Although it is difficult to say reading about such a horrific event as WWII is enjoyable, it is one of our favorite time periods to read about for good reason. There is so much written on the subject. WWII was a difficult time period. Even though it created horrible circumstances, it also created great heroes. Many innocent people suffered and died due to World War II, including those at the hand of Hitler. But many people, often everyday people, became heroes for fighting for those that couldn’t fight for themselves.
WWII teaches us so much about human nature–both the good and the bad. Many people say that history repeats itself, and there is a lot of truth in that. Reading about history and informing ourselves of the events that have already happened helps us to avoid repeating the past. In addition, it helps shape and inspire the heroes of tomorrow.
We have read quite a few books on WWII, both non-fiction and fiction. However, the non-fiction ones are almost always our favorite. We love to read the real story–what really happened as opposed to a fictitious story. The reality is that when a book is written well, real life will read like fiction. However, the non-fiction books unveil the extraordinary acts that really happened rather than ones that are just loosely based on things that happened. That is the case with many of the books listed below, and that is why they made our list of great WWII books.
The books below are all ones that we have read. Grace’s list are books that she has read as a teen, but both lists are great books for teens and adults. Although some of them are rough and deal with very tough topics, war is a rough realty. It is not pretty. Bad things happen to people, including women and children, but we need to know what happened to those who came before us so that we can prevent such atrocities from happening again. Reading books like the ones listed below allow us to do that.
We love finding new book as well. Do you have a favorite WWII book that is not on our list?
- Flag of Our Fathers
- Guerrilla Wife
- Devil at My Heels
- Lost in Shangri-La
- Frozen in Time
- All But My Life
- The Edge of Terror
- A Stranger To Myself ( Written by a German Soldier)
- Irena’s Children
- I Could Never Be So Lucky
- No Ordinary Joes
- Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends
- The Zookeeper’s Wife
- Elephant Company
- The Hiding Place
- Women Heroes of WWII
- Alice’s Piano
- My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me
- Killing Paton
- Measure of a Man
- Evidence Not Seen
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