Best World War II history

Readable accounts of any part of the war, but especially having to do with U.S. involvement.
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message 1: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Great list! I'd add Winds of War by Herman Wouk, but I think this is a nonfiction list. Still, I agree, readable history is key. I do think I stumbled on a Best WWII fiction list a while ago...


message 2: by Kenneth (new)

Kenneth Interesting list, there are a number here I've been wanting to read, and a few I hadn't heard of which look interesting.

I would suggest The Secret Army, which is a little-known but fascinating first-hand account of the activities of the Polish home army by its leader after the government fled the country, including day-to-day details of the Warsaw uprising.

I am surprised to not see Beevor's Stalingrad here, but I myself cannot recommend it (I wasn't able to get through his Battle for Spain & just never had the heart to try him again)


message 3: by Aostergren (new)

Aostergren Kenneth wrote: "I am surprised to not see Beevor's Stalingrad here, but I myself cannot recommend it (I wasn't able to get through his Battle for Spain & just never had the heart to try him again) "

@Kenneth I would suggest giving Stalingrad a try. I went the other way- loved Stalingrad but had to put Battle of Spain down.


message 4: by Felmar Rowell (new)

Felmar Rowell Singco Good list!


message 5: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Hurley Removed The Devil in the White City. Good book but nothing to do with WW2.


message 6: by Michele (new)

Michele #101 - Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book has nothing to do with WWII!


message 7: by Theodore (new)

Theodore Savas In my humble opinion, I think the "best of" in something as huge and sweeping as WWII doesn't mean much. These books are so wildly different, it is like asking for the best foods and then comparing pizza to ice cream--which is better?

It might be more useful to break it up under various topics, so then a debate on a book on a particular list can be discussed apples to apples.

Pacific Theater
ETO
North Africa
Autobiographies/Biographies
Atlantic War
Politics
Logistics
Armor studies

And so on.


message 8: by Heidi (last edited Jun 15, 2017 06:17AM) (new)

Heidi I know this much is True by Wally Lamb might be a
good novel.

I have not read it. But as far as I can tell, it has nothing to do with World War II.

I have read carefully the description of it. Number 98.


message 9: by Heidi (last edited Jun 15, 2017 06:16AM) (new)

Heidi From what I can tell, Catastrophe 1914 by Max Hastings has everything to do with World War I and NOTHING to do with World War II. Number 153.


message 10: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I looked at number 160 Behind the beautiful forevers: life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity.

I have read the description of it carefully. It has to do with India and seems to have nothing to do with World War II.


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