On Veterans Day, we got to discussing the best books about war.


It started with USA Today’s list of the top-sellers , here,  but there are so many more good ones I’d recommend:

For WW2:

Rick Atkinson’s “Liberation Trilogy”, “An Army At Dawn”, “The Day of Battle”, “At Dawn’s Last Light”. A lot of reading, but beautifully written and complete.

“Iwo Jima” by Richard Newcombe

“With The Old Breed” by Eugene Sledge

“A Cold Corner of Hell” by Robert Carse

“A General’s Life” by Omar Bradley

“Typhoon of Steel” by James Belote

“D-Day” and “Citizen Soldiers” by Stephen Ambrose

“Rogue Heroes” by Ben McIntryre

“The Saboteur” by Paul Kix


For the Korean War:

“The Coldest Winter” by David Halberstam

“Pork Chop Hill” by S.L.A. Marshall

For Vietnam:

“Goodnight Saigon” by Charles Henderson

“The Cat From Hue” by John Laurence

“We Were Soldiers Once, and Young” by Hal Moore and Joe Galloway

For the Civil War:

the Ralph Peters Civil War series (which he is still adding to)

“Manhunt” by James Swanson

“Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara

“Civil War” by Catton and McPherson

For WWI:

“The Guns of August” and “The Proud Tower” by Barbara Tuchman

“The First World War” by Martin Gilbert

“All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque

For The Revolutionary War:

“Johnny Tremain” by Ester Forbes

“Washington’s Crossing” by David Fisher

“Founding Mothers” and “Ladies of Liberty” by Cokie Roberts

“The Radicalism of the American Revolution” by Gordon Wood

“1776” by David McCullough

“Rise to Rebellion” by Jeff Shaara

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