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List of famous war books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular war books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best war novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list War Books
Cornelius Ryan A Bridge Too Far, a non-fiction book by Cornelius Ryan published in 1974, tells the story of Operation Market Garden, a failed Allied attempt to break through German lines at Arnhem across the ...more

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A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list War Books
Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms is a novel written by Ernest Hemingway set during the Italian campaign of World War I. The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, ...more

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Immediate Action is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list War Books
Andy McNab

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A Long Long Way is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list War Books
Sebastian Barry A Long Long Way is a novel by Irish author Sebastian Barry, set during the First World War.

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La radiologie et la guerre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list War Books
Marie Curie La radiologie et la guerre is a 1921 book written by Marie Curie.

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A Nghu Night Falls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list War Books
David Sherman A Nghu Night Falls is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1988 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the fifth novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series.

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Now the Hell Will Start is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list War Books
Brendan I. Koerner Now the Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight from the Greatest Manhunt of World War II is a narrative nonfiction history book by United States author Brendan I. Koerner. It investigates and ...more

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A Rock and a Hard Place is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list War Books
David Sherman A Rock and a Hard Place is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1988 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the fourth novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series.

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Armageddon in Retrospect is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list War Books
Kurt Vonnegut Armageddon in Retrospect is a collection of short stories and essays about war and peace written by Kurt Vonnegut. It is the first posthumous collection of his previously unpublished writings. ...more

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On War against the Turk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list War Books
Martin Luther On War Against the Turk was a book written by Martin Luther in 1528 and published in 1529. It was one of several pamphlets and sermons by Martin Luther about Islam and resistance to the Ottoman ...more

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At the Point of a Gun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list War Books
David Rieff

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Seven Troop is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list War Books
Andy McNab

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The Last Night of Love, The Fi... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list War Books

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Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list War Books
Mark Bowden Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War is a 1999 book by journalist Mark Bowden. It documents efforts by the Unified Task Force to capture Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid in 1993, and ...more

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Blood rites is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list War Books
Barbara Ehrenreich

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The Lucky One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list War Books
Nicholas Sparks The Lucky One is a 2008 romance novel by American writer Nicholas Sparks. The novel was adapted into a 2012 film starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling.

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Bomber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list War Books
Len Deighton Bomber is a novel written by Len Deighton and published in the United Kingdom in 1970. It is the fictionalised account of the events of 31 June [sic] 1943 in which an RAF bombing raid on the ...more

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Britain At Bay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list War Books
Spenser Wilkinson

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Captain Sword and Captain Pen. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list War Books
James Henry Leigh Hunt

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Causes of war is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list War Books
Stephen Van Evera

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Charlie Don't Live Here Anymor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list War Books
David Sherman Charlie Don't Live Here Anymore is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1989 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the sixth and final novel in Sherman's Night Fighter ...more

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China Attacks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list War Books
Steven W. Mosher

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Clausewitz and the state is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list War Books

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DRAGONS KINGS DRAGONLING 6 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list War Books
Jackie French Koller

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European Armies and the Conduc... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list War Books

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Faith, Reason, and the War Aga... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list War Books

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Fredericksburg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list War Books
Kirk Mitchell

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From Chivalry to Terrorism: Wa... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list War Books
Leo Braudy From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity is a book by Leo Braudy.

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Gate of his enemies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list War Books
Gilbert Morris

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Gates of Fire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list War Books
Steven Pressfield Gates of Fire is a 1998 historical fiction novel by Steven Pressfield that recounts the Battle of Thermopylae through Xeones, a helot slave/squire, and one of only three Greek survivors of the ...more

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Gregor and the Code of Claw is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list War Books
Suzanne Collins

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Hemingway on war is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list War Books
Ernest Hemingway Hemingway on war is a book written by Ernest Hemingway.

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How the children stopped the w... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list War Books

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In the Company of Heroes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list War Books
Mark Bowden In the Company of Heroes is a book by Michael Durant and Steven Hartov about Durant's experiences in the Battle of Mogadishu, Korea, the Persian Gulf, Thailand, Panama, and Iraq. In the Battle ...more

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King Rat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list War Books
James Clavell King Rat is a 1962 novel by James Clavell. Set during World War II, Clavell's literary debut describes the struggle for survival of British, Australian, Dutch, New Zealand and American prisoners ...more

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Lords of the ocean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list War Books
James Nelson

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Main Force Assault is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list War Books
David Sherman Main Force Assault is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1987 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the second novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series.

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Ordered to Die: A History of t... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list War Books
Edward J. Erickson Ordered to die: a history of the Ottoman army in the First World War is an account of the Ottoman Empire's military engagements in World War I, fought between the Allies and the Central Powers. ...more

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Out of the Fire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list War Books
David Sherman Out of the Fire is a Vietnam War novel by David Sherman published in 1987 by the Ivy Book imprint of Ballantine Books. It is the third novel in Sherman's Night Fighter Series. The US Marine ...more

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Political Victory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list War Books
Brian Crozier

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Preface to peace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list War Books
Norman Angell

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Private Angelo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list War Books
Eric Linklater Private Angelo was written by Scottish author Eric Linklater and first published in 1946. It had subsequently been made into a 1949 film of the same name by Pilgrim Pictures, produced by and ...more

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Random Harvest is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list War Books
James Hilton Random Harvest is a novel written by James Hilton, first published in 1941. Like previous Hilton works, including Lost Horizon and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, the novel was immensely popular, placing ...more

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Reporting the War is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list War Books
John Byrne Cooke

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Shattered is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list War Books
Jennifer Armstrong

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Stealth Jihad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list War Books
Robert Spencer

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Talking peace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list War Books
Jimmy Carter

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The Art of War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list War Books
Sun Tzu The Art of War is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is ...more

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The Big Time is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list War Books
Fritz Leiber The Big Time is a short science fiction novel by Fritz Leiber. It was awarded the Hugo Award during 1958. The Big Time is a story involving only a few characters, but with a vast, cosmic back

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The bronze horseman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list War Books
Paullina Simons The Bronze Horseman is a romance novel written by Paullina Simons and the first book in the Bronze Horseman Trilogy . The book begins on 22 June 1941, the day Russia enters the Second World War ...more