Since the publication of THE TERMINAL LIST, I have been asked time and time again for a list of recommended books. Before I left the SEAL Teams, I was asked to put together a professional reading list by the Naval Special Warfare Center. I broke the list down into sections with my thoughts on why each of the sections was important for someone devoting their life to the profession of arms. I have no idea if it was ever implemented as I retired from naval service shortly thereafter. I also have a personal reading list separate and distinct from the military one. Instead of combining and releasing the lists all at once I’ll be highlighting six books a month. For those interested in the books that influenced me throughout my life, why I think they are important, and the impact they had on my development as a combat leader and writer, this is for you.