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Explore General Votel’s library to unlock some of the secrets of effective leadership, delve into the fascinating world of technology and innovation, or gain a deeper understanding of national security and global threats. Empower yourself to make informed decisions and drive positive change in your life with this curated collection of wisdom and insight.

Featured Podcast

Michael talks with Beth Sanner, a career CIA analyst who concluded her tenure with the federal government as Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Mission Integration at the Ooffice of the Director of National Intelligence. She and Michael discuss the risks and potential next steps in the Israel-Gaza conflict, Iran and the Middle East, Russia’s war on Ukraine, and how she rose through the CIA’s ranks to become a world-class analyst specializing in South Asia.  This is a sobering assessment but one that informed Americans should definitely hear.

Leadership & Inspiration

The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves

Alexandra Hudson

Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things

Adam Grant

Entrepreneurial Leadership: The Art of Launching New Ventures, Inspiring Others, and Running Stuff

Joel Peterson

The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - the Five Stars Who Won the War at Sea

Walter E. Borneman

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

David Epstein

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Alfred Lansing

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Edmund Morris

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

Thomas E. Ricks

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

Our Future is Bright with Leaders like this. Why we "Gen Z" choose to serve and the People who influence them.
Mission Critical : Defense Recruiting
Leading with Action: Fostering Resilience from the Ground Up with Wahid Nawabi
Ideas That Impact
Character Development at West Point: Insights from Dr. Peterson
Jocko Podcast
This Is Why People Don't Achieve What They Set Out To Achieve.
Leadership Matters
HBR IdeaCast
Stuck on a Problem? Try Switching Up Your Approach
Dare to Lead with Brené Brown

Technology & Innovation


Safi Bahcall

The Gun

C.J. Chivers

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Jim Gertner

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Walter Isaacson

Failure is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

Gene Krantz

The Wright Brothers

David McCullough

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

P.W. Singer

Horns of a Dilemma
Understanding DoD's Industrial Base Problems
Defense Mavericks
Empowering Soldier Innovation
The Lawfare Podcast
Revisionist History
Intelligence Matters
Rational Security

National Security Strategy & Threats

2054: A Novel

Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Three Days in January

Bret Baier

The General vs. The President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War

H.W. Brands

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

Joseph J. Ellis

Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World

Robert D. Kaplan

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to KnowAbout Global Politics

Tim Marshall

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found; A History of Seven Cities

Violet Moller

Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy

Ian W. Toll

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

Lawrence Wright

NATO Deep Dive
The Threat From Iran & Beyond
Accidental Tech Podcast
All In with Chamath, Jason, Sacks & Friedberg
WSJ's The Future of Everything


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