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Check Out the DHA Director's Professional Reading List for Your Next Read

Image of The Director of the Defense Health Agency, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place recently released his professional reading list containing books related to strategy, economics, innovation and more. He’s pictured here during a recent town hall meeting with staff. (Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau). The Director of the Defense Health Agency, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place recently released his professional reading list containing books related to strategy, economics, innovation and more. He’s pictured here during a recent town hall meeting with staff. (Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau)

Defense Health Agency Director Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place recently released his professional reading list. The list includes an array of books that Place recommends for military and health professionals to support their mission. It contains books related to strategy, economics, innovation and more. His top ten recommendations are listed below and you can find the full list here.

The Profession

  • A Message to Garcia, by Elbert Hubbard (1899)
  • On Killing, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (1995)

Leadership

  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell (2012)
  • Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead, by Britt Berrett and Paul Spiegelman (2013)

Strategy

  • Infinite Game, by Simon Sinek (2019)
  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace, by Gordon MacKenzie (1996)

Health Care

  • Beyond the Checklist: What Else Health Care Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety, by Suzanne Gordon, Patrick Mendenhall and Bonnie Blair O'Connor (2013)

Economics

  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (2007)

Innovation

  • Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, by Malcom Gladwell (2005)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain (2012)
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Last Updated: March 17, 2022
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