What are the best war novels?

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    #1For Whom the Bell Tolls

    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    For Whom the Bell Tolls is a book by Ernest Hemingway. Widely regarded as his greatest masterpiece, it tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American who fought with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s.
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    Anna Zhu
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The soul bell is an epic poem about the courageous struggle of the Spanish people against Franco's fascist regime, a war that lasted from 1936 to 1939. The protagonist Robert Jordan, an American combat soldier in the International Brigade, participated in the Great War against the global expansion of fascism. In an attack plan to liberate a Spanish territory of the 14th Division commanded by Russian General Golz, Robert Jordan was ordered to coordinate with a guerrilla group of mines destroying a bridge to block reinforcements. and retreat of the enemy. He set off to Villaconejos to organize a plan to attack the bridge. Here, when he met the beautiful Spanish guerrilla María, love deep and similar in a common ideal between him and her flourish. That love made two people more aware of the meaning of life and the work they are doing. But suddenly Robert Jordan noticed that the Nazis had sniffed the plan of the attack and were aggressively focusing their counter-attacks. He dispatched Andrés to report to the Naval Command Division at Navacerrada, requesting a change of battle plan and stopping the destruction of the bridge. Unfortunately, due to the many uncertainties and bureaucraticities of many officers, it was only in the three-hour walk that Andret lost all day. When Robert Jordan's letter arrived at the hands of Gondor, it was too late, the first bombers to launch the battle over islands in the sky. Robert Jordan blasted down the bridge as planned and led the guerrillas to retreat. Along the way, bombs killed his leg, the wound is too heavy, he decided to leave his teammates and lover, stay in the hill next to the bridge destroyed to fight for the enemy team to pull out. safety clearance."
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    #2The Things They Carried

    The Things They Carried
    The Things They Carried is an autobiographical collection of stories about Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War as an American soldier. It tells tales of humanity and compassion in a time of chaos and violence.
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    Evelyn Lynch
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "This book is very interesting and has some great experience stories. It really draws you in."
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    #3War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.
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    Christina Collins
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "War and Peace is a fantastic novel, but it's definitely not for everyone. It requires time and attention and thoughtfulness from its readers. I highly recommend as the story is engrossing and important."
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    #4A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.
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    Benjamin Baker
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "This is a classic, and an awesome book. I would truly recommend this book, and is a great read."
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    #5Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 
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    Shreyas Kapur
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "A classic tale of strife and retribution that is emotionally heavy and will stay with you after you read it. Les Miserables has been made into a movie for a reason, it's characters have become cultural, social icons and the scenes are quoted for their strong impactfulness of sincerity."
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    #6All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
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    Jesús Gallegos
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "classic novel. should be on everyone's must read list and well fitting to the topic"
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    #7Slaughterhouse-Five

    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.
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    Marcela Molina
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book brings you all over the place....first it'll make you laugh and then cry. I think this was a great book to help introduce the characters and the war to a younger audience. It is oddly engaging and unpredictable and just plain weird. This type of work can not be copied because it so utterly original. Restless and prodding writing that will make you laugh out loud and shake your head at the same time."
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    #8Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Randy Gibson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a classic novel that most people should end up reading at least once in their life if they like novels. This book has a great setting and characters"
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    #9The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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    Elizabeth Guerrero
    Written on February 24, 2018
    "The Kite Runner was an epic war novel, in fact one of the best I'd say has ever been written. So much realistic war drama to really bring the story to life for the reader. I recommend it 100%."
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    #10Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak tells the story of the eponymous Yuri Zhivago, Tonya, Lara, and Pasha. Set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution, the book is rife with commentary on the political struggles of the time.
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    Carlos Áviles
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "Doctor Zhivago is a timeless classic and a must for anyone that enjoyed the classic movie but hasn't yet read the novel. Great book and highly recommended."
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    #11The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)

    The Hunt for Red October (Jack Ryan Universe)
    The Hunt for Red October is the fourth book in Jack Ryan Universe series written by Tom Clancy. It is a military fiction first published in October 1984 by Berkley Trade. 
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    Rachel Chapman
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is amazing, and you can check out the movie when you're done with the book too!"
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    #12Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    Rachel Porter
    Written on February 24, 2018
    "White people love historical Japan. The book is good but the theme of cultures mixing together sends the wrong message."
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    #13The Red Badge of Courage

    The Red Badge of Courage
    Praised by both Union and Confederate veterans as a very accurate representation of the Civil War, this 1895 book is written under a soldier's perspective. In it, he narrates the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the consequences this traumatic event had in his posterior life. 





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    Danielle Harrison
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is one of my all time favorites. It was written over a hundred years ago, but it is still relevant. It is exciting and terrifying, and a Crane does a wonderful job of taking you back in time and putting you in the horror of a war up front and personal. Absolutley mesmerizing."
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    #14Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Diane Payne
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) is a war novel based on the character Ender. He is being trained in the military to combat and prepare against an alien attack. This book is highly rated with 4.5 out 5 stars. This book will capture your imagination and keep you interested throughout."
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    #15The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead

    The Naked and the Dead is a 1948 novel by Norman Kingsley Mayer. Drawing from the author's own experiences during World War II, this book tells the story of American soldiers who tried to reclaim an island from Japanese hands.

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    Jorge Torres
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I wanted to read a good war novel and I found The Naked and the Dead. This has great reviews and has a really unique approach on WW2. The story seems exciting and like a must read. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a war story. "
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    #16The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)

    The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)
    This historical novel is a recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest four days in the American Civil War where two opposing armies fought for a way of life. Rather than focusing on the battle, the book explains the lives the combatants left behind. 




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    Marisol Carrillo
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This novel opens our eyes.. "
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    #17The Good Soldiers

    The Good Soldiers
    The Good Soldiers is David Finkel's narration of the 'Surge', the last-resort operation President George Bush ordered the U.S. Rangers to do to secure Baghdad, and the young soldiers who carried the orders out in the dangerous desert.
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    Mary Howard
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "War novels bore me to death. But if I had to read one, this one looks decent. Probably pretty good."
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    #18The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact

    The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact

    The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact is an award-winning historical fiction novel by Jane Petken, originally published in 2013. Set during the Spanish civil war, it tells the story of a family and the fates of their lives.

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    Aarav Rao
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book was very compelling. The author shows the horrible effects from war and what it did to that time in history. Highly recommend this book to anyone. "
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    #19The Tudor Rose

    The Tudor Rose


    The Tudor Rose is a thrilling historical novel for young adults written by Margaret Campbell Barnes. It was first released in 2009. It is about Elizabeth of York and her role in the 15th-century War of the Roses.

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    Mary Walters
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book had me engaged from beginning to end. I loved it and thought that the author was able to add some intrigue to history. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends."
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    #20Desperate Lands

    Desperate Lands

    Desperate Lands: The War on Terror Through the Eyes of a Special Forces Soldier is Regulo Zapata's firsthand account of the experience of a lower-ranked soldier fighting in the war against terrorism in both Africa and Afghanistan.

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    Austin Davidson
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "I love these kinds of novels and this one blew me away and exceeded my expectations in just about every way I could think of. It is full of action and drama and is sure to leave you satisfied but at the same time wanting more."
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    #21Kill Bin Laden

    Kill Bin Laden

    Kill Bin Laden is Dalton Fury's firsthand account of how Bin Laden, the world's most wanted terrorist, escaped the Delta Force in the Battle of Tora Bora in the Spin Ghar Mountains of Afghanistan.

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    Kimberly Thompson
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This not my type of book. Put I would give it a try. Just because of the cover it look bored. "
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    #2213 Hours

    13 Hours
    13 Hours is Mitchell Zuckoff's compilation of the real stories from the six American security operators who went beyond the line of duty to protect Americans in a government facility in Benghazi, Libya.
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    Angela Martin
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "13 Hours tells the story of what happened in Benghazi in 2012. It's a very cut-and-dry, factual, unbiased report of the events that occurred during this period. It can be a bit dry at times; it's more academic than story-telling. It does seem very factual, however, and I have a great appreciation for it's lack of a political agenda. "
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    #23What It Is Like to Go to War

    What It Is Like to Go to War
    What It Is Like to Go to War is Karl Malantes's autobiography detailing his deployment to the steaming jungles of Vietnam as an inexperienced 23-year-old lieutenant in charge of the lives of 40 Marines.
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    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "Oh this looks deep. I like it. Great suggestion for format, price and reviews."
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    #24The Bishop of Rwanda

    The Bishop of Rwanda

    The Bishop of Rwanda is an autobiography by Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana that details his harrowing experience during the genocide in Rwanda and how he decided to help the victims by establishing the Sonrise orphanage and school.

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    Dorothy Murphy
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "The Bishop of Rwanda is a autobiography about war. If you like international historical war books, this is a great book to read."
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    #25Gravity's Rainbow

    Gravity's Rainbow

    Gravity's Rainbow is a novel by Thomas Pynchon featuring a postmodern look at the impact of technology on society, particularly aviation and its role in war. It won the 1973 National Book award.

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    Douglas Baker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "There are conflicting opinions on this book. Some believe there are too many non English words and not enough desire to look them all up. The novel is like a Moby Dick of war novels. It is expansive as to locations and spans virtually every country and investigates the lifestyle in each. "
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    #26Not a Good Day to Die

    Not a Good Day to Die
    Not a Good Day to Die is Sean Naylor's firsthand account of Operation Anaconda, the hazardous mission that saw the young soldiers survive a potentially disastrous foray into enemy lines in the valleys of Afghanistan.
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    Kathy Robinson
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "It is very well written. It seems very authentic and intelligent. It is very professional. It involves the stories of actual American soldiers. It even has their names. It is really giving you a 1st hand view of what soldiers go through in war. "
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    #27The Creation of the American Republic

    The Creation of the American Republic
    The Creation of the American Republic is Gordon S. Wood's detailed account of his study about how the Americans planned and fought for independence from the British Empire from 1776 to 1787.
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    Jason Harrison
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "The novel Gordon S. Woods is a very thought out piece of work and very detailed for its time. The solutiom which is good price for this work is reasonable and fairly priced."
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    #28The Spanish Bride

    The Spanish Bride

    The Spanish Bride is a historical romance novel by the renowned novelist Georgette Heyer, first published in 1940. Set during the Napoleonic wars, it tells the story of Brigade-Major Harry Smith and his marriage to 14-year-old Juanita.

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    Timothy Mitchell
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "War novel? Eh, that's debatable. The main character is a vet of a war, but the most important part of this book? He marries a child. Full stop; I have no interest in reading this book."
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    #29The Soldiers of Salamis

    The Soldiers of Salamis

    Soldiers of Salamis is a historical fiction novel written by Javier Cercas which centers on the founding member of Franco's Fascist Party who is about to be executed but he escapes into the forest. 

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    Teresa Simpson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is entirely fictional, but uses a lot of historical truth to it. It's a investigation by a character into a war that had already happened, and discovering who the true hero was. Read it - it's worth your time."

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Best What are the best war novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1For Whom the Bell TollsBooks 37 Paid
2The Things They CarriedBooks 35 Paid
3War and PeaceBooks 32 Paid
4A Farewell To ArmsBooks 30 Paid
5Les MisérablesBooks 28 Paid
6All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 26 Paid
7Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 25 Paid
8Gone with the Wind Books 23 Paid
9The Kite RunnerBooks 20 Paid
10Doctor ZhivagoBooks 18 Paid
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