What are the best World War II fiction and non-fiction 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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    Brian Marshall
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you read any books in your life, this one has to be on the list. The fear that is written on these pages as this young girl lives in fear of being caught each and every single day is something that I can not imagine. This is truly one of the most influential books in history. This book serves as a constant reminder what happens when racism is truly allowed to run rampart."
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    #2The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Andrea Rivera
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I needed to find the best WWII fiction and non-fiction books. I love to learn about WWII. In fact, I'm studying it in college right now. I found The Book Thief. This is a great novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the times of the Nazis. It's about a young girl named Liesel, who is Jewish, and her struggles during this time period. Check it out if you love WWII stories!"
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    #3The 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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    Chan Liu
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Well written and very informative. I've learned much more about the evil man. Great read for any history buff."
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    #4All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.
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    Harry Lin
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "All the Light we cannot See is a wonderful story set during the backdrop of World War 2. I found it to be extremely touching and honest in it's depiction of the characters. If you're looking for a period novel to read, give this award winner a try."
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    #5Slaughterhouse-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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    Nathan White
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Even 50 years after it was published this book explores the effects of WWII by someone who was there. It likely even is a precursor to what we now know as PSTD. Yet the way it was written contains sufficient distance and humor from the events to allow them to be realistic understand the futility some people feel in the face of tragedy but also the hopefulness of "life goes on" afterwards."
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    #6The Bronze Horseman

    The Bronze Horseman

    The Bronze Horseman is the first book in The Bronze Horseman trilogy. A story where Tatiana meets Alexander, a young officer of the Red Army who will fight against the Germans in the Leningrad siege. 

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    Joy Huang
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "This is a great historical fiction from an original perspective. Usually these novels are written with a particular audience in mind, but this one breaks the mold. It was a captivating read, although slow at times, but also very intense and even emotional at others."
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    #7Hiroshima

    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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    Brandon Powell
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "A good read. Arguably the most interesting part of WWII, and worth the 6 bucks it cost me a million times over. I suggest it to any one and everyone who talks to me about the topic."
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    #8Band 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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    Marilyn Walsh
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This is such a great World War II fiction and non-fiction book. You learn about the war but more importantly you get to experience all the struggle and hardships that these men have gone through. What makes it great is that some of the stuff definitely could have happened, but it might not have in real life. It is a great combination book and I couldn't put it down. It gave me so much more information on the war than you could have found in a history text book. The way those men were and what they thought and how they acted, you couldn't experience that from a school book."
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    #9Number 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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    #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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    James Peterson
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "The best book about WWII, fiction or non-fiction is Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival. It is a true story of Louis Zamperini, a US soldier that survives a plane crash in the Pacific ocean. It details his incredible and torturous journey."
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    #11Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Daniel Stevens
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Animal Farm is one of my all time favorite books. It couches Orwell's anti-communist message in a story appropriate for children. A must read."
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    #12The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 

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    Jerry Hughes
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Bruno lives in WWII era Germany. One day his father gets a promotion, and the family moves to a new house which has a tall fence. Bruno gets over the fence and goes exploring. He meets a boy and strikes up a friendship that later will come back to haunt him."
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    #13Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key

    Sarah's Key is a historical fiction novel by Tatiana de Rosnay which is about the life of 10-year-old Jewish girl named Sarah and then after 60 years, journalist Julia Jarmond unearths Sarah's story.

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    Peter Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I'm someone who loves to read, but I also love history. So I figured I should pick up a historical fiction book. I settled on Sarah's Key which is based around a Jewish girl during World War II. It's a very good read. It's made me cry a few times though. It's very emotionally charged."
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    #14Night

    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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    Barbara Edwards
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I love WWII fiction and non-fiction books. My favorite is Night (The Night). It's the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. It is a super interesting story. I love it! It shows the worst sides of the war and the evils of humanity. I love the in-depth discussion of the concentration camps. Definitely check it out!"
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    #15The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in 1946, it tells the story of Juliet Ashton, a writer, and her correspondence with members of the titular society.
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    Christina Castro
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Fascinating book - I couldn't put it down! Well, of course I really could, but it kept my attention and any time I was doing something else, I was wishing I could be reading it!"
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    #16The Kommandant's Girl

    The Kommandant's Girl

    The Kommandant's Girl is a historical romance novel written by Pam Jenoff, first published in 2007. Set in World War II, it tells the story of a Polish girl and her struggles during the Holocaust period.

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    Lu Sun
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I was moved and inspired by The Kommandant's Girl, however it seems to succeed mostly because it draws from such a monumental part of history. I have read other WWII novels that told a more powerful story and were better written. That's not say that this book wasn't a good read, but it would be less successful if it wasn't drawing on such an impactful, poignant historical moment."
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    #17Suite Française

    Suite Française

    Paris, 1940. Is the beginning of the Nazi occupation. This is a remarkable story about men and woman under hard Nazi France and how they learn to live with the enemy. A classical book by Irène Nemirovsky.

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    Joseph Richardson
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Suite Francaise is a wonderful novel for those into history. It tells the story of the Nazi occupation in France and how people lived with it."
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    #18The 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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    Daniel Antonio
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A common human story that can be translated-to / shared across religious, cultural, and ethnic traditions / backgrounds"
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    #19We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary

    We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary
    We're Alive and Life Goes On: A Theresienstadt Diary is a memoir written by Eva Roubickova. First published in 1998 by Henry Holt and Co., it was translated by Zaia Alexander and the foreword is written by Virginia Euwer Wolff.
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    Heather Hanson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A touching and heart-wrenching account of one young woman's experiences as teen in a concentration camp. It's not always easy to read, but it's easy to understand why it was written."
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    #20Hitler

    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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    Michael Baker
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "For anyone wanting to learn more about world war 2 this book is a must read."
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    #21The 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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    Linda Munoz
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The fact it was published not long after WWII helps with its authenticity in deriving from sources that are unavailable to potential authors of the contemporary era. A classic and a must-read for those wanting insight into D-Day from all sides."
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    #22By 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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    Jordan Day
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This is an account of going into Normandy during World War II. It is a good source for information, and a good story overall with interesting details about being deployed as a tank engineer."
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    #23Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries

    Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries

    Hope in Darkness: The Aba Gefen Diaries is a memoir written by Aba Gefen and translated by Ina Friedman. It was first published in 1990 by Holocaust Library under ISBN 0896041263.

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    Hao Duan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Another good book that really gives you insight into the lives of average people when the WW2 machine broke into their lives. My only complaint is that it's a bit hard to get attached because the book says so little about Gefen personally."
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    #24Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

    Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism

    Ruth Maier's Diary: A Young Girl's Life Under Nazism is a memoir written by Ruth Maier, translated by Jamie Bulloch, and edited by Jan Erik Vold. Ruth Maiers dagbok - en jødisk flyktning i Norge is the original title of the book.

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    Catherine Walker
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The story of Ruth Maier was deeply involving and full of pathos. Having a first-hand account of the life that she lived and the events that she witnessed is both instructive and important. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially to people who want to educate themselves about World War II. The fact that these are true accounts of a person who really lived is what makes it all the more fascinating."
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    #25No Less Than Victory (World War II)

    No Less Than Victory (World War II)

    No Less Than Victory is the peak of glory for Jeffrey Shaara's creative retelling of an important part of history. This novel is the last book in the author's World War II series. The book was published on November 3rd, 2009 by Ballantine Books.

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    Scott Collins
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "It's a very interesting subject, but personally I'm not a big fan of war novels. I find them a bit boring and depressing to read and this book was no exception. I could see that if you like this type of book that you would definitely enjoy the depth and discussion involved, but for me it was a bit much."
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    #26Rudder'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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    Roger Hudson
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a well rated non-fiction account of the d-day invasion from the standpoint of James Rudder and his men. This certainly fits in with the topic, although one will need to look elsewhere for fiction books."
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    #27In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics

    In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics
    In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics is a non-fiction book written by Victoria F. Nourse. It was first published in 2008 by W. W. Norton Company under ISBN 0393065294.

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    Tiffany Murray
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "In Reckless Hands is a great non-fiction account of the Skinner vs. Oklahoma case. It's a great story with rich history that any history buff should read. A lot of American law and history. "
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    #28Lost 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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    Hansika Jindal
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I love WWII fiction and non-fiction books. My favorite book right now about WWII is Lost in Shangri-La. It's by Mitchell Zuckoff and published by Harper, which I love. It's a non-fiction account of the survivors of Gremlin Special Crash and is really a very fascinating account of everything. If you love non-fiction, history, and especially WWII, check this out!"
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    #29Ruthka: A Diary of War

    Ruthka: A Diary of War

    Ruthka: A Diary of War is a memoir written by Rutka Laskier. First published in 1993, the book was edited and translated by Jehoshua Eibeshitz and Anna Eilenberg-Eibeshitz. 

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    Jorge Rivera
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Ruthka: A Diary of War is a book by Rutka Laskier. It is available from Amazon for $299.00. It is the story of a Polish Jew surviving World War II. It is a moving story that we can learn from but the price tag is way out of line. It can't be a good fit with it being so insanely overpriced."
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    #30Invasion! 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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    Daniel Davidson
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "One of the my favorite history books of all time is Invasion! They're Coming! by Paul Carell. It talks about what the Third Reich did after they learned about D-Day. Great book if you want a different perspective of the second world war. "
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    #31Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

    Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity

    Better for All the World: The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity is a non-fiction book written by Harry Bruinius. It was first published in 2006 by Knopf under ISBN 0375413715.

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    Harold Hudson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book was a hard read about a difficult subject. Some of the details in it are still being questioned. I would not recommend this book to anyone without an existing interest in the topic. "
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    #32Code 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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    Christina Pan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    " I love reading stories about how women helped the war effort. A lot of the WW2 stories are about ht e men fighting on the front but this is about the women in the background who help and support them in a meaningful way. "
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    #33The Final Storm (World War II)

    The Final Storm (World War II)

    Jeff Shaara's The Final Storm shows a different perspective in his chronicle of novels on World War II. The book about the war in the Pacific was published on May 17th, 2011 by Ballantine Books.

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    Shreyas Vyas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a very somber tale about the tragedies of war. It really puts into perspective the harsh realty that a brutal battlefield presents to the human soul. As hard as it was for me to read, I truly enjoyed the story. Not for the feint of heart, but you won't regret picking reading it. "
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    #34From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany

    From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics and Racism in Germany

    From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany is a non-fiction book written by Richard Weikart. It was first published in 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan under ISBN 140397201X.

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    Brenda Carpenter
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Clearly, the works of Darwin were used by a lot of eugenicists to support their ideas. The scientist of Nazi Germany were no exception to this. That's no great revelation, although this book does examine the evolution of the race theories of Nazi Germany from their Darwinist basis. There are a couple of problems here. First, anti-semitism has a history in Germany that predates Darwin and his theories by centuries. Second, the author seems to have a personal animus against the idea of evolution in general, and wants to use this book as a way to express that. This singlemindedness undermines the useful information in this book."
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    #35Bitter 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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    Shaurya Khan
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you are going to look up a modern day WW2 book with no preference to fiction or non fiction, Ian Tegillis makes it an extremely easy decision on what to choose. He has created a very unique masterpiece that intertwines the real life events in this adventurous WW2 era book. It is an absolute must read for anyone interested in reading a good book on adventure and action."
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    #36Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany

    Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany
    Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany is a non-fiction book written by Horst Biesold and with an introduction from Henry Friedlander. It was first published in 1999 by Gallaudet University Press under ISBN 1563682559.
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    Kenneth Spencer
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Crying Hands takes on a topic that we don't see written about very much in a World War 2 book. It looks at the plight of deaf people who were sterilized and murdered by the Nazis. I found this accounting to be extremely interesting and I learned a lot from reading it."
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    #37The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism

    The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism
    The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism is a non-fiction book written by Stefan Kuhl. It was first published in 1994 and reprinted in 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA.
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    Roger Wheeler
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The holocaust will always go hand in hand with World War II, and The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl is just as stirring to me as any other World War II involving book. This book talks about some of America's darkest ideas regarding eugenics and just how closed they mirrored Nazi Germany's own practices. For me it was both disgusting and perplexing to read about. "
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    #38Parachute 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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    Stephanie Washington
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "For my money, we can never get enough of the stories of World War II, whether fiction or non-fiction. It truly is the Great Generation and we don't know enough about those times. Parachute Infantry tells a great story that deserves to be heard."
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    #39Utah 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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    Jack Aguilar
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Not only is this an informative piece of reading, it is intriguing and in depth! I found that this is a truly comprehensive resource for all things related to the airborne operations, and the amphibious operations alike on D-day. I would recommend this to anyone looking to add to their collection of WWII knowledge! Do not hesitate to make this purchase, it is down right the way to go!"
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    #40Killing the Rising Sun

    Killing the Rising Sun

    Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan is a powerful and riveting book in Bill O'Reilly's The Killing Series. It's a page-turner that details the final moments of World War II like never before.

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    Stephanie Chapman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan."
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    #41Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General (The Killing Series)

    Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General (The Killing Series)

    Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General is one of the most riveting works in Bill O'Reilly's The Killing Series. The most epic book in the series, it recounts the events surrounding General Patton's tragic death.

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    Dennis Schneider
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "I find World War II books to be fascinating. I am able to learn things I didn't know before. This book, Killing Patton, is a really good one. I would recommend it if you are trying to find a good book about the war. It is probably the best one I've come across. I would highly recommend it. "
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    #42The Tenth Man

    The Tenth Man

    The Tenth Man is a book by Graham Greene that tells the story about a group of men that was captured by the German's on World War II. One of them managed to trade his wealth for his life and this is his story.

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    Christopher Rose
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "Graham Greene spins a really in depth story about an account that happens during World War II. This story is about a group of men imprisoned by German soldiers during World War II and how one of them trades his wealth outside for his life and freedom. Basically we follow how this action has affects on his life afterwards in a some really surprising ways. I'm not going to spoil anything but I was engrossed in reading this and it constantly surprised me with how things unfolded."
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    #43Gotcha!

    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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    Beverly Morrison
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a great book! So many interesting things to be told! "
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    #44Rose Blanche

    Rose Blanche

    Rose Blanche is a picture book by Roberto Innocenti and Christophe Gallaz. It was translated by Martha Coventry and Richard Graglia. The book was first published in 1985 by Creative Editions under ISBN 1568461895.

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    Rosa Delgado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Rose Blanche is an interesting picture book that really illustrates a perspective about World War II. It shows the point of view of a German school girl during war time and is very educational and interesting for children who are old enough to learn about this topic."
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    #45Saving Children from the Holocaust

    Saving Children from the Holocaust

    Saving Children from the Holocaust: The Kindertransport is a nonfiction book about holocaust written by Ann Byers. This was originally published in 2011.

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    Ralph Lynch
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book covers a very heartbreaking topic, and is a must read for those interested in the horrors of World War II. I also appreciated that it included actual photography from the era, which made it even easier to become immersed."
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    #46The Rover

    The Rover

    The Rover is a book by Joseph Conrad that tells the story of naval life during the Napoleonic Era. This revolves around the life story of Peyrol. He will retire from duty but his Lieutenant will call him back again to serve. 

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    Angela Chavez
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This book isn't about WWII at all. It's actually about the Napoleonic era. Those wanting a tale of WWII should look elsewhere."
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    #47Across the River and into the Trees

    Across the River and into the Trees

    Across the River and into the Trees is about the story of war-ravaged American colonel Richard Cantwell who was stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War and his love for a young Italian countess. 

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    Joe Murray
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I'm not the biggest fan of historical pieces, but I do like romance. And war is always a nice backdrop because battle is a great way to keep lovers apart without it seeming trite. This book is a little tough to follow sometimes, but I still found it interesting. Some nobility, some wealthy, and the horror of war all wrapped around a building love story. A good read."
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    #48The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom

    The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom
    The Warsaw Diary of Adam Czerniakow: Prelude to Doom is a non-fiction book written by Adam Czerniakow and edited by Raul Hilberg, Stanislaw Staron, and Josef Kermisz. It was first published in 1978.
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    Patricia Castañeda
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I found this book difficult to read and not because of the language used; more so because of the topic surrounding the book. It takes you back to the Nazi occupation and the choices made during that time. It is factual, it is scary, it is horrifying in every sense of the word. It's a great book but difficult to read. "
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    #49I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years

    I Will Bear Witness 1942-1945: A Diary of the Nazi Years

    I Will Bear Witness 1942-45 A Diary of the Nazi Years is a memoir written by Victor Klemperer and translated by Martin Chalmers. It was first published in 1995 and is the second book in the I Will Bear Witness series.

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    Tyler Wade
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an excellent book to pick up for non-fiction fans. It is especially good for someone who is interested in WWII. "
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    #50I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941

    I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1941

    I Will Bear Witness 1933-41 A Diary of the Nazi Years is a memoir written by Victor Klemperer and translated by Martin Chalmers. It was first published in 1995 and is the first book in the I Will Bear Witness series.

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    Ethan Ryan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "if you really want to know what the horror of war during the time of nazi reign in world was is, read I will bera witness: a diary of the nazi years, 1933-1941. well written literature based on account of those who witness these times in history"
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    #51Selling 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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    Ernesto Francisco
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Set during Hilter's prime in the 1940's of World War II, this historical tale of his rise and fall from power is insightful and intriguing. How one person can obtain such power, whether through luck or sheer willpower, is explored in this somewhat biopic of the famous, malevolent figure. The book follows a set of key chronological events during his lifetime and helps to alleviate the mystery of what drove Hitler to become who he was."
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    #52The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto

    The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in the Warsaw Ghetto is a memoir written by Mary Berg and with the introduction written by Susan Lee Pentlin. It was translated by Norbert Guterman and Sylvia Glass and edited by S.L. Shneiderman.

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    Sandra Kennedy
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Sounds like a very good ready. Especially for maybe a history lesson in school"
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    #53Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust

    Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust

    Rutka's Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust is a memoir written by Rutka Laskier and edited by Kelly Knauer. First published in 2006, the book was prepared by Yad Vashem and Time-Life Books.

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    Larry Burke
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "More than seventy years have now passed since Rutka Laskier died in Auschwitz. This is the story of a young Jewish girl from Bedzin, Poland, that was captured by the German army in the late 1930's and it gives a glimpse of the daily struggles of the Jews in Poland at the time and the horrors of the Holocaust."
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    #54Kindertransport

    Kindertransport

    Kindertransport is a memoir written by Olga Levy Drucker. This nonfiction book about World War II was originally published in 1992. In this book, the author narrates her struggles in England as a Jewish refugee.

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    Jennifer Rogers
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Kindertransport is a lovely book about World War II and includes real life stories, as well as some fiction thrown in. The author was a Jewish refugee in England during the war and this book chronicles her life as she went through the trials and tribulations of both her religion and her sex. It's a very good story and the ending is not what you would think. "
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    #55Hitler

    Hitler

    Hitler: The Terminal Biography is the first book in The Biographizer Trilogy written by D. Harlan Wilson. It is first published in 2014 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. 

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    Carol Boyd
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I was hoping to read a book about Hitler that told some interesting facts about the man. However, this book says that it is a biography about Hitler when it is not. It is pure fiction masked as fact."
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    #56A 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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    Jacob Flores
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Lovely biography about a WWII Navy soldier. He joined the marines for their invasion of Omaha Beach and is quite the story."

Summary

Best What are the best World War II fiction and non-fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 26 Paid
2The Book ThiefBooks 23 Paid
3The Rise and Fall of the Third ReichBooks 22 Paid
4All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 21 Paid
5Slaughterhouse-FiveBooks 20 Paid
6The Bronze HorsemanBooks 19 Paid
7HiroshimaBooks 18 Paid
8Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's NestBooks 16 Paid
9Number the StarsBooks 15 Paid
10Unbroken: A World War II Story of SurvivalBooks 14 Paid
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