Jocko Willink’s Book Recommendations

Last Updated on March 26, 2021

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Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL officer, author, podcaster, and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Echelon Front, a leadership and management consulting company. He is also the co-founder of the leadership podcast, The Jocko Podcast. Jocko Willink is a decorated veteran who served in the Iraq War, and he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired from the Navy SEALs in 2010.

Reading is one of the best ways to learn and grow. It’s a great way to learn about new ideas and concepts, and it’s a great way to learn from the experiences of others. Today, we’re sharing a list of books recommended by a decorated veteran and retired Navy SEAL officer, Jocko Willink.

Book recommendations:


1.Panzram by Thomas E. Gaddis

2.How to be Strong, Healthy and Happy by Bob Hoffman

3.About Face by Colonel David H. Hackworth

4.Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

5.Mind Over Muscle by Jigoro Kano

6.The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

7.Psychology For The Fighting Man by Committee Of The National Research Counc

8.12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

9.Hard-Core by Harley Flanagan

10.The Road by Cormac McCarthy

11.Serve to Lead by Winston Churchill

12.Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

13.The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

14.Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

15.I Said No! by Kimberly King

16.Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

17.Wooden Leg by Thomas B. Marquis

18.The Killing Zone by Frederick Downs Jr.

19.Valleys of Death by Bill Richardson

20.Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart

21.The Terminal List by Jack Carr

22.Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss

23.Machete Season by Jean Hatzfeld

24.Unit 731 Testimony by Hal Gold

25.The Trident by Jason Redman

26.Steel My Soldiers’ Hearts by Col. David H. Hackworth

27.The Hundred Rules of War by Tsukahara Bokuden

28.18 Platoon by Jary

29.Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell

30.Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson

31.The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

32.True Believer by Jack Carr

33.The Woman Who Could Not Forget by Ying-Ying Chang

34.Man of War by Sean Parnell

35.Tough As They Come by Travis Mills

36.Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

37.Fortunate Son by Lewis B. Puller Jr.

38.The Eleventh Day by Anthony Summers

39.Ordinary Men by Christopher R. Browning

40.Unit 731 – Laboratory of the Devil by Yan-jun Yang

41.A Soldier’s Journal by James Bollich

42.Excursion to Hell by Vincent Bramley

43.Battle Studies by Ardant du Picq

44.Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer

45.The Art Of War by Sun Tzu

46.Beyond Band of Brothers by Dick Winters

47.Stalingrad by Joachim Wieder

48.Instructions for His Generals by Frederick the Great

50.Hal Moore on Leadership by Harold G. Moore

51.Unflinching by Jody Mitic

52.On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Tse-Tung

53.SOG Chronicles by John Stryker Meyer

54.Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

55.Through the Valley by William Reeder Jr.

56.The Knock at the Door by Ryan Manion

57.We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young by Harold G. Moore

58.One Soldier’s War by Arkady Babchenko

60.Navy SEAL Dogs by Mike Ritland

61.De Re Militari by Flavius Vegetius Renatus

62.With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge

63.The Clay Pigeons of St. Lo by Joseph Balkoski

64.I Heard My Country Calling by James Webb

65.Four Hours in My Lai by Michael Bilton

66.Everyday Heroes by Jody Mitic

67.The Nightingale’s Song by Robert Timberg

68.Red Blood, Black Sand by Chuck Tatum

69.The Coldest War by James Brady

70.I’m No Hero by Charlie Plumb

71.Fields of Fire by James Webb

72.All Out War by Sean Parnell

73.Trident K9 Warriors by Mike Ritland

74.The Glory of the Trenches by Coningsby Dawson

75.The Armed Forces Officer by U.S. Department of Defense

76.Team Dog by Mike Ritland

77.Marine! by Burke Davis

78.Heart for the Fight by Brian Stann

79.He Was No Coward by Janet Booth

80.Reveries on the Art of War by Maurice de Saxe Cole C. Kingseed

81.Brothers Forever by Tom Sileo

82.Conversations with Major Dick Winters

83.Across The Fence by John Stryker Meyer

84.Men Against Fire by S.L. A. Marshall

85.I Remember The Last War by Bob Hoffman

86.Brave Men by Ernie Pyle

87.Henry V by William Shakespeare

88.Hell Yes, I’d Do It Again by T. Fred Harvey

89.The Recollections of Rifleman Harris by Benjamin Harris

90.Platoon Leader by James R. McDonough

91.On The Ground by John Stryker Meyer

92.Maurice’s Strategikon by George T. Dennis

93.I Fought With Custer by Charles Windolph

94.Men at Arnhem by Geoffrey Powell

95.Company Commander by Charles B. Macdonald

96.Colder Than Hell by Joseph R. Owen

97.Omaha Beach and Beyond by John Slaughter

98.Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie

99.By Honor Bound by Tom Norris


 Jocko Willink’s recommendations are a great way to learn about leadership and management. The books on this list are all about leadership and management, and they are all written by great thinkers and philosophers. We hope you enjoy these books and that you’ll take the time to read them and learn from them.

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