World War II

The global conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945, although related conflicts began earlier. World War II is also known as the Second World War. It involved the majority of the world's nations, eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.

It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries.

This category includes non-fiction books as well as historical novels that are set during World War II.

The Last Green Valley
Great Circle
The Woman with the Blue Star
Tears of Amber
The Nine: The True Story of a Band of Women Who Survived the Worst of Nazi Germany
Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II
The Secrets We Left Behind
A Peculiar Combination (Electra McDonnell, #1)
The Stars We Share
Basil's War: A WWII Spy Thriller
The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-Inspiring Rescue
The Secretary
Operation Pedestal: The Fleet That Battled to Malta, 1942
The Panzer Killers: The Untold Story of a Fighting General and His Spearhead Tank Division's Charge Into the Third Reich
WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration
The Venice Sketchbook
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
The Last Green Valley
An Ordinary Life
The Book of Lost Names
The Paris Library
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
The Girls in the Attic
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
The Beekeeper's Promise
The Skylark's Secret
The Warsaw Orphan
The Happiest Man on Earth
The Secret Stealers
Tears of Amber
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
1,812 books — 2,220 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Nightingale by Kristin HannahThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferSarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
WWII Historic Fiction
1,192 books — 1,562 voters

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneNumber the Stars by Lois LowryBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysOperation Einstein by Mark A. Cooper
YA Holocaust & WWII Novels
341 books — 740 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John BoyneNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry
Well-Written Holocaust Books
777 books — 2,793 voters

Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. MassieThe Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 by Aleksandr SolzhenitsynCatherine the Great by Robert K. MassiePeter the Great by Robert K. MassieA People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Best Russian History Books
460 books — 352 voters
Lone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellGeneration Kill by Evan WrightBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienWe Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
Best Modern Day Military Accounts
379 books — 592 voters

The Book Thief
All the Light We Cannot See
The Nightingale
The Diary of a Young Girl
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption
Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Code Name Verity
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)

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