What are the best World War II books?

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    #1Anne 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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    Terry Woods
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love hearing stories about world war 2 and this is by far the most important one."
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    #2My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    Possibly the most original way to understand and explain the holocaust and the Nazis prosecution against the Jews. A brutal graphic novel over a real story where the jews are wide-eyed mice and the Nazis are menacing cats. 

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    Kelly Hoffman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I'm a history buff who specifically likes World War II books. My Father Bleeds History (Maus) is an interesting and original book detailing the Holocaust and the people who suffered because of it."
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    #3A 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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    Judith Martinez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I think this is a solid book taking the world war 2 setting and turning it into a story about 1 man. It's not going to be a history book but something interesting so personally I like it but I could see how some wouldn't."
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    #4The Painted Bird

    The Painted Bird
    The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski is a dark story of a boy that was abandoned by his parents during World War II and his quest to reunite with his parents amidst the hostilities, hardships, and tortures that he is experiencing. 
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    Janet Gray
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "As an avid WWII enthusiast I really enjoyed The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski. It is the story of a Jewish boy as he experiences the horrors of the war in Poland but never loses hope in being reunited with his parents. I consider this one of the best WWII books I have ever read. "
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    #5Skeletons at the Feast

    Skeletons at the Feast

    Skeletons at the Feast is a historical romance novel for young adults written by Chris Bohjalian. It was published in 2008. It is about two lesbian lovers and a Jew who escaped the Holocaust by imitating a German officer.

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    Olivia Wright
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Skeletons at the Feast is based around post World War Two. It weaves a haunting tale about young adults and finding love in the rough territory of the after effects of the war. "
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    #6Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Wayne McDonald
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I read this book in my literature class a few years back. It is a emotionally entertaining study of life during the early years of Hitler's reign. I would recommend it for pre teens as a history lesson that is as involving as it is educational. "
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    #7Letters from Home (McPherson Brothers)

    Letters from Home (McPherson Brothers)
    Letters from Home is a military contemporary romance friction written by Rhonda Nelson. It is the first book in McPherson Brothers series and published in 2009 by Harlequin Books. 
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    Albert Hansen
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I wanted a book about World War II, and instead, I got this. I don't want to sound mean, but I was barely able to get through the first chapter. Cleverly written, but the subject matter is definitely not for me."
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    #8The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.

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    #9Night

    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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    Mildred Miller
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is one of the most meaningful books that i have ever read. It was really hard to get through and I read it in school. It was very emotional but i think a very important thing for everyone to read."
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    #10Rudder'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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    Kelly Rice
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you love historical fiction and war novels this is a must read. Rudder's Rangers, written by Ronald L. Lane follows the true story of the men of the Second Ranger Battalion, brings you right back into the heart of the action."
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    #11Parachute 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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    Austin Ford
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This has a fantastic review score and decent price. The solution covers the topic just well and honestly learning about a certain aspect about world war two will satisfy this topic easily"
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    #12Utah 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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    Justin Castro
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I like how this is about one specific battle and can hyper focus on this. This seems like a great book for a war history aficionado."
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    #13Into the Arms of Strangers

    Into the Arms of Strangers

    Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport by Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer is a nonfiction book about the World War II. This was originally published in 2000.

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    Sara Jones
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A good read that keeps you learning new information. "
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    #14The Man With the Golden Arm

    The Man With the Golden Arm
    The Man With the Golden Arm is a realistic drama novel for young adults and adults written by Nelson Algren and with the introduction from James R. Giles. It was originally published in 1949. It won the first National Book Award.
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    Lawrence Wade
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you are interested in war books, or World War II specifically, then this is right up your alley. Great story to go along with the war setting, and I found that I couldnt put the book down! Enjoy!"
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    #15World War II Memorial

    World War II Memorial
    World War II Memorial is a nonfiction book written by Maureen Picard Robins. This was originally published in 2009. World War II Memorial provides a background regarding the history of World War II.

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    Ethan Ruiz
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A book about notable WWII Memorials placed in different regions. A nice study of where these monuments and memorials are located for a war that affected most of the world."
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    #16Code Girls

    Code Girls

    Code Girls is a non-fiction book written by Liza Mundy which is about an untold story of the young American women who cracked key Axis codes to secure Allied victory and revolutionize the field of cryptanalysis.

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    Joseph Pearson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I read this book because I enjoy learning about World War II. I found this book to be mediocre in the extreme, however. Not because the subject isn't interesting, but because it's anachronistic in that it tries to insert modern feminist ideas back into history. I get tired of seeing this type of thing happen."
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    #17Ten Thousand Children

    Ten Thousand Children

    Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport by Anne Fox and Eva Abraham-Podietz is a book about holocaust during the World War II.

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    Mario Aguilera
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The children like this book. "
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    #18Bitter Seeds

    Bitter Seeds

    Bitter Seeds is a fantasy science fiction novel written by Ian Tregillis. It was first published in 2010 by Tor Books under ISBN 0765321505. Bitter Seeds is the first book in the Milkweed Triptych series.

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    #19The American Lieutenant

    The American Lieutenant

    The American Lieutenant is a historical romance fiction for young adults written by Peyton Garver. It was originally published in February 2017. It is about an American soldier and his love story with a royal Brit girl.

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    Jennifer Evans
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The American Lieutenant is a historical romance fiction for young adults written by Peyton Garver. It was originally published in February 2017."
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    #20The Tiger in the Attic

    The Tiger in the Attic
    The Tiger in the Attic: Memories of the Kindertransport and Growing Up English by Edith Milton is a nonfiction book about holocaust during the World War II. This was originally published in 2005.
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    Lauren Wells
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Tiger in the Attic is a memoir book about Edith Milton, a jew girl that was lucky enough to leave Germany and settle in the UK with her sister in a foster upper class home. I did not like this memoir, it's a change from those about people who lived in concentration camps, but Milton was unlikeable. She seemed selfish and took everything for granted, she complainted about her kind foster parents and never seemed to be grateful for anything they did. "
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    #21Selling Hitler

    Selling Hitler

    Selling Hitler by Robert Harris is a non-fiction book about Nazi Germany and World War II. It was first published in 1986 by Penguin Books under ISBN-10: 0140099484 and ISBN-13: 978-0140099485.

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    Ajay Kapur
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Selling Hitler tells a really interesting story about how historians fell for fake Hitler diaries, and makes a really interesting case for there being an obsession with Nazi mystique. I get that World War 2 spawned a lot of stories that both needed to be told, and needed to be appreciated for what they were, but this book delves into the sick obsession with manufacturing stories where there weren't any, and I loved it. I loved ever page, for sure. "
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    #22And 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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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A haunting title, an unoften told tale: this is what makes a great book. As interesting as it is forlorn, the struggle to survive in the lowest of times connects humanity through this book."
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    #23The Sniper's Kiss

    The Sniper's Kiss
    The Sniper's Kiss is an LGBT and war-themed book fused with historical fiction written by Justine Saracen, and was published on March 14, 2017 by Bold Strokes Books.
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    Sean Hoffman
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "not world war ll themed"
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    #24Rescuing the Children

    Rescuing the Children

    Rescuing the Children: The Story of the Kindertransport is a nonfiction written by Deborah Hodge. This book about World War II was originally published in 2012 for middle-grade kids.

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    Teresa Payne
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Really great insight into the children's perspective of WWII. I really felt a true connection to the book and the children in it. "
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    #25Tomorrow 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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    Reyansh Gupta
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Tomorrow to Be Brave is a unique look into a perspective of World War 2 you do not get often. Inside is a personable tale of a rough upbringing many cannot fathom. It tells a gripping tale and I struggled to peel myself away from it"

Summary

Best What are the best World War II books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 43 Paid
2My Father Bleeds History (Maus)Books 38 Paid
3A Navy Soldier on Omaha BeachBooks 36 Paid
4The Painted BirdBooks 34 Paid
5Skeletons at the FeastBooks 30 Paid
6Number the StarsBooks 25 Paid
7Letters from Home (McPherson Brothers)Books 22 Paid
8The ReaderBooks 12 Paid
9NightBooks 9 Paid
10Rudder's RangersBooks 5 Paid
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