Adm. James Stavridis (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Admiral James Stavridis, a former leader of the US Southern Command and once the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, has shared some of his favorite books in an interview with Marcia Desanctis from The Millions.

Stavridis, who is now the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is a voracious reader with broad literary tastes. For a person who was once one of the most important figures in the world's most powerful military, books serve as a crucial way to make sense of a complicated world.

"Reading is integral to my life ... And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it's by launching ideas," Stavridis told The Millions.

Here are some of Stavridis' favorite books, along with his favorite naval movie.

"My Life In France" by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme

The Caine Mutiny DVD cover

Without further explanation, Stavridis said "The Caine Mutiny" was his favorite movie about the Navy "by a country mile."

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