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Best World War 2 Books

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Best World War 2 Books
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The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - 2007-09-11 (first published in 2005)
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins ...
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All the Light We Cannot See
A Novel
Anthony Doerr - 2017-04-04 (first published in 2014)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller listFrom the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths ...
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The Nightingale
A Novel
Kristin Hannah - 2017-04-25
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In love we find out who we want to be.In war we find out who we are.FRANCE, 1939In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that f...
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Code Name Verity
Elizabeth Wein - 2013-05-07
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Oct. 11th, 1943 - A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living...
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
John Boyne - 2006-09-12
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The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about.If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nin...
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The Hiding Place
Corrie Ten Boom - 2006-01-01 (first published in 1971)
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At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their une...
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An Olympian's Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive
Laura Hillenbrand - 2017-04-25
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The #1 New York Times  bestseller, which is also a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie, has now been adapted by the author for young adults. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this riveting biography includes more than 100 black-and-white photos, as well as exclusive content, "In Conversation," with Laura Hillenbrand and Louie Zamperin...
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Elie Wiesel - 2006-01-16 (first published in 1956)
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Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confron...
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Lilac Girls
A Novel
Martha Hall Kelly - 2017-02-28
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Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in...
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer - 2008-07-29
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“. . . I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”January, 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a m...
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Hiroshima by John Hersey
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
With the Old Breed by E. B. Sledge
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis
Irena's Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Eagle Against the Sun by Ronald Spector
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson
A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian
Pacific Crucible by Ian W. Toll
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexievich
The Conquering Tide by Ian W. Toll
Black Cross by Greg Iles
To Hell and Back by Audie Murphy
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis
Mila 18 by Leon Uris
D-Day by Antony Beevor
The Second World War by John Keegan
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin
Normandy '44 by James Holland
The Good War by Studs Terkel
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport
The Struggle for Europe by Chester Wilmot
Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse by Arthur D Hittner
My MacArtthur by Cindy Fazzi
The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
Operation Mincemeat by Ben MacIntyre
Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
A Midnight Clear by William Wharton
A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes
The Women with Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
The Watcher by Joan Hiatt Harlow
Jackdaws by Ken Follett
Code Name by Larry Loftis
You Can Fly by Carole Boston Weatherford
Dutch Girl by Robert Matzen
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
The Socialite by J'Nell Ciesielski
Woman at 1,000 Degrees by Hallgrímur Helgason
D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose