Leadership Book Program

This cadet-led program, sponsored and supported by the CLE, encourages reading and discussion on leadership topics by cadets, faculty and staff, including topics on current and sometimes controversial issues. Periodically the program brings authors to VMI to speak to a wider audience and host book signings.

Meetings are held on Monday evenings from 1945 until 2030 in the Shenandoah Room of Marshall Hall (CLE). All cadets, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend.

2015-16 Meeting Schedule

Fall Term Books read:
Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting its Empire City by Ray Kelly

The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II by Robert Glass

Spring Term Meeting Dates:
· January 18
· February 1, 15, 29
· April 11 & 25
Spring Books:
Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation by John Carlin

Ghost Fleet by P.W. Singer and August Cole

Authors Coming to Post:
Mar. 8, 2016 - P.W. Singer -  Mr. Singer will be our Leadership Keynote Speaker featured on Day 2 of our Annual Leadership Conference 'Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age'


RAY KELLY - Nov. 2, 2015 @ 11:05 a.m. in the Gillis Theater of Marshall Hall

Previous Book Selections

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At War
Moral Dilemmas of Modern War
Primal Leadership
In the Kingdom of Ice*
When Pride Still Mattered
Business Leaders & Success
The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens *
All of the President’s Men
Icons and Idiots
Defiant *
Air Assault by William Crisp *
All Quiet on the Western Front

2012 – 2013
Heart of a Soldier*
Joker One
127 Hours
The Art of Intelligence
Front Burner*
Breaking Iraq*

2011 - 2012
Quiet Strength
The Only Thing Worth Dying For
Steve Jobs
The Junction Boys
Passion of Command

2010 – 2011
Lone Survivor*
The Good Soldiers
Fields of Fire
The Unforgiving Minute*
We Were Soldiers Once…and Young
Three Cups of Tea

* Denotes an author who spoke at VMI.