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Old 14 August 2006, 20:50
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PSYOP reading list?

Hello! First post, hope it's worth it!

I'm a PSYOP hopeful. That's about it, from the ASVAB practice exams that I took, I should have no problem due to scores. I guess it's all up to the physical (no problem) and whether there's a spot open (won't be enlisting until I return from a month long overseas trip in October -- from what I hear it should be easier due to the new budget being released?).

Anyways! My question:

Are there any suggested readings that y'all have that would apply to the PSYOP field? Biographies, history, ancient texts, etc -- anything that will prepare me for being a PSYOP. I've poured over psywarrior.com and it's given me a good idea of what PSYOP does, the sort of mission objectives and philosophies that are prevalent, but I'm thinking something along the lines of a Biologist reading Darwin's Origin of the Species or a Psychologist reading William James -- it's not required because their resilient ideas have been used, restated, reformulated, etc, but it's certainly a good idea.

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Old 14 August 2006, 21:41
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You caught me just after I packed all my books for my upcoming move. I can give you some titles and eras they cover, but you may have to search for the authors names.
WWII-
Fortitude- about the D-Day invasion and the deception plan
The Deceivers- The total Deception Campaign for the European Theater
Secret Soldiers- US Army Special Troops Battalion and their mission

Korea- PSYWAR

Afghanistan- Villages on the Moon

Overall history- Cease Resistance Its Good For You


These books will give you an idea of some of the types of PSYOP Missions there are. If dont have any recommendations on more clinical studies, those things are boring anyways. PSYOP soldiers and missions also appear in a lot of other books dealing with the Special Operations portions of major conflicts, but the ones above are more narrowly focused. Hope this helps.
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Old 15 August 2006, 01:25
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Thanks for the list! I'm making an amazon.com shopping list as I type..

If you happen to run across any of those boring clinical studies, let me know. I'm used to reading stuff like that (having focused on experimental psych for my undergrad).
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Old 15 August 2006, 10:36
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The only one he did not mention that I thought was noteworthy was "The Man Who Never Was" by Ewen Montagu.

It's specifically about Operation Mincemeat.

I read the first version in school a very long time ago. It's the book that turned me on. Subsequent editions have included more detail as other things have been declassified (Ultra).

If you want to suffer through clinical readings, you have two tasks:

On War by Carl von Clausewitz
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
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Old 15 August 2006, 14:13
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Villages on the Moon - was written by a former unit mate (Roberts) and one of our A-stan replacements.


There are numerous books of "soft power" which I would suggest.
I also suggest:

Imperial Grunts - Kaplan (specifically, the Horn of Africa chapter) - which can be found on the web.

Any number of books by Fisher and Ury on negotiation/ADR will come in handy - "Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In."

Lanceley (former FBI negotiator) wrote a book for Crisis Negotiators, though not what we do, it has some great readings on how to handle yourself in situations that seem unresolvable, require "instant" rapport, active listening, controlling dialogue - though not seeking the same endstate - you will find skill sets which parallel.

Try here:
http://www.soc.mil/swcs/museum/fa39read.shtml
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Old 15 August 2006, 16:46
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"A Man of Distinction Among Them" by Larry Nelson

Its a book about Native/White relations on the Ohio Country frontier in the mid to late 18th Century. Very good info "Key Communicators" and Cross cultural communication.
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Old 28 August 2006, 18:35
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Thanks for some of the book suggestions. I'm a former Jarhead who just signed up a few weeks ago to the Army Reserves for PSYOP, specifically the 303d. I won't be able to go to the school until June from what they said, so I'm looking forward to doing some reading and see what I can learn.
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Thanks for some of the book suggestions. I'm a former Jarhead who just signed up a few weeks ago to the Army Reserves for PSYOP, specifically the 303d. I won't be able to go to the school until June from what they said, so I'm looking forward to doing some reading and see what I can learn.
I can't believe I didn't put down Galdwell - Tipping Point.
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Lots of the posters here are very young and are aware of just the more recent books and articles. I have been doing this since before most of you were born (wore sandals and carried a spear at the crucifixion) and I have a list of all the materials I have read and collected over the years. I add to it all the time (awaiting a book on Indian PSYOP at the moment) and am currently reviewing a fiction PSYOP novel called "Head Games." Anyway, here is the big list. Read all this stuff and you will know more than the you ever wanted to know about PSYOP.

http://www.psywarrior.com/HerbBio.html
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Whoops - Belay that reference

I copied the wrong URL. The bibliography is at:

http://www.psywarrior.com/books.html



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Lots of the posters here are very young and are aware of just the more recent books and articles. I have been doing this since before most of you were born (wore sandals and carried a spear at the crucifixion) and I have a list of all the materials I have read and collected over the years. I add to it all the time (awaiting a book on Indian PSYOP at the moment) and am currently reviewing a fiction PSYOP novel called "Head Games." Anyway, here is the big list. Read all this stuff and you will know more than the you ever wanted to know about PSYOP.

http://www.psywarrior.com/HerbBio.html
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read hustler it helped me
Judging by your poor use of grammar and lack of syntax http://www.socnetcentral.com/vb/showthread.php?t=67191 I suggest that you try reading some of the texts mentioned above.

Do yourself a favor and push the keyboard away.
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i would recommend you look at sociology 101 and psych 101 text books for some insight and understanding in some of the terms and definitions.
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Old 22 March 2007, 11:20
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So your saying that there are now 105 things that skippy is not allowed to do in the army, or on army related websites?:D
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I know this is an old thread, but I did a search for Fighting the War of Ideas like a Real War by J. Michael Waller on the forums and did not receive any hits. Is this generally considered a useful text?

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