Nonfiction World War II Books

Do you enjoy reading books about WWII? We are sharing a huge list of nonfiction World War II books.

Nonfiction World War II Books

Fiction books are great, but our go to books will probably always be nonfiction. We love the true story. 

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 nonfiction 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 Nonfiction World War II books.

The books below are all ones that we have read. 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?

Flags of Our Fathers

Flag of Our Fathers

Voices of the Pacific

Voices of the Pacific

Guerrilla Wife

Guerrilla Wife

Devil At My Heels

Devil at My Heels

All the Gallant Men

All the Gallant Men

Helmet for My Pillow

Helmet for My Pillow

Spearhead

Spearhead

Frozen in Time

Once Upon a Town

Once Upon a Town

Hero of the Pacific

Hero of the Pacific 

The Matthews Men

The Matthew’s Men

All But My Life

All But My Life

Never Call Me a Hero

Never Call Me a Hero

50 Children

50 Children

Indestructible

Indestructible

The Edge of Terror

The Edge of Terror

A Stranger to Myself

A Stranger To Myself ( Written by a German Soldier)

Irena's Children

Irena’s Children

I Could Never Be So Lucky Again

I Could Never Be So Lucky 

No Ordinary Joes

No Ordinary Joes

Flyboys

Flyboys

Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends

The Zookeeper's Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Unbroken

Unbroken

Elephant Company

Elephant Company

Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer

The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Helmets and Lipstick

Helmets and Lipstick

The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

Alice's Piano

Alice’s Piano

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me

The Real X-Men Book

The Real X-Men

Dutch Girl

Dutch Girl

Sergeant Stubby

Sergeant Stubby

Measure of a Man

Measure of a Man

It Happened in Italy

It Happened In Italy

 

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6 thoughts on “Nonfiction World War II Books”

    • I read that book years ago and loved it. I had both my girls read it when they were in high school. I don’t think we have reviewed that one on the site and I need to. It is an excellent book. Thanks for reminding me of it!

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  1. What an amazing list! I would also add On the other side of Infamy by Jim Downing — a committed Christian who was based at Pearl Harbor. His wife was also on the island at the time. He recently passed away but spoke at the anniversary of Pearl Harbor 3 years ago at age 102!

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  2. Also, A thousand Shall Fall by Susi Hasel Mundy. A unique perspective about a Seventh Day Adventist family living in Germany. The father was conscripted into the Nazi army. This is a must read!

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