A Veterans Day Reading List

Posted by Cybil on November 10, 2016


"The US Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us."
Tom Clancy, bestselling author.


Today is Veterans Day in the United States, our national day to honor and thank America's veterans and active-duty service members. To commemorate the day, here’s a reading list that portrays the plight of modern-day American soldiers.


War
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Band of Brothers
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Black Hawk Down
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Generation Kill
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The Things They Carried
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Lone Survivor
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American Sniper
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We Were Soldiers Once
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Matterhorn
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The Good Soldiers
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Flags of Our Fathers
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No Easy Day
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For more suggestions, see this additional list of military accounts and recommend your favorites.
(Image credit: Book cover for The Things They Carried.)

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message 1: by Keiry (new)

Keiry Ko All are going to my to-read list!


message 2: by Inken (new)

Inken I can't believe you guys didn't add Battle Cry by Leon Uris! Truly one of the best books about WW2 and the Pacific.


annemarie_bookaholic This is one that should be at the top of the list... excellent book

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand


message 4: by David (new)

David Dana I'm reading "No Less Than Victory," by Jeff Shaara. Should be on the list. A detailed fictiomalized story of the Battle of the Bulge in WWII from GI, Leaders, and German points of view.


message 5: by Melanie (new)

Melanie The Good War by Studs Terkel


message 6: by Betsy (new)

Betsy 2016 is part of the 100th anniversary of WWI. There are MANY great books about that war which should be on the list.


message 8: by Munch (new)

Munch I suppose the article focuses on adult fiction/non-fiction, but Fallen Angels by Walter Meyers is an excellent veteran's day choice as well.


message 9: by Todd (new)

Todd "All Quiet On The Western Front" and "Red Badge of Courage" should both be on this list.


message 10: by Celia (new)

Celia Todd wrote: ""All Quiet On The Western Front" and "Red Badge of Courage" should both be on this list."

Two of my favorites!


message 11: by Annette (new)

Annette Hasn't Ambrose been proved a plagiarist? Also, Kyle's book and his many claims been dis-proven. I feel that their lies shouldn't be placed next to books written by men who actually acted bravely, recorded their experiences and feelings honestly, and produced worthy books such as "Mattahorn" and "The Things They Carried."


message 12: by John (new)

John Why would I want to honour or thank people who have participated in the invasion and destruction of other countries resulting in millions of deaths and suffering. I always thought that Goodreads was a site for people who enjoy reading literature and not a platform for militaristic jingoism. But now with a Trump as president, maybe this is just a small sign of things to come.


message 13: by David (new)

David Dana Must reads are two true personal accounts written by prisoners of war: "My Hitch in Hell" by Lester Tenney, a survivor of the Bataan Death March and 4 years POW in Japan. The other: "Return to Sagan" by Robert E. O'cannon, a downed pilot, a POW in Germany.


message 14: by Phil (last edited Nov 12, 2016 10:11AM) (new)

Phil Where is Chickenhawk ?. That would be top of my list.


message 15: by أميرة (new)

أميرة هاني John wrote: "Why would I want to honour or thank people who have participated in the invasion and destruction of other countries resulting in millions of deaths and suffering. I always thought that Goodreads wa..."
Thank you, John. What the HELL, Goodreads?!!


message 16: by Mariah (new)

Mariah I have not read any of these...


message 17: by Phil (new)

Phil Graham wrote: "How about Chomsky's On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare?"

Not really a story of men and women, of veterans though.


message 18: by Janet (new)

Janet Of course only the USA was involved in the war?..........


message 19: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Janet wrote: "Of course only the USA was involved in the war?.........."

I thought the point was that Veterans Day is a US holiday.


message 20: by Alanah (new)

Alanah Todd wrote: ""All Quiet On The Western Front" and "Red Badge of Courage" should both be on this list."

Agreed!


message 21: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Moore I know that this might be a controversial choice, but I'm going to say it anyway; Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.

Regardless of whether or not I believe in its messages, this book showed me the closest thing to a soldier's basic training I've yet come across in fiction.

Also, Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger should most definitely be on this list.


message 22: by John (new)

John Janet wrote: "Of course only the USA was involved in the war?.........."
Only the USA has a veteran's day.


message 23: by Phil (last edited Nov 14, 2016 12:25AM) (new)

Phil Kendall wrote: "I know that this might be a controversial choice, but I'm going to say it anyway; Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.

Regardless of whether or not I believe in its messages, this book showed me ..."


A view but not of real men and women. I think you may be missing the point.


message 24: by Kendall (new)

Kendall Moore Phil wrote: "Kendall wrote: "I know that this
might be a controversial choice, but I'm going to say it anyway; Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.

Regardless of whether or not I believe in its messages, this..."



I also recommended Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger. The first non-fiction book to come out of WWI.


message 25: by Laura (new)

Laura Edwards Let's not forget the women who served. "And If I Perish" by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee tells the story of frontline U.S. Army nurses in WWII. One of my all-time favorite books, regardless of genre.


message 26: by Brent (new)

Brent John wrote: "Why would I want to honour or thank people who have participated in the invasion and destruction of other countries resulting in millions of deaths and suffering. I always thought that Goodreads wa..."
idiot


message 27: by Phil (new)

Phil Patricia wrote: "Janet wrote: "Of course only the USA was involved in the war?.........."

I thought the point was that Veterans Day is a US holiday."


November 11th is celebrated throughout Europe and The Commonweath as Remembrance day.


message 29: by Phil (new)

Phil KOMET wrote: "As the son of a Second World War combat veteran (U.S. Army, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations), I'd like to recommend the following books as a way of honoring all veterans of the Allied Pow..."

Great varied selection.


message 30: by John (new)

John Phil wrote: "Patricia wrote: "Janet wrote: "Of course only the USA was involved in the war?.........."

I thought the point was that Veterans Day is a US holiday."

November 11th is celebrated throughout Europe..."

I live in Europe and it i not celebrated throughout Europe. In fact, I do not know anywhere where it is "celebrated". In some countries it is a day of reflection and remembrance, not a day of celebration.


message 31: by Phil (new)

Phil Pedantry is a form of mental illness.


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