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From Battleground to Homefront: World War II in Fact and Fiction
Booklists for Adults

Fiction

Margot Abbott. THE LAST INNOCENT HOUR: A Novel. In 1930s Berlin, an American woman’s marriage to a German officer exposes her to the machinations and corruption of Hitler’s inner circle.

Anita R. Bunkley. WILD EMBERS. The American homefront, 1943: an African-American nurse confronts racial prejudice and her attraction to both a civil rights lawyer and a Tuskegee airman.

Don Davis. APPOINTMENT WITH THE SQUIRE. In the final months of World War II, an American agent searches frantically for the ruthless Nazi assassin whose next target is FDR.

Thomas J. Fleming. LOYALTIES: A Novel of World War II. A small group of anti-Nazi Germans, some highly-placed in government and society, seeks a separate peace with the Allies.

Alan Furst. THE WORLD AT NIGHT. Life in Paris after the 1940 Nazi occupation takes a dangerous turn for a Frenchman who still believes in honor.

Robert Harris. ENIGMA. Final Allied victory depends upon the cryptographers who must crack the Nazi’s Enigma Code.

Angela Huth. LAND GIRLS. Three young women of Britain’s Land Army must work the farms and fields while the men are at war.

Milena McGraw. AFTER DUNKIRK. How war, life, and death are experienced by a young RAF squadron leader during the Battle of Britain.

Anita Shreve. RESISTANCE: A Novel. A downed American flier and the Belgian farm woman who shelters him are drawn together despite the dangers of the Nazi occupation.

Daniel Silva. THE UNLIKELY SPY. A professor in British counterintelligence must prevent the escape of a deep-cover Nazi agent who possesses key information about the Allied invasion of Europe.

James Stewart Thayer. FIVE PAST MIDNIGHT: A Novel. As the Third Reich collapses, two men close in on Hitler’s bunker: one to kill Hitler, the other to rescue him.

Barrett Tillman. HELLCATS: A Novel of War in the Pacific. An exciting, detailed chronicle of the Hellcat fighter aircraft as they battle their way to the shores of Japan.

Nonfiction

Michael C.C. Adams. THE BEST WAR EVER: America and World War II. The positive and negative influences of World War II on Americans and American culture, both during the war and in the years that followed. D769.A56 1994

Stephen E. Ambrose. CITIZEN SOLDIERS: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 - May 7, 1945. How the "ordinary" American men proved that they were anything but as they fought their way across Europe in the last year of the war. D756.A52 1997

Antony Beevor. STALINGRAD. History’s greatest land battle is newly explored as the clash of two great armies made up of ordinary Russian and German troops. D764.3.S7 B37 1998

George E. Berkley. HITLER’S GIFT: The Story of Theresienstadt. The truth behind the facade of the "model" concentration camp, where many of Europe’s most distinguished Jewish artists were imprisoned. D804.C9 B44 1993

Walter J. Boyne. CLASH OF WINGS: Air Power in World War II. From the bombardment of Warsaw to the atomic explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the air war of both the Allies and the Axis is probed in detail. D785.B69 1994

Tom Brokaw. THE GREATEST GENERATION. Brokaw examines the generation of young Americans who faced the toughest challenges of the twentieth century: the Great Depression, World War II, and the making of the postwar world. D811.A2 B746 1998

Paul D. Casdorph. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Life at Home in America during World War II. Victory gardens, bond drives, Rosie the Riveter, gas rationing: the homefront, 1941-1945. E806.C387 1989

Paul Fussell. WARTIME: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War. Penetrates beyond the facade of the "good war," which presented an often false or distorted picture of the war’s terrible realities. D810.P7 U365 1989

Michael Gannon. BLACK MAY: The Epic Story of the Allies’ Defeat of the German U-Boats in May 1943. The decisive month when the Allies finally turned the tide in the Battle of the Atlantic. D781.G358 1998

Norman Gelb. DESPERATE VENTURE: The Story of Operation Torch, the Allied Invasion of North Africa. Details the war’s first joint American-British offensive against the Axis in November 1942. D766.82.G379 1992

Donald T. Giles. CAPTIVE OF THE RISING SUN: The POW Memoirs of Rear Admiral Donald T. Giles, USN. One of America’s first POWs, vice governor of Guam at the time of the Japanese invasion, remembers how it was. D805.J3 G54 1994

Lidiia Ginzburg. BLOCKADE DIARY. One woman’s account of life in Leningrad during the Nazi siege that lasted more than 900 days. D764.3.L4 G56 1995x

Israel Gutman. RESISTANCE: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Warsaw, April 1943: vastly outnumbered and outgunned, inhabitants of the Jewish ghetto fought back as the Nazi occupiers moved in to deport them to the death camps. DS135.P62 W2728 1994

Homer H. Hickam. TORPEDO JUNCTION: U-Boat War off America’s East Coast, 1942. The coast of North Carolina was the scene of many U-Boat attacks on Allied shipping in 1942. D591.H53 1989

John Holway. RED TAILS, BLACK WINGS: The Men of America’s Black Air Force. An account of the battles fought in the air and on the ground by the group of African-American fliers who became known as the Tuskegee Airmen. D790.H64 1997x

Mary Pat Kelly. PROUDLY WE SERVED: The Men of the USS Mason. The service of the African-American crew whose ship was part of a convoy escort during World War II. D774.M36 K45 1995

Dan Kurzman. LEFT TO DIE: The Story of the U.S.S. Juneau. The torpedoing of the Juneau took the lives of the five Sullivan brothers; but why was the rescue of more than one hundred survivors, clinging to life in shark-infested waters, delayed for more than a week? D774.J86 K87 1994

Peter Masters. STRIKING BACK: A Jewish Commando’s War against the Nazis. Britain’s 3 Troop, a commando group comprised of Jewish refugees from occupied France, volunteered to fight their former captors. D810.J4 M3847 1997

J. Robert Moskin. MR. TRUMAN’S WAR: The Final Victories of World War II and the Birth of the Postwar World. On April 12, 1945, he suddenly found himself responsible for the conduct of the war, the decision to use the atomic bomb, and critical postwar diplomacy. D743.M75 1996

Lynn H. Nicholas. THE RAPE OF EUROPA: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War. What became of some of the great works of art that disappeared during the Second World War? N8795.3.E85 N53 1994

Ian Ousby. OCCUPATION: The Ordeal of France 1940-1944. An enlightening examination of everyday life in France during the Nazi occupation, a dark chapter in French history. DC397.O87 1998

Robert Sinclair Parkin. BLOOD ON THE SEA: American Destroyers Lost in World War II. A detailed catalog of the seventy-one destroyers, their crews and their fates, lost in both theaters of war. D773.P37 1996x

Martha S. Putney. WHEN THE NATION WAS IN NEED: Blacks in the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. Among the first recruits in the Women’s Army Corps, established in 1942, were forty black women, who faced the Army’s own brand of racism and discrimination. D810.N4 P88 1992

Isabel Vincent. HITLER’S SILENT PARTNERS: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold, and the Pursuit of Justice. What was the real role of the Swiss in World War II and in the disappearance of gold belonging to the Holocaust victims and survivors? D810.D6 V56 1997

Donald Cameron Watt. HOW WAR CAME: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939. Examines thoroughly the political players, large and small, and the events culminating in the most devastating conflict in history. D741.W36 1989

Josette Dermody Wingo. MOTHER WAS A GUNNER’S MATE: World War II in the Waves. Life in the Navy Women’s Reserve is related through the wartime experiences of a young and eager recruit from Detroit. D769.597.W568 1994

Jean Ziegler. THE SWISS, THE GOLD, AND THE DEAD: How Swiss Bankers Helped Finance the Nazi War Machine. The position of Switzerland as a vital financial partner of Germany may have prolonged the war in Europe.
D810.D6 Z5413 1998

Compiled by Francie Francis, Generalist Librarian, South Boston Branch, Boston Public Library, 1999