booksThe following is our recommended reading list. We’ve only selected books we’ve read, and see the value in sharing with our readers.

If you have any suggestions for books in the following topics, email us a link and we’ll try to give them a read.

Survival / E&E

Emergency! This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss

Surviving A Disaster by Tony Nester

When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin

Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann

SAS Survival Handbook by John Lofty Wiseman


Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs by Robert Wallace

The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception by Robert Wallace

Climbing / Mountaineering

Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber by Mark Twight

Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast and High by Mark Twight

The Complete Guide To Climbing And Mountaineering by Pete Hill

Knot Tying

The Top 10 Knots You Need to Know by Bryan Black

Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford Ashley

The Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garrett Smith

The Complete Book of Decorative Knots by Geoffrey Budworth

Lock Picking / Security

A Definitive Guide to Running a Home Security Assessment by Bryan Black

Visual Guide to Lock Picking (Third Edition) by Mark McCloud

How To Open Locks With Improvised Tools by Hans Conkel

The Complete Guide to Lock Picking by Eddie The Wire

Navigation / Tracking

The Complete Guide to Land Navigation with MGRS by Bryan Black

Ranger Handbook by Dept. of The Army

U.S. Army Map Reading and Land Navigation Handbook by Dept. of the Army

The SAS Tracking & Navigation Handbook by Neil Wilson


Certified Diver’s Handbook by Clay Coleman

Diver Down: Real World SCUBA Accidents and How to Avoid Them by Michael Ange

DAN Pocket Guide to First Aid for Scuba Diving by Dan Orr


The Gift of Fear  by Gavin De Becker

On Combat by Dave Grossman

On Killing by Dave Grossman

Sharpening the Warriors Edge by Bruce K. Siddle

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Military / Prep

The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch

The Finishing School Earning the Navy SEAL Trident by Dick Couch

Down Range: Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism by Dick Couch

Sheriff of Ramadi by Dick Couch

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Ghost Wars by Steven Coll

Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior by Dick Couch

The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness by Stewart Smith

Get Selected! for Special Forces by Major Joseph J. Martin


Green Eyes & Black Rifles by Kyle E. Lamb

How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL by Chris Sajnog

Fitness / Health

The Life Changing Benefits of Focusing On Your Nutrition – by Bryan Black

Maximum Fitness: The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Cross Training by Stewart Smith

Daniels’ Running Formula by Jack Daniels

The Abs Diet by David Zinczenko

Corps Strength by MGySgt Paul J. Roarke Jr., USMC (ret.)

Entertainment and Personal Growth

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The Heart And The Fist by Lt Cmdr Eric Greitens, USN

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Rough Riders by President Theodore Roosevelt

Dead Six by Michael Kupari and Larry Correia

Books Of Samuel And Kings – The Old Testament

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy

Staff Recommendations

This list is based on “What We’re Reading at ITS: A Glance at Our Nightstands

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

299 Days: The Preparation by Glen Tate

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Calvin and Hobbes: The Days are Just Packed by Bill Watterson

Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind by Michael J. Bradley, Ed.D.

Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder by Kent Nerburn

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men by Stephen Mansfield