael Howard
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  "Referenced by generations of military and political leaders. This classic is truly a must read for any student of military strategy."
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The Art Of War
2.  The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
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  "No list such as this would be complete without Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".  From the master himself, written by a veteran of campaigns with principles that apply even today."
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U.S. Army U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual
3.  U.S. Army U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual by David H. Petraeus
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  "This important, fully illustrated book details the tactics used when dealing with insurgencies. Discussed are the nature and causes of insurgencies and what fuels them. A lot of information on the history of
insurgencies is also provided.  I think you will find this book quite fascinating."
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How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror
4.  How Wars Are Won: The 13 Rules of War from Ancient Greece to the War on Terror by Bevin Alexander
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  "Interesting analysis based on a detailed study of military history."
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History of the Peloponnesian War
5.  History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
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  "Another classic, landmark work on the study of warfare."
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Patton: A Biography (Great Generals)
6.  Patton: A Biography (Great Generals) by Alan Axelrod
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  "A study of a master strategist -- Gen George Patton!"
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The Influence Of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783
7.  The Influence Of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783 by A. T. Mahan
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  "For Naval Strategy, this classic from Mahan is THE reference!"
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The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008
8.  The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 by Bob Woodward
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  "A contemporary account of national security strategy and decision making. Truly fascinating!"
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The Command of the Air
9.  The Command of the Air by Giulio Douhet
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  "Perhaps the most often referenced work on air power and air strategy."
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The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander
10.  The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber
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  "Fascinating contemporary account on lessons from the battlefield. Highly recommended!"
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Empires of Trust: How Rome Built--and America Is Building--a New World
11.  Empires of Trust: How Rome Built--and America Is Building--a New World by Thomas F. Madden
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The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
12.  The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One by David Kilcullen
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