Recommended Reading

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The National Defense University Foundation is tapping into the knowledge of our NDUF partners, the National Defense University faculty and students, and our own leadership to share some of our top reading picks about national security, leadership, innovation and more.


Book Reviews


  • Lessons from the Edge: A Memior by Marie Yovanovitch
  • In this book review, the author explains how she opted to be a first-rate witness by testifying before the House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry regarding the first impeachment of now-former President Donald Trump.
  • How To Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founder and Game Changers by David M. Rubenstein
  • In this book review, we take a seat next to David Rubenstein, the cofounder of the Carlyle Group, as he interviews 30 world-renowned leaders about how they define the qualities of leadership. From General Colin Powell to Bill Clinton, the book also delves into leadership from a military and diplomatic perspective.
  • Dark Horse: General Larry O. Spencer and His Journey from the Horseshoe to the Pentagon by General Larry O Spencer, USAF (ret.)
  • In this book review, we take an inside look at the life of retired Air Force four-star general, General Larry Spencer. Wrapped within his life story of a 44-year military career, we also gain a unique insight into the racial aspect of being a black officer with a long and successful military leadership journey.
  • Here, Right Matters: An American Story by Alexander S. Vindman
  • We March at Midnight: A War Memoir by Ray McPadden
  • In this book review, we explore two different memoirs by former Army officers. Within each book, we learn about the power of strong leadership no matter location and about how each author portrays and personifies leadership.