CAC Commander's Cultural Awareness Reading List

General Culture (Impact of Cultural Values, Attitudes, and Beliefs)

Huntington, Samuel P., and Lawrence E. Harrison, eds. Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress.New York: Basic Books, 2000.  CARL: 306.C9682 2000

Landes, David S. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.  CARL: 330.16L256w 1998

Middle East / North Africa

Baker, William G., and Jerry M. Long. 2003. The Cultural Heritage of Arabs, Islam, and the Middle East.Dallas, TX: Brown Books Pub. Group, 2003.  CARL: 305.8927 B168c
Nydell, Margaret K.  Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times. Yarmouth, Me; London: Intercultural; Nicholas Brealey [distributor], 2005.  (on order)
Patai, Raphael. The Arab Mind. New York: Hatherleigh Press, 2002.  CARL: 305.8927 P294a

Esposito, John L. Islam: The Straight Path.New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.  CARL: 297 E77i 1998 
Esposito, John L. What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.  CARL: 297 E77w 2002

Political Islam:
Fuller, Graham E. The Future of Political Islam.New York: Palgrave, 2003.  CARL: 320.55 F965f 2003

Goldschmidt, Arthur. A Concise History of the Middle East.Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 2002.  CARL: 956 G623c 2006

Friedman, Thomas L. From Beirut to Jerusalem: Updated with a New Chapter. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1995.  CARL: 956 F911fb 1995


Graff, David A., and Robin Higham. A Military History of China. Boulder, Colo.; Oxford: Westview, 2002.  CARL: 355.00951 M644 2002

Lieberthal, Kenneth. Governing China: From Revolution Through Reform.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.  CARL: 951.05 L716g

Mao Tse-Tung. On Guerrilla Warfare (Translated by Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffith, USMC (Retired)). Washington, D.C.: United States Marine Corps, 1989. (Several other editions available).  CARL: 355.02184 M296 

Shambaugh, David L. Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects.Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.  CARL: 355.30951 S528m 2002

Sun Tzuzi, and Samuel B. Griffith. The Art of War.London; New York: Oxford University Press, 1971, c1963.  CARL: 355 S957a 1971

Northeast Asia

Duus, Peter. Modern Japan.Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.  CARL: 952.025 D981m 1998

Green, Michael J. Arming Japan: Defense Production, Alliance Politics, and the Postwar Search for Autonomy.New York: Columbia University, 1995.  CARL: 355.033552 G797a 1995

Lebra, Takie S. Japanese Patterns of Behavior.Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1976.   CARL: 305.8952 L451j 1976

Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. New York: Basic Books, 2001.  CARL: 951.904 O12tk 2001

Pye, Lucian W., and Mary W. Pye. Asian Power and Politics: The Cultural Dimensions of Authoriy. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press, 1985.  CARL: 306.2095 P995a 1985

Yamada, Haru. Different Games Different Rules: Why Americans and Japanese Misunderstand Each Other. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.  CARL: 303.48273052 Y19d


Baker, Peter, and Susan Glasser. Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution. New York: Scribner, 2005.  CARL: 947.086 Bak

Kaplan, Robert D. Eastward to Tartary: Travels in the Balkans, the Middle East, and the Caucasus. New York: Random House, 2000.  CARL: 958 K17e

Mote, Victor L. Siberia - Worlds Apart. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998.  CARL: 957 M917s

Oliker, Olga, Thomas S. Szayna, Arroyo Center, Rand Corporation, United States, and Army.  Faultlines of Conflict in Central Asia and the South Caucasus: Implications for the U.S. Army.Santa Monica, CA: RAND Arroyo Center, 2003.  CARL: 355.033058 F263


Ayittey, George B. N. Africa in Chaos. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1999.  CARL: 330.967 A977a 1999

Iliffe, John. Africans: The History of a Continent. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press: c1995.  CARL: 960 I28a 1995

Joseph, Richard A. State, Conflict, and Democracy in Africa. Boulder, Colo: L. Rienner, 1999.  CARL: 320.969 S797 1999

Reader, John. Africa: A Biography of the Continent.New York: A.A. Knopf, 1998.  CARL: 960 R286a 1998

Southeast Asia

Karnow, Stanley. Vietnam, a History.New York, N.Y: Penguin Books, 1997.  CARL: 959.7043373 K18vh

Karnow, Stanley. In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines. New York: Random House, 1989.  CARL: 959.9 K18i

Leinbach, Thomas R., and Richard Ulack. Southeast Asia: Diversity and Development. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall, 2000.  CARL: 338.959 S727 2000

Owen, Norman G. The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia: A New History. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005.  CARL: 959 E53 2005

Somers Heidhues, Mary F. Southeast Asia: A Concise History.New York, N.Y: Thames & Hudson, 2000.  CARL: 959 S694s 2000

Latin America

Graham, Richard, Thomas E. Skidmore, Aline Helg, and, Alan Knight. The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940.Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990.  CARL: 305.80098 I19

Loveman, Brian, and Thomas M. Davies. The Politics of Antipolitics: The Military in Latin America.Wilmington, Del: Scholarly Resources, 1997.  CARL: 322.5098 P769 1997

Mecham, John L. Church and State in Latin America; a History of Politico-ecclesiastical Relations. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1966.   CARL: Microfiche (1st Floor AV Room) E000825 1934 (ordering hard copy)

Skidmore, Thomas E., and Peter H. Smith. Modern Latin America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.  CARL: 980 S628m 2005

Winn, Peter. Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean. Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press, 2006.  CARL: 980.033 W776a 2006


Barzini, Luigi G. The Europeans. Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England; New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Penguin, 1984.  CARL: 940.55 B296e

Richmond, Yale. From Da to Yes: Understanding the East Europeans.Yarmouth, Me: Intercultural Press, 1995.  CARL: 940.09717 R533f

Storti, Craig. Old World, New World: Bridging Cultural Differences: Britain, France, Germany, and the U.S. Yarmouth, Me: Intercultural Press, 2001.  CARL: 303.4824073 S886o 2001

Andric, Ivo. The Bridge on the Drina (Phoenix Fiction Series). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.  CARL has 1977 edition: 891.8235 A573b

South Asia

Abbas, Hassan. Pakistan's Drift into Extremism: Allah, the Army, and America's War on Terror.Armonk, N.Y.; London: M.E. Sharpe, 2005.  CARL: 320.95491 A134p

Cohen, Stephen P. The Idea of Pakistan.Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press, 2004.  CARL: 954.91 C678i

Girardet, Edward, Jonathan Walter, and Media Action International (Geneva, Switzerland). Crosslines Essential Field Guides To Humanitarian And Conflict Zones: Afghanistan. Geneva, Switzerland: Published for Media Action International by Crosslines Publications, 2004.  CARL: 958.1 A2573 2004

Ludden, David. India and South Asia: A Short History. Oxford: Oneworld, c2002.  CARL: 954 L945i

Talbott, Strobe. Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy, and the Bomb. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press, 2004.  CARL: 327.73054 T141e 2004


*Indicates DC's recommendations for a "first read"

Call numbers for the books in the Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) are in bold print.