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BugAC
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World War 2 book recommendations
What are some good ones? Around this time of year i read WW2 books. I'm currently reading band of brothers. I've read:

Beyond Band of Brothers
Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends
With the Old Breed
Helmet for my Pillow
Agent ZigZag

I tend to favor reading about the European theater but also am interested in the Russian front.


Coach Buzzcut
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Member since Feb 2016
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

I would suggest not placing this book on your bookshelf because of the giant swastikas on the cover and spine of the book


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Sneaky__Sally
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
IF you want more of a very unsettling analysis of how the holocaust happened - try Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning.

It sort of goes into how some of these people who weren't diehard Nazi's and - up until they crossed a certain point - were just regular family men, it goes into how most people are susceptible to pressure of a group setting by discussing a specific reserve unit of WW2


BlackCoffeeKid
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Member since Mar 2016
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
If you're looking for SOE type books:
-The Winter Fortress
(thwarting Hitler's attempt at a nuclear bomb)

-We Die Alone
(possibly the greatest survival story I've ever read)

-Scholars of Mayhem
(aiding the French resistance)
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geauxpurple
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
If you liked Band of Brothers, you will like Ambrose's other books including D-Day and Citizen Soldiers. I read them years ago and re-read them last year around the time I went to Normandy to tour the D-Day beaches. It was especially enjoyable reading D-Day right after I got back while fresh in my mind was the memory of standing in the exact spot where many of those events took place.


Lsujacket66
Member since Dec 2010
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
I stumbled across this book on kindle and it was great, “Seducing and killing Nazis”

It’s a story about 3 young Dutch girls who would seduce and kill Nazi officers during the war


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glassman
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
Read Churchill's six book account of the war. It is freaking great. Also, albert Speer's Inside the Third Reich is a fascinating account of history.


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PaulMainieriEmbolism
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
Bedford Boys was great.
Operation Garbo.
Where the Birds Never Sing


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choppadocta
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Louisiana
Member since May 2014
840 posts

re: World War 2 book recommendations
Cornelius Ryan's "the longest day" and "a bridge too far"
Rick Atkinson Liberation Trilogy
Ian Toll's Pacific Trilogy
Last stand of the tin can sailors by James Hornfischer as well as his pacific books


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Le Hyphen
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Member since Apr 2021
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
The Eastern Front - Leon Degrelle


rtiger
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NWLA
Member since Oct 2005
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
Beneath a Scarlet Sky

The Book Thief

Masters of the Air
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Jubalie Moe
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Member since Feb 2016
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
Pacific Crucible by Ian Toll

I am not terribly interested in WWII in general and the Pacific aspect in particular. My dad loved the book and got me a copy. Man, those 500 pages flew by. Toll gives a great account of the action, equipment, cultures, and people. I’m looking forward to reading the second one in the trilogy. Pacific Crucible covers Pearl Harbor to Midway. Anecdotal evidence of my interest, when we FINALLY sunk a Japanese carrier at Midway I cheered out loud. (Spoiler alert.)


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Royal
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Member since Apr 2009
907 posts

re: World War 2 book recommendations
Neptune's Inferno by James Hornfischer


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LaLadyinTx
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Member since Nov 2018
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
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It sort of goes into how some of these people who weren't diehard Nazi's and - up until they crossed a certain point - were just regular family men, it goes into how most people are susceptible to pressure of a group setting by discussing a specific reserve unit of WW2


Read All the Light We Cannot See. It really hits home even more about those regular people becoming Nazi's. Family's were so excited when their son's were doing well in Hitler's youth organization. Many people just didn't see what was really happening until it was too late.


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LaLadyinTx
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Member since Nov 2018
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
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The Book Thief


Read this one if you like really depressing stories with little to no upside. I hate it more than any book I've read and barely was able to finish it.

It's sort of the opposite of Beneath the Scarlett Sky that's just bout as uplifting as Unbroken.
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Strannix
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Member since Dec 2012
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
Infantry Aces Franz Kurowski
The German Generals Talk
Fighting the Bombers
Inside the Third Reich
Adolf Hitler the Psychopathic God
The Order of the Deaths Head
The Rommel Papers
Is Paris Burning
The Coming of the Reich
The Third Reich in Power
The Fall of Berlin


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sledgehammer
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2020
573 posts

re: World War 2 book recommendations
Another unsettling book is Masters of Death by Richard Rhodes.


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Kolbysfan
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Tennessee
Member since Jun 2007
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
How about a book which highlights hitlers propaganda efforts and youth brainwashing leading up to Ww2


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Bigmurf
Member since Apr 2021
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
1942 by Winston Groom


zeebo
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re: World War 2 book recommendations
D Day by Ambrose


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