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 Ragged Edge of Night
The Kennedy Debutante
Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Killing)
The Girl They Left Behind
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
News of Our Loved Ones
The Spy with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers, #2)
Churchill: Walking with Destiny
Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich’s Supporters in the United States
Skylark and Wallcreeper
Desperate Valour: Triumph at Anzio
Leadership: In Turbulent Times
The Dutch Wife
The Tuscan Child
The Lines We Leave Behind
Sea of Memories
The Nightingale
The Beekeeper's Promise
All the Light We Cannot See
Dear Mrs. Bird
Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Killing)
The Choice: Embrace the Possible
The Dutch Wife
The Velvet Hours
The Designer
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)
The Silent Woman
D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944
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 — 230 voters
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina SimonsThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferTatiana and Alexander by Paullina SimonsAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Amazing WWII fiction (some with romance)
206 books — 482 voters

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Shell Seekers by Rosamunde PilcherAll Clear by Connie WillisBlackout by Connie WillisGood Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
World War II England
217 books — 197 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Winds of War by Herman WoukAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Best 1940s Historical Fiction
254 books — 377 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
380 books — 351 voters
All Things Bright and Strange by James MarkertThe Angels' Share by James MarkertFlashman by George MacDonald FraserThe Last Kingdom by Bernard CornwellThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Historical Fiction that GUYS like, too!
385 books — 186 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)
Sarah's Key
Number the Stars

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