Best War Novels
This list ranks the best war novels.
1 Catch-22
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 370,576 ratings
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2 All Quiet on the Western Front
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 146,983 ratings
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3 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 126,584 ratings
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4 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 580,052 ratings
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5 The Luck of the Weissenstei...
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 203 ratings
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6 The Things They Carried
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 100,203 ratings
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7 The Killer Angels
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 41,289 ratings
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8 A Farewell to Arms
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 131,885 ratings
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9 War and Peace
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 105,643 ratings
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10 The Winds of War (The Henry...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 26,727 ratings
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11 Matterhorn: A Novel of the ...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 14,692 ratings
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12 The Infidel Soldiers
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4.61 of 5 stars 4.61 avg rating — 36 ratings
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13 The Book Thief
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 520,450 ratings
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14 The Kite Runner
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,130,788 ratings
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15 The Red Badge of Courage
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3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 51,735 ratings
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16 Gone with the Wind
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 581,452 ratings
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17 Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 69,997 ratings
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18 The Iliad
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 168,923 ratings
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19 Agency Rules - Never an Eas...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 101 ratings
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20 Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 416,466 ratings
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21 Cold Mountain
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 123,639 ratings
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22 The Hunt for Red October (J...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 207,146 ratings
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23 The Naked and the Dead
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 13,549 ratings
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24 The Caine Mutiny
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 9,920 ratings
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25 Les Misérables
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 382,990 ratings
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26 Johnny Got His Gun
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 16,229 ratings
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27 Birdsong
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 33,979 ratings
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28 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 575,988 ratings
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29 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 266,938 ratings
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30 The Quiet American
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 20,720 ratings
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31 The Last of the Mohicans (T...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 48,178 ratings
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32 A Tale of Two Cities
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 472,423 ratings
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33 Doctor Zhivago
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 44,894 ratings
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34 The Guernsey Literary and P...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 272,401 ratings
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35 From Here to Eternity
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,145 ratings
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36 Atonement
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 245,801 ratings
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37 War and Remembrance (The He...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 15,829 ratings
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38 Sophie's Choice
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 45,544 ratings
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39 The Good Earth (House of Ea...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 132,450 ratings
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40 The Watch
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 664 ratings
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41 The Eagle Has Landed (Liam ...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 25,062 ratings
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42 Empire of the Sun
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 7,859 ratings
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43 The Odyssey
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 521,134 ratings
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44 Gates of Fire: An Epic Nove...
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 12,437 ratings
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45 Sharpe's Tiger (Sharpe, #1)
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 8,007 ratings
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46 Red Storm Rising
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 37,759 ratings
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47 Sebastian
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 136 ratings
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48 Regeneration (Regeneration,...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 11,447 ratings
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49 The War of the Worlds
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 102,748 ratings
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50 March
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 30,705 ratings
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51 The Forever War (The Foreve...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 55,127 ratings
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52 Johnny Tremain
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 21,195 ratings
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53 The English Patient
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 63,026 ratings
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54 Team Yankee
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 4,313 ratings
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55 Blood Meridian, or the Even...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 45,635 ratings
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56 The Thin Red Line
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 4,539 ratings
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57 Gods and Generals
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 15,874 ratings
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58 Andersonville
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,901 ratings
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59 North and South (North and ...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 32,890 ratings
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60 Life and Fate
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 2,613 ratings
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61 Against The Tide
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 74 ratings
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62 The Last Full Measure
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 7,841 ratings
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63 Ivanhoe
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 47,140 ratings
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64 The Pillars of the Earth  (...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 298,816 ratings
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65 Captain Corelli's Mandolin
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 44,006 ratings
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66 The Complete Aubrey/Maturin...
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 878 ratings
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67 The Last Boat
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4.83 of 5 stars 4.83 avg rating — 29 ratings
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68 Sharpe's Fortress (Sharpe, #3)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 4,569 ratings
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69 The Bridge Over the River Kwai
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,843 ratings
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70 Half of a Yellow Sun
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 20,368 ratings
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71 Flashman (The Flashman Pape...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 5,287 ratings
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72 Battle Cry
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 4,804 ratings
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73 Rise to Rebellion
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 3,876 ratings
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74 The Good Soldier Švejk
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 5,066 ratings
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75 Sharpe's Eagle (Sharpe, #8)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 5,074 ratings
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76 Khost
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 46 ratings
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77 Going After Cacciato
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 6,594 ratings
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78 Sharpe's Rifles (Sharpe, #6)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 6,884 ratings
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79 Absolutely Nothing (Jason S...
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 159 ratings
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80 Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe,...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,521 ratings
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81 Das Boot: The Boat
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,495 ratings
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82 Sharpe's Havoc (Sharpe, #7)
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 3,569 ratings
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83 Sharpe's Siege (Sharpe, #18)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 2,943 ratings
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84 Sharpe's Company (Sharpe, #13)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 3,851 ratings
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84 The Sunne in Splendour
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 11,640 ratings
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86 The Cruel Sea
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 2,305 ratings
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87 Birds Without Wings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 5,313 ratings
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88 Gravity's Rainbow
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 18,863 ratings
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89 Love and War (North and Sou...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 8,727 ratings
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90 No Less Than Victory (World...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 1,735 ratings
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91 The Ghost Road (Regeneratio...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 7,885 ratings
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92 Heaven and Hell (North and ...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 6,276 ratings
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93 The Zookeeper's Wife
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 21,019 ratings
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94 Lieutenant Hornblower
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 4,662 ratings
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95 The Lords of the North (The...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 10,920 ratings
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96 H.M.S. Ulysses
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 2,469 ratings
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97 Jackdaws
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 11,854 ratings
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98 Brideshead Revisited
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 48,578 ratings
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99 A Very Long Engagement
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 3,171 ratings
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100 Royal Flash (The Flashman P...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 2,821 ratings
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message 7: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Nov 20, 2011 08:47PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War is not a novel; it is non-fiction.

Do you want me to remove it, Rob?

ETA: Germany 1945 also appears to be non-fiction.


message 6: by Darwin8u (new)

Darwin8u Yes, I think that would be fine. I haven't looked at the list for awhile. Thanks.


message 5: by Darwin8u (new)

Darwin8u Deleted 1776 b/c it isn't fictional (thus not a novel).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads If you're trying to vote, you can do that at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 2: by MLE (new)

MLE The Things They Carried is on here twice as #6 and as #365.


message 1: by Darwin8u (new)

Darwin8u Thanks. Also removed a couple nonfiction.


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