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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
sebbzor added The Book Thief Markus Zusak

36 Rare Photos From World War II The Best Novels Ever Written

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

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126 33
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
oldrocker added War and Remembrance Herman Wouk

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The Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
carlybobarly added The Nightingale Kristin Hannah

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114 37
Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Night Elie Wiesel

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The Bridge over the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added The Bridge over the River Kwai Pierre Boulle

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins

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104 38
The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added 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
sebbzor added 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
Charles Hornaday added 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
sebbzor added 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
oldrocker added Battle Cry Leon Uris - Leon Uris

The Greatest World War 2 Tanks Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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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
sebbzor added 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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Winter of the World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Clark Benson added Winter of the World Ken Follett

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
slaft added Eye of the Needle Ken Follett

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

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Grave of the Fireflies Akiyuki Nosaka

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Mila 18 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
oldrocker added 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
oldrocker added 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
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added Under the North Star Väinö Linna

The Worst World War II Generals The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Fragebogen: the Questionnaire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added Nord Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Rigadoon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added Under the North Star 2: The Uprising Väinö Linna

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

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Normance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Mollevangsvagen added 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
Mollevangsvagen added L'europe Buissonnière

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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
Mollevangsvagen added Under the North Star 3: Reconciliation Väinö Linna

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Winter: a Novel of a Berlin Fa... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Hornet Flight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Hornet Flight Ken Follett

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

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Suite Française is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Suite Française Irène Némirovsky

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Elephant in the Garden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Natalie Yu added Elephant in the Garden

23 Powerful Colorized Photographs From World War II All Harry Potter Movies, Ranked Best to Worst

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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
ScottCameron added A Good Clean Fight Derek Robinson

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Jackdaws is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Jackdaws Ken Follett

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The Sea Garden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
maddy-rees added The Sea Garden Deborah Lawrenson

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Skeletons at the Feast is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Skeletons at the Feast Chris Bohjalian

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Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon