Books to read


Good morning,

I wanted to start a thread (if there is already a thread I apologize!) on books about West Point, leadership, the US Army or anything that could be helpful to students going to CBT this summer.

Gates of Fire- Steven Pressfield is a great one
Diary of a West Point Cadet- Preston Pysh
Team of Teams-McChrystal
The Unforgiving Minute- Craig Mullaney
Absolutely American- David Lipsky

Just to name a few!
Feel free to add or comment

Thank you!


USAFA c/o 2020
I read "Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders" by Ed Ruggero. Really sold me on SAs when I was young(er).


Just gathering dust in the nursery...
5-Year Member
Brothers Forever --The Enduring Bond between a Marine and a Navy Seal that Transcended Their Ultimate Sacrifice by Tom Sileo and Colonel Tom Manion


Absolutely American- David Lipsky - is very good. I know one of the cadets that is highlighted in the book. It's a very good read.


Relating Particularly to Female Cadets:
Gray Girl-Susan I Spieth (fiction, but author is a graduate)
Tough as Nails-Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer (memoir)
Battle Dress-Amy Efaw (fiction, but author is also a graduate)

Not really for already appointed candidates, but still a good book if a little outdated:
The West Point Candidate Book-Sue Ross

Finally, not related to Army, but one of my all-time favorite books that I still think about when I consider why I want to attend West Point: The Heart and the Fist: the education of a humanitarian the making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens


10-Year Member
I concur with suggesting Absolutely certainly gives you an idea of what to expect, although many things have changed. My favorite for parents is The Mom's Guide to Surviving West Point. :cool:


Serve to Lead, Lincolns Leadership and my husbands leadership style us treat others like you want to be treated. It has worked well so far!