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World War II


1938: Hitler's Gamble, by Giles MacDonogh.
Focusing on the year 1938, MacDonogh chronicles Hitler's rise to power.

All Or Nothing: The Axis and the Holocaust, 1941-43, By Jonathan Steinberg.
An astute overview of how Nazi German and Fascist Italy differed in their treatment toward the Jews. Steinberg also examines what motivated some Italians to protect the Jews, while their German colleagues actively participated in the murders of the Jews.

An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation, By Tom Brokaw.
In this volume, Brokaw has compiled a compelling and poignant collection of letters that chronicle the personal histories of the men and women who grew up during the Depression and who endured the horrors of WWII.

An Awkward Truth, by Peter Grose.
The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942.

Battleship Oklahoma BB-37, by Jeff Phister, with Thomas Hone and Paul Goodyear.
An engaging history of the USS Oklahoma, with a special emphasis on the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, where she was sunk by Japanese bombers.

The Brenner Assignment, by Patrick K. O'Donnell.
The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II, in which a three-man team parachuted behind enemy lines to sabotage and hopefully destroy the Brenner Pass - a vital Nazi supply line between Austria and Italy.

The Brigade: An Epic Story of Vengeance, Salvation, and WWII, by Howard Blum.
A compelling history of the Jewish Brigade that chronicles its formation, and the Brigades activities both during and after World War II.

Children of War, by Susan Goodman.
The Second World War through the Eyes of a Generation. A compelling social history of wartime Britain told from the viewpoint of the children who called Britain home from 1939-1945.

Code Name Pauline, by Pearl Witherington Cornioley .
A memoir of a British Special Operations Executive (SOE) who spent seven months working in Nazi occupied France, where she became a resistance leader.

Combat Nurse, By Eric Taylor.
During World War II, numerous women volunteered to serve as military nurses. Often their jobs placed them at grave risk of injury or capture by the enemy, and all too often they met their deaths while doing their duty. In Combat Nurse, Eric Taylor has woven a riveting book that describes what is it was like to be a British nurse, serving in combat areas, during World War II.

A Concise History of the Third Reich, by Wolfgang Benz.
A brief and academically authoritative, yet eminently readable account of the entire twelve-year existence of the Third Reich that covers political, social, cultural, and military aspects of this period.

Crusade in Europe, by Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In this informative book, Eisenhower supplies an insider's look at America's role in Europe during World War II, as seen through the eyes of the man who commanded the Allied Forces.

D-Day to Berlin, by Andrew Williams.
A gripping military history that looks at the events from the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy to the final defeat of the Nazis and the fall of Berlin.

Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, by Nechama Tec.
The amazing, and true story, of the Bielski Partisans. Led by Tuvia Bielski, this remarkable resistance army rescued more than 1,200 Jews from near certain extermination at the hands of the Nazis, during the Nazi occupation of Belorussia.

A Doctor's War, by Aidan MacCarthy.
A riveting account of MacCarthy's experiences during World War II. A RAF doctor, he was captured by the Japanese and was to be one of the witnesses of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

The Fascism Reader, Edited by Aristotle A. Kallis.
This book contains 48 excerpts from the vast body of scholarly works on the subject of European Fascism.

Firestorm: Allied Airpower and the Destruction of Dresden, by Marshall De Bruhl.
A compelling, and unbiased account of the carpet bombing of Dresden in 1945, that explored why this campaign was so controversial, and how it affected the outcome of the war.

Flyboys, by James Bradley.
The gripping story of eight American airmen, captured by the Japanese during a bombing mission of the island of Chichi Jima.

Flying In, Flying Out, by Edward Sniders.
An RAF fighter pilot during World War II, Edward Sniders spent a good part of the war as a POW, interned Nazi Stalag. In this book, Sniders chronicles his life as a prisoner, and his numerous escape attempts.

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, by Jon Meacham.
An intimate glimpse at the friendship that developed between FDR and Churchill, and how their friendship affected the outcome of World War II.

Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission, By Hampton Sides.
Ghost Soldiers chronicles the daring rescue, from behind enemy lines, of 513 survivors of the Bataan Death March.

Given Up For Dead, by Flint Whitlock.
The history of the mostly Jewish 'American GI's in the Nazi Concentration Camp at Berga'.

Going for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers in the War Against Nazi Germany, by James M. McCaffrey.
A social and military history of the all-Nisei (second generation Japanese-American), 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which served with distinction during World War II.

In Time of War: Hitler's Terrorist Attack on America, by Pierce O'Donnell.
A forgotten episode of World War II, the Supreme Court case it sparked, and the precedent it set...

Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution During World War II and the US Occupation, By Yuki Tanaka
Tanaka takes an honest and in-depth look at the history of Japan's Comfort Women - women who were forced into sexual slavery to meet the 'needs' of Japanese soldiers.

The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944, by Lt. Col. Will Irwin (Ret).
Irwin not only provides a general overview of the Jedburghs history and their training, but he also provides riveting accounts of their hair-raising missions, battles, and close-calls where they had to dodge not only German troops and the Gestapo, but also collaborators who could easily have blown their cover.

MacArthur's Undercover War: Spies, Saboteurs, Guerrillas, and Secret Missions, by William B. Breuer
In this intriguing narrative, Breuer, chronicles MacArthur's long-running covert war that he waged against the Japanese during World War II.

Moroni and the Swastika, by David Conley Nelson.
Nelson's book claims that the LDS Church prospered under Nazi rule, in part because they aided the Nazi regime. This eye-opening book tells the story of the Mormons in Nazi Germany and the extent to which they, and the American leadership, were complicit in aiding the Nazi cause in order to protect the Church and its members in Germany.

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War, by Rodric Braithwaite
This history of the Battle of Moscow is unique in that it focuses on the people of Moscow and how the battle affected them, rather than on the military aspects of one of the momentous battles of World War II.

Myths & Legends of the Second World War, by James Hayward
In this unique text, Hayward chronicles a variety of World War II myths that developed in Western Europe, and he examines what basis in fact, if any, that these myths had.

The Nazi Germany Sourcebook: An Anthology of Texts, by Roderick Stackelberg and Sally A. Winkle
This anthology contains 148 primary texts that offer readers a general overview of the origins and consequences of Nazism.

Nazi Terror: The Gestapo, Jews, and Ordinary Germans, by Eric A. Johnson
In this controversial book, Johnson looks at the role that the Gestapo, and Ordinary Germans, had in the mass murder of Jews during World War II.

Once Upon a Time in War: The 99th Division in World War II, by Robert E. Humphrey.
Based on interviews with hundreds of veterans, this is a gripping narrative history of the 99th Infantry Division's exploits during the Battle of the Bulge and during the push into Germany toward the end of World War II.

Operation Millennium: "Bomber" Harris's Raid on Cologne, May 1942, by Eric Taylor.
A detailed account of 'Bomber' Harris's May 1942 carpet-bombing raid on Cologne, told from the perspective of the British airmen who carried it out and the citizens of Cologne who lived through it.

Our Mothers' War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II, by Emily Yellin
Yellin looks at how women from all walks of life and races, from sex workers to the elite, dealt with the challenges presented by the war.

Prompt & Utter Destruction, by J. Samuel Walker.
An insightful history that examines how and why President Truman made the decision to use Atomic Bombs against Japan at the end of World War II.

The Quiet Hero, by Gary W. Toyn
The Untold Medal of Honor Story of George E. Wahlen at the Battle for Iwo Jima.

The Quiet Heroes, by Bernard Edwards
A riveting history of the British merchant seamen who plied the U-Boat infested waters of the Atlantic throughout the dark days of World War II.

Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets, by David Stafford.
Stafford has penned a compelling and thought-provoking look at Roosevelt and Chruchill, and the intelligence agencies at their disposal during World War II.

Sea of Thunder, by Evan Thomas.
Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945. A history of the Battle of Leyte Gulf told from the viewpoint of four different commanders, two American and two Japanese.

Secret Agent: The True Story of the Covert War Against Hitler, by David Stafford.
This riveting book offers the readers an in-depth look at ultra-secret World War II 'spy' organization called the Special Operations Executive. Details range from the groups formation, to the work that it carried out during the war, along with detailed profiles of its agents and auxiliary staff.

Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis' Final Gamble, by Roger Cohen.
The unforgettable story of the 350 mostly Jewish, American POWs, captured during the Battle of the Bulge, who were sent to the Nazi Concentration of Camp at Berga where they were forced to work as slave laborers.

A Special Mission: Hitler's Secret Plot to Seize the Vatican and Kidnap Pope Pius XII, by Dan Kurzman.
A popular account of the 1943 Nazi plot to seize the treasures of the Vatican and silence the pope.

They Dared Return: The True Story of Jewish Spies Behind the Lines in Nazi Germany, by Patrick K. O'Donnell.
The daring, and true story of five young refugees from Nazi Germany who joined the OSS and went back, behind enemy lines, to fight the Nazis face to face.

The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda, by David Welch
This work offers an in-depth analysis of the role that propaganda played in Nazi Germany.

War & Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, by Doris L. Bergen.
A brief, yet a detailed overview of the Holocaust, its causes, and its consequences. In addition to an analysis of the Nazi's quest to exterminate the Jews of Europe, this book also looks at other groups targeted for extermination by the Nazis including the disabled, Gypsies, communist, and others labeled as undesirable.

What We Knew - Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany, by Eric A. Johnson and Karl-Heinz Reuband .
Excerpts from forty interviews with Jewish survivors, and 'average' Germans who lived in Nazi Germany. Includes an analysis, by the authors, on what the average German knew about the Nazi atrocities that were taking place during World War II.

Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis, by Nicholas Stargardt.
A haunting history of the lives of both Jewish and non-Jewish children under Nazi rule.

Zigzag: The Incredible Wartime Exploits of Double Agent Eddie Chapman, by Nicholas Booth.
A biography of the man who was awarded the Iron Cross by the Germans for his exploits while spying on them for the British.

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