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The 2017 Red Teamer’s Bookshelf

“It’s been a couple of months since we first announced that Red Team Journal,, and OODALoop would be compiling the latest ‘Red Teamer’s Bookshelf’ jointly. For those of you who’ve been waiting, the list is finally here. It’s larger than previous years, so we’ve organized the titles by category (and yes, some of these titles would fit in more than one category). The titles address a range of red teaming activities and skills, with a noticeable increase in special operations books this year. Thank you to everyone who submitted titles.”

Business (5)

Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years, Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui

How Google Works (2014), Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg,

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman (2006), Yvon Chouinard

The Seventh Sense (2016), Joshua Cooper Ramo

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future (2014), Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

Counterterrorism (4)

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization (2008), John Robb

Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (2014), Jeremy Scahill

Human Intelligence, Counterterrorism, and National Leadership: A Practical Guide (2008), Gary Berntsen

Red Teams and Counterterrorism Training (2011), Stephen Sloan and Robert J. Bunker

Deception (4)

The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security (2003), Kevin Mitnick

The Art and Science of Military Deception (2013), Hal Rothstein and Barton Whaley /

Practise to Deceive: Learning Curves of Military Deception Planners (2016), Barton Whaley

Unweaving the Web: Deception and Adaptation in Future Urban Operations (2002), Scott Gerwehr and Russell W. Glenn (Also available to download from the RAND website:

Decision Analysis/Thinking/Creativity (7) The Applied Critical Thinking Handbook, 7.0, TRADOC

Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes—But Some Do (2015), Matthew Syed

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (2014), Ed Catmull

Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything (2017), Bryce Hoffman

Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions (2014), Gerd Gigerenzer

Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas (2015), John Pollack

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (2015), Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Intelligence (6)

The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service (2013), Henry A. Crumpton

Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Director of Israel’s Mossad (2006), Efraim Halevy

Open Source Intelligence Techniques, 5th edition (2016), Michael Bazzell.

Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence, 3rd editon (2002), Abram N. Shulsky

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, 2nd edition (2014), Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman

The Volunteer: The Incredible True Story of an Israeli Spy on the Trail of International Terrorists (2011), Michael Ross with Jonathan Kay

Military/General (5)

Five Years to Freedom: The True Story of a Vietnam POW (1984), James Rowe

Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle” by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, and Tom Howes with Gary Brozek

Phantom Soldier: The Enemy’s Answer to U.S. Firepower (2001), H. John Poole

Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods (2004), H. John Poole

The Tiger’s Way: A U.S. Private’s Best Chance for Survival (2003), H. John Poole

Military/Special Operations (11) Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy Lines with a Commando in One of the World’s Most Elite Counterterrorism Units (2009), Aaron Cohen and Douglas Century

Chosen Soldier (2008), Dick Couch

Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit (2007), Eric Haney

Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America’s Most Secret Special Operations Team (2007), Michael Smith

Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life (2014), Patrick Van Horne

The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander (2010), Pete Blaber

Navy SEAL Sniper: An Intimate Look at the Sniper of the 21st Century (2017), Glen Doherty and Brandon Webb

Relentless Strike: The Secret History of the Joint Special Operations Command (2016), Sean Naylor

Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era (1988), Steven Emerson

Powerful Peace: A Navy SEAL’s Lessons on Peace from a Lifetime at War, J. Robert DuBois

The Red Circle (2014), Brandon Webb

Miscellaneous (8)

The Martian (2014), Andy Weir

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life (2009), Neil Strauss

The Rock Warrior’s Way: Mental Training for Climbers (2006), Arno Ilgner

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas (2016), Warren Berger

Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity (2015), Edward Slingerland

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful (2007), Marshall Goldsmith

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (2012), Charles C. Mann

On Bullshit (2005), Harry G. Frankfurt

Psychology/Social Engineering (4)

The Science of Social Influence: Advances and Future Progress (2007), Anthony Pratkanis (academic and informative)

Techniques of Social Influence: The Psychology of Gaining Compliance (2015), Dariusz Dolinski

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking (2010), Christopher Hadnagy

Just Listen: Discover the Secret of Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone (2015), Mark Goulston

Strategy (7)

KODO: Ancient Ways: Lessons in the Spiritual Life of the Warrior/Martial Artist (1996), Kensho Furuya

Deciphering Sun Tzu: How to Read the Art of War (2014), Derek M. C. Yuen

The Future of Strategy (2015), Colin Gray The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman (2012), Takuan Soho, translated by William Scott Wilson

The Art of War: Sun Zi’s Military Methods (2008), translated by Victor H. Mair

The Essence of Aikido: Spiritual Teachings of Morihei Ueshiba, compiled by John Stevens

The Kautiliya Arthashastra (2014), translated by R. P. Kangle

The Book of Five Rings (ca. 1645), Miyamoto Musashi

Security/General (3)

Escape the Wolf: Preemptive Personal Security Handbook for the Traveling Professional (2012), Clinton Emerson with Lynn Walters

Schneier on Security (2008), Bruce Schneier

Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy (2015), Micah Zenko

Skills/Miscellaneous (2)

A Burglar’s Guide to the City (2016), Geoff Manaugh

Practical Lock Picking: A Physical Penetration Tester’s Training Guide (2010), Deviant Ollam

Skills/Tech (11)

The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders, and Deceivers, Kevin Mitnick (2005)

Unauthorised Access: Physical Penetration Testing For IT Security Teams (2009), Wil Allsopp

The Practice Of Network Security Monitoring, Richard Bejtlich (2013)

Metasploit, The Penetration Tester’s Guide (2011), David Kennedy, Jim O’Gorman, Devon Kearns, and Mati Aharoni

Violent Python: A Cookbook for Hackers, Forensic Analysts, Penetration Testers and Security Engineers (2012), TJ O’Connor

Rtfm: Red Team Field Manual (2014), Ben Clark

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition (2008), Jon Erickson

Hacking Exposed 7: Network Security Secrets and Soluytions, Stuart McClure, Joe Scambray, and George Kurtz

Nmap Network Scanning: The Official Nmap Project Guide to Network Discovery and Security Scanning (2009), Gordon “Fyodor” Lyon

The Shellcoder’s Handbook: Discovering and Exploiting Security Holes, 2nd Edition (2007), Chris Anley, John Heasman, Felix “FX” Linder, Gerardo Richarte

Snort IDS and IPS Toolkit (Jay Beale’s Open Source Security) (2007), Jay Beale, Andrew Baker, Joel Esler, et al.

Source: The 2017 Red Teamer’s Bookshelf | RED TEAM JOURNAL

Matt Devost

Matt Devost

Matthew G. Devost is a technologist, entrepreneur, and international security expert specializing in counterterrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, risk management and cyber-security issues. Matt co-founded the cyber security consultancy FusionX from 2010-2017. Matt was President & CEO of the Terrorism Research Center/Total Intel from 1996-2009. For a full bio, please see