General Mattis: Why civilians don't understand war - or the military

We Asked Gen Mattis About Why Civilians Don’t Understand War

There needs to be a little more humility and a little more modesty on the part of those who may have statutory, legal, constitutional authority over the military, as they listen to NCOs and junior officers who will actually have the responsibility to try to create unit cohesion, and the gap that exists between the military and civilian world in terms of some of the attributes as an effective military unit, cannot simply be dismissed as being on the wrong side of history as something like this.

The book:

Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military 

This would certainly be a much more useful read than some self-serving crap about Benghazi.