Representative Ike Skelton's Book List
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Skelton is a member of the Armed Services Committee. (For more details, click here.)
1. Constitution of the United States
2. "The Art of War," Sun Tzu
3. "On War," Carl von Clausewitz
4. "Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought," Michael I. Handel
5. "The Book of War," John Keegan, ed.
6. "Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo," Edward Sheperd
7. "Alexander the Great," Peter Bamm
8. "Hannibal," Sir Gavin De Beer
9. "The Face of Battle," John Keegan
10. "Crucible of War: The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766," Fred Anderson
11. "Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer," John Mack Faragher
12. "Washington," Richard Barksdale Harwell and Douglas Southall Freeman
13. "Tecumseh: A Life," John Sugden
14. "Undaunted Courage," Stephen Ambrose
15. "Napoleon Bonaparte: An Intimate Biography," Vincent Cronin
16. "The Military Maxims of Napoleon," Napoleon Bonaparte
17. "Nelson: A Personal History," Christopher Hibbert
18. "The Price of Admiralty: The Evolution of Naval Warfare," John Keegan
19. "The Washing of the Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation," Donald R. Morris
20. "Lee," Douglas Southall Freeman
21. "Personal Memoirs," Ulysses S. Grant
22. "Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West, 1861-1865," Richard S. Brownlee
23. "Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era," James M. McPherson
24. "Son of the Morning Star," Evan S. Connell
25. "A Message to Garcia," Elbert Hubbard
26. "Yanks: The Epic Story of the American Army in World War I," John Eisenhower
27. "Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing," Frank Everson Vandiver
28. "Churchill: A Biography," Roy Jenkins
29. "A War to Be Won," Allan R. Miller and Williamson Murray
30. "Reminiscences," Douglas MacArthur
31. "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," William L. Shirer
32. "Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II," John Prados
33. "Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission," Hampton Sides
34. "Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle," Richard Frank
35. "The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys and Men of World War II," Stephen Ambrose
36. "Black Knights: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen," Lynn M. Homan and Thomas Reilly
37. "Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous With Destiny," Frank Freidel
38. "Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution," Maj. Gen. Jeanne Hold, USAF (ret.)
39. "Defeat Into Victory," William Slim
40. "Truman," David McCullough
41. "This Kind of War," T.R. Fehrenbach
42. "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War," Robert Coram
43. "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
44. "Gulf War: The Complete History," Thomas G. Houlahan
45. "Warrior Politics: Why Leadership Requires a Pagan Ethos," Robert D. Kaplan
46. "Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America's Military," Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales Jr.
47. "Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen and Leadership in Wartime," Eliot Cohen
48. "From Vietnam to 9-11: On the Front Lines of National Security," John P. Murtha, with John Plashal
49. "Making the Corps," Thomas E. Ricks
50. "The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy," Russell F. Weigley
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Tina Braxton - 6/29/2003
Getting back to Steve's original point here: The reading list is a little too heavy on one theme. Leaving ideological pacifism aside, anybody who doesn't consider any topic other than war worth a place or two on his reading list definitely has a problem.
Robert Cook - 6/28/2003
There is a typographical error in item 38. The correct spelling of the author's name is Holm.
Roxman - 6/23/2003
Although I admire your sentiment (that of an authentic pacifist), most of us, myself included, are not willing to allow our wives and children to die rather than use force (violence, war) in self defense. One of the reasons there are fewer and fewer pacifists is that it's less likely that they survive from generation to generation. Good luck to you.
Edward Furey - 6/23/2003
Trumbo also wrote the script to "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" -- not exactly a pacifist tract, even though the hero does get maimed (loses his leg). That wasn't poltical correctness -- it happened to Captain Ted Lawson. The depiction of the Doolittle attack in that picture remains superior to the more recent version in "Pearl Harbor," even with the limitations on special effects in 1943. Good film making and writing and a strongly patriotic theme trumps mediocre writing, indifferent production and a strident patriotic theme every time. Or maybe they just patriotism better in the Forties.
Bill Heuisler - 6/22/2003
Your message is obvious, but untenable through any conceivable prism of human experience. You wrote: "War...is wrong in every instance. A Christian can see it no other way."
In every instance? Greeks at Marathon 490 BC? Poles on September first, 1939? Americans on December 8th, 1941? Bar Cochba's Jews in 132 AD? Self defense is imperative for survival.
Reality. "A stone is a better pillow than many visions."
Stephen Kriz - 6/22/2003
War is man's refutation of the admonition of Jesus Christ to "love your neighbor as yourself". It is wrong in every instance. A Christian can see it no other way.
Peace be with you,
Bill Heuisler - 6/21/2003
Your peace pronouncements are trite and ahistoric like Haight Ashbury, Shankar and sitar twangs.
Peace is never the answer and usually only the result. In each of the great human advancements of the Ancient World (Lower Nile, Tang Dynasty, Babylon, Sumerian Renaissance) peace for progress was achieved through lengthy wars against "barbarians".
And Dalton Trumbo? "Johnny..." was an exercise in masochism designed to appeal to '38 Lefties who had no quarrel with the Joe and Adolph show in Eastern Europe. But he loved wars as long as they were politically correct - see Spartacus and Exodus. Peace needs character and strength, peace needs justice; the only other peace is in the grave.
Stephen Kriz - 6/20/2003
Seems like Representative Skelton gets a little too stimulated by blood-letting! May I suggest a couple alternatives?
1. The New Testament (Greek translation by Richard Lattimore)
2. Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
Maybe a little different perspective on war might do you some good (and possibly save your soul!).
Peace is God's way,
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