A careful examination of history’s most accomplished leaders reveals that their success was strongly correlated to a scholarly appreciation for literature, reading and reflection. Upon its formal inception in 2012, the LUF Team launched a recommended Reading List. In subsequent years many leaders in the LUF network have been inspired to form Book Clubs in their organizations, units and teams. We are hopeful that this practice continues and thought it appropriate to canvass our LUF Advisors for a few of their personal recommended reads.

Jason Brezler, LUF Founder

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
By: Sebastian Junger

Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge
By: Erica Wagner

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
By: Michael Lewis

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Love and War with Photojournalist Lynsey Addario

Jim Roussell, LUF Senior Mentor

The Black Swan
By: Nassim Nicholas Talib

Gates of Fire
By: Steven Pressfield

Churchill & Orwell
By: Thomas Ricks

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Remembering FDNY Captain John T. Vigiano–Part I

Jim McNamara, LUF Senior Man Performance Journal

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery
By: Eric Foner

The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By: Bessel Van Der Kolk

The Leader’s Bookshelf
By: Admiral James Stavridis, USN(Ret)

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Risk and Resilience With a Navy SEAL Commander

Patti Murphy, LUF Optimizing Human Performance Podcast Producer & Host

When Breath Becomes Air
By: Paul Kalanithi

Going Long: Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks and Adventures
By: David Willey (Editor)

The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic
By: Gay and Laney Salisbury

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Life As Sport with Dr. Jonathan Fader

Nick Kalt, LUF Leadership Development Advisor

Endurance – Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
By: Alfred Lansing

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
By: Laurence Gonzales

Man-Eaters of Kumaon
By: Jim Corbett

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Leading Your Peers with FDNY Senior Firefighter James McNamara

Jake Dutton, LUF Human Performance Analyst and EMS Program Manager

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
By: Jon Krakauer

The Behavioral Investor – Daniel Crosby
By: Daniel Crosby

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
By: David Epstein

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Career Reflection with FDNY Lt. Mickey Conboy

Dr. Belisa Vranich, LUF Clinical Psychologist and Breathing Coach

Is Paris Burning
By: Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

The Fighters Mind: Inside the Mental Game
By: Sam Sheridan

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
By: Alexandra Fuller

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Mental Sweat with Mental Performance Coach Hannah Huesman

Jimmy Lopez, LUF Tactical Fitness Advisor

Fearless: The Courage & Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team 6 Operator Adam Brown
By: Eric Blehm

Outliers: The Story of Success
By: Malcom Gladwell

The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance
By: George Mumford

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Tribe with Journalist, Author and Filmmaker Sebastian Junger

Eric Nurnberg, LUF Leadership Development Program Director

Why We Make Mistakes
By: Joseph Hallinan

Certain to Win
By: Chet Richards

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Tactical Fitness with FDNY Firefighter James Lopez

Dr. Jonathan Fader, LUF Performance Psychologist

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
By: Daniel Goleman

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth
By: Amy Edmondson

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Mental Skills Coaching with Ben Oliva

Dan Saalfrank, LUF Leadership Development Advisor

The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball
By: Tom Verducci

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer
By: Nathaniel Fick

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach
By: John C. McManus

Favorite LUF Podcast Episode:
Ultra-Competitive Settings with Brendan and Danny Fowler

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