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 Golden Hour
The Chelsea Girls
Along the Broken Bay
The Flight Girls: A Novel
They Called Us Enemy
George Marshall: Defender of the Republic
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
City of Girls
Time After Time
The Long Flight Home
The Tenth Muse
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
A Fire Sparkling
The Rabbit Girls
Sea of Memories
The Nightingale
The Tuscan Child
The Victory Garden
All the Light We Cannot See
Have You Seen Luis Velez?
The Things We Cannot Say
The Beekeeper's Promise
The Winemaker's Wife
Hearts of Resistance
Along the Broken Bay
The Last Kingdom by Bernard CornwellAll Things Bright and Strange by James MarkertThe Angels' Share by James MarkertFlashman by George MacDonald FraserThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Historical Fiction that GUYS like, too!
408 books — 210 voters
The Nightingale by Kristin HannahAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakLilac Girls by Martha Hall KellyUntil We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke
Best WWII Historical Fiction
286 books — 361 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
World War II Fiction & Non-fiction
484 books — 300 voters
Ghost Wars by Steve CollThe Looming Tower by Lawrence WrightDiplomacy by Henry KissingerLegacy of Ashes by Tim WeinerThe Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
American Foreign Policy
331 books — 241 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
315 books — 693 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
256 books — 558 voters

The Book Thief
All the Light We Cannot See
The Diary of a Young Girl
The Nightingale
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 (Code Name Verity, #1)
Sarah's Key

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Markus Zusak
I..." He struggled to answer. "When everything was quiet, I went up to the corridor and the curtain in the livingroom was open just a crack... I could see outside. I watched, only for a few seconds." He had not seen the outside world for twenty-two months. There was no anger or reproach. It was Papa who spoke. How did it look?" Max lifted his head, with great sorrow and great astonishment. "There were stars," he said. "They burned by eyes.
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

J. Robert Oppenheimer
We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
J. Robert Oppenheimer

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