The best books on human struggle and achievement in war

The Books I Picked & Why

The Winds Of War

By Herman Wouk

The Winds Of War

Why this book?

Though a novel, the research and factual basis of this classic oozes from almost every page. A book that examines the people, innocent and otherwise, who make World War II a compelling subject and a worthy, thought-provoking read to this day.


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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

By E. B. Sledge

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

Why this book?

An unvarnished memoir of war in the Pacific that inspires and horrifies. The deeply personal horrors witnessed and exacted by young men on both sides makes it almost a character study of the battlefield. A compulsory read for anyone who wants to understand true sacrifice in uniform far beyond the headlines of the day.


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The Guns of August

By Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

The Guns of August

Why this book?

The classic Pulitzer Prize book about the outbreak of World War I. This book weaves detail that pulls the reader in, without distraction. A groundbreaking distillation of historical research into a storytelling style that captivates both readers and authors.


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The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

By Gregory A. Freeman

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

Why this book?

This book shines a spotlight on the humanitarian side of war, seemingly mutually exclusive concepts. Yet those who suffer the most often raise to the greatest heights of sacrifice in rescuing others. A riveting tale, thoroughly researched and hard to put down.


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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission

By Hampton Sides

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission

Why this book?

This book reads as a gripping thriller rooted in gruesome fact in the Philippine jungle. I’ve read this book several times for inspiration in crafting my books. A great balance between the necessary detail to establish the context and the laser focus on remarkable devotion to duty.


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