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.

Enchanted Islands
The Atomic Weight of Love
A Hero of France (Night Soldiers, #14)
And After the Fire
The Book of Harlan
The Secrets of Flight
A Country Road, A Tree
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb
So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II
The Bitter Taste of Victory: Life, Love, and Art in the Ruins of the Reich
MacArthur at War
East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity"
Tasa's Song
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
One Man's War
The Nightingale
All the Light We Cannot See
The House by the Lake
Lilac Girls
Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Salt to the Sea
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
The Japanese Lover
A Hero of France (Night Soldiers, #14)
The Storyteller
Life After Life
Paris Time Capsule
At the Water's Edge
While You Were Mine
Between Shades of Gray
Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseAn Army at Dawn by Rick AtkinsonThe Longest Day by Cornelius RyanA Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan
Best World War II history
169 books — 225 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. ShirerThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
WW2: Many Perspectives
157 books — 95 voters

Flashman by George MacDonald FraserThe Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraThe Girl with Ghost Eyes by M.H. BorosonThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettRagtime by E.L. Doctorow
Historical Fiction that GUYS like, too!
230 books — 109 voters
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenHiroshima by John HerseyOn Killing by Dave GrossmanLone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Best Non-fiction War Books
922 books — 1,333 voters

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina SimonsThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferTatiana and Alexander by Paullina SimonsThe Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
Amazing WWII fiction (some with romance)
160 books — 356 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAtonement by Ian McEwanThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
WWII Historic Fiction
677 books — 608 voters

Popular World War II Books

The Book Thief
All the Light We Cannot See
The Diary of a Young Girl
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Sarah's Key
Number the Stars
The Nightingale

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