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 Skylark's Secret
The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
The Secret Messenger
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
The Queen's Secret: A Novel of England's World War II Queen
The Happiest Man on Earth
The Secrets We Left Behind
How the Penguins Saved Veronica
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 — 1,511 voters
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
788 books — 2,812 voters

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
1,824 books — 2,241 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
343 books — 759 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
324 books — 508 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankFarewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki HoustonHiroshima by John HerseyNight by Elie Wiesel
Best WWII Fiction and Biography
618 books — 667 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)
Code Name Verity

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He threw his burning cigarette onto our clean living room floor and ground it into the wood with his boot. We were about to become cigarettes.
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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
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