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
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
787 books — 2,809 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakCatch-22 by Joseph HellerSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrAtonement by Ian McEwan
World War II Fiction
1,065 books — 2,091 voters

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueCatch-22 by Joseph HellerSlaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.The Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienThe Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Best War Novels
1,365 books — 1,509 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
380 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
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
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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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