Top 50 World War 1 Books


(1) All Quiet on the Western Front (2) The Guns of August (3) Dead Wake (4) The First World War (5) Regeneration (6) A Farewell to Arms (7) Birdsong (8) Fall of Giants (9) Goodbye to All That (10) Storm of Steel

1. All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque | avg rating 3.91–401,344 ratings — published 1929


2. The Guns of August

Barbara W. Tuchman | avg rating 4.17–106,451 ratings — published 1962


3. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Erik Larson | avg rating 4.05–172,356 ratings — published 2015


4. The First World War

John Keegan | avg rating 4.01–25,223 ratings — published 1998


5. Regeneration

Pat Barker | avg rating 4.05–32,882 ratings — published 1991


6. A Farewell to Arms

Ernest Hemingway | avg rating 3.80–340,754 ratings — published 1929


7. Birdsong

Sebastian Faulks | avg rating 4.08–90,524 ratings — published 1993


8. Fall of Giants

Ken Follett | avg rating 4.26–305,996 ratings — published 2010


9. Goodbye to All That

Robert Graves | avg rating 4.07–17,327 ratings — published 1929


10. Storm of Steel

Ernst Jünger | avg rating 4.09–15,033 ratings — published 1920


11. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918

Adam Hochschild | avg rating 4.13–14,941 ratings — published 2011


12. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Max Hastings | avg rating 4.02–6,377 ratings — published 2013


13. The Great War and Modern Memory

Paul Fussell | avg rating 4.19–9,305 ratings — published 1975


14. Maisie Dobbs

Jacqueline Winspear | avg rating 3.91–102,861 ratings — published 2003


15. The Ghost Road

Pat Barker | avg rating 4.13–20,049 ratings — published 1995


16. Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Margaret MacMillan | avg rating 4.07–20,155 ratings — published 2001


17. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

Christopher Clark | avg rating 4.18–16,358 ratings — published 2012


18. Leviathan

Scott Westerfeld | avg rating 3.91–193,951 ratings — published 2009


19. The Eye in the Door

Pat Barker | avg rating 4.09–9,616 ratings — published 1993


20. The Zimmermann Telegram

Barbara W. Tuchman | avg rating 4.07–5,738 ratings — published 1958


21. War Horse

Michael Morpurgo | avg rating 4.12–45,554 ratings — published 1982


22. The Summer Before the War

Helen Simonson | avg rating 3.73–69,685 ratings — published 2016


23. A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

G.J. Meyer | avg rating 4.33–8,668 ratings — published 2006


24. Dreadnought

Robert K. Massie | avg rating 4.28–8,734 ratings — published 1991


25. The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916

Alistair Horne | avg rating 4.28–4,938 ratings — published 1962


26. The First World War: A Complete History

Martin Gilbert | avg rating 4.10–4,010 ratings — published 1994


27. The Sandcastle Girls

Chris Bohjalian | avg rating 3.86–60,481 ratings — published 2012


28. Sebastian

Christoph Fischer | avg rating 4.52–1,161 ratings — published 2013


29. The War That Ended Peace: The Road To 1914

Margaret MacMillan | avg rating 4.19–8,911 ratings — published 2013


30. Castles of Steel

Robert K. Massie | avg rating 4.33–3,741 ratings — published 2003


31. The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western Front

Peter Hart | avg rating 3.97–2,367 ratings — published 2005


32. The Marne, 1914: The Opening of World War I and the Battle That Changed the World

Holger H. Herwig | avg rating 3.79–1,661 ratings — published 2009


33. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890–1914

Barbara W. Tuchman | avg rating 4.13–13,816 ratings — published 1962


34. The First World War

Hew Strachan | avg rating 3.89–2,826 ratings — published 2003


35. Life After Life

Kate Atkinson | avg rating 3.73–339,135 ratings — published 2013


36. Testament of Youth

Vera Brittain | avg rating 4.18–19,508 ratings — published 1933


37. The Pity of War: Explaining World War I

Niall Ferguson | avg rating 3.80–4,177 ratings — published 1998


38. The Absolutist

John Boyne | avg rating 4.02–15,600 ratings — published 2011


39. Behemoth

Scott Westerfeld | avg rating 4.19–50,138 ratings — published 2010


40. In Flanders Fields: The 1917 Campaign

Leon Wolff | avg rating 4.04–721 ratings — published 1958


41. Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age

Modris Eksteins | avg rating 4.12–4,994 ratings — published 1989


42. July 1914: Countdown to War

Sean McMeekin | avg rating 4.04–2,109 ratings — published 2013


43. The Girl You Left Behind

Jojo Moyes | avg rating 3.91–199,484 ratings — published 2012


44. The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War

Peter Englund | avg rating 4.16–4,993 ratings — published 2008


45. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

Miranda Carter | avg rating 3.99–5,993 ratings — published 2009


46. The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915–1919

Mark Thompson | avg rating 3.92–1,715 ratings — published 2008


47. Johnny Got His Gun

Dalton Trumbo | avg rating 4.16–56,628 ratings — published 1939


48. Wake

Anna Hope | avg rating 3.78–10,455 ratings — published 2014


49. The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

Richard Rubin | avg rating 4.13–2,410 ratings — published 2013


50. The First Day on the Somme

Martin Middlebrook | avg rating 4.24–2,275 ratings — published 1971


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