10 Best Books About WW1 and WW2

Technology and techniques have improved over the centuries, but war never changes and that is why it still fascinates a lot of people today. Here are the best books about wars you need to add to your reading list.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)

The book was published a few years after the end of the First World War and is written by a German veteran, which makes it a unique perspective on the war and its effects on the soldiers.

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman (1962)

Whereas most books about the World Wars focus on specific battles and areas, this book details the beginning of the conflicts and political ideologies that led to World War 1 up to the German invasion of France.

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor (1999)

As the title suggests, the book details the events leading to the battle in Stalingrad and the surrounding areas. Operation Barbarossa was the Nazis’ idea to occupy Soviet Union and to control the Caucasus region for oil and agriculture.

World War One in Southeast Asia by Heather Streets-Salter (2017)

Most of Southeast Asia was still under colonial rule in the first World War, but the aftermath of the fighting in Europe influenced the economic, social, and political climates of the colonies.

Maus by Art Spiegelman (1980-1991)

This graphic art novel retells the author’s survival of the massacre of the Polish Jews by the Nazis. The story begins with a recollection of the liberation of the concentration camps.

Empires of War: A Short History of Modern Asia Since World War II by Francis Pike (2009)

The effects of WW1 and WW2 in Asia is still felt especially with the Western-centric point of view of their so-called liberators.

Forgotten Armies: Britain’s Asian Empire and the War with Japan by Christopher Alan Bayly and Tim Harper (2005)

The British empire’s colonies in Asia which spanned areas between India and Singapore were strategic areas that could have helped Germany and its allies in their cause. In a matter of weeks, South and Southeast Asia was placed under the yoke of the Japanese forces.

The First World War in Africa by Hew Strachan (2004)

The First World War did not just affect Europe, but colonies in Africa were also important battlefields that do not get enough attention in history books.

The Great War in Africa: 1914-1918 by Byron Farwell (1989)

The book recounts the conflicts in the African front, specifically in the German colonies besieged by attackers. The writer himself was a veteran of the Second World War.

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom (1971)

The book recounts what life was like for the ten Boom family right up to the invasion of the Netherlands by the Nazis in 1940. The author became instrumental in black market operations to help Jews escape from the enemy.

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