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.

The Flight Girls
War (The Four Horsemen, #2)
They Called Us Enemy
Red Metal
Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World
George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
Marilyn and Me
Fire and Fortitude: The US Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943
The Bastard Brigade: The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
In the Warsaw Ghetto
The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light
Hitler's Secret Army: A Hidden History of Spies, Saboteurs, and Traitors
The Long Flight Home
The Spies of Shilling Lane
The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel
A Fire Sparkling
Sea of Memories
The Victory Garden
The Nightingale
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
The Reckoning
The Beekeeper's Promise
Winter World (The Long Winter, #1)
They Called Us Enemy
From Sand and Ash
In Farleigh Field
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Aftershocks (The Palladium Wars, #1)
Along the Broken Bay
The Island of Sea Women
Unspoken Abandonment by Bryan A. WoodWar by Sebastian JungerOutlaw Platoon by Sean  ParnellLone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellHouse to House by David Bellavia
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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
1,763 books — 2,108 voters

Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandHiroshima by John HerseyBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseThe Longest Day by Cornelius RyanWith the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge
Best World War II History (nonfiction)
415 books — 440 voters
The Killer Angels by Michael ShaaraGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPhersonThe Civil War by Shelby FooteCold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Best American Civil War Books
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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)

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ernest Hemingway
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway: A Literary Reference

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