What are the best non-fiction war books?

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    #1Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor (Book)

    Lone Survivor is the true story of four U.S. Navy SEALs that went on a dangerous mission to infiltrate a fortified base to kill an al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan. Because of the great odds they faced, only Marcus Luttrell survived.

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    Rodolfo Nieto
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "I am a war novel buff. The story of Marcus Luttrell needs to be read by anyone who appreciates the genre. The movie adaptation does not do the book justice. By this book today if you want the real story behind the man."
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    #2Lusitania

    Lusitania

    Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age is a World War I historical non-fiction book written by Greg King and Penny Wilson. It was published in 2105 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Jeremy Weber
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I wouldn't want to add more to the 'ian' and 'isms' with objectivity but here's another? Anyone could enjoy this book or hate it. Either one. But, there it is. Looks like a normal book."
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    #3The Unseen Lusitania

    The Unseen Lusitania

    The Unseen Lusitania: The Ship in Rare Illustrations is a historical non-fiction book written by Eric Sauder. It was first published in  2015 by The History Press.

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    Justin Aguilar
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "very similar idea to others could use some work ."
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    #4Gaza Writes Back

    Gaza Writes Back

    Gaza Writes Back is an anthology of short stories from 15 young writers in Gaza, Palestine. The writers are all members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel's siege and blockade.

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    Kevin Aguilar
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a very interesting book that allows a neglected segment to portray their trials and tribulations while living in the Gaza Strip. Their outlook is sure to bring a fresh perspective to readers everywhere"
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    #5The 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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    Vincent Berry
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Very informative read with tons of interesting content for those interested in World War II. I appreciated that the writing style was not as heavy as some historical war novels, too, so it was pretty easy to understand and get through."
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    #6Black Hawk Down

    Black Hawk Down

    In 1993 a firefight in Mogadishu (Somalia) resulted in deaths of 18 American soldiers and more than 500 Somali civils and militaries. This book is a searing portrait of the warfare of Somalia that examines this disastrous raid. 

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    Rubén Arriaga
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "read this when it first came out and just bought it again to read on my kindle. This book details the events in Somalia with which must people are vaguely familiar with.I hope all readers will remember the greatest crime; what Bill Clinton did in response to this brazen assault on Americans..."
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    #7The 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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    Anthony McDonald
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is one of the best non-fiction war books I've read about World War 2 and the nazi empire. It tells the story of Hitler's rise to power up to his loss. As someone who likes reading about World War 2, it was very interesting reading about facts I'd never known about."
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    #8Anne 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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    Aadhya Vyas
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "When I was a kid, I read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and agree with everyone that acclaimed it as one of the best books of non-fiction. I have read it multiple times since I first read it and everytime it gets me thinking. This was just a young girl! It is a great story to learn from."
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    #9The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

    The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

    Christopher Clark offers a new and fresh view of the events that ended on the World War I in 1914, focusing not only in the war itself, but also in the complex relationships that lead the European nations into this atrocity. 

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    Jose Obrien
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "good"
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    #10The Last Train from Hiroshima

    The Last Train from Hiroshima


    Last Train from Hiroshima is a time capsule wrapped in elegant prose by Charles Pellegrino, a scientific authority in close relationship with the survivors of the first A-bomb launched on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

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    Austin Freeman
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I found this book interesting and was looking forward to learning about the events from the perspective of the Japanese people. However I found it hard to follow at times and not always factual. "
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    #11Flags 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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    Tammy Romero
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This may be my favorite historical novel ever. It provides a great balance of fiction and non-fiction; it is littered throughout with actual facts and details of this famous World War II battle. Reading it gave me great pride in my country. Exciting and well-written, it's a unique look at what war truly looks like when you are smack dab in the middle of it."
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    #12The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

    The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
    The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe refers to the 1948 ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians that has been erased from global public memory. In this. Pappe offers an investigation into this mystery.
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    Justin Morris
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This book was assigned by my professor. I think anyone who isn't already stuck in the middle of things that are tearing apart the Middle East might be better off steering clear. After reading this book, I think I'm right. How do you figure out which side to be on, if you haven't already chosen one? They say the other guys are at fault, the other guys say it's the first group. Who can keep up? The book is well written, but I don't know who to believe and am glad I don't actually have to pick."
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    #13The Guns of August

    The Guns of August
    The Guns of August is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by renowned historian Barbara Tuchman. It recounts the first month of World War I: the thirty days of August 1914.
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    Liu Lee
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "For those who like to read about war, this looks like a must-read. Not only did it win a Pulitzer Prize, but you can find used copies in good condition for only $5. The New York Times commented that although the facts in this book are historically correct, that it is written in a style that elevates it to literature. "
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    #14Amphibious Assault Falklands

    Amphibious Assault Falklands

    Amphibious Assault Falklands: The Battle of San Carlos Water is a book written by Michael Capp with Ewen Southby-Tailyour. Originally published in 1997, the author provides a retelling of amphibious operations in the Falklands War.

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    Lori Wright
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This book is the first-hand account by Commodore Michael Clapp. He takes us into a side of the Falklands only he can. His detailed account is vivid and I felt like I was there with him. One of the issues is this is an intermediate book on the Falklands assault. I never read anything on it before and someone recommended I read something else first, which i did. then I picked this book back up and it made a lot more sense to me. Don't read this book first is my best advice."
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    #15Operation Corporate: The Falklands War, 1982

    Operation Corporate: The Falklands War, 1982

    Operation Corporate: The Story of the Falklands War, 1982 is a book written by Martin Middlebrook. Originally published in 1985, Operation Corporate recounts the events during the Falklands War.

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    Christian Lynch
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This was a pretty cool book about the British Task Force's role in the Falklands War. I enjoy reading about these types of things that aren't the big stories everyone has heard of. It really lets you learn more about the conflict between Argentina and Great Britain."
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    #16The Trigger

    The Trigger

    In The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War, Tim Butcher is part travelogue, reportage, and history. It's the story of a young man who changed the world forever.

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    Philip Little
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "this is a good story about the man who started world war one"
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    #17Hostile Skies

    Hostile Skies
    Hostile Skies is a military history book written by David Morgan. Originally published in 2006, Hostile Skies recounts the author's experiences as an RAF officer during the Falklands War.
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    Rachel Crawford
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "There are a lot of war books to choose from, but Hostile Skies really takes the prize. Hostile Skies is a fantastic recount of the author's own experiences in war and is truly inspirational. I learned so much I had not known before about the Falklands War and thoughtfully enjoyed the book. I believe Hostile Skies is the best non-fiction war book."
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    #18Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal

    Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal is the true story of Eddie Chapman, one of Britain's most remarkable double agents. It was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Washington Post Best Book of 2007.

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    Jordan Sandoval
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "A true story of Nazi Espionage this book has it all including love and betrayal.One of Britain's most famous double agents."
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    #19A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War is a book written by Christopher Felix on his experiences as a political agent in Hungary. With over 300 pages, this nonfiction book is published in 2001 by Madison Books.

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    Craig Graham
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I don't think this has enough war experience in it. I don't think it's what I'd be looking for if I'm looking for a war book. I'd recommend something else."
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    #20Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer is written by William R. Johnson with a Foreword from William Hood. This book is published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.

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    Jorge Rivera
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A great introduction to the world of counter-intelligence. The author is a veteran in the field and gives unique insights into this exciting and sometimes dangerous work, An important book for anyone looking to serve their country in this way."
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    #21Hitler

    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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    Pamela Smith
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "My husband tried to get me to read the book Hitler for the longest time. He said that it was really informative but every time I tried to read it I about fell asleep. Definitely not a fan myself."
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    #22Hitler 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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    William Hopkins
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book reads as a biography of two men who influenced the world beyond many people's comprehension. As we evaluate history, it is becoming more difficult to understand which of these men had a greater negative effect on their own people. This is an excellent book to read on the subjects, however, there is not much information here that is not available elsewhere. The unique aspects remains the presentation."
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    #23Hitler

    Hitler

    Hitler is a historical non-fiction book written by Joachim C. Fest. It is first published in 1973. This biography book is about Adolf Hitler's life on how he conquered Germany. 

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    Walter Schmidt
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is a little to the side of a war book. It's certainly an important book to have and to read, and focuses on a period of time when the world was at war, but it's more a focus on a single person. It just so happens that person is the center of a war, but if you're looking for a book focused on the military aspects of a war, this is probably not one for you. However, if you want a good look at a powerful world leader, this is a great go to."
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    #24Gotcha!

    Gotcha!

    Gotcha! The Government, the Media and the Falklands Crisis by Robert Harris is a non-fiction book about the Falkland Islands War. It was first published in 1983 by Faber & Faber under ISBN-10: 0571130526 and ISBN-13: 978-0571130528.

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    Harold Chapman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Gotcha!: The Media, the Government, and the Falklands Crisis is a well written and historically deep non-fiction book about the Falkland Islands War. It is informative and intriguing in its style and tone. The content is on a part of history that I knew nothing about, so I learned a lot. Though dense at times, I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good non-fiction book to read."
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    #25Hitler's U-Boat War

    Hitler's U-Boat War
    Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted, 1942-1945 is written by Clay Blair Jr. This book features an account of the naval battle history between Germany and Britain. With over 800 pages, this book is published in 2000 by Modern Library.
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    Nathan Gomez
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "A little biased because I love this stuff. All any enthusiast could want in understanding the Battle of the Atlantic. Far better conclusions in evaluating the evidence than many another read."
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    #26I 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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    Jerry Guerrero
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is vert educational, and I found myself learning alot by reading this book. I have recommended this to my family and friends who were looking to learn more about the origin of the Nazi Salute."
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    #27Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence is written by Alan Harris Bath. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1998 by University Press of Kansas.

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    Jane Torres
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book truth is stranger than fiction. So many twists and turns you will find yourself lost in a whirlwind of intrigue and lies."
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    #28Dead Centre

    Dead Centre
    Dead Centre: Not All Suicide Bombers Are Religious! is a non-fiction war book written by Owen Jones. It is first published in 2014 by Megan Publishing Services.  
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    Tammy Chapman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a really interesting story that gives us more context for terms that we usually only see in the news in flashing lights. I love that they give us more of a picture of what's really going on."
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    #29The Longest Day

    The Longest Day

    The Longest Day is a 1962 production based on the book by Cornelius Ryan. The film was directed by Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton, and it stars John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, and more. 

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    Zhang Yan
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This is a good movie but not a book. I think there's a correct option available."
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    #30The Phantom Major

    The Phantom Major

    The Phantom Major: The Story of David Stirling and the SAS Regiment is a military non-fiction book written by Virginia Cowles. It is first published in 1958. 

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    #31Sea Harrier over the Falklands

    Sea Harrier over the Falklands

    Sea Harrier Over The Falklands is a military history book written by Sharkey Ward. Published in 2007, it provides a controversial account detailing the frictions between the different military services involved in the Falklands War.

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    Diane Stevens
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Sea Harrier over the Falklands is a great book for those interested in the military. It is really great for those who know about aviation. It's a true historical account of the Fauklands Wars, check it out if you are interested in that kind of thing."
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    #32The SAS Training Manual

    The SAS Training Manual

    The SAS Training Manual: How to Get Fit Enough to Pass a Special Forces Selection Course (SAS and Elite Forces Guide) is a military non-fiction book by Chris McNab. It is published in 2014. 

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    Benjamin Harper
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I was looking for a book to go into what to expect during war. This book was informative but mostly just preparing you for entering military not really telling you what to expect after you get there. Great if you are wanting to join special forces but I am not."
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    #33Battle Atlas of the Falklands War 1982 by Land, Sea and Air

    Battle Atlas of the Falklands War 1982 by Land, Sea and Air

    Battle Atlas of the Falklands War 1982 by Land, Sea and Air is a military history book written by Gordon Smith. Originally published in 2006, it provides a detailed accounting of the materiel and personnel involved in the Falklands War.

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    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Good, but wish the illustrations were better. Was like a textbook."
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    #34The Terrible Hours

    The Terrible Hours

    The Terrible Hours: The Greatest Submarine Rescue in History is written by Peter Maas. This book features the historical Squalus submarine of the US. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Harper Perennial.

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    Robert Gordon
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I'm a pretty big non-fiction history book fan. It's a relatively short book and isn't worth the money purchasing, in my opinion. I'm personally not big into submarines and I feel like the market is oversaturated with WW2 books anyway. This book did not "wow" me."
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    #35Grant's Secret Service

    Grant's Secret Service
    Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox is written by William B. Feis features Ulysses Grant's command on a secret service during the Civil War. Published in 2004 by Bisbon Books.
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    #36Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant-Major

    Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant-Major

    Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant-Major is a military history book written by Robert McGowan and Jeremy Hands. Originally published in 1983, it focuses on the experiences of the NCOs and fighting men involved in the Falklands War.

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    Charles Reynolds
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant-Major is a history book that follows the Falklands War. It's a great title, well worth the read, especially for history buffs. It also offers a funny insight within the story as well."
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    #37The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

    The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

    The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State is a history book written by Noah Feldman, author of What We Owe Iraq. It was released in 2008. It is about the early rise of ISIS.

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    Margaret Jensen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Although I'am a newbie in Islamic history and philosophy, the book overall becomes quite interesting describing some issues on current Middle East Governments and linking their failures to problems arising from the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the duality in trying to introduce western democracy and keeping long standing Sharia tradition. While he extends quite on the reasons behind the failure, I feel he doesnt quite elaborates much into the possible ways to the formation of a new Islamic Model State. The main proposition lays of the re-establishment of the legislature and the interpretation of it through the scholars and the judges. The book definitely is thought-provoking and inspiring in trying to find a new model for development that is compatible with democracy, tradition and theology."
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    #38Neptune'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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    Billy Gray
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I’ve read Hornfischer before and like his writing style. I always wanted to read a mor up-to-date analysis of Guadacanal and Hornfischer does the trick. He’s very good at presenting the big picture in careful detail but he’s also adept at portraying the lives involved."
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    #39Goose Green

    Goose Green

    Goose Green is a military fiction written by Mark Adkin. Originally published in 1992, Goose Green provides a detailed account of the Falklands War based on interviews with the people involved in the Falklands War.

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    Teresa Harvey
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Mark Adkin combined Argentine and British accounts of the battle of Goose Green for this definitive book. In a war that lasted scarcely two and a half months, Goose Green, the first land battle, was a must-win for both sides. This is, indeed, a tale well-told."
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    #40The Secret War for the Union

    The Secret War for the Union
    The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War is a military historical documentary written by Edwin C. Fishel. This book is published in 1998 by Mariner Books.
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    #41Silent Running

    Silent Running

    Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine is a personal account written by James F. Calvert on his personal experience on a submarine during World War II. With over 320 pages, this book is published in 1997 by Wiley.

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    Raquel Contreras
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "This is the book that made submarines interesting and engaging. The books before it were very slow and boring. This one leaves you wanting more on every page."
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    #42The Impossible Country

    The Impossible Country

    Brian Hall's The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia relates his encounters with Serbs, Croats, and Muslims who became overcome with suspicion and anxiety about one another.

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    Nicole Hall
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This book provides good info about the Balkan War. It is important to understand how such genetically similar people could go to war with each other."
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    #43The Almond Tree

    The Almond Tree

    The Almond Tree is the accomplished debut novel of Michelle Cohen Corasanti. It's reminiscent of The Kite Runner and One Thousand Splendid Suns, making it an uplifting read that conveys a message of optimism and hope.

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    #44Salvador

    Salvador

    Salvador is a book of an essay which centers on the height of the civil war in El Salvador that took place between 1979 and 1992, wherein it deconstructs the assumption people know about the war in El Salvador is all about.

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    Phillip Murphy
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "I am interested in learning about civil wars in El Salvador. I recently read the book "Salvador." It's a really well written book that tells you everything about the 1980's civil war going on in El Salvador. It's very well written and succient. It really explains things in detail and doesn't assume that you know a lot going in. So it's a great book for those who are not very familiar with this topic as well as for those with more familiarity."
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    #45Every Man a Tiger

    Every Man a Tiger

    Every Man a Tiger by Tom Clancy And Chuck Horner is a nonfiction historical book. This war and military-themed book was published on May 10, 1999 by Putnam Adult. It follows the story of General Chuck Horner.

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    Olivia Ferguson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book does not fit at all in this topic category. It is a book that talks about the war in Kuwait, operation desert storm, gulf war, and Iraq. It gives insight on the U.S. Air Force Military Officers, the war and much more."

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Best What are the best non-fiction war books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Lone Survivor (Book)Books 1 Paid
2LusitaniaBooks 0 Paid
3The Unseen LusitaniaBooks 0 Paid
4Gaza Writes BackBooks 0 Paid
5The DeceiversBooks 0 Paid
6Black Hawk DownBooks 0 Paid
7The Rise and Fall of the Third ReichBooks 0 Paid
8Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 0 Paid
9The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914Books 0 Paid
10The Last Train from HiroshimaBooks 0 Paid
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