100 Best Non-fiction War Books

1. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

2. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

3. Hiroshima by John Hersey

4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

5. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman

6. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell

7. All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To by Stuart Laycock

8. Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World by Patrick J. Buchanan

9. Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

10. 1939 — The War That Had Many Fathers: The Long Run-Up to the Second World War by Gerd Schultze-Rhonhof

11. In the Graveyard of Empires: America’s War in Afghanistan by Seth G. Jones

12. Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War by Anthony Shadid

13. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

14. War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier by Smedley D. Butler

15. None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture by Joshua E.S. Phillips

16. We Were Soldiers Once… and Young: Ia Drang — The Battle that Changed the War in Vietnam by Harold G. Moore

17. Flags of Our Fathers by James D. Bradley

18. The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back by Charles Pellegrino

19. Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

20. Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

21. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark

22. With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge

23. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

24. The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan

25. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William L. Shirer

26. A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan

27. Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945 by Michihiko Hachiya

28. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943 by Antony Beevor

29. Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany by Stephen E. Ambrose

30. Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson

31. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

32. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks

33. Night by Elie Wiesel

34. When The Soldiers Came by Miriam Gebhardt

35. Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War by Evan Wright

36. D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches by Stephen E. Ambrose

37. Hiroshima in America by Robert Jay Lifton

38. Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

39. The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer

40. The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor

41. 1776 by David McCullough

42. Dispatches by Michael Herr

43. War by Sebastian Junger

44. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang

45. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942–1943 (World War II Liberation Trilogy, #1) by Rick Atkinson

46. Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James D. Bradley

47. A Bloody Business: America’s War Zone Contractors and the Occupation of Iraq by Gerry Schumacher

48. Knight’s Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel by David Fraser

49. The First World War by John Keegan

50. Jarhead : A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford

51. Rome’s Greatest Defeat: Massacre in the Teutoburg Forest by Adrian Murdoch

52. The Civil War: A Narrative by Shelby Foote

53. A Rumor Of War by Philip Caputo

54. Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves

55. Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Dick Winters

56. Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad by William Craig

57. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

58. The Face Of Battle: A Study Of Agincourt, Waterloo And The Somme by John Keegan

59. Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America’s Wild Frontier by Stephen E. Ambrose

60. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

61. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour by James D. Hornfischer

62. Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie

63. Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills by Charles Henderson

64. Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath by Paul Ham

65. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam

66. The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill

67. Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 by Max Hastings

68. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

69. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

70. Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

71. In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton

72. Enola Gay: The Bombing of Hiroshima by Gordon Thomas

73. Rommel: The Desert Fox by Desmond Young

74. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

75. Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck by Hans von Luck

76. Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944–1945 by Max Hastings

77. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

78. Panzer Leader by Heinz Guderian

79. Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima by Robert Jay Lifton

80. How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat by Bevin Alexander

81. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph by T.E. Lawrence

82. Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger Knights Cross by Albrecht Wacker

83. Finland’s War Of Choice: The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II by Henrik O. Lunde

84. To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy

85. A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies by Martin J. Sherwin

86. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944 by Rick Atkinson

87. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

88. Infantry Attacks by Erwin Rommel

89. The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944–45 by Stephen E. Ambrose

90. The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of World War II’s Most Decorated Platoon by Alex Kershaw

91. Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel P. Bolger

92. Rommel: The Trail of the Fox by David Irving

93. One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel Fick

94. Panzer Aces: German Tank Commanders in World War II by Franz Kurowski

95. Meantime: The Aesthetics of Soldiering by Stephen Paul Register

96. A Soul Remembers Hiroshima by Dolores Cannon

97. Als die Soldaten kamen: Die Vergewaltigung deutscher Frauen am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs by Miriam Gebhardt

98. The Conquest of Gaul by Gaius Julius Caesar

99. Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War by William Manchester

100. Tigers In The Mud: The Combat Career of German Panzer Commander Otto Carius by Otto Carius

Source: www.goodreads.com/list/show/824.Best_Non_fiction_War_Books



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