Robins senior leadership unveils reading list

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To encourage professional and personal development, Robins leaders are inviting base personnel to spend more time reading. To assist potential bookworms, leaders have released a list of 31 recommended books.

According the Maj. Gen. Polly A. Peyer, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center commander, sharing reading lists with other readers "adds to the enjoyment of expanding one's exposure to new ideas and information."

"I've been an avid reader all my life, so delving into a reading list which represents a combination of leadership theories, military and government history, and biographies is exciting," the general said. "If other Airmen aren't already readers, I encourage them to start small with just one book and add to their own reading pleasure."

According to base librarian Blanchella Casey, the Base Library has several copies of each book available for checkout.

In addition to General Peyer's recommendations, the list includes recommendations from Brig. Gen. Mark Atkinson, 402nd Maintenance Wing commander; Col. Warren Berry, 78th Air Base Wing commander; Col. Tim Freeman, 330th Aircraft Sustainment Wing commander; Col. Joseph Veneziano, 542nd Combat Sustainment Wing commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Buddy Hutchison, 78th ABW command chief. 

Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer's recommendations:
Title: The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell 
Author: Oren Harari 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: Author shows how to apply Powell's leadership principles 

Title: The First Heroes 
Author: Craig Nelson 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: Story of Col. Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo in WWII, with first bomber sorties from a carrier. 

Title: A Question of Loyalty 
Author: Douglas Waller 
Genre: Biography 
Synopsis: The book plunges into the seven-week Washington trial of Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell, the hero of the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I. 

Title: Air Force Spoken Here 
Author: James Parton 
Genre: Biography 
Synopsis: Biography of Gen. Ira Eaker, first 8th Air Force commander and leader of Allied Air Forces in the Mediterranean during WWII. 

Title: The Great Influenza 
Author: John Barry 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: The epic story of the deadliest plague in history, the influenza epidemic of 1914-1918. 

Title: Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War 
Author: Robert Coram 
Genre: Biography 
Synopsis: Life of Col. John Boyd, one of the greatest fighter pilots in American history. 

Title: Moving Mountains 
Author: Lt. Gen. Gus Pagonis 
Genre: Logistics 
Synopsis: Outlines the many logistics challenges and successes of Desert Storm. 

Title: It's All About Service 
Author: Ray Pelletier 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: How to lead your people to care for your customers. 

Title: And Dignity for All 
Author: James DeSapin 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: People-based versus power-based principles of leadership from a former Caterpillar vice president. 

Title: Supreme Command 
Author: Eliot Cohen 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: Leadership strategies of Lincoln, Churchill, Clemencaeu and Ben Gurion, who led in times of conflict. 

Title: Good to Great 
Author: Jim Collins 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: Argues that the key quality to organizational excellence is culture, and illustrates how it propels some organizations yet inhibits others. 

Title: John Warden and the Renaissance of American War Power 
Author: John Andreas Olsen 
Genre: Biography 
Synopsis: Biography of Col John Warden, who is largely credited for "writing" the air campaign for Desert Storm. 

Title: Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Author: Malcolm Gladwell 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: An intriguing examination of snap judgments and instant decision making. 

Col. Warren Berry's recommendations:
Title: Thinking in Time 
Authors: Richard Neustadt, Ernest May 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: The benefits and pitfalls of using historical analogies in decision making. 

Title: Made to Stick 
Authors: Chip and Dean Heath 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: A guide to communicating ideas and why some ideas "stick" while others do not survive. 

Title: 1776 
Author: David McCullough 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: A historical look at Washington's struggle leading independence. 

Title: Eyewitness to Power 
Author: David Gergen 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: From Nixon to Clinton, a behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future.

Title: China's Rise: Challenges & Opportunities 
Author: Fred Bergstein Genre: Foreign Policy Synopsis: Examines the critical facts and dynamics underpinning China's rise and suggests policy responses. 

Title: Dawn Over Kitty Hawk 
Author: Walter Boyne 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: Chronicles the Wright brothers' race to be first in flight in a historically-accurate, fictional novel.

Col. Tim Freeman's recommendations:
Title: 19 Stars 
Author: Edgar Puryear 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: A study of leadership styles from military generals Patton, Eisenhower, MacArthur and Marshall. 

Title: The Tipping Point 
Author: Malcolm Gladwell 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: How little changes can have big effects, and how to making changes can better yourself and those you lead. 

Title: Purple Cow 
Author: Seth Godin 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: How to do something remarkable to achieve organizational excellence. 

Title: The Stuff of Heroes: Eight Universal Laws of Leadership 
Author: William Cohen 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: An eye-opening look at how to translate leadership skills in combat to daily life 

Col. Joseph Veneziano's recommendations: 
Title: Supplying War 
Author: Martin Van Creveld 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: Addresses the critical, but often ignored, issues of logistics in warfare. 

Title: Logistics in the National Defense 
Author: Henry Eccles 
Genre: Logistics 
Synopsis: The strategic impacts of logistics and its bridge to the national economy.

Title: Affording Defense 
Author: Jacques Gansler 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: Author offers sensible proposals for the reform and revitalization of the U.S. national security system.

Brig. Gen. Mark Atkinson's recommendations:
Title: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader 
Author: John Maxwell 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: Character qualities that make people want to follow their appointed leader. 

Title: Leading Change 
Author: John Kotter 
Genre: Management 
Synopsis: Eight-step framework to implement change and create a sense of urgency. 

Title: Band of Brothers 
Author: Stephen Ambrose 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: Chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of one U.S. Army infantry company over its World War II history.

Chief Master Sgt. Buddy Hutchison's recommendations:
Title: Lincoln on Leadership 
Author: Donald Phillips 
Genre: History 
Synopsis: A look at Abraham Lincoln's leadership strategies during challenging times.

Title: The Traveler's Gift 
Author: Andy Andrews 
Genre: Leadership 
Synopsis: Seven key decisions essential for personal success. 

Title: How to be Like Jackie Robinson 
Author: Pat Williams 
Genre: Biography 
Synopsis: The life and times of baseball great Jackie Robinson.