Approved Reading List - Everything You Need To Know

Updated 8/4/2020

Top Recommendations

Endure Smarter Not Harder: Team SPEARHEAD: PATHFINDER Special Edition (Motivation For Current And Aspiring Endurance Challenge Athletes) (Volume 1)
by Grant Alexander Shymske (Author), James Vreeland (Foreword)

The Endurance Challenge Life: Team SPEARHEAD Special Edition (Volume 2)
by Grant Alexander Shymske (Author), Mark Webb (Foreword), Matt Francev (Foreword)

Other Recommendations

Mental Conditioning

Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed by Mark Divine

Spartan Up! By Joe De Sena

The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing by Phil Maffetone


Primal Endurance by Mark Sisson


Meditations by Marcus Aurelius


The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

Hammerhead Six by Ronald Fry

American Military Publications

The Armed Forces Officer Edition of 1950

Ranger Handbook: Not For The Weak or Fainthearted by US Army (April 2017 Ed)

Under Provisional Approval

Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero by Peter Collier

The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

Eat & Run by Scott Jurek

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Killer Athletes by Cole Tucker

Living the Martial Way by Forrest Morgan

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan

Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons by Eric Davis and Dina Santorelli

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson



Life rosters may read ANY kind of book: fiction, non-fiction and include audiobooks. The goal of reading in the Life program is to provide relaxation and enjoyment.

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