A war novel is a novel in which the primary action takes place in a field of armed combat, or in a domestic setting (or home front) where the characters are preoccupied with the preparations for, or recovery from, war.

See history for specific wars.

In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown
On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle
When the Men Were Gone: A Novel
Priest of Bones (War for the Rose Throne #1)
Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times
Valley Forge
The Girl They Left Behind
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
News of Our Loved Ones
LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Best of Enemies: The Last Great Spy Story of the Cold War
Lafayette!: A Revolutionary War Tale (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #8)
The Reckoning
Heartbreak Warfare
The Ragged Edge of Night
Sea Prayer
The Lines We Leave Behind
The Nightingale
Red War (Mitch Rapp, #17)
Journey Interrupted: A Family Without a Country in a World at War
The Silence of the Girls
The Letter
We Were the Lucky Ones
In Farleigh Field
Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Killing)
Kingdoms and Chaos (King's Dark Tidings, #4)
City of Bones by Cassandra ClareForbidden by Tabitha SuzumaVampire Academy by Richelle MeadDelirium by Lauren OliverPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Best Books Involving Forbidden Love
1,202 books — 2,880 voters
John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Best Non-fiction American History Books
1,607 books — 2,024 voters

The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Life in a Foreign Country
547 books — 329 voters
The Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienMatterhorn by Karl MarlantesDispatches by Michael HerrA Rumor Of War by Philip CaputoThe Quiet American by Graham Greene
Best Literature About the Vietnam War
260 books — 456 voters

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonFreakonomics by Steven D. LevittQuiet by Susan CainThis Changes Everything by Naomi KleinThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Best 21st Century Non-Fiction
702 books — 541 voters
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenHiroshima by John HerseyUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandOn Killing by Dave Grossman
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,282 books — 1,581 voters

The Book Thief
All Quiet on the Western Front
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
All the Light We Cannot See
The Things They Carried
The Diary of a Young Girl
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
The Art of War
A Farewell to Arms
The Nightingale
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1)
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)

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The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
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