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)
During 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….
2. The Cambridge History of Warfare (2005)
A 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…
Military 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…
4. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 (2004)
To 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…
5. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (Critical Issues in World and International History) (2016)
In 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…
6. A History of Warfare (1994)
The 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….
From 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….
In 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…
History 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…
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)
"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…
Best War History Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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History of the Second World War
Author(s): B.H. Liddell Hart
Publisher: 2011, Year: Pan Books, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
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
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
Going To War With Iraq: A Comparative History Of The Bush Presidencies
Author(s): Joseph M. Siracusa, Laurens J. Visser
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017
Author(s): Rashid Khalidi
Publisher: Metropolitan Books, Year: 2020, Size: 15 Mb, Download: epub
The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History
Author(s): Alexander Mikaberidze
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War
Author(s): Fred Kaplan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
WW2: Spies, Snipers and Tales of the World at War
Author(s): Journals, War History; Journals, War History
Publisher: Storyteller Books, LLC, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
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.