What are the best WWII fictions and biographies?

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    #1The 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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    Huang Wan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This fiction book takes place during WWII. It was made into a movie that I think was very moving and deep. However, the book is much better. It is kind of sad, but also tells you a lot about the time period."
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    #2A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies

    A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies

    First published in 1975, this book perfectly narrates the development of the atomic bomb by the United States, the decision to finally use it against Japan and how that was the beginning of the Cold War against the Soviet Union.

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    Jesse Chen
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "This book does such a great job of telling one of the most horrendous stories in U.S. history and the destruction that came with it. For me it's helped to place things in a perspective that I've never felt before and I definitely recommend this to anyone even remotely interested in this topic."
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    #3Number 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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    Sanvi Powar
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I enjoyed the view of Annemarie and the innocence as we see things from her perspective, that of a young girl during WWII. I would recommend everyone to read this book and let your children learn about the strives that the Jews faced and the people that helped them escape the hands of the Nazi soldier. There are some parts that may seem a little scary for younger children but by far, this is the best I've read for young ones. "
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    #4All Honorable Men

    All Honorable Men
    This book unveils the connections many Wall Street corporations had with the Nazi Germany before WWII, some of them knowing that the money they were giving them was funding what ultimately would be the political party that would cause the biggest war of all time. 
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    David Weber
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This product doesn't seem to exist; it appears to be a bad link. When I look for the title, there are more than a few books that bear the same name."
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    #5Anne 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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    Pamela Hayes
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "While hiding from the Nazi's, Anne Frank captures the essence of fear, trauma and loneliness surrounding this young girl's life. She engages the reader to safely experience this period of time with her. You will feel the essence of challenges of of the strength of her fortitude. You will take away with you her timeless energy which has been reduced to powerful words and left to be shared. "
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    #6If I Should Die Before I Wake

    If I Should Die Before I Wake
    If I Should Die Before I Wake is Han Nolan's novel about an anti-Semite girl named Hilary who suffered an accident that brought her consciousness to the body of Chana, a Jew living in the concentration camps in World War II.
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    Magdalena Mora
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "A thought provoking page turner, If I Should Die Before I Wake could be considered one of the most well written immersive accounts of concentration camps in World War II. An important look into another person's viewpoint, this book will not disappoint."
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    #7The 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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    Jacqueline Lawson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "An engrossing story that deals with delicate issues of the Holocaust in a really meaningful way. While you may think this book is just for a Christian audience you would be wrong. The story is so interesting and well written, you will find the book hard to put down."
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    #8The 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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    Aaron Martinez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. This is a unique new perspective on World War II."
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    #9Sarah'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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    Linda Deng
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "WWII was a huge event in history, and there are many aspects of the war that could be touched upon. When it comes to fiction or biographies about this time period, one could talk about the military aspect, the perspective of the Jewish people, or even the conflict with the Eastern nations. This one is a great choice for exploring the Jewish people and their struggles during the war."
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    #10All 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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    Eugene Owens
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I did not like this book very much. The characters were well described but I felt little warmth toward either of the main ones. The book skips around from one year to another which is confusing but also puzzling as to why. The main characters' lives run parallel to each other in the various chapters but it takes a long time for the two to finally connect. Once they do, it is so brief it makes little sense as to why it was them. I am aware this won a pulitzer prize but all I can say is that it is probably a good thing I was not on that committee. "
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    #11Night

    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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    Jordan Elliott
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Set during the WW2, the story of a family surviving in the harrowing concentration camps of the German occupied Europe. This story of survivors and strangers shows a side of humanity that is compassionate, emapathetic, but also horrific and harrowing. Each member of the camp has their own unique characteristics and it's how these people band together to make the best out of a horrible situation, that shines the heroics on their plight."
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    #12Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar

    Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment is a nonfiction history book written by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston. This was published in 1972.

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    Jerry Cole
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This painted a vivid picture of what life was like during WW2. I really felt as if I knew the character by the end. The story was gripping and excellent. I really enjoyed this look into history."
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    #13By 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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    Walter Howell
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I got interested in war stories a few years back and this one was my newest pick up. Great book."
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    #14The Trigger

    The Trigger

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

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    Christine Rios
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin who Brought World to War details the story of a young man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. His death led to a war among many countries that will change the world forever."
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    #15Kingdom of Shadows

    Kingdom of Shadows
    Kingdom of Shadows is the sixth book of the Night Soldiers series written by Alan Furst. This novel is a spy thriller historical fiction during the Nazi era. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2001 by Random House Trade.
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    Agustina López
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This book is a historical fiction set in the Nazi Era about Nicholas Morath, a hero who is embroiled in espionage but works at an advertising agency by day. It's fun and captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat, I would recommend it to anyone looking to read about WWII fiction."
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    #16The Race for Paris

    The Race for Paris

    The Race for Paris is a historical fiction written by Meg White Clayton. This historical fiction was published on August 11, 2015 by Harper. The Race for Paris was set on Normandy in 1944.

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    Sanvi Sarin
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a great historical fiction WWII novel! The characters are mesmerizing and amazing. The plot and setting are very well don! You'll get so immersed in this book it will be like you're there in the pages yourself, playing the role of journalists during a treacherous time. "
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    #17Making of Neil Kinnock

    Making of Neil Kinnock

    The Making of Neil Kinnock by Robert Harris is a non-fiction book about Neil Kinnock,  the Welsh Labor Party politician. It was first published in 1984 by Faber & Faber under ISBN-10: 0571132677 and ISBN-13: 978-0571132676.

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    Henry Roberts
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a terrible solution as Neil Kinnok was a Welsh Labor Party politician and had no ties to WWII. Not even relevant! 0 stars for this solution."

Summary

Best What are the best WWII fictions and biographies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Book ThiefBooks 50 Paid
2A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its LegaciesBooks 45 Paid
3Number the StarsBooks 43 Paid
4All Honorable MenBooks 40 Paid
5Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 38 Paid
6If I Should Die Before I WakeBooks 34 Paid
7The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten BoomBooks 29 Paid
8The Boy in the Striped PajamasBooks 25 Paid
9Sarah's KeyBooks 22 Paid
10All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 15 Paid
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