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List Rules Fiction that uses WWII as a setting or major theme

This is a list about the best novels about World War 2 - basically a genre onto itself considering how extensively it has been covered in literature and art. But what are the best historical books about World War 2? Many you have probably heard of because they have won awards or have been turned into movies. Also known as the Second World War, this global war lasted from 1939 – 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations that eventually formed two opposing alliances, the Allies and the Axis. WW2 books can be novels that focus on the war itself as the central story, or they can feature the war tangentially, as a force that impacts the lives of its main characters.

World War 2 was the most widespread war in history and was marked by the deaths of millions of civilians due to the use of nuclear weapons and the Holocaust; it was the deadliest war in the history of the world. It ended May 8, 1945, and the world was left picking up the pieces from the battlefield. WWII was responsible for the formation of the United Nations, a program that fosters international co-operation to prevent future conflicts. Many biographies were birthed from this time period in history, including some of the world’s greatest novels like The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Thomas Keneally’s Schindler's Ark which later inspired the film Schindler’s List. Good WW2 lists continue to come out every year, with top novels like All the Light We Cannot See winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2015.

While true stories emerged that would forever capture our hearts, this list features some noteworthy WW2 fictional stories that many times were based on true events that occurred. 
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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The Winds of War is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Winds of War Herman Wouk - Herman Wouk

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All the Light We Cannot See is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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War and Remembrance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
War and Remembrance Herman Wouk

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The Bridge over the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Night Elie Wiesel

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The Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Nightingale Kristin Hannah

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Thin Red Line James Jones

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Empire of the Sun J. G. Ballard

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Battle Cry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Battle Cry Leon Uris - Leon Uris

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Sarah's Key is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Sarah's Key Tatiana De Rosnay

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Atonement Ian McEwan

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The Naked and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer

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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

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The Guernsey Literary and Pota... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Grave of the Fireflies Akiyuki Nosaka

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The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Unknown Soldier Väinö Linna

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Winter of the World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Winter of the World Ken Follett

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Mila 18 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Mila 18 Leon Uris

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King Rat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
King Rat James Clavell

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The Forbidden Forest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Forbidden Forest Mircea Eliade

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Castle to Castle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Castle to Castle Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Under the North Star is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Under the North Star Väinö Linna

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Fragebogen: the Questionnaire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Fragebogen: the Questionnaire Ernst von Salomon

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Nord is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Nord Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Rigadoon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Rigadoon Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Blue Island is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Blue Island Jean Raspail

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Under the North Star 2: The Up... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Fable for Another Time is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Normance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Normance Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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L'europe Buissonnière is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Under the North Star 3: Reconc... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Hornet Flight is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Hornet Flight Ken Follett

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Winter: a Novel of a Berlin Fa... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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The best butter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The best butter Jean Dutourd

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Elephant in the Garden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Suite Française is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Suite Française Irène Némirovsky

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Stones from the River is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Stones from the River Ursula Hegi

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SS-GB is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
SS-GB Len Deighton

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A Good Clean Fight is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
A Good Clean Fight Derek Robinson

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Skeletons at the Feast is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Skeletons at the Feast Chris Bohjalian

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Jackdaws is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Jackdaws Ken Follett

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The Sea Garden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Sea Garden Deborah Lawrenson

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A Dawn Like Thunder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
A Dawn Like Thunder Douglas Reeman