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9 Best Books About War

Discover a captivating collection of books about war, exploring the triumphs and tragedies of historical conflicts. Dive into gripping narratives now!


The Only Plane in the Sky

by Garrett M. Graff

4.8 (4164 reviews)

What is The Only Plane in the Sky about?

"The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11" by Garrett M. Graff is a poignant and comprehensive account of the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. Through a collection of firsthand testimonies from survivors, witnesses, and responders, the book offers a deeply personal and emotional narrative, shedding light on the harrowing experiences and the enduring impact of one of the darkest days in American history.

Who should read The Only Plane in the Sky

  • History enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive account of the 9/11 attacks.

  • Survivors and families of victims looking for personal narratives.

  • Students and researchers studying the impact of terrorism on society.


All Secure

by Tom Satterly, Steve Jackson

4.8 (851 reviews)

What is All Secure about?

In this gripping memoir, a former special operations soldier recounts his harrowing experiences on the battlefield and the challenges he faced upon returning home. Tom Satterly takes readers on a journey through the intense world of combat, sharing the adrenaline-fueled missions and the toll they took on his mental and emotional well-being. With raw honesty, he sheds light on the struggles of transitioning to civilian life and the importance of finding support and healing in the face of trauma.

Who should read All Secure

  • Military personnel seeking insights into the challenges of special operations.

  • Families of soldiers looking for understanding and support.

  • Readers interested in gripping firsthand accounts of war experiences.


The Splendid and the Vile

by Erik Larson

4.7 (31524 reviews)

What is The Splendid and the Vile about?

"The Splendid and the Vile" by Erik Larson is a captivating historical account that delves into the life of Winston Churchill and his family during the tumultuous period of the Blitz in World War II. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Larson paints a vivid picture of Churchill's leadership, the resilience of the British people, and the personal sacrifices made by the Churchill family in their unwavering defiance against Nazi Germany.

Who should read The Splendid and the Vile

  • History enthusiasts seeking a gripping account of Churchill's leadership during WWII.

  • Fans of biographies interested in the personal life of Winston Churchill.

  • Those fascinated by stories of resilience and defiance in the face of adversity.


Call Sign Chaos

by Jim Mattis, Bing West

4.7 (6071 reviews)

What is Call Sign Chaos about?

"Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead" is a captivating memoir that delves into the remarkable journey of a military leader. Written by a renowned author and a former Secretary of Defense, this book offers invaluable insights into the art of leadership and the challenges faced in the military. With vivid anecdotes and personal experiences, it provides a compelling narrative that explores the complexities of decision-making and the importance of adaptability in times of chaos.

Who should read Call Sign Chaos

  • Military personnel seeking insights on leadership and strategic decision-making.

  • History enthusiasts interested in the experiences of a renowned general.

  • Aspiring leaders looking for practical advice on effective leadership.


Red Famine

by Anne Applebaum

4.7 (1573 reviews)

What is Red Famine about?

"Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine" by Anne Applebaum delves into the devastating man-made famine that occurred in Ukraine during the 1930s. Through meticulous research and firsthand accounts, Applebaum exposes Stalin's deliberate policies that led to the deaths of millions of Ukrainians. This gripping narrative sheds light on the political motivations, agricultural collectivization, and the tragic consequences of this forgotten chapter in history, offering a comprehensive understanding of the Ukrainian famine under Soviet rule.

Who should read Red Famine

  • History enthusiasts interested in understanding Stalin's devastating impact on Ukraine.

  • Scholars and researchers studying Soviet history and totalitarian regimes.

  • Individuals seeking to learn about lesser-known atrocities of the 20th century.


Walk in My Combat Boots

by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney

4.6 (5948 reviews)

What is Walk in My Combat Boots about?

"Walk in My Combat Boots" is a gripping collection of true stories that offers a raw and intimate glimpse into the lives of American soldiers. Written by James Patterson, Matt Eversmann, and Chris Mooney, this book takes readers on a powerful journey through the experiences of those who have served in the military, sharing their triumphs, struggles, and sacrifices on the battlefield and beyond. It is a poignant tribute to the bravery and resilience of our armed forces.

Who should read Walk in My Combat Boots

  • Military veterans seeking to understand the experiences of fellow soldiers.

  • History enthusiasts interested in firsthand accounts of combat missions.

  • Individuals looking to gain insight into the realities of war.



by John Hersey

4.5 (4011 reviews)

What is Hiroshima about?

"Hiroshima" by John Hersey is a powerful and haunting account of the devastating aftermath of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. Through the stories of six survivors, Hersey vividly portrays the horrors and human suffering caused by the bomb, while also exploring themes of resilience, survival, and the long-lasting impact of war. This gripping narrative sheds light on one of the darkest moments in history, leaving readers with a profound understanding of the human cost of nuclear warfare.

Who should read Hiroshima

  • History enthusiasts interested in understanding the impact of the atomic bomb.

  • Students studying World War II and its aftermath.

  • Individuals seeking a firsthand account of the Hiroshima bombing.



by Safi Bahcall

4.5 (1566 reviews)

What is Loonshots about?

"Loonshots" explores the power of nurturing and implementing unconventional ideas that have the potential to revolutionize industries, solve complex problems, and change the world. Safi Bahcall delves into the history of successful and failed innovations, providing insights on how to foster a culture that encourages and supports these "loonshots." With captivating anecdotes and practical advice, the book offers a roadmap for unleashing breakthrough ideas and driving transformative change in any field.

Who should read Loonshots

  • Entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to unlock groundbreaking ideas.

  • Business leaders aiming to foster a culture of innovation.

  • Scientists and researchers interested in driving transformative discoveries.


The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

4.4 (167 reviews)

What is The Art of War about?

"The Art of War" is a timeless military strategy book that offers profound insights into the art of warfare. Written by an ancient Chinese military general, this influential text delves into various aspects of warfare, including tactics, leadership, and the importance of understanding one's enemy. With its concise and practical advice, this book has become a go-to guide for military strategists and business leaders alike, providing valuable lessons on how to achieve victory in any competitive situation.

Who should read The Art of War

  • Military strategists and leaders seeking timeless wisdom on warfare.

  • Business executives looking to apply strategic principles to their organizations.

  • History enthusiasts interested in ancient Chinese military philosophy.