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30 Essential World War II Books That Examine Every Angle of the Conflict

From the Pacific theater to the coast of France, discover the greatest World War II books.

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The Filthy Thirteen

The Filthy Thirteen

By Richard Killblane and Jake McNiece

Russia at War, 1941–1945

Russia at War, 1941–1945

By Alexander Werth

Our Crime Was Being Jewish

Our Crime Was Being Jewish

By Anthony Pitch

Killing the Bismarck

Killing the Bismarck

By Iain Ballantyne

A Man Called Intrepid

A Man Called Intrepid

By William Stevenson

Dr. Seuss Goes to War

Dr. Seuss Goes to War

By Richard H. Minear

Japan Runs Wild, 1942–1943

Japan Runs Wild, 1942–1943

By Peter Harmsen

With Hitler to the End

With Hitler to the End

By Heinz Linge

Lady Death

Lady Death

By Lyudmila Pavlichenko

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Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France

By James Holland

"The Good War"

"The Good War"

By Studs Terkel

Auschwitz and the Allies

Auschwitz and the Allies

By Martin Gilbert

The Miracle of Dunkirk

The Miracle of Dunkirk

By Walter Lord

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Hiroshima

By John Hersey

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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

By E.B. Sledge

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich

By Lucas Delattre

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

By William L. Shirer

The Rise of Germany, 1939–1941

The Rise of Germany, 1939–1941

By James Holland

Guadalcanal Diary

Guadalcanal Diary

By Richard Tregaskis

Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates

By William Craig

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Maus

By Art Spiegelman

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Big Week: The Biggest Air Battle of World War II

By James Holland

Escape from Sobibor

Escape from Sobibor

By Richard Rashke

Shanghai 1937

Shanghai 1937

By Peter Harmsen

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The Longest Day

By Cornelius Ryan

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In the Garden of Beasts

By Erik Larson

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An Army at Dawn

By Rick Atkinson

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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

By Anthony Beevor

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Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

By Nicholson Baker