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Reading ListFor the past nine years, the chiefs of staff of the Air Force along with the chief master sergeants of the Air Force have created a reading list of motivating and inspiring material that invigorates and gives perspective to Airmen in their Air Force careers.

Col. Daniel Tulley and Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Lusson have created a similar, MacDill-specific reading list, filled with submissions that center on the profession of arms and give new perspective on integrity, service and excellence.

The list is intended to inspire and highlight many areas of the military way of life and the Air Force core values through books, articles, excerpts, art and photographs.

Col. Tulley's Reading List

The Messiah Method                                                          
Published in 2011 by Michael Zigarelli

From 2000 to 2010, the Messiah College soccer program -- the men's team and women's team combined -- posted the best record in NCAA soccer: 472 wins, 31 losses, and 20 ties.

How do they do it? What's their secret to success? They use what might be called "the Messiah method," seven disciplines that propelled teams from decent to dynasty.

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Fighter Pilot
Published in 2010 by Christina Olds and Ed Rasimus

Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. A graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army, Olds was one of the toughest college football players at the time.

In WWII, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22--and an ace with 12 aerial victories....

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Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
Published in 1998 by H. R. McMaster

Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning new analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on recently released transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why.

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The Power of Professionalism
Published in 2011 by Bill Wiersma

In this groundbreaking book, Wiersma outlines the seven key mind-sets of trusted professionals, offering a blueprint for both individuals and organizations interested in fostering a culture of professionalism. You'll see how uncompromising professional standards led to unparalleled success for FBI agent George Piro during his game-changing interrogation of Saddam Hussein, for supermodel Kathy Ireland's design and marketing enterprise, for the world-renowned Dave Matthews Band, and for many more.

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Chief Lusson's Reading List

Three Cups of Tea
Published in 2007 by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard.

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Unbroken
Published in 2010 by Laura Hillenbrand

In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943.

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What Got You Here, Won't Get You There
Published in 2007 by Marshall Goldsmith

Whether you are near the top of the ladder or still have a ways to climb, this book serves as an essential guide to help you eliminate your dysfunctions and move to where you want to go.

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Published in 2013 by Daniel James Brown

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

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Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times
Published in 1993 by Donald T. Phillips

Only ten days before Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union, taking Federal agencies, forts, and arsenals within their territory. To make matters worse, Lincoln, who was elected by a plurality of the popular vote, was viewed by his own advisors as nothing more than a gawky, second-rate country lawyer with no leadership experience.

What Lincoln did to become our most honored and revered president is history -- but how he can help you to run your organization is not.

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Quick reads

Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?
by William Oncken, Jr. & Donald L. Wass
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The Tragedy of the American Military
by James Fallows
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Over Not Through
by Paula G. Thornhill
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The Great Draft Dodge
by James Kitfield
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