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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

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169 51
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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133 37
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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112 31
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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119 38
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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100 28
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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141 55
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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113 39
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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119 44
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added The Thin Red Line James Jones

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The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Charles Hornaday added The Caine Mutiny Herman Wouk

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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69 28
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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69 31
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

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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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68 37
The Naked and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer

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Atonement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Atonement Ian McEwan

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
slaft added Eye of the Needle Ken Follett

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Memoirs of a Geisha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

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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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The Unknown Soldier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Mollevangsvagen added The Unknown Soldier Väinö Linna

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The Guernsey Literary and Pota... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Mila 18 is listed (or ranked) 24 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) 25 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
oldrocker added King Rat James Clavell

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Grave of the Fireflies Akiyuki Nosaka

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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

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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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Hornet Flight is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Hornet Flight Ken Follett

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Under the North Star 3: Reconc... is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2

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Suite Française is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Suite Française Irène Némirovsky

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The best butter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Mollevangsvagen added The best butter Jean Dutourd

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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

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SS-GB is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
SS-GB Len Deighton

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Stones from the River is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Stones from the River Ursula Hegi

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Jackdaws is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
Jackdaws Ken Follett

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A Good Clean Fight is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
ScottCameron added A Good Clean Fight Derek Robinson

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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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Life and Fate is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels About World War 2
sebbzor added Life and Fate Vasily Grossman