Five-Oh-First Parachute Infantry Regiment
Commander's Reading List

G.I. Ingenuity by James Jay Carafano. It’s pretty good at explaining the American can-do attitude, and the extraordinary ingenuity of ordinary G.I.s in WWII. It has some problems, and too many typos to suit my picky professorial nature, but once I got over that I found it to be a decent read.

The Echo of Battle by Brian M. Linn. It isn’t WWII completely, but traces the Army’s way of war from the earliest republic to the present. I found it to be very good at explaining what Linn refers to as the three traditions of the American military - guardians, heroes, and managers – and how they have developed over time.

Stalin's General by Geoffrey Roberts. A Soviet hero at Leningrad and Stalingrad, the commander who captured Berlin—but he was less successful with Kremlin infighting. Wall Street Journal book review - Retelling The Victor's Tale

Wartime by Paul Fussell. It is very pedantic, and difficult to understand. Fussell, who passed away last month, was a professor at Rutgers and U. Penn. To say he was acidic in his commentary would be putting it mildly. I tell students in my military history course to be prepared to be challenged and maybe insulted, because Fussell didn’t pull any punches.

Once An Eagel A classic novel by Anton Meyrer. Required reading for West Point Cadets.