What's the One Military Book Every Service Member Should Read?

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A Marine puts a book back on a  shelf at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
A Marine puts a book back on a shelf at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, July 19, 2021. (Cpl. Webster Rison/U.S. Marine Corps photo)

There's no shortage of reading suggestions when it comes to military service. Every branch maintains a list of titles with the intent to guide service members' professional development and understanding of cultural and historical forces that impact today's geopolitical landscape. Beyond that, there are the never-ending recommendations from publishers and influencers ranking the "best" or "greatest" military titles of all time.

But do these lists of iconic military books always capture the texts that really make a difference to the lives and professions of service members? Not always. That's why we're looking for your recommendations for the very best books that every member of the military should read, from the world-renowned, such as Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," to more recent releases like Terminal Lance's "The White Donkey,"

So tell us: What's the one military book every service member should read? Send us your responses using the form below, and we'll publish your thoughts for a follow-up article sharing the favorite books of the Military.com community.

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