Book List 2019

Here is a non-exhaustive list of books I read in 2019. Almost all books I read electronically, the odd one I listen to as an audio book. I’d rather read the real thing, wouldn’t we all, but I consume so much material every day that it is just cheaper and easier to use my Kindle app. I’ve given away hundreds if not thousands of books over the years and every time it breaks my heart a little. These days I am judicious in the books I purchase in hard copy and keep on my tiny bookshelf, if I really love one I read on Kindle I will buy it and add it to the collection. 

Send me your recommendations!


The Red Circle – Brandon Webb
First Man In – Ant Middleton
The Forgotten Highlander – Alistair Urquhart
Books rarely leave an impression like this one did. Even if you’re not a fan of the military history genre, this is a book everyone should read to understand what resilience and spirit really means.


The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader – Jason Redman
Fearless – Eric Blehm
Make Your Bed: Small Things that can Change Your Life and maybe the World – William McRaven
The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan – Eric Blehm
A Captain’s Duty – Richard Phillips


Alone on the Wall – Alex Honnold
Open – Andre Agassi
I discuss this book in the episode Passion. It’s a great book and not at all a typical memoir.


Always Another Dawn: The Story of a Rocket Test Pilot – Scott Crossfield
First into Action: A Dramatic Personal Account of Life in the SBS – Duncan Falconer


Flying the line – An Air Force Pilot’s Journey: Volume 2 1981-1993 – Jay Lacklen

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations – McRaven, William H


Warrior Soul: The Memoir of a Navy Seal – Pfarrer, Chuck


Delta Force: A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military’s Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit – Beckwith, Charlie A.


Across The Fence: The Secret War In Vietnam – Meyer, John StrykerOn The Ground: The Secret War in VietnamMeyer, John


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Lynne M. Black Jr.

Soldier ‘I’: The story of an SAS HeroKennedy, Michael Paul

The Guts to Try: The Untold Story of the Iran Hostage Rescue Mission by the On-Scene Desert Commander – Col. James H. Kyle



Immediate ActionMcNab, Andy

Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in IraqMcNab, Andy

The Terminal List – Jack Carr (Audiobook)


Break PointOllerton, Ollie

Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That FollowsFox, Jason

First into SanginMC, Trevor Coult

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front LineNott, David

Another must read, this book was one of the most moving books I’ve read in recent years.


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