What are the best World War II history Books?

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    #1The 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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    Stephanie Kennedy
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "There are so many books out there about World War II, and it's hard to tell which ones are good and worth it or which ones are fake. The Rover has been a great read, by Joseph Conrad. This is a story about the naval life during the Napoleonic Era. It revolves around the life story of Peyrol. "
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    #2The 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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    Heather Bradley
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This book is an oldie but a goodie. I was skeptical of this book because it was published so long ago, but I was wrong to be. Now I see why this book was a classic. Ryan really captures the day and makes you almost feel like you were there. If you want an account of D-Day, this is really the only book you need."
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    #3Rudder'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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    Helen Wade
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "If you love war history, as I do, you will really enjoy this book. It is exciting and engaging. It tells a story while teaching about events in history all in one. I was extremely satisfied with my purchase, and ended the book craving more material of its kind. "
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    #4No 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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    #5A 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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    Jessica Kelley
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This is an incredibly detailed book that I actually really liked. I wanted to learn more about World War II and my dad suggested this book. It was really easy to read and captivated my attention."
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    #6Invasion! 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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    Tiffany Murray
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Invasion: They're Coming! is the German Account of the D-Day Landings and the 80-Day Battle for France. It's a great option for those interested in learning more about WW2."
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    #7The 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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    Kathleen Young
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Final Storm (World War II) is my best history book it talks about the war in the Pacific i really enjoy reading the book"
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    #8Omaha Beach and Beyond

    Omaha Beach and Beyond
    Omaha Beach and Beyond: The Long March of Sergeant Bob Slaughter is a memoir written by John Robert Slaughter with the help and foreword of Alex Kershaw. It is about the main author's experience in the U.S. invasion of Omaha Beach.

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    José Juan Tovar
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "This is the book you should purchase being somebody who is interested in the accounts from actual soldiers on the battlefields of Omaha Beach and other theaters of battle during WWII. You won't get accuracy like you'd get from the perspective of somebody who was actually there fighting, so give this a read."
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    #9Parachute 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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    Ai Yu
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "While this is an excellent book, i wouldn't necessarily call it a history book or a best of. I was looking for a much broader overview of this history of the war as opposed to a first hand account. For this reason i give a low rating. I will keep looking for a comprehensive, all encompassing overview."
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    #10Agent 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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    Jeremy Carlson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    " Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal is the story of a real spy during World War II. It follows the story of Eddie Chapman who is captured by the Nazis but then offers to work for them in order to avoid staying in prison. However Chapman is then captured by the British and again avoids jail by joining the fight. This is one of the more entertaining character stories of the War and one that most everyone will enjoy. "
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    #11Utah 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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    #12The Spanish Holocaust

    The Spanish Holocaust

    The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain is a non-fiction book written by Paul Preston which gives an insight into one of the most unexamined era of the modern European history. 


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    Brian Marshall
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Technically this is not a World War II book as it covers the time period of 1930 - 1937. However a lot of the events that caused WWII and the lead to put the creation of the Axis powers are somewhat covered. This is more so the specific investigation of what was happening in Spain at that time."
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    #13The Upstairs Room

    The Upstairs Room
    The Upstairs Room, the first book in Johanna Reiss' famous series, tells the story of the 10-year-old Annie, a Jew living in Holland during World War II, and her courageous fight to survive the Nazis by hiding in a cramped attic.

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    Aaron Wood
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "I really like first person narratives that come from the World War II era. Even if it's astounding and distraught as a little girl hiding out in the attic to avoid detection and deportation. I think it's an emotionally moving piece of history, and it is a true story, even praised by Elie Wiesel. As far as a history book goes though it will only contain the aspects of the horrible Jewish discrimination and hate, but this is an important part of what World War II was about."
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    #14The Monuments Men

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

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    Harry Freeman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I wanted to learn more about WWII and more about the looting of treasure. I read this book and it greatly help my learning."
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    #15By 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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    Kathryn Woods
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Autobiographical in nature it delves into the harrowing lives of those operating tanks on the battlefields of World War II. Not the best in class as far as writing goes, but the personal experience makes this have a more personal feel than many other writings on the subject."
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    #16Unbroken: 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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    Andrew Ortiz
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "A perfect 5/5 Amazon rating with nearly 30,000 reviews, this book is one of Amazon's most popular WW2 history books. While the solution isn't a list of books, this can certainly be claimed as one of the best in the category."
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    #17Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

    Flyboys: A True Story of Courage

    James Bradley is the acclaimed author of Flags of Our Fathers, The Imperial Cruise and The China Mirage. Now presents a brilliant bestseller that focuses on one of the darkest secrets of the World War II: the Fly Boys, hidden to the public opinion for 60 years. 


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    Juan Dean
    Written on February 20, 2018
    "Considering how much I liked the authors previous works I was really underwhelmed by this book. It reads muddled and while I was not as bothered by some of his confused attempts to rationalize some of Imperial Japan actions as others I still feel like he either needed to write about about the historic connections of America and Japan and the atrocities they have committed or stayed better focused on the Fly Boys themselves and give a quicker summery. As it reads it feels like two books mashed together."
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    #18Flags 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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    Marie Sandoval
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "This book is phenomenal, I could not put it down. It should be required reading for every high school senior."
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    #19A Higher Call

    A Higher Call
    In December 1943 an American bomber struggles to fly over the III Reich controlled by the Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, when suddenly a Messerschmitt piloted by Franz Stigler, destroy the plane and Franz can kill Charlie just pulling the trigger. What happened next was defined as "The most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II". 

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    Juan Antonio Sotelo
    Written on February 22, 2018
    "A Higher Call is one hell of good WW2 book. I enjoyed it, and if you are into that genre, I bet you will too. It elaborates on the classic battle between Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler, a story I never get bored with. "
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    #20Ghost Soldiers

    Ghost Soldiers
    "Ghost Soldiers" by Hampton Sides explains a story that began on January 28, 1945, when121 hand-selected US are sent to the enemies lines in the Philipines to rescue 513 POWs in a concentration camp, survivors of the Bataan Death March.

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    Xiang Gong
    Written on February 14, 2018
    "A very good history book telling a largely unknown tale. A unique must-read story for anyone interested in military history. "
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    #21Berlin Diary

    Berlin Diary

    Willian L. Shirer is an acclaimed journalist and bestseller author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich presents the day-by-day journal that began on the Germany of 1930, and ends in the collapse of the nazi world, in 1945.


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    Susan Cox
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "Another great book and explains our history. So many of people are afraid to talk about our history but our history made us into what we are today! No need to keep information from our growing generation coming into adulthood. Tell it like it is. This is real journalism! "
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    #22D-day: June 6, 1944

    D-day: June 6, 1944

    The "D-Day" by Stephen E. Ambrose has been written on the bases of more than 1000 oral stories of all of those men who fought in the Normandy beaches on June 1944. This is the true story that inspired the acclaimed HBO show 'Band of Brothers'.


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    Edward Banks
    Written on February 9, 2018
    "I like this book so much. I thought that it was full of important info about the war. If you like world war two this is the book to read."
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    #23The 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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    Simon Huang
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This is a great read for all you WW2 buffs out there! It was a great read and interesting to learn more about the history of the war that I didn't know before."
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    #24A Bridge Too Far

    A Bridge Too Far

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic war film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan. It was adapted by William Goldman and directed by Richard Attenborough. It stars actors Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, and Michael Caine.


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    Andrea Carr
    Written on February 16, 2018
    "This solution is actually a movie and not a book. However, the movie is based on a book that has become famous as a high-quality book about WWII. The actual book is very well written and is well-rated."
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    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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    Rachel Little
    Written on February 15, 2018
    "I think this solution is relevant, as the bombing of Hiroshima occurred during the final stages of WW2. Yet again, I don't feel that just covering this topic alone justifies one of the best WW2 books. It does have some pretty good reviews, but as a simple search, I was able to come up with better respected titles in regards to WW2. "
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    #26Band 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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    Raymond Harvey
    Written on February 21, 2018
    "This is an excellent book. There are so many out there, so it's hard to say which is the best but a very good read."
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    #27And 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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    Ralph Stephens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "My dad is a WW2 buff, so I got him And the Violins Stopped Playing from the store. He absolutely loved it! It gave him a different perspective to look at for that time period. "
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    #28The Rising Tide (World War II)

    The Rising Tide (World War II)

    From the creator of classic historical novel Jeff Shaara now embarks on America's journey during the World War II in The Rising Tide. The novel was published on November 7th, 2006 by Ballantine Books.


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    Sandra Valenzuela
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is a must read for anyone into WWII books. The Rising Tide will not disappoint you. Historical fiction about the war with minute details and behind the scene stories of the war. This may well very well be one of the best books I've read about WWII."
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    #29East West Street

    East West Street

    East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity" is a history book written by Philippe Sands. This nonfiction book was originally published in 2016.


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    Zachary Day
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "seems like a great option, i would love to read it myself"


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