World War II

The global conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. World War II is also known as the Second World War. It involved the majority of the world's nations, eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.

It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.

This category includes non-fiction books as well as historical novels that are set during World War II.

New Releases Tagged "World War II"

The Darkest Hour
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When We Meet Again
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The Book of Esther
Hell's Gate
Anchor in the Storm (Waves of Freedom, #2)
Like a River from Its Course
A Quiet Life
Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two WWII Correspondents and their Epic Escape Across the Pacific
Into the Lion's Mouth: The True Story of Dusko Popov: World War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond
Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943
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The Nightingale
All the Light We Cannot See
The House by the Lake
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At the Water's Edge
Salt to the Sea
Life After Life
Between Shades of Gray
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2)
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The Storyteller
A God in Ruins
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakAgainst The Tide by John F. HanleyThe Last Boat by John F. HanleyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Winds of War by Herman Wouk
Best 1940s Historical Fiction
227 books — 320 voters
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur GoldenKafka on the Shore by Haruki MurakamiThe Tale of Genji by Murasaki ShikibuThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki MurakamiShōgun by James Clavell
Japanese Fiction
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The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
World War 2 books
116 books — 141 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. ShirerThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
WW2: Many Perspectives
159 books — 100 voters

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
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The Nightingale
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Sarah's Key
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We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
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