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Best War History Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Our list of some of the best War History books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II (2008)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDuring a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes—without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back—without getting shot down themselves….
Author(s): Gregory A. Freeman

2. The Cambridge History of Warfare (2005)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA compelling subject, war is common to almost all known societies and almost all periods of history. The Cambridge History of Warfare is a comprehensive account of war in the West. The combined effort of seven leading experts, this book treats the history of all aspects of the subject: the development of warfare on land, seas, and air; weapons and technology; strategy and defense; discipline and intelligence; mercenaries and standing armies; cavalry and infantry; chivalry and blitzkreig; guerrilla assault and nuclear warfare. It places in context particular key elements in the history of armed engagement, from the Greek victory at…
Author(s): Geoffrey Parker

3. Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare (2015)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfMilitary History, now in paperback, is the ultimate guide to weapons, vehicles, hardware, and equipment of war throughout history. Military History is the definitive guide to the evolution of battlefield technology. In addition to comprehensively cataloging every significant weapon of each historical age, Military History pays particular attention to breakthroughs and advancements that transformed the capabilities of soldiers and the nature of warfare itself. Stunning “virtual tours” offer up-close investigation of key weapons as the book moves…
Author(s): DK

4. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (2004)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTo what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, Ghost Wars details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan…
Author(s): Steve Coll

5. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (Critical Issues in World and International History) (2016)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn examining one of the defining events of the twentieth century, Doris L. Bergen situates the Holocaust in its historical, political, social, cultural, and military contexts. Unlike many other treatments of the Holocaust, this revised, third edition discusses not only the persecution of the Jews, but also other segments of society victimized by the Nazis: Roma, homosexuals, Poles, Soviet POWs, the disabled, and other groups deemed undesirable. In clear and eloquent prose, Bergen explores the two interconnected goals that drove the Nazi German program of conquest and…
Author(s): Doris L. Bergen

6. A History of Warfare (1994)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe acclaimed author and preeminent military historian John Keegan examines centuries of human conflict. From primitive man in the bronze age to the end of the cold war in the twentieth century, Keegan shows how armed conflict has been a primary preoccupation throughout the history of civilization and how deeply rooted its practice has become in our cultures. ”Keegan is at once the most readable and the most original of living military historians . . . A History of Warfare is perhaps the most remarkable study of warfare that has yet been written.”–The New York Times Book Review….
Author(s): John Keegan

7. History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past (1996)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFrom the “taming of the West” to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the portrayal of the past has become a battleground at the heart of American politics. What kind of history Americans should read, see, or fund is no longer merely a matter of professional interest to teachers, historians, and museum curators. Everywhere now, history is increasingly being held hostage, but to what end and why? In History Wars, eight prominent historians consider the angry swirl of emotions that now surrounds public memory. Included are trenchant essays by Paul Boyer, John W. Dower, Tom Engelhardt, Richard H….
Author(s): Edward T. Linenthal, Tom Engelhardt

8. The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession (2015)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn The Teacher Wars, a rich, lively, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been embattled for nearly two centuries. She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. The Teacher…
Author(s): Dana Goldstein

9. The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars Have Been Won and Lost (2019)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHistory has tended to measure war’s winners and losers in terms of its major engagements, battles in which the result was so clear-cut that they could be considered “decisive.” Marathon, Cannae, Tours, Agincourt, Austerlitz, Sedan, Stalingrad–all resonate in the literature of war and in our imaginations as tide-turning. But were they? As Cathal J. Nolan demonstrates in this magisterial and sweeping work, victory in major wars usually has been determined in other ways. Even the most legendarily lopsided of battles did not necessarily decide their outcomes. Nolan also challenges the hoary…
Author(s): Cathal J. Nolan

10. World History: Ancient History, United States History, European, Native American, Russian, Chinese, Asian, Indian and Australian History, Wars including World War 1 and 2 (2016)

Best War History Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf"This book is packed with really important information about the world's history.""I was surprised how much I learned from this. I really like how everything is laid out, it makes it very easy to follow. I especially like the section on Native Americans""I couldn't put this book down, and not because I'm a nerdy avid reader (I am) but because it's filled with so much about our world history without the facts jumping all over the place like some history books I've read.""I am highly impressed by the content of this book and I would recommend this to all my colleagues as…
Author(s): Adam Brown

I started the list to get book ideas. I intially thought it would be a list of books more akin to personal memoirs like Grant’s, Caputo’s and Grave’s. But folks have added more history-type books, which is great. I have started reading and am enjoying McPherson’s Battle Cry for Freedom based on reviews above. Many thanks – keep them coming. Books Advanced Search New Releases Best Sellers & More Children’s Books Textbooks Textbook Rentals Sell Us Your Books Best Books of the Month History Browse for books about American history , ancient history , military history , or browse our picks for the best history books of the year so far . The literature about World War One is vast, but these may be the best books for a range of subjects. The literature about World War One is vast, but these may be the best books for a range of subjects. Menu. Home. The 17 Best Books on World War I of 2019 . Search. Search the site GO. History & Culture. Military History World War I Battles & Wars Key Figures Arms & Weapons Naval Battles Search the world’s most comprehensive index of full-text books. My library Generally agreed to be the first of its kind, Thucydides’s history covers the war between Sparta and Athens, and though its accuracy remains moot – Thucydides was an Athenian general and so

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some war history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

History of the Second World War

Author(s): B.H. Liddell Hart
Publisher: 2011, Year: Pan Books, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2405052

Navy SEALs: The Combat History of the Deadliest Warriors on the Planet

Author(s): Don Mann, Lance Burton
Publisher: Skyhorse, Year: 25 Jun 2019, Size: 33 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2389071

State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease

Author(s): Haider Warraich
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Year: 23 July 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2392516

Media and the Cold War in the 1980s: Between Star Wars and Glasnost

Author(s): Henrik G. Bastiansen
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2289309

Adolf Hitler And Joseph Stalin: Two Predator Leaders During The World War II

Author(s): The History Hour
Publisher: Independently published, Year: 2019, Size: 506 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2322135

The Environment: A History of the Idea

Author(s): Paul Warde; Libby Robin; Sverker Sörlin
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2327206

Time and Power: Visions of History in German Politics, from the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich

Author(s): Christopher Clark
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2328209

Tin Cans and Greyhounds: The Destroyers that Won Two World Wars

Author(s): Clint Johnson
Publisher: Regner History, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2329401

Scandinavia and the Great Powers in the First World War

Author(s): Michael Jonas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2330834

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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