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


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