Colonel Hornby's Bookshelf

“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.” - Sir William Francis Butler, 19th Century

The following are readings recommended by Colonel Hornby.


  • Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations, edited by Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2008.
  • Arreguin-Toft, Ivan. How the Weak Win Wars: A Theory of Asymmetric Conflict. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • The CIA Document of Human Manipulation: KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual. Compiled by Mind Control Publishing. Central Intelligence Agency, 1963.
  • Hammes, Thomas X. The Sling and The Stone. New York: Zenith Press, 2005.
  • Handbook of Analytic Tools & Techniques. Reston, VA: Pherson Associates, LLC., 2008.
  • Heuer, Richards J. Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Langley, VA: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 1999.
  • Heuer, Richards J. and Randolph H. Pherson. Structured Analytic Techniques. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011.
  • Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. New York: Penguin Books, 1968.
  • Inside CIA’s Private World: Declassified Articles from the Agency’s Internal Journal 1955-1992, edited by H. Bradford Westerfield. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
  • Intelligence and the National Security Strategist: Enduring Issues and Challenges, edited by Roger Z. George and Robert D. Kline. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.
  • Intelligence and National Security: The Secret World of Spies. 2nd ed. Edited by Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Kilcullen, David. The Accidental Guerrilla. London: Oxford University Press, 2009.; Kilcullen, David. Counterinsurgency. London: Oxford University Press, 2010
  • Lowenthal, Mark M. Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy. 4th Edition. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2009.
  • Mack, John E. A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1976.
  • May, Earnest. Strange Victory: Hitler’s Conquest of France. New York: Hill and Wang, 2000.
  • Melton, H. Keith, and Robert Wallace. The Official C.I.A. Manual of Trickery and Deception. New York: HarperCollins, 2009
  • Merom, Gil. How Democracies Lose Small Wars. Cambridge University Press: New York, 2003.
  • Powers, Thomas. Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda. Revised and Expanded Edition. New York: New York Review of Books, 2004.
  • Psychological Operations In Guerrilla Warfare. Central Intelligence Agency. New York: Vintage Books, 1985.
  • Psychological Operations Leaders Planning Guide. Department of the Army. U.S. Army Training Support Centers Headquarters, 2005. Kindle Edition.
  • Psychological Operations: Principles and Case Studies – Fundamental Guide to Philosophy, Concepts, National Policy, Strategic, Tactical, Operational PSYOP. 1st ed. U.S. Military, Department of Defense. Frank L. Goldstein and Benjamin F. Findley, Jr. editors. 2011. Kindle Edition.
  • PSYOP – Military Psychological Operations Joint Doctrine Guidance: Altering the Behavior of People in Enemy-Controlled Territory. 1st ed. U.S. Military, Department of Defense. 2011. Kindle Edition.
  • Sageman, Marc. Leaderless Jihad. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
  • Schleifer, Ron. Perspectives of Psychological Operations (PSYOP) in Contemporary Conflicts. Brighton, Sussex Academic Press, 2011.
  • Snyder, Russell. Hearts and Mines: A Memoir of Psychological Warfare in Iraq. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse Inc., 2011.

(External) Articles:

  • Hoffman, Frank G. “Neo-Classical Counterinsurgency?” Parameters. Summer 2007. (link to pdf)
  • Muckian, Martin J. “Structural Vulnerabilities of Networked Insurgencies: Adapting to the New Adversary.” Parameters. Winter 2006-2007. (link to pdf)
  • Reed, Brian. “A Social Network Approach to Understanding an Insurgency.” Parameters. Summer 2007. (link to pdf)
  • Smith, Paul J. “Transnational Terrorism and the al Qaeda Model: Confronting New Realities.” Parameters. Summer 2002. (link to pdf)
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