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The Best Novels About World War 1 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.6k votes 593 voters 63.6k views 50 items

List Rules Fiction books that use WWI as a setting or major theme

Love historical fiction? This list of the best novels about World War 1 is perfect for you!  This list attempts to answer the question, "What are the best historical fiction books about World War 1?" But with so many good books to choose from, there's bound to be some debate about the best WW1 books. And that's just fine. Voting for your favorite WW1 novel will help us finally decide which books are the most beloved.

Also known as the First World War, this global war lasted from 1914 – 1918. It was the fifth deadliest war in the world’s history. Until the approach of second World War, it was simply referred to as the Great War or World War. The war involved most of the world’s countries that drew together and eventually formed into two separate alliances: the Allies and the Central Powers. Ultimately over 70 military personnel, including 60 million European military personnel were mobilized into one of the largest wars in history. The underlying cause of the war was the 28 June 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo.

The end-result of the murder set off a diplomatic crisis; within weeks the war began, spreading the conflict across the world. The League of Nations was formed as a direct result of the war. While many timeless stories have been written about the events that took place in the war, this list focuses on perhaps the best WWI fictional novels.
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All Quiet on the Western... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Erich Maria Remarque
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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ernest Hemingway
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Regeneration Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
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Birdsong: a Novel of Lov... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
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August 1914 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
AndrewKern added Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Fall of Giants is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Ken Follett
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Johnny Got His Gun is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
sebbzor added Dalton Trumbo
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A Very Long Engagement ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Sébastien Japrisot
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The Good Soldier Švejk ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Jaroslav Hašek
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Journey to the End of th... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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The four horsemen of the... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
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A Soldier of the Great W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
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Journey's End is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
R. C. Sherriff
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The Return of the Soldie... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
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Three Day Road is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Joseph Boyden
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Maisie Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Jacqueline Winspear
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And Quiet Flows the Don ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
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War Horse (War Horse, #1... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Michael Morpurgo
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Forest of the Hanged is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
RazvanPop added Liviu Rebreanu
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The Road Back is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Erich Maria Remarque
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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Brody Hillstock added Richard Aldington
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Sturm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Ernst Jünger
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Testament of Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
mk1124 added Vera Brittain
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Guignol's band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
Mollevangsvagen added Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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The Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 1
jhomziak added

Daniel Mason https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Soldier-Daniel-Mason/dp/0316477605/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539448983&sr=8-1&keywords=the+winter+soldier+daniel+mason