What are the best non-fiction books about World War II?

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    #1Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    David Woods
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Elie Wiesel's writing is powerful and empathetic, and some of the best literature about the Holocaust that I've ever read. When listing the best non-fiction books about World War II, it would be a shame not to mention "Night", if not at the very top of the least, at least near it. This is one of the best books I've ever read, let alone about the Holocaust; I highly recommend it for fans of the genre."
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    #2Hiroshima

    Hiroshima
    John Hersey's heart-wrenching book Hiroshima recounts what happened on the day the first ever atomic bomb was dropped on a city. It includes narratives by eyewitnesses who survived the bombing. 
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    Hannah Little
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "One of the most current books on the topic. Lots of information you will not find in older books. It gives a very complete version of World War II. "
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    #3Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Patricia Amador
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is a classic everyone should read. It is a tragic story of a young girl and her family. I read it every few years."
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    #4Those Who Save Us

    Those Who Save Us
    Those Who Save Us is a dramatic novel by Jenna Blum about Trudy and her examination of her mother's life in Germany during World War II when she and her mother were still living with a Nazi officer before being saved by an American soldier.
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    Marisol Arenas
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "One of my favorite aspects of reading is the learning aspect. To help me in my studies of World War II I decided to pick up Those Who Save Us. This product was very informative."
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    #5The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a comprehensive account of Hitler's Nazi empire, starting with his rise to power and ending with their loss in the second World War.
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    Diana Williamson
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was a non-fiction book that I read in a history workshop that I was attending. Sometimes I find it hard to really get into non-fiction books but this book offered a really interesting perspective of World War II."
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    #6Flags of Our Fathers

    Flags of Our Fathers

    Possibly the most remarkable, brilliant and memorable historical novel by James Bradley discovering the hidden story behind one of the most famous photos of all times. In 1945 the American Marines fought against the Imperial Japanese Soldiers for the Iwo Jima Island in one of the most deadly and merciless battles of the WWII. 

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    Sara Harvey
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This an amazing book for any WWII buff. It follows the stories of six men who fought in the war, bringing their story to the surface. Such an incredible true story that isn't spoken of enough. "
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    #7Yellow Star

    Yellow Star

    Yellow Star is a novel by Jennifer Roy about the heartbreaking story of a survivor of the Holocaust in the Lodz ghetto in Poland. With historical notes and accurate timeline, Roy painted a tale of courage and faith.

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    Andrea Morris
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Yellow Star is a 2006 biographical children's novel by Jennifer Roy. Written in free verse, it depicts life through the eyes of a young Jewish girl This book is only listed as fiction because it is told in first-person verse and is a biography, not autobiography. The content of the book is from taped interviews given by Syvia. Because Yellow Star is written in free verse, it makes for a quick read."
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    #8The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom is a History, Autobiography, Faith, Christian Non-fiction book written by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill and Joni Tada.

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    David Price
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you are looking for an inspirational, Christian perspective on WWII, this is a good book to read. Corre Ten Boom’s story is difficult to believe, and this telling is gripping and puts you right in the middle of the story. This is a wonderful non-fiction read with a Christian perspective."
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    #9Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment is a nonfiction history book written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. This was published in 1972.

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    Kenneth Carter
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is the story of what is it like to be part of two cultures who are fighting one another. How your alliances and your loyalty can be tested in these situations. The is a wonderfully written book that really looks at the true inner struggle of a Japanese American at the height of World War 2. This is based on real events, which makes it even that much more emotional. A great book."
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    #10Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Patricia Hopkins
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a good option if you are looking for more personalized and specific stories from World War II. But if you are looking for a better overall history and more generalized view of the war there are better options available. "
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    #11With the Old Breed

    With the Old Breed

    With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa is a non-fiction war biography book written by Eugene B. Sledge. It is first published in 1981.

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    Ronald Reyes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I can't get enough of WWII, so I picked this up last week when I needed a fix. It's a really fascinating memoir that's gripping and at times brutal. Solid read."
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    #12The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day

    The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day

    The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day is a book by historian Cornelius Ryan about D-Day. It is widely considered as the best account of the invasion of Normandy. It was originally published in 1959.

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    Andrew Young
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This solution is good because it is a highly recommended book. This is a must read for any fan of non-fiction World War 2 books."
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    #13Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

    Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
    Band of Brothers tells the tale of the Easy Company, a rifle company in the US Army during World War II. From the moment their training began until Victory Day and beyond, the men of Easy Company suffered but always persevered.
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    Juan Stone
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Since I'm a WW2 buff, I always enjoy new books to read about it. The Band of Brothers book was a superb look into the European front of the War, and I greatly enjoyed it. It gave me much better knowledge of the East Company, along with respect for what they did. "
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    #14The Deceivers

    The Deceivers

    The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War is a historical nonfiction book written by Thaddeus Holt which features spy thriller and espionage events. Published in 2010 by Scribner.

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    Michelle Foster
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This History book is interesting. And this book should be studied by every American"
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    #15Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris

    Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris

    Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris is a non-fiction biography and the first book in Hitler series written by Ian Kershaw. This historical non-fiction book is first published in 1998.

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    Carl Carpenter
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you're interested in getting to know more about one of the most notorious people in the world, Ian Kershaw has written a fairly extensive biography on Adolf Hitler that leads up to 1936 and the start of the Nazi Party. I think it's well written, but nothing particularly fascinating."
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    #16By Tank Into Normandy

    By Tank Into Normandy
     By Tank Into Normandy is an autobiography book written by Stuart Hills about his experiences as a 20-year-old tank engineer in the hazardous battlefields in Normandy during World War II.
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    Frank Cook
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "There are millions of books about World War II. Some of the best ones are autobiographies of people who were actually there. By Tank Into Normandy is a great example of that type of World War II book. At times it's pretty gut wrenching. The entire thing is captivating though and is something I'd recommend to World War II buffs. "
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    #17Hitler

    Hitler

    Hitler is a non-fiction biography book written by Ian Kershaw and first published in 1991. This historical non-fiction book is about how Hitler attained power in Germany. 

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    Ramón Santiago
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book gives amazing background insight to hitlers rise to power and precursor of WW2 and the holocaust. It will captivate and awe you. Must have for WW2 non-fiction lovers."
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    #18Tomorrow to Be Brave

    Tomorrow to Be Brave

    Tomorrow to Be Brave is a non-fiction book written by Susan Travers and Taylor Holden wherein she talks about her life from childhood to join the Free French forces at the outbreak of World War II.

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    Raymond Cole
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a absolutely fascinating look at the life of Susan Travers, who was a socialite living a life of privilege, who gave it up to be the driver for a French Foreign Legion General in Africa. From living through Rommel's siege to receiving the French Foreign legion, you will be amazed by Susan's life and wonder why you haven't heard of her before."
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    #19Rudder's Rangers

    Rudder's Rangers

    Rudder's Rangers is a book written by historian Ronald L. Lane detailing the lives of Lt.Col. James Rudder and his men and their importance to the D-Day invasion. It has official documents and excerpts of interviews with the people involved.

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    Eva Vásquez
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book was such a page turner! I simply couldn't stop reading it as soon as I picked it up. I normally don't read non-fiction war books but someone recommended this one to me and I'm so glad they did!"
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    #20Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La

    Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II is a non-fiction account of the survivors of Gremlin Special Crash. Written by Mitchell Zuckoff and published by Harper.

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    Sharon Qin
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Shangri-la is a fictional place. How can something be non-fiction but set in a fictional realm? "
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    #21A Navy Soldier on Omaha Beach

    A Navy Soldier on Omaha Beach
    A Navy Soldier on Omaha Beach is a biography written by Alan Dube about his father. Gilbert Dube, a Navy Soldier for the Americans who was sent to join the Marines on their invasion of Omaha Beach in D-Day.
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    Nicole Johnson
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "A Navy Soldier on Omaha Beach is a biography about a Navy Soldier for the Americans who was sent to join the Marines on their invasion of Omaha Beach in D-Day. It's a great option for anyone interested in non-fiction WW2 books"
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    #22Invasion! They're Coming!

    Invasion! They're Coming!

    Invasion: They're Coming!: The German Account of the D-Day Landings and the 80-Day Battle for France is a book by Paul Carell about the strategy and response from the Third Reich when they learned of D-Day. It was translated by David Johnston.

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    Arthur Peters
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Fascinating and gripping as a bit of historical nonfiction that would hold the attention of history buffs and casual readers alike. If you are looking for something other than the historical account from the victors (oftentimes that is skewed as the victors will write history from a place of bias), then this book is what you are looking for."
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    #23Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler

    Adolf Hitler is a non-fiction biography book written by Pulitzer prize awardee John Toland. This World War II historical book is first published in 1976. 

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    Stephanie Griffin
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was a very informative and interesting read. I was able to learn a bit more about the topic."
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    #24Omaha Beach and Beyond

    Omaha Beach and Beyond
    Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter is a memoir written by John Robert Slaughter with the help and foreword of Alex Kershaw. It is about the main author's experience in the U.S. invasion of Omaha Beach.
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    Ayaan Jain
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I am really into the wars and like to read stuff about it and things I might not know. I have gone through a lot of books and I really enjoyed Omaha Beach and Beyond. It has a lot of good information and stuff I haven't found in other books about WWII. It has a lot of interesting stuff in it and I would highly recommend it. "
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    #25Parachute Infantry

    Parachute Infantry
    Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich is an autobiography written by David Kenyon Webster about his memories of the invasion of the Normandy beach and the Reichstag.
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    Ethan Howell
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "World War II is a period that people could learn a lot from. I recently went back to study some of the material and came across the book Parachute Infantry. This non-fiction book was a really interesting read!"
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    #26Hitler: A Study in Tyranny

    Hitler: A Study in Tyranny

    Hitler: A Study in Tyranny is a non-fiction biography book written by Alan Bullock. This historical and political non-fiction book is first published in 1952. 

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    Hemant Rodrigues
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Hitler: A Study in Tyranny was a very interesting book about Adolf Hitler. It might be one of the most interesting non-fiction books about World War 2 since its a biography of Hitler himself. It is worth the read if you're trying to wrap your head around why he made the decisions he did."
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    #27Hitler and Stalin

    Hitler and Stalin

    Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives is a non-fiction biography book written by Alan Bullock. This historical non-fiction book is about Germany and Russia and first published in 1991. 

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    Christopher Cole
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "The book Hitler and Stalin is a non-fiction biography book written by Alan Bullock. This is a huge and masterful dual biography of two of the most monstrous personalities of this century. It is available in Hardcover and Paperback."
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    #28The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men
    The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History is a historical nonfiction book written by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Center Street.
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    #29Hitler Christ

    Hitler Christ

    Hitler Christ is a non-fiction historical book written by  Ian Tinny and Dead Writers. This book is about Hitler and religion. It is first published in 2017.

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    Gregory Simpson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I'm a war buff. I've recently gotten back into World war II and I decided to come here looking for the best non fiction books about World War II. I was told to check out Hitler Christ. I had already read it, but I decided I liked it so much I'd read it again!"
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    #30I Am Your Negro

    I Am Your Negro

    I Am Your Negro: Adolf Hitler is a non-fiction biography book written by Dead Writers Club and first published in 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 

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    Judith Reynolds
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This is a powerful biography. I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended."
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    #31Neptune's Inferno

    Neptune's Inferno

    Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal is a non-fiction military book written by James D. Hornfischer. It was published in 2011 by Bantam.

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    Louis Rose
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Neptune's Inferno has a lot of well-researched content. Fascinating naval history. Certainly worth a read."
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    #32And the Violins Stopped Playing

    And the Violins Stopped Playing

    And the Violins Stopped Playing is a World War II historical non-fiction book written by Alexander Ramati. It is first published in 1985 Hodder & Stoughton.

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    Henry Young
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "And the Violins Stopped Playing is a great non-fiction title about World War II. Specifically, it follows the events of the Germans and the Gypsies during that time. It's a great read, especially for those who are history fanatics."
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    #33Utah Beach

    Utah Beach

    Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airbourne Operations is a book by historian Joseph Balkoski that narrates and analyses the strategy behind conquering the beach code-named Utah on June 6, 1944.

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    Vihaan Nair
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airbourne Operations is a thrilling recollection of the storming of the beach in WWII. Any history buff would be impressed with this tale."
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    #34Hitler

    Hitler
    Hitler is a non-fiction biography book written by Albert Marrin. This historical non-fiction book is about totalitarianism and it is first published in 1987. 
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    Walter Allen
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "If you're looking for some insight into Hitler or what his life events were that led to him being responsible for some of the worst crimes in the history of humanity this is a great read. It's really interesting to read about his life events and the way he carried himself, you won't leave this forgiving him for what he did, but it does give great insight into World War II and the man who was responsible for it."

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Best What are the best non-fiction books about World War II
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NightBooks 35 Paid
2HiroshimaBooks 32 Paid
3Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 30 Paid
4Those Who Save UsBooks 27 Paid
5The Rise and Fall of the Third ReichBooks 25 Paid
6Flags of Our FathersBooks 24 Paid
7Yellow StarBooks 22 Paid
8The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten BoomBooks 11 Paid
9Farewell to ManzanarBooks 8 Paid
10Unbroken: A World War II Story of SurvivalBooks 8 Paid
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