USGIF Reading List

The USGIF reading list selects books that are of interest to the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities, whether that is books about GEOINT, the latest technologies and trends, historical perspectives, or just interesting topics. We encourage you to check out the below books on USGIF’s Reading List. Happy reading!

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Activity-Based Intelligence: Principles and Applications
By Patrick Biltgen and Stephen Ryan
After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century
By William Rankin
Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy
By Robert Scoble & Shel Israel
Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the World’s Most Unusual Corners
By Travis Elborough & Alan Horsfield
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders
By Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras, and Ella Morton
Blackett’s War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare
By Stephen Budiansky
Cartographic Grounds: Projecting the Landscape Imaginary
By Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim
City Maps: A Coloring Book for Adults
By Gretchen N. Peterson
Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
By Parag Khanna
Data Mining and Predictive Analysis: Intelligence Gathering and Crime Analysis, Second Edition
By Colleen McCue
Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response
By Patrick Meier
Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained
By Jerry Brotton
Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries That Revolutionized Geography
By Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D.
Map: Exploring the World
By Victoria Clarke
NPIC: Seeing the Secrets and Growing the Leaders
By Jack O’Connor
Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information
By Michael Bazzell
Overview: A New Perspective of Earth
By Benjamin Grant
Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror
By Michael V. Hayden
Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution
By Richard Whittle
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
By Tim Marshall
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars
By Nathalia Holt
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: The History and Discovery of the World’s Richest Shipwreck
By Gary Kinder
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
By Gen. Stanley McChrystal
The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder
By Peter Zeihan
The Atlas of Military History: An Around-the-World Survey of Warfare Through the Ages
By Amanda Lomazoff and Aaron Ralby
The City of Tomorrow: Sensors, Networks, Hackers, and the Future of Urban Life
By Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel
The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
By Pedro Domingos
The Phenomenology of Intelligence-focused Remote Sensing
By Howard Evans, James Lange, and James Schmitz
Riverside Research
The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
By David Priess
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate
By Robert D. Kaplan
The Science Education of American Girls: A Historical Perspective
By Kim Tolley
The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea
By John Pina Craven
Transit Maps of the World: Expanded and Updated Edition of the World’s First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earth
By Mark Ovenden
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies
By Alastair Bonnett