The Canadian Army Reading List - Version 1, September 2001
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Leadership and Biography

Bland, Douglas L. Chiefs of Defence: Government and the Unified Command of the Canadian Armed Forces. Toronto Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, 1995.  ISBN 0-919769-47-0.

The story of the efforts to create a centralized defence planning organization since 1921, culminating in the creation of the office of the Chief of Defence Staff in 1964.  Each of the Chiefs of Defence and the organizations for defence are considered in the context of the issues of the day.

Freytag-Loringhoven, Hugo von. The Power of Personality in War. English translation based on the second German edition of 1911 in Roots of strategy, book 3, Harrisburg (Penn.), Stackpole Books, 1991.

An analysis of Clausewitz’s more important theories and observations on the psychological aspects of leadership.

Fuller, John Frederick Charles. The Generalship of Alexander the Great. London, Wordsworth, 1998. (Wordsworth Military Library)

One of the last books of Fuller originally published in 1957. A must on leadership at all levels of war.

Haycock, Ronald G. Sam Hughes: The Public Career of a Controversial Canadian, 1885 – 1916. Wilfred Laurier University Press, 1986. ISBN 0-88920-177-3.

One of the most controversial Canadian characters to emerge from the Great War was the one time Minister of Militia, Sir Sam Hughes. Vilified by many, the author provides the first detailed biography of this controversial figure and examines his role in the first Canadian mobilization, including the force composition, senior appointments and the creation of a national command element.

Loeb, Marshall and Kindel, Stephen. Leadership for Dummies: A Reference for the Rest of Us!. Forest City: IDG Books Worldwide, 1999. ISBN 0-7645-5176-0

A quick and easy guide to leadership, written by two prominent business magazine editors. This book has found surprising appeal in the Canadian Forces and other militaries as well.

Moran, Lord Charles, Anatomy of Courage, Avery Publishing, Garden City, New York, 1987.  ISBN:  0-89529-283-1

This is the original study of what makes some men fight and others to break down and sob.  It introduced the concept of  'the well of courage' to psychology.  The Anatomy of Courage is essential to understand the limits of warrior spirit.

Northouse, Peter G. Leadership:Theory & Practice (Second Edition). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2001. ISBN 0-7619-1926-0.

A readable analysis of a wide variety of theoretical approaches to leadership, placed in the context of how these theoretical approaches can be applied to real world problems. A section on ethics discusses how leadership has been affected by the public’s demand for higher levels of morale responsibility in leadership. Women and leadership is also discussed.

Sajer, Guy. The Forgotten Soldier. McLean: Brassey’s (US) Inc., 1990.

The story of one soldier of French and German blood who seeks the acceptance of both peoples. The story takes place largely on the Eastern Front. Sajer later surrenders to the British and joins the post-war French army. A compelling tale of one person lost in what he sees as a struggle to unify Europe.

Xenophon, Anabasis, this edition Harvard University Press, London, 1998. ISBN:0-674-99101-X.

The original military memoir, this book was Alexander the Great's favourite book, after Aristotle and Herodotos.  It is also one of the first text to describe guerrilla warfare.  This is a true classic, and leaving it out would be a dire omission.

Yukl, Gary. Leadership in Organizations (4th Edition). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1981. ISBN 0-13-897521-3.

This book is an academic study of managerial leadership covering both the theory and practice of leadership. It provides a good overview of the major modern theories of leadership and guidelines for improving leadership.

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