Recommended Reading List

This reading list has been constructed to support our college’s understanding that professional reading has been very important part of the military culture and it plays an essential role in the professional development of each officer and civil servant. The books selected have been divided into a few categories that correspond to the educational aims of the Baltic Defence College. The titles selected will definitely serve to inspire you to spend more time on extending your knowledge.

Politics and War | History | Leadership | Military Studies

Politics and War

John R. Allen, F. Ben Hodges and Julian Lindley-French

Future War and the Defence of Europe

Publication date: 2021

Stuart Russell

Human Compatible: AI and the Problem of Control

Publication date: 2019

Timothy Snyder

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Publication date: 2019

Michael E. O'Hanlon

The Senkaku Paradox: Risking Great Power War Over Small Stakes

Publication date: 2019

Also available as an e-book

John G. Ikenberry

A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order

Publication date: 2020

Also available as an e-book


Serhii Plokhy

Nuclear Folly: a New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Publication date: 2021


Jim Mattis and Bing West

Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead

Publication date: 2019

Also available as an e-book

Military Studies

Frank Ledwidge

Aerial Warfare: The Battle for the Skies

Publication date: 2018

Fred Kaplan

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Publication date: 2016

John Andreas Olsen and Martin van Creveld, editors

The Evolution of Operational Art: From Napoleon to the Present

Publication date: 2011

Lawrence Freedman

The Future of War: A History

Publication date: 2017

Christopher Andrew

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

Publication date: 2018

David Jordan ... et al.

Understanding Modern Warfare

Publication date: 2016


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