Recommended World War II Books & Websites


Call number is noted after the description

The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War over Europe, 1940-1945 – R.J. Overy.  2014. Examines the cost and effect of the pervasive bombing campaigns.  940.54 OV 

Citizens of London: the Americans who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour - Lynne Olson. 2010.  Fascinating read about the prominent Americans in England who helped forge the alliance.  940.54 OL

Countdown to Pearl Harbor: the Twelve Days to the Attack - Steve Twomey.  2016. Vividly brings to life the events leading up to Dec 7.  940.5426 TW  

D-day: the Battle for Normandy – Antony Beevor.  2009. Consummate account of the battle told from all perspectives.  LT 940.54 BE

Finest Hour: the Battle of Britain - Clayton, Tim.  2000. Covers the events in 1940 when the outlook was very bleak for Great Britain.  940.54 CL 

Guadalcanal - Frank, Richard B.  1990.  The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle.  940.5426 FR 

Hell to Pay: Operation Downfall and the Invasion of Japan, 1945-1947 – D. M. Giangreco.  2009. Details the US plans for invasions and subsequent decision to use the bomb.  940.54 GI 

Hitler: a Biography - Ian Kershaw.  2008.  Considered a definitive look at the man.   921 H638ker

Japan at War: an Oral History – Haruko Taya Cook. 1992.  Captures experience of the ordinary Japanese during the war.  940.5352 CO

Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War - Lynne Olson.  2017.  Escape, espionage and resistance by the exiles of Europe.   940.53 OL.

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: the Home Front in World War II – Doris Kearns Goodwin.  1994.  Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.  920 GO 

Pearl Harbor: from Infamy to Greatness - Craig Nelson. 2016. Comprehensive account of Pearl Harbor.  940.54 NE

The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 - Max Hastings.  2017. Sweeping examination of WWII intelligence.  940.5485 HA                      

Sons and Soldiers: the Untold Story of the Jews who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler - Bruce Henderson. 2017.  940.53 HE

The Unwomanly Face of War: an Oral History of Women in World War II  by Svetlana Aleksievich.  2017.   Chronicles experiences of the Soviet women who heroically participated in the war effort.  940.534 AL                          

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War – John W.  Dower. 1986   Details rampant racism on both sides of the Pacific.  940.53 DO

Washington Goes to War – David Brinkley. 1988.  Reminiscences of Washington at the dawn of America's involvement in World War II.  975.3 BR 

The Winter Fortress: the Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb - Neal Bascomb  2016. 940.54 BA.

With the Old Breed: at Peleliu and Okinawa - E.B. Sledge.  1981   Moving and harrowing memoir of war in the South Pacific.  940.542 SL

Five days in London, May 1940. - John Lukacs, 1999.  Covers the world changing British War Cabinet debate whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the battle.  940.53 LU 


Shelved by author's last name

All the Light We Cannot See    Anthony Doerr

The Book Thief    Markus Zusak

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas    John Boyne

Catch-22    Joseph Heller

Corelli’s Mandolin    Louis de Bernieres

Empire of the Sun    J. G. Ballard

The English Patient    Michael Ondaatje

Eye of the Needle   Ken Follet

From Here to Eternity    James Jones

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society    Mary Ann Shaffer

The Invisible Bridge    Julie Orringer

Life After Life    Kate Atkinson

Men at Arms    Evelyn Waugh

Mischling    Affinity Konar

The Naked and the Dead    Norman Mailer

The Narrow Road to the Deep North    Richard Flanagan  

The Paris Architect    Charles Belfoure

Sophie’s Choice    William Styron  

Stones from the River    Ursula Hegi

Suite Francaise    Irene Nemirovsky

A Town Like Alice    Nevil Shute

When the Emperor Was Divine    Julie Otsuka

The Women in the Castle    Jessica Shattuck


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