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 Keeper of Hidden Books
A Bakery in Paris
The Enemy at Home
The Paris Assignment
Canary Girls
Star Crossed: A True Romeo and Juliet Story in Hitler's Paris
The Last Masterpiece
The Secret Midwife
The Dark Edge of Night
Valiant Women: The Extraordinary American Servicewomen Who Helped Win World War II
I'll Tell You No Lies
Time's Echo: The Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Music of Remembrance
The Starlet Spy (Heroines of WWII)
The Weimar Years
The Paris Agent
The Paris Assignment
The Paris Daughter
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
The Cypress Maze
Beyond That, the Sea
The Secret Midwife
The Rose Code
The Keeper of Happy Endings
Nineteen Steps
The Girl Behind the Gates
The Book of Lost Names
The London Girls
The First Ladies
Only the Beautiful
The Midwife of Auschwitz (Women of War #1)
Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseThe Longest Day by Cornelius RyanAn Army at Dawn by Rick AtkinsonWith the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
Best World War II History (nonfiction)
649 books — 483 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferThe Winds of War by Herman WoukThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Best 1940s Historical Fiction
368 books — 525 voters

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
Best WWII Fiction and Biography
677 books — 591 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 Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Best War Novels
1,375 books — 1,466 voters

Lone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellBand of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseGeneration Kill by Evan WrightThe Things They Carried by Tim O'BrienWe Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
Best Modern Day Military Accounts
433 books — 616 voters

All the Light We Cannot See
The Book Thief
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)
Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, #1)

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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. ...more
J. Robert Oppenheimer

Steven Moffat
The Doctor: Amazing. Nancy: What is? The Doctor: 1941. Right now, not very far from here, the German war machine is rolling up the map of Europe. Country after country, falling like dominoes. Nothing can stop it, nothing. Until one tiny, damp little island says "No. No, not here." A mouse in front of a lion. You're amazing, the lot of you. I don't know what you do to Hitler, but you frighten the hell out of me. ...more
Steven Moffat

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