SHGTUS Recommended Reading List

January 8, 2016 | Society Spotlight

Through recent years, there have been several books written about Arlington National Cemetery.  Some of them were “mandatory reading” during training at the Tomb in order to gain more knowledge about the cemetery and those buried there.  Gleaning “high speed” knowledge about even the most minute detail from these books made the difference between earning a walk and blousing someone who was going outside.

The following list is by no means the final authority on the works about ANC or a history of the Tomb of the Unknowns, but it is a good place to start.  The SHGTUS recommends the following books to our members and visitors as a place to start to gain more information.  Please visit the Resources page of the website:


Atkinson, Rick, et al. Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2007.

Bigler, Philip. In Honored Glory. 4th ed. St. Petersburg, FL: Vandamere Press, 2005.

Demarest, Chris. Arlington: The Story of our Nation’s Cemetery. New York: Flash Point, 2010.  (Grades 3-5)

Dodge, George W. and Kim B. Holien. Arlington National Cemetery. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.

Peters, James E. Arlington National Cemetery: Shrine to America’s Heroes. 3rd ed. Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2008.

Poole, Robert M. On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery. New York: Walker & Company, 2009.

Poole, Robert M. Section 60 Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home. New York: Bloomsbury. 2014.


Submitted by:

Kevin Welker