World War II Fiction
Fictional works about World War II
1 The Book Thief
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2 Catch-22
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3 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4 The Luck of the Weissenstei...
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5 The Winds of War (The Henry...
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6 Atonement
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7 Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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8 The Guernsey Literary and P...
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9 War and Remembrance (The He...
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10 Sarah's Key
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11 Number the Stars
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12 Sophie's Choice
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13 The English Patient
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14 Empire of the Sun
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15 City of Thieves
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16 The Caine Mutiny
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17 The Reader
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18 Suite Française
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19 The Thin Red Line
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20 Eye of the Needle
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21 Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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22 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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23 The Eagle Has Landed (Liam ...
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24 King Rat (Asian Saga, #1)
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25 The Bronze Horseman (The Br...
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26 The Naked and the Dead
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27 Mother Night
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28 The Tin Drum (The Danzig Tr...
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29 Good Night, Mr. Tom
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30 Stones from the River
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31 A Separate Peace
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32 Skeletons at the Feast
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33 Fatherland
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34 Cryptonomicon (Cryptonomico...
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35 Gravity's Rainbow
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36 The Devil's Arithmetic
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37 Every Man Dies Alone
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38 Schindler's List
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39 Hotel on the Corner of Bitt...
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40 Mila 18
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41 Wave of Terror
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42 Exodus
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43 The Key to Rebecca
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44 The Amazing Adventures of K...
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45 Those Who Save Us
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46 Teeth - The Epic Novel with...
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47 Enigma
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48 Run Silent, Run Deep
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49 Das Boot: The Boat
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50 Five Quarters of the Orange
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51 Once an Eagle
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52 Tatiana and Alexander (The ...
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53 The Cruel Sea
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54 Jackdaws
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55 The Diary of a Young Girl
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56 Code Name Verity (Code Name...
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57 If I Should Die Before I Wake
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58 The End of the Affair
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59 The Guns of Navarone
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60 Charlotte Gray
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61 The Postmistress
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62 River in the Sea
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63 The Lieutenants (Brotherhoo...
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64 Battle Cry
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65 The Invisible Bridge
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66 From Here to Eternity
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67 Gone to Soldiers
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68 In the Garden of Beasts: Lo...
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69 Seven Lives to Repay Our Co...
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70 Between Shades of Gray
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71 The Night Watch
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72 War of the Rats
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73 Men at Arms
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74 The Rising Tide: A Novel of...
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75 When Hitler Stole Pink Rabb...
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76 Blackout
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77 A Thread of Grace
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78 Cross of Iron
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79 Where Eagles Dare
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80 The Moon is Down
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81 Bomber
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82 Briar Rose
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83 The Steel Wave (World War I...
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84 The Young Lions
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85 Summer of My German Soldier...
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86 Escape From Warsaw
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87 The Kindly Ones
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88 Restless
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89 Dark Star (Night Soldiers, #2)
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90 The Chosen
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91 Snow Falling on Cedars
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92 The Wolf's Hour
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93 Last Citadel
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94 The Welsh Girl
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95 Winter in Madrid
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95 Islands in the Stream
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97 Hiroshima
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98 The True Story of Hansel an...
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98 Killing Rommel
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100 City of Women
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message 24: by Julie (new)

Julie Naked & the Dead listed twice


message 23: by Dr. Michael (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levy is not fiction.
Day Of Infamy by Walter Lord is not fiction.


message 22: by Matt (new)

Matt Other non-fiction books are
The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill
The Great Escapes of World War II by Gerge Sullivan
The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III by Tim Carroll
The Longest Tunnel: the true story of World War II's great escape By Alan Burgess


message 21: by Dr. Michael (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin It would be nice to get those books removed from the fiction list. But I don't know how that is done.


message 20: by Steven (new)

Steven ya know I can't really vote on this one cause I haven't read any of these yet. But they all sound very interesting and history really does fasinate me quite a bit. I saved this huge list in an email folder for later. Since you all have a big list for fiction based during World War 2. How many of you know of anything written that takes place during the Civil War?


message 19: by Dr. Michael (last edited Apr 16, 2010 09:23AM) (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Last Full Measure by Michael Shaara
Gods And Generals by Jeff Shaara
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The March by E.L. Doctrow


message 18: by Steven (new)

Steven Dr. Michael wrote: "Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Last Full Measure by Michael Shaara
Gods And Generals by Jeff Shaara
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
The March by E.L..."


Are these Civil War type books ?


message 17: by Jessica (new)

Jessica There is a Listopia list of Civil War books here: http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/60...


message 16: by Steven (new)

Steven Cool, thank you for that link, I saved it so I can check it for when I am ready to read of those types of books.


message 15: by Matt (new)

Matt Steven wrote: " Dr. Michael wrote: "Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Last Full Measure by Michael Shaara
Gods And Generals by Jeff Shaara
Cold Mountain by Charles Fraz..."
Those are all civil war novels


message 14: by Dr. Michael (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Thanks Matt


message 13: by Matt (new)

Matt Anytime Dr. Michael


message 12: by Sara (last edited Sep 11, 2010 12:31PM) (new)

Sara Shakouri I was pretty sure that Night was the non-fictional narrative of Elie Wiesel of his days in Auschwitz, but now that I see 17 people have voted for it as fiction, I'm having doubts...


message 11: by Dr. Michael (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Night is a novel but it is based on Wiesel's time in Auschwitz.
However, Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides and Great Escapes Of WWII by George Sullivan are non-fiction and should not be on this list.


message 10: by wally (new)

wally sophie's choice? the painted bird? great list!


message 8: by Sharon (new)

Sharon I have read so few of these, I must unconsciously avoid fiction set in this period. I'm going to seek some out now.


message 7: by Madeline (new)

Madeline Just thought I'd mention, Night by Elie Wiesel isn't fictional.. But nice list! I really like reading books set in WW2 and have read a lot of them.


message 6: by Dr. Michael (last edited Jun 13, 2012 06:38AM) (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Night isn't fiction but it isn't non fiction either. It is based on Wiesel's time in Auschwitz. Shall we call it non-non fiction? Something like Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Maybe faction?


message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Gates I agree with others. A few of these books are non fiction. In the Garden of Beasts is. Night I think is classified in libraries as non fiction anyway. I think - not sure. I thought I saw at least a couple of others, but I dont' want to go all through the list again.


message 4: by Dr. Michael (last edited Aug 08, 2012 10:54AM) (new)

 Dr. Michael Galvin Not on the list:
Whistle by James Jones.
Tour Of Duty by John Dos Passos
Harm's Way by James Bassett
The War Lover by John Hersey
A Belll For Adano by John Hersey
The Bridge by Manfred Gregor
The Night In Lisbon by Erich Maria Remarque


message 3: by Fred (new)

Fred Did I miss Ship of Fools and Castle Keep?


message 2: by ☯Bettie☯ (last edited Jan 10, 2013 02:11PM) (new)

☯Bettie☯ Flashman in WWII!?
#305


TheGirlWhoLivedUpstairs Stormbringer (Apocalypse Then) The Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Apocalypse Then, #2)by Daniel DeLacy

New World War II fiction written from a fresh perspective by a new author. Both books available on Kindle and part of the 'Apocalypse Now' series. Go and check them out.Stormbringer The Boulevard of Broken Dreams


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