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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.
Wanting to pick up a book on D Day and have seen a lot of positive reviews for Sand and Steel. Anyone read that yet?
Also I don’t think I saw it mentioned, but I loved The Winter Fortress.
What’s a good book about Stalin?
Many of the popular ones are multi-volume. Stephen Kotkin has released 2 of a planned 3 volume set in the last 5 years and they've been well-received. Simon Sebag Montefiero also has a multi-volume take.
You might look at Robert Conquest's works for a single volume. He wrote a lot about Stalinist Russia but is deeply anticommunist (heads up on that).
The Story of World War II by Donald Miller was ok
When Titans Clash by David Glantz-considered one of the best books ever on the tactical aspects of Germany v Russia and Barborossa in WW2.
Antony Beevor-DDay. I've read probably 3 books by Beevor and they're all good.
Stalingrad Antony Beevor-see above.
The Max Hasting books are all good
Blood Red Snow by Gunter K Koscorrek was really good. Memoir of a German soldier on eastern front.
Spearhead by Adam Makos was good. Memoir of American tank gunner who got to use one of our first super tanks.
Panzer Ace by Richard Freiherr von Rosen was good. Memoir of German tanker on the eastern front.
Desert Fox by Samuel Mitcham was real good. Biography of Rommel was awesome.
Shattered Sword by Jonathan Parshall was real good . Book on Midway. This thing goes super in detail and can get boring but was still real good.
In Deadly Combat by Gottlob Herbert Bidermann was real good. Memoir of German soldier on Eastern Front.
Total War by Micahel Jones was real good. Memoir of German soldier on Eastern Front.
Pacific Crucible Trilogy by Ian Toll is epic. All about the Pacific War. Very famous series. Highly recommend.
The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer is epic . Memoir of German soldier on Eastern Front. Just finished this one and was really good, highly recommend.
The Fleet at flood Tide by James Hornfischer is real good . Another big account of the Pacific War.
The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson. Covers North Africa, Italy, and Europe campaigns for allies. Epic series highly recommend.
Citizen Soldiers was so good.
Battle: The Story of the Bulge by John Toland is also excellent.
Just finished The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat by Michael Jones. Another excellent book. Haven't read any other book the focuses exclusively on this segment of Barborossa. Highly encourage reading it. The big books that cover all of Barborossa don't give nearly the detail .
Side note: Some folks consider the failed offensive on Moscow as the turning point of the war instead of Stalingrad. Considering Germany gave the attack on Moscow everything they had and was repulsed, this is definitely a legit point. They were able to eventually stabilize the front after the Red Army knocked the shit out of them on a massive counter offensive. And it took another 2-3 years to really obliterate Army Group Center with Bagration which effectively knocked Germany to its knees. And after stablizing the front Germany was able to go back on the offensive and attack the Caucuses and Crimea. So was it really the turning point if they were able to go back on the offensive and win massive encirclement battles in the caucuses? Conversely, Germany lost substantial manpower and equipment on this failed offensive and some folks said the Wermacht was never the same afterwards.
Owsley might have some book recommendations.
I really enjoyed Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, its not as much about the war and tactics. It's follows 3 or 4 (cant remember) jewish soldiers whose family got them out of Europe just in time in the early 30s, came to America, enrolled in the Army and went back to Europe to fight. A few in the same home towns they grew up in.
added it to my "want to read" list on goodreads
Thanks for all the recs in here.
Any suggestions on books specifically about Pearl Harbor?
Just finished The Last Lion the three volume biography of Churchill. Was probably the best biography I've ever read.
At Dawn We Slept, but be warned, it's huge.