Our recommended Book Reading List will continue to expand for each letter of the alphabet. We’ve only selected books that our contributors have actually read. If you have any book recommendations for us, please email us at: Mike@spotterup.com or put your recommendation in the comments section. Thanks!

Battle Leadership


Band of Brothers



Black Ops: The Rise of Special Forces in the CIA, the SAS, and Mossad


Brave Men Dark Waters


The story of Amedee Maingard, SOE Agent


Becoming a Barbarian

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

A Story of Modern War. This is Mark Bowden’s bloodbath account of the longest sustained, nastiest firefight involving American troops since the Vietnam War. How did this happen? On Oct 3rd, 1993 the goal of over nearly a 100 elite U.S. soldiers is too abduct two top Somali warlords and return to base, but the mission goes awry. 70 soldiers are seriously injured and 18 are dead after intense fighting.  This book is for real and not a Hollywood script. A chopper crashes, support is limited and the men are taking on casualties while killing a lot of enemies. Bowden weaves together multiple stories from various heroes who were there. His accurate tale came by way of earning the trust of the men who fought there.  This is a painstakingly written book because Bowden wrote it to obtain accuracy. He captures the essence of combat, -blood, noise, explosions, brotherly compassion, anger, fear, and valor. A well researched and well written book.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army


Bravo Two Zero



Bushido: The Warrior’s Code

Black Hearts-Follows a group of guys from the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Infantry Regiment through their deployment during 2005 in the “Triangle of Death,” just south of Baghdad. They take numerous casualties and experience combat on almost a daily basis. It gives a look inside of how the failure of command and daily conditions that most cannot imagine will test the will of some of the hardest men. The book takes a turn for the worse when four guys from 1st platoon perform a disturbing act to a family in retaliation for what they have experienced.

Behind the Gas Mask

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Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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