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This “suggested reading” list covers a wide range of issues, but all are considered to have significant author insight in relation to 21st Century decision making.  Indeed, it was the sum total that greatly influenced the initial Project White Horse 984640 writing.  They are considered direct reference material.  Note that not all are recent publications. Continuing website additions will provide short comments on one to three books at a time with their perceived relationship to PWH noted.  Recommendations or comments are requested from website viewers.  If considered reasonable insight in light of the “forum” context I will add to the list, irrespective of my personal view of the author’s work in light of the PWH approach.


Grant T. Hammond

From the Preface: “Boyd is known to a relatively small coterie of people.  His name is hardly a household word.  He attained success in his career on a number of issues, in a number of fields.  He was a major contributor on air-air tactics, and aircraft designer, a military strategist, a bureaucratic in-fighter, a defense reformer, and a fighter pilot of great renown.  This book…is an exercise in synthesis, to understand the man, his ideas, and their importance.  It is an attempt to combine the bits and pieces of the fighter pilot and intellectual, the aircraft designer and strategist, the maneuver warfare tactician and scientist.... >>More

Robert Coram

From Chapter Thirty One – The Ghetto Colonel and the SecDef: “It is through a body of writing that a man such as Boyd is remembered.  It is when academics pore over a man’s words and then write learned papers that his ideas find permanency. And that may be why Boyd was so enthusiastic about the book being researched by Grant Hammond…In the beginning, Hammond saw the book as a biography.  But that changed when Boyd issued his only caveat: no personal information is to be included in the book.  Boyd did not want to talk about…his family, or about personal dimensions...>>More


CERTAIN TO WIN; The Strategy of John Boyd Applied to Business
Chet Richards

From Robert Coram’s BOYD: "During his later years, Boyd’s two great professional delights were the work of Chet Richards and a book (The Mind of War) being researched by Dr. Grant Hammond at the Air War College… Richards and Boyd talked for years about applying Boyd’s ideas to business…Boyd encouraged him …to develop his ideas…He saw this as an affirmation of the fact that his intellectual legacy encompassed more than warfighting; his ideas were universal. Timeless, and could be applied to any form of conflict.” >>More


The Enlightened Soldier: Scharnhorst and the Militarische Gesellschaft in Berlin, 1801-1805 is the story of education and change, a transformation that produced an enlightened approach to military leadership and an officer corps which included Carl von Clausewitz, and the generals of Waterloo, Gneisenau and Blucher among others.  The great reforms of General Gerhard Scharnhorst and his associates, wrote Professor Samuel P. Huntington, mark the true beginning of the military of the west... >>More

Beginning with his first study in 1985 on how fire-fighters make life-and-death decisions under extreme time pressure, Dr. Klein’s book, Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions, is about human strengths and capabilities applied, not about computer decision aids.  He proposes that the sources of power needed in natural settings are not analytical at all but rather power of intuition, mental stimulation, metaphor, and storytelling.  He then presents a decision strategy of skill...>>More


Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale, author of Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, as senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War Camps in North Vietnam from 9 September 1965 until 12 February, 1973 was awarded the Medal of Honor for his leadership particularly in regard to establishing communication processes for prisoner support life lines and setting criteria for prisoner resistance to interrogation, and propaganda exploitation.  In the opening essay, Admiral Stockdale states “People were trying to use us and have us tear each other apart in the process…>>More




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