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List of famous world war ii books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular world war ii books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best world war ii 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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Battleforce Bravo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Battleforce Bravo Todd Downing

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous World War II 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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Crash Dive! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Crash Dive! James Stubbs A desperate group of sailors aboard a damaged American submarine that is leaking oil must somehow escape to safety with several German destroyers converging on their location. Radio contact will ...more

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Enemy Coast Ahead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Enemy Coast Ahead Guy Gibson Enemy Coast Ahead is an autobiographical book recounting the World War II flying career of Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DSO, DFC. It covers his time in RAF Bomber Command from the very earliest ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Grave of the Fireflies Akiyuki Nosaka Grave of the Fireflies is a 1967 semi-autobiographical novel by Japanese novelist Akiyuki Nosaka. It is based on his experiences before, during, and after the firebombing of Kobe in 1945. One of ...more

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HMS Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
HMS Ulysses Alistair MacLean HMS Ulysses was the debut novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean. Originally published in 1955, it was also released by Fontana Books in 1960. MacLean’s experiences in the Royal Navy during ...more

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Medallions is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Medallions Zofia Nałkowska Medallions is a book consisting of eight short stories by the Polish author Zofia Nałkowska. The book was originally published in 1946, soon after the end of the World War II. In it, Nałkowska ...more

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Misha: A Mémoire of the Holoca... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years Misha Defonseca Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years is a literary hoax by Misha Defonseca, first published in 1997. The book was fraudulently published as a memoir telling the supposed true story of ...more

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Now the Hell Will Start is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Now the Hell Will Start 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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Ordinary Heroes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes is a narrative, nonfiction account of World War II as told through the perspective of veterans who served in various theatres of the conflict. Beginning with the Japanese attack ...more

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Phoenix Triumphant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
Phoenix Triumphant Phoenix Triumphant: The Rise and Rise of the Luftwaffe is a book by author E. R. Hooton. It is a new look at the rise and fall of the Luftwaffe. It traverses the period 1924 until 1940 with ...more

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San Andreas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
San Andreas Alistair MacLean San Andreas is a novel by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, first published in 1984. One of his final novels, it returns to MacLean's original genre: war at sea.

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South by Java Head is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
South by Java Head Alistair MacLean South by Java Head is the third novel written by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, and was first published in 1958. MacLean's personal experiences in the Royal Navy during World War II provided ...more

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That's the way the Ball Bounce... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
That's the way the Ball Bounces Milton Cook Thats The Way The Ball Bounces: A Nonplused Soldiers Mundane Exploits During WWII is a memoir of a teenage soldiers somewhat unusual service as a Military Policeman in the Army Air Force during ...more

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The Cruel Sea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
The Cruel Sea Nicholas Monsarrat The Cruel Sea is a 1951 novel by Nicholas Monsarrat. It follows the lives of a group of Royal Navy sailors fighting the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. It contains seven chapters, ...more

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The Endless Steppe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
The Endless Steppe Esther Hautzig The Endless Steppe is a book by Esther Hautzig, describing her and her family's exile to Siberia during World War II.

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The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
The Guns of Navarone Alistair MacLean The Guns of Navarone is a 1957 novel about the Second World War by Scottish writer Alistair MacLean that was made into the film The Guns of Navarone in 1961. The Greek island of Navarone does ...more

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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
The Longest Day Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day is a book by Cornelius Ryan published in 1959, telling the story of D-Day, the first day of the World War II invasion of Normandy. It includes details of Operation Deadstick, the ...more

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The Old Guard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
The Old Guard James Stubbs A group of Allied soldiers who have become separated from their command take shelter from the rain in an abandoned farmhouse. Unfortunately, a group of Italian soldiers have the same idea but ...more

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War of the Rats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous World War II Books and Novels
War of the Rats David L. Robbins War of the Rats is a World War II fiction novel written by David L. Robbins in 1999. The book has sold worldwide in over 20 languages.