The books in this article each informed Cardiac Gap in personally meaningful ways. Books on governance and social challenges lent insight as to why our industrial-era government models struggle to adapt in a post-industrial world. In light of this dilemma, might bad actors give up altogether on the nation-state and simply grab what they can for themselves?

But if those were the macro topics, I opted at the micro level to write what I knew – and put special operators into this chaotic future world. As a retired Army Special Forces officer, I’ve had the great privilege to live and work in a tribe of amazing colleagues and friends. I’ve had to sprint just to keep up; had to learn to raise my game beyond what I ever thought possible. The books below on combat arms service and developing excellence each gave insight on how I might possibly explain what it meant to serve with such a cohort.

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