Victoria Nolan, Military Leadership and Counterinsurgency: The British Army and Small War Strategy since World War II (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012). This may seem like a title out of left field for me but it is actually quite appropriate. Nolan examines the relationship between leadership and organisational culture and its effect on British strategy for small wars. This links to the argument of whether the British Army was a learning organisation. Indeed, it is the ideas about leadership and culture that have seen me pick this title up as it has parallels with my own research.
Philip Goodall, My Target was Leningrad – V-Force: Preserving our Democracy (London: Fonthill Media, 2015). This is Goodall’s account of his time in the RAF from joining as a national serviceman through his time at Cranwell to retirement in the 1970s. During his time in the RAF, Goodall served on the V-Force, and his account gives an interesting insight into the operations of this part of the Service.
Paul Robinson, Nigel de Lee and Don Carrick (eds.), Ethics Education in the Military (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008). One area that I am currently examining is the ethics of the RAF and this book gives a good way into understanding how education transmits organisations ethical values. This will help me build on my work on culture and ethos, as these are clearly interrelated areas of study.
Dominic Sandbrook, Never Had it so Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles (London: Abacus, 2006). I have been terrible keeping up with background reading on social history so this book is an attempt to start to rectify that defect. This book forms part of Sandbrook’s series on the Britain during the Cold War and should give some useful context to the period.
Neil Cameron, In Midst of Things: The Autobiography of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Cameron of Balhousie (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1986). Cameron served as Chief of the Air Staff and then Chief of the Defence Staff in the late 1970s and this is his autobiography. However, it was unfinished on his death in 1985. Humphry Wynn finished the book, thus, as the introduction notes, this book is ‘part autobiography, in part narrative and in part personal recollections of those who knew’ Cameron. For me, one of Cameron’s most important legacies as CAS was the establishment of the post of Director of Defence Studies in 1977.