Cadet Book Club

This cadet-led program encourages reading and discussion on leadership topics by cadets, faculty, and staff, including topics on current and sometimes controversial issues.

Any VMI cadet is eligible to participate in the Leadership Book Club. Cadets select books from a variety of genres, all with a leadership focus, nominated by VMI faculty and staff. Cadets in the club expect to read and discuss up to five books throughout the course of an academic year. Periodically, authors visit VMI to speak to a wider audience and host book signings which are open to all cadets, faculty, and staff.  

2017-2018 selections:

  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven.
  • Why They Do It, Inside the Minds of the White Collar Criminals by Eugene Soltes
  • Legacy by James Kerr
  • Forged in Crisis, The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn

For specific details about the book club, login to ‘MyVMI’.  

2016-2017 selections included:

Valiant Ambition, George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution
Rise: A Soldier, A Dream and a Promise Kept *
Extreme Ownership, How US Navy Seals Lead and Win

Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting its Empire City
The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II
Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Ghost Fleet *
On the Edge

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 *
All of the President’s Men
Icons and Idiots
Defiant *
Air Assault *
All Quiet on the Western Front

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

Quiet Strength
Westmoreland *
The Only Thing Worth Dying For
Steve Jobs
The Junction Boys
Passion of Command

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.