Everything bad fascinates us. That is why countless beautiful books have been written about war. We give you the ten best war books below. Read along…

The best books ever written about war

We start our recommendations with the top 10 best books about War of all time. This list has been updated this year, including all the recent titles.

Best War BooksAuthor
Military Strategy: A Very Short IntroductionAntulio Joseph Echevarria
The Second World WarAntony Beevor
To Hell and Back: The Classic Memoir of World War II by America’s Most Decorated SoldierAudie Murphy
The World’s Greatest Military Spies And Secret Service AgentsGeorge Barton
Military History: The Definitive Visual Guide to the Objects of Warfare DK
The First World WarMichael Howard
Killing PattonBill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The War That Saved My LifeKimberly Brubaker Bradley
The World’s WarDavid Olusoga
The Art of WarSun Tzu

The updated top 10 list: the best books about war

Everything You Were Taught about the Civil War Is Wrong, Ask a Southerner!

Lochlainn Seabrook is a pro-South writer and with this book he wants to test Northerners about what they know on American history and where they got it wrong. Facts that you weren’t aware of until now will surprise you.

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

When a large group of airmen end up in Yugoslavia, then occupied by the Nazis, everything is done to save them. The operation is called Halyard, and now that the information is no longer classified, this book will amaze you for the bravery and risk the operation took.

The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History

We recommend this book to anyone who is interested in reading more facts on the Vietnam War. You can watch movies or documentaries, but the eyewitnesses and photographs in ‘The Vietnam War’ will shed a different light on the subject.

Dog Company: A True Story of American Soldiers Abandoned by Their High Command

This is one of the most confronting stories on the army, an infantry commander who lives by the rules, and a situation that demands he forgets the rules for once. Will he follow orders or save the men in his company?

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission

Have you heard of ghost soldiers? This is the story of a mission in the Philippines, where the troops had one job, and that was to save 513 prisoners of war from the camp they were being held captive in, in order to be able to return home.

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle

What happens when you underestimate the enemy? Well, ‘On Desperate Ground’ shows you how General MacArthur got it wrong in 1950, and how this meant his men were walking right into a trap set by the Chinese army.

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Oleg Gordievsky is the son of two KGB agents, and when he started working in Russian intelligence, he was eventually stationed in London. Could anyone have suspected that Oleg was secretly working for MI6? You must read this spy story by Ben Macintyre.

It Wasn’t About Slavery: Exposing the Great Lie of the Civil War

If you still think the Civil War was about ending slavery, then you should read this book and update your knowledge. Samual Mitcham states that it was all about money.

Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization

President Harry Truman wanted democracy to thrive all over the world, and not just in the United States. Discover his actions to keep America on the right path, and how his views have shaped foreign policy.

Every Man a Hero: A Memoir of D-Day, the First Wave at Omaha Beach, and a World at War

Ray Lambert was one of the first to hit Omaha beach, and as a medic he saved many of his comrades from dying by taking them from the beach to a safe zone. This is Ray Lambert’s story of what happened on D-Day.

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