In December, the main site published an article on "43 books about war that every man should read."

Have you read these? Are they truly essential? What do you think?

Here's the list in a compact form:

The Persian Expedition by Xenophon

Greek Tragedy – Aeschylus, Euripides, & Sophocles

Trojan Women

Seven at Thebes

The Persians

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

The Western Way of War by Victor Davis Hanson

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Campaigns of Alexander by Arrian

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Napoleon: A Life by Paul Johnson

On War by Carl von Clausewitz

The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo by Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy

Civil War Stories by Ambros Bierce

Ulysses S. Grant: Memoirs & Selected Letters by U.S. Grant

Sherman: Soldier, Realist, American by B.H. Liddell Hart

Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman by W.T. Sherman

Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad Adventure by William Pittenger

Incidents & Anecdotes of the Civil War by Adm. David Porter

The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Company K by Wm. March

Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence

The Liberator by Alex Kershaw

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by E.B. Sledge

Helmet For My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific by Robert Leckie

Losing the War by Lee Sandlin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin: A Novel by Louis de Bernieres

Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel by David Fraser

American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day by Robert Coram

What It Is Like To Go To War by Karl Marlantes

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War by Robert Coram

Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile

My War Gone By, I Miss It So by Anthony Loyd

War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal by Eric Greitens

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization by John Robb

The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene

The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost by Victor Davis Hanson

On Killing by Dave Grossman

War by Sebastian Junger

Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel

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 I've read one or two of these and have more on my shelves. I was disappointed the list didn't include Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield, his novelization of the Battle of Thermopylae. Pressfield's latest is The Lion's Gate, an oral history of the Six-Day War, 1967. If you really want to understand what it's been like for our troops in Afghanistan, read Junger's War and also a couple others, The Outpost by Jake Tapper and Outlaw Platoon by Sean Parnell.

Gates of Fire was the fourth book on the list, dude!

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