The 10 Best WWII Books
One of these WWII books would make the perfect gift for any history buff or student, or could simply be an informative and attractive coffee table book. These riveting accounts of various individuals' and groups' experiences in differing theaters of the war provide a thorough understanding of the conflict, and should serve as a warning to us about the horrors of all wars. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best wwii book on Amazon.
Sometimes following one man's journey is the best way to get a larger sense of a place and period. The Liberator, by Alex Kershaw, makes much of WWII accessible in this way. It's a bloody accounting of a soldier's journey that lasts some 500 days.
- tells of the dachau liberation
- it's a grim, but inspiring story
- lots of short, choppy paragraphs
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
The Longest Winter is the story of a vastly outnumbered American platoon that was told to hold their position at all cost and repulsed three large German assaults in a fierce day-long battle. They only surrendered when they completely ran out of ammunition.
- vivid and dramatic prose
- an epic tale of survival in world war ii
- begins to drag midway through the book
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
If you're looking to read a book about unbridled heroism and bravery, then Ghost Soldiers is your book. The author vividly recreates the daring raid of 121 hand-selected U.S. troops who slipped behind enemy lines to rescue 513 POWs languishing in the Filipino jungle.
- demonstrates soldiering at its best
- includes account of bataan death march
- contains material only for adult readers
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII tells the now famous, almost forgotten story of the part our Navajo heroes played in the war. They created the only unbroken code in modern warfare.
- story of bravery and resilience
- includes the actual navajo codes
- introduction is needlessly prolonged
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany has been considered a definitive account of the Nazi party's history for decades. It is written by an author who has years of firsthand exposure as a reporter during the war.
- extremely well researched
- reads like a novel
- at 1600 pages, some may find it too long
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
Published by National Geographic, Eyewitness to World War II brings you up close and personal with many the tragedies and triumphs of WWII. It creates a dramatic tapestry of wartime events from the battlefield and the home front for a comprehensive look at what took place.
- presents an absorbing narrative
- includes lots of rare photographs
- has incredible first-person stories
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II is a moving tale of compassion in the heart of war. It tells the amazing story of two enemies who faced each other in the war and then met up decades after the war ended.
- heartwarming and uplifting
- just as extremely captivating
- an easy and enjoyable read
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
Band of Brothers from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest tells the tale of an ordinary group of men who became some of WWII's most extraordinary heroes. It follows the 101st airborne division from their 1942 Georgia training camp to its disbanding in 1945.
- inspiration for celebrated hbo series
- has comments from 101st airborne vets
- ny times number 1 best seller
|Publisher||Ambrose, Stephen E.|
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
If a picture says a thousand words, TIME-LIFE World War II in 500 Photographs says 500,000 words. It contains moving, shocking, and inspiring imagery from the conflict and is just as entertaining as it is informative. It's the perfect gift for the war buff in your life.
- replete with color maps
- includes profiles of key players
- perfect for coffee table or waiting room
|Publisher||Daspin, Eileen (EDT)|
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption tells an almost unbelievable, yet true, story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes from floating adrift at sea to spending years in a Japanese POW camp.
- inspiration for major motion picture
- based on interviews and diaries
- won amazon's best book of the month
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|