The best books about early twentieth century history spanning thirty years from WW1 to WW2

Why am I passionate about this?

Growing up, I loved studying history, and reading historical, family sagas, and crime novels. Even though I have four degrees—three engineering and one accountingI love to write. My goal is that my readers who don’t like history, learn it through my novels. What I like about writing is you learn not just about history not taught in school, but also other topics, including meeting and learning from very interesting people. Therefore, it is an interesting hobby to have. I am currently writing my third novel set in the 1960s, and written several articles and short stories. I have also written screenplays for two of my short stories.


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Fateful Decisions

By Trevor D'Silva,

Book cover of Fateful Decisions

What is my book about?

In 1915, young Rachel Williams meets two friends aboard the Lusitania, Fred Johnson a hotelier, and his friend German immigrant Rudy Holtzmann. They all survive the sinking and two years later, they meet at a fundraiser when America enters the war. On separate occasions, they each ask her to marry them, which puts her in a dilemma. On the advice of her great-aunt, she chooses one of them. Her life changes as her decision affects family, friends, strangers, including world history as the devastating consequences of her decision are unleashed for the next thirty years. At the end, Rachel wonders if she made the right decision or not based on how it affected everyone.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Master of the Game

Trevor D'Silva Why did I love this book?

I would recommend this book, because the protagonist in my novel is similar to the woman in the novel who inherits a business from her father, and the trouble she has to endure while running it from family and those who wish to destroy her. It was also made into a miniseries in the 1980s. It features four generations of the family for a period of almost a hundred years. The author Sidney Sheldon is one of my favorite authors and his books helped inspire me to become a writer, and to write family sagas with history as a background.

By Sidney Sheldon,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Master of the Game as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Kate Blackwell is the symbol of success—a beautiful woman who has parlayed her inheritance into an international conglomerate. Now, celebrating her 90th birthday, Kate surveys the family she has manipulated, dominated, and loved: the fair and the grotesque, the mad and the mild, the good and the evil—her winnings in life.


Book cover of Kane and Abel

Trevor D'Silva Why did I love this book?

This novel by Jeffery Archer is about the hotel industry started by Polish immigrant Abel, his rivalry with Kane, who owns a bank, and how they try to destroy each other. It is similar to the characters in my novel, but in this case, the person trying to destroy the protagonist, who also owns a chain of hotels, is not known until she is almost kidnapped, which shocks everyone. Kane and Abel helped me understand the history of early twentieth-century America, and the struggles rich people went through during the Great Depression after losing everything due to the stock market crash of 1929. So anyone who is interested in early twentieth-century history will love this book.

By Jeffrey Archer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Kane and Abel as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Jeffrey Archer's Kane and Abel is a global phenomenon that has captivated readers worldwide, spawning two sequels and dominating bestseller charts the world over.

Two strangers born worlds apart with one destiny that will define them both.

William Lowell Kane, the son of a Boston millionaire, and Abel Rosnovski, the son of a penniless Polish immigrant, are born on the same day on opposite sides of the world and brought together by fate and the quest of a dream.

Locked in a relentless struggle spanning sixty years and three generations, the two men battle for supremacy in pursuit of an…


Book cover of The Godfather

Trevor D'Silva Why did I love this book?

Fans of the mafia will love this novel. It is about a Sicilian American family in the early part of the twentieth century and their confrontation with other mafia families. It also gives readers an idea of life in post World War II America and the importance of family loyalty. Even though there is a lot of violence and the characters get into illegal activities, the reader ends up feeling sorry for some of them. Mario Puzo writes in a way that transports you to Sicily, New York and gives you a mental picture of what the characters are like. It inspired me to introduce a mafia Don in my story who also gets himself and others into illegal activities with disastrous results during prohibition.

By Mario Puzo,

Why should I read it?

10 authors picked The Godfather as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

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The classic novel that inspired 'the greatest crime film of all time'

Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of American society. Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, a reasonable man. The deadliest lord of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather.

But no man can stay on top forever, not when he has enemies on both sides of the law. As the ageing Vito Corleone nears the end of a long life of crime, his sons must step up to manage the family business. Sonny Corleone is an old hand, while World War II…


Book cover of A Night to Remember

Trevor D'Silva Why did I love this book?

Although not a novel, but for Titanic fans or even other shipping disasters, it will give you minute by minute account of what passengers on the Titanic went through after colliding with an iceberg on that cold April night in 1912. It recounts the heroic deeds of many people who did their best to save themselves and others some even losing their lives in the process. This tragedy inspired me to put the Titanic disaster in my own book. It also inspired me to begin the novel with the Lusitania tragedy.

By Walter Lord,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked A Night to Remember as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'There is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers.' - Phillip Franklin, White Star Line Vice-President

On April 15th, 1912, Titanic, the world's largest passenger ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives. Walter Lord's classic bestselling history of the voyage, the wreck and the aftermath is a tour de force of detailed investigation and the upstairs/downstairs divide. A Night to Remember provides a vivid, gripping and deeply personal account of the 'unsinkable' Titanic's descent.

WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY JULIAN FELLOWES


Book cover of The Other Side Of Midnight

Trevor D'Silva Why did I love this book?

Lovers of World War 2 and the interwar years will like this book. It partly goes into life during Nazi-occupied France during WW2 and its aftermath. Although this book is about one woman’s revenge against her former lover, it gives the reader an idea of what life was like during the occupation. It helped me understand the problems people go through and who their real friends are when faced with adversity. Even though people may do wicked things to others or to those who have harmed them, their conscience gets the better of them when it comes to helping those who have shown them kindness. Their good side is revealed; so therefore, it is always good to find the saving grace rather than just the bad qualities in people.

By Sidney Sheldon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Other Side Of Midnight as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Other Side of Midnight is Sidney Sheldon at his best. This page-turner is full of tortured romantic entanglements, reverses of fortune, thrilling suspense, and ultimate justice. In Paris, Washington, and a fabulous villa in Greece, an innocent American becomes a bewildered, horror-stricken pawn in a game of vengeance and betrayal. She is Catherine Douglas, a woman caught in a web of four lives intertwined by passion as her handsome husband pursues an incredibly beautiful film star . . . and as Constantin Demeris, a legendary Greek tycoon, tightens the strands that control them all.


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Flashes of Insight

By Lynda Allen,

Book cover of Flashes of Insight

Lynda Allen Author Of Grace Reflected

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Why am I passionate about this?

I think of myself as a listener and life in progress. As a poet and author, I’m always listening to the words that move through my heart. I’m also a spiritual seeker, always looking for the Divine in the world around me and almost always surprised by the ways it shows up when I’m paying attention. Yet, there’s another part of me that is a Jersey girl through and through, looking for humor or irreverence in the face of life’s challenges. All these aspects come together in an unusual harmony, creating an openness to being changed by the things that come into my life. Hence, a list of life-changing books.

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What is my book about?

Mood swings and insomnia are one thing, hot flash-induced psychic visions are quite another. When Olivia Wilde realizes the visions she’s experiencing in the midst of hot flashes are actually premonitions, she must learn to understand and trust what she sees in order to help a friend, preserve a piece of history, and save a life.

When Liv’s friend’s antique store in Fredericksburg, Virginia is robbed, she finds herself in the midst of a quest to find a secret cache of priceless letters written by President James Monroe and his wife Elizabeth. With the encouragement of her "Monthly" dinner party girlfriends, Liv begins to learn how to harness her newfound abilities, along with her smarts, to help catch the thief.

Flashes of Insight

By Lynda Allen,

What is this book about?

Mood swings and insomnia are one thing, hot flash-induced psychic visions are quite another. When Olivia Wilde realizes the visions she's been experiencing in the midst of hot flashes are actually premonitions, she has to learn to understand and trust what she sees in order to help a friend, preserve a piece of history, and save a life.

Deftly weaving together elements of history, mystery, menopause, humor, some Jersey girl attitude, a bit of salty language, and a healthy dose of female friendship, Flashes of Insight marks the start of a new "Jersey Cozy"* series sure to deliver laughter, intelligence,…


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