The U.S. Navy has removed certain books from its recommended reading list that were accused of containing “anti-American” or “Marxist” content last year.
The admiral’s latest list consists of 12 books in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, military, strategy, management, and technology, among others.
The overtly political books, currently absent, came then under fire from Republican lawmakers, some of whom accused that it would promote “a racial form of Marxist philosophy” and “reinforce the view that America is a confederation of identity categories of the oppressed and their oppressors.”
Congress members also urged the removal of what they said could further “poison” the U.S. military.
Gilday had said at that time that he would not remove certain books from his list as he wants all Navy personnel to achieve the same level of “self-reflection.” Yet he admitted that he did not approve of every viewpoint of the listed books.
“It evokes the author’s own personal journey in understanding barriers to true inclusion, the deep nuances of racism and racial inequalities,” Gilday explained in March 2021 about his decision to include Kendi’s book.
A spokesman from the U.S. Navy didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment on the missing CNO-PRP titles.
- “To Rule the Waves” by Bruce Jones
- “A Brief Guide to Maritime Strategy” by James Holmes
- “China as a 21st Century Naval Power” by Michael. A. McDevitt
- “Not One Inch” by Mary E. Sarotte
- “The Sailor’s Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea” by Admiral James G. Stavridis
- “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War” by Paul Scharre
- “Fortune Favors Boldness” by Barry Costello
- “The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour” by James Hornfischer
- “World War II at Sea: A Global History” by Craig Symonds
- “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield” by Gayle T. Lemmon
- “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown
- “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck