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 Lines We Leave Behind
The Allies: Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II
What Child Is This
The First Soldier: Hitler as Military Leader
The Ragged Edge of Night
The Light Between Worlds
Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History
The Kennedy Debutante
When the Men Were Gone
The Girl They Left Behind
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Churchill: Walking with Destiny
News of Our Loved Ones
The Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers, #2)
Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
The Tuscan Child
The Ragged Edge of Night
All the Light We Cannot See
The Nightingale
The Beekeeper's Promise
Sea of Memories
The Lines We Leave Behind
Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History
The Dutch Wife
Dear Mrs. Bird
The Silent Woman
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)
D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
Not Our Kind
Ghost Wars by Steve CollDiplomacy by Henry KissingerThe Looming Tower by Lawrence WrightLegacy of Ashes by Tim WeinerThe Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
American Foreign Policy
299 books — 231 voters
Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieCutting for Stone by Abraham VergheseAfrican Safari with Ted and Raymond by Rhonda PattonThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Fictitious Africa
377 books — 209 voters

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettFall of Giants by Ken FollettWorld Without End by Ken FollettEye of the Needle by Ken FollettWinter of the World by Ken Follett
Ken Follett Novels
24 books — 165 voters
All Things Bright and Strange by James MarkertThe Angels' Share by James MarkertThe Last Kingdom by Bernard CornwellFlashman by George MacDonald FraserThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Historical Fiction that GUYS like, too!
388 books — 190 voters

Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandHiroshima by John HerseyBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseAn Army at Dawn by Rick AtkinsonChurchill's Secret War by Madhusree Mukerjee
Best World War II History
409 books — 360 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
1,284 books — 1,586 voters

Popular World War II Books

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