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Discussion in 'TMB Book Club' started by THEBLUERAIDER, Nov 30, 2019.
Been in New Orleans and visited the World War 2 museum. What are the best books on World War 2?
A Man Called Intrepid is incredible. Anything by Ambrose, Ian Kershaw, and William shirer. Helmet for my pillow. With the old breed.
If there is any specific area of wwii that you're interested in let me know.
The very best thing on the war ever done is the World at War documentary series. It may be the best documentary of all time.
Depends on what you're looking for. Antony Beevor is fantastic and has an incredible book about the war as a whole. He also has one on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, Stalingrad, and probably a few more I haven't discovered yet.
If you are into the Pacific Theater, The Battle of Midway by Craig L Symonds is incredible. Pacific Crucible by Ian Toll is also really good, heavy on the character study but some really interesting stuff. Retribution by Max Hastings is a fascinating look at the end of the war and what we did to Japan in the process of ending it.
The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson
Anything by Stephen E Ambrose is great. Enemy at the Gates is one that is supposedly great, but I have yet to read.
Generally agree on the Ambrose recs but his D-Day book apparently contained some made up stories and brought him disgrace within the WW2 history community.
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder is highly regarded, to add another.
Wow, I didn’t know that about D-Day.
I just finished bloodlands. It's awesome and devastating. Can be slow because it's not really a narrative or anything. Did not know that about DDay although I did notice some inaccuracies just from reading A Man Called Intrepid
From the war book thread
I guess take out D-Day, but even if a few are made up, most aren't.
With the Old Breed needs to be required reading in high school.
Beneath the Scarlet Sky is also incredible, it takes place during WW2 but its not as "War-y" as others.
Not trying to hijack, but any recommendations on ww1 books?
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (Clark) and A World Undone (Meyer) are both very good. Tuchman's Guns of August is a classic in the field, too.
Junger's Storm of Steel is a popular personal account.