These are some of my favorite books over the years. If you are short on time to read whole books I suggest reading book reviews such as by The New York Times. Or Google reviews by title, author and review. Skip the publisher’s glowing comments.
“Incognito” by David Eagleman. How we have little control of our own actions.
“On Killing” by Dave Grossman. The classic book on the effects of killing and PTSD.
“Sex and War” Potts and Hayden. A history of war and how our male genes might cause them. How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World,
“Blood Rites” by Barbara Ehrenreich. How our history and genetics lead us to war.
“Nemesis” and all books by Chalmers Johnson about war and empire.
“Rise and Fall of Third Reich“ William Shirer. Self-explanatory.
“War and Remembrance” William Manchester. He returns to his WW II Battlefield.
“American Caesar” about Douglas Mc Arthur, by William Manchester
“War is a Force that Gives us Meaning” by Chris Hedges. War correspondent’s story.
“Who Hates Whom” by Bob Harris. A concise collection of conflicts around the globe.
“Becoming Evil” by James Waller. How any of us can be trained to commit atrocity.
“March of Folly” by Barbara Tuchman. How leaders stubbornly follow failed policies.
“Are We Rome” by Cullen Murphy. Parallels the rise and fall of Rome and the USA
Books on Strategy
“Words that Work”, Frank Luntz. How to effectively control people with words.
“Working for Peace” Impact Publishers. Great book about how to present yourself to be effective, surviving peace work, tactics, effective meetings, burnout etc. Both editions.