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.
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Sisters in Arms
The Bookseller's Secret
Clark and Division
The Riviera House
The Last Debutantes
The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line: Untold Stories of the Women Who Changed the Course of World War II
Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them
The Perfume Thief
The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Modernism, and Hitler's War on Art
When the Summer Was Ours
The Cryptographer’s Dilemma (Heroines of WWII)
The Lines Between Us
All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
The Secrets of Latimer House
The Forest of Vanishing Stars
The Last Green Valley
The Rose Code
The Book of Lost Names
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
The Girls in the Attic
The Paris Library
The Forest of Vanishing Stars
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
The Skylark's Secret
The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen
The Secret Messenger
The Secrets We Left Behind
The Warsaw Orphan
The Happiest Man on Earth
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
1,821 books — 2,238 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
343 books — 758 voters

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Nightingale by Kristin HannahThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakBeneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. SullivanLilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Best WWII Historical Fiction
353 books — 488 voters
Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandHiroshima by John HerseyBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseThe Longest Day by Cornelius RyanAn Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
Best World War II History (nonfiction)
568 books — 490 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
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
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Winston S. Churchill
Now at this very moment I knew that the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all! ... How long the war would last or in what fashion it would end no man could tell, nor did I at this moment care ... We should not be wiped out. Our history would not come to an end ... Hitler's fate was sealed. Mussolini's fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to a powder. All the rest was merely the proper application of overwhelming force. ...more
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Eugene B. Sledge
The Japanese fought to win - it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and ...more
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