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List of famous war novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular war novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best war novel 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 Bell for Adano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Bell for Adano John Hersey A Bell for Adano is a 1944 novel by John Hersey, the winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel. It tells the story of an Italian-American officer in Sicily during World War II who wins the ...more

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A Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Golden Age Tahmima Anam A Golden Age is the first novel of the Bangladesh born writer Tahmima Anam. It tells the story of the Bangladesh War of Independence through the eyes of one family. The novel was awarded the ...more

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A Good Clean Fight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Good Clean Fight Derek Robinson A Good Clean Fight is a 1993 novel by Derek Robinson, and a sequel to Piece of Cake, his famous and controversial novel of the Battle of Britain. It continues the story of RAF Hornet Squadron, ...more

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A Nghu Night Falls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Nghu Night Falls 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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A Rock and a Hard Place is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Rock and a Hard Place 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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A Soldier of the Great War is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Soldier of the Great War Mark Helprin A Soldier of the Great War is a novel by Mark Helprin concerning an aged World War I veteran who recounts his life and adventures while traveling with a young man he meets after the two of them ...more

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A Troubled Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
A Troubled Peace 'A Troubled Peace' is the sequel to the historical fiction novel Under a War-Torn Sky, written by Virginia author L.M. Elliott.

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All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque An omnibus of Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" and Joseph Roth's "Job".

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An Ice-Cream War is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
An Ice-Cream War William Boyd An Ice-Cream War is a darkly comic war novel by British author William Boyd, which was nominated for a Booker Prize in the year of its publication. The title is derived from a quote in a letter ...more

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Appointment with Venus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Appointment with Venus Jerrard Tickell Appointment with Venus is a novel by Jerrard Tickell published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1951, leading to a British film adaptation the same year and a Danish film adaptation in 1962. The ...more

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Arch of Triumph is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Arch of Triumph Erich Maria Remarque Arch of Triumph is a 1945 novel by Erich Maria Remarque about stateless refugees in Paris before World War II. It was his second worldwide bestseller after All Quiet on the Western Front, ...more

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Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin Leon Uris Armageddon, or Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin, is a novel by Leon Uris about post-World War II Berlin and Germany. The novel starts in London during WWII, and goes through to the Four Power ...more

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At the Point of a Gun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
At the Point of a Gun David Rieff

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Beaufort is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Beaufort Ron Leshem Beaufort is the first novel by Israeli author and media professional Ron Leshem. The work was initially published in 2005 and in English translation under this title in 2007. The novel was the ...more

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Birds Without Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Birds Without Wings Louis de Bernières Birds Without Wings is a novel by Louis de Bernières, written in 2004. Narrated by various characters, it tells the tragic love story of Philothei and Ibrahim. It also chronicles the rise ...more

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Birdsong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Birdsong Sebastian Faulks Birdsong is a 1993 novel by English author Sebastian Faulks. Faulks' fourth novel, it tells of a man called Stephen Wraysford at different stages of his life both before and during World War I. ...more

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Black Rain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Black Rain Masuji Ibuse Black Rain is a novel by Japanese author Masuji Ibuse. Ibuse began serializing Black Rain in the magazine Shincho in January 1965. The novel is based on historical records of the devastation ...more

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Blood rites is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Blood rites Barbara Ehrenreich

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Bomber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Bomber 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) 20 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Britain At Bay Spenser Wilkinson

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernières Captain Corelli's Mandolin, released simultaneously in the United States as Corelli's Mandolin, is a novel of 1994 by the British writer Louis de Bernières, set on the Greek island of ...more

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Captain Sword and Captain Pen. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Captain Sword and Captain Pen. James Henry Leigh Hunt

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller Catch-22 is a satirical novel by the American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953; the novel was first published in 1961. It is frequently cited as one of the greatest literary ...more

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Cauldron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Cauldron Larry Bond Cauldron is a technothriller novel by Larry Bond.

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Causes of war is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Causes of war Stephen Van Evera

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Charlie Don't Live Here Anymor... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Charlie Don't Live Here Anymore 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) 27 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
China Attacks Steven W. Mosher

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Clausewitz and the state is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels

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Counterinsurgency in Modern Wa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare is a book edited by Carter Malkasian and Daniel Marston.

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Damned Good Show is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Damned Good Show Derek Robinson Damned Good Show is a 2002 novel by Derek Robinson, concerning the actions of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force in the first two years of the Second World War. It is the third book of ...more

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Days of Ziklag is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Days of Ziklag S. Yizhar Days of Ziklag is a novel by S. Yizhar, first published in 1958. It is widely considered to be one of the most prominent works in Israeli literature. The novel describes 7 days during the ...more

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Dead Man's Land is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Dead Man's Land Robert Ryan Dead Man's Land is a book by Robert Ryan, based in World War I. It involves Sherlock Holmes' sidekick, Dr. Watson. It is fully authorized by the Conan Doyle Estate.

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Dragon Fire is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Dragon Fire Humphrey Hawksley Dragon Fire is a 2000 novel by BBC political and foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley about a 2007 war between China, India and Pakistan, which draws in Australia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, New ...more

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DRAGONS KINGS DRAGONLING 6 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
DRAGONS KINGS DRAGONLING 6 Jackie French Koller

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Empire of the Sun J. G. Ballard Empire of the Sun is a 1984 novel by J. G. Ballard which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Like Ballard's earlier short story, ...more

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European Armies and the Conduc... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels

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Faith, Reason, and the War Aga... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels

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Fallen Angels is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels is a 1988 young-adult novel written by Walter Dean Myers, about the Vietnam war. It won the 1988 Coretta Scott King Award. Fallen Angels is listed as number 16 in the American ...more

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Fires on the Plain is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Fires on the Plain Ooka Shohei Fires on the Plain is a Yomiuri Prize-winning novel by Ooka Shohei, published in 1951. It describes the experiences of a soldier in the routed Imperial Japanese Army on the Philippines in the ...more

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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Flags of Our Fathers James Bradley, Ron Powers Flags of Our Fathers is a New York Times bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers about the five United States Marines and one United States Navy Corpsman who would eventually be made ...more

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FLASHBACK Vietnam COVER-UP PTS... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
FLASHBACK Vietnam COVER-UP PTSD Alan C. Thomas, HMCM/USN, Ret.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla ...more

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Force 10 From Navarone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Force 10 From Navarone Alistair MacLean Force 10 from Navarone is a World War II novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean. First published in 1968 with a cover by Norman Weaver, it serves as a sequel to MacLean's 1957 The Guns of ...more

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Fox at the front is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Fox at the front Douglas Niles Fox at the Front is a 2003 alternate history novel written by Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson. It is a sequel to the 2000 novel Fox on the Rhine.

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Fox on the Rhine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Fox on the Rhine Douglas Niles, Michael Dobson Fox on the Rhine is a 2000 alternate history novel written by Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson. It details a course of events over late 1944 that resulted from Adolf Hitler's death in the July ...more

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Fredericksburg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Fredericksburg Kirk Mitchell

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From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
From Here to Eternity James Jones From Here to Eternity is the debut novel of American author James Jones, published by Scribner's in 1951. It is loosely based on Jones' experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division's ...more

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Gate of his enemies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Gate of his enemies Gilbert Morris

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Gates of Fire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Gates of Fire 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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Going After Cacciato is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous War Novel Books and Novels
Going After Cacciato Tim O'Brien Going After Cacciato is a war novel written by Tim O'Brien and first published by Delacorte Press in 1978. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. However, Tim O'Brien himself says that ...more