Best WWII Fiction and Biography

The best and most important WWII historical fiction, biographical fiction, and biography... a list of books to give any reader allergic to straight history texts a real grounding in the era and issues of World War 2.
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324 books · 456 voters · list created January 4th, 2010 by trishtrash (votes) .
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Comments <span class="smallText"> (showing 1-10 of 10) </span> <span class="smallText">(10 new)</span>

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message 1: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Obviously we don't understand the word "fiction"


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If you'll point out the non-fiction, I'll be happy to remove it. (Knowing the place on the list as well as the title is very useful.)


message 3: by Kyle (new)

Kyle The painted bird!!! A little disturbing though. be warned.


message 5: by Linnéa (new)

Linnéa The book thief is twice, once at 2 and once at 35.


message 6: by Donna (last edited Aug 24, 2014 01:27PM) (new)

Donna Davis Everything by Cornelius Ryan is nonfiction, non-biography, or in other words, straight history. I didn't delete them, and in fact voted for one of his titles, because I think they fall within the intended spirit, that we include narratives that flow in the form of story rather than straight research. Of course, a lot of other historians would argue that their narratives also do this...

That said, #34 as of this writing is The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and it is a standard text used in college history classes. If it isn't straight history, I don't know what is.

I will leave this difficult consideration for the listmaker or at least, to Goodreads employees. I don't feel comfortable pulling them off the list myself, but won't be offended certainly if someone else does so.


message 7: by Sue (last edited Dec 06, 2014 06:22AM) (new)

Sue Maisie Dobbs is not WWII...it is WWI and the years immediately after.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Where is it, Sue? (If I know where it is, I can remove it.)


message 9: by Sue (new)

Sue ranked in a group at 154 (part way down page 2)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Thanks. Will nab.


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