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10 books about World War II
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Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett by James Sullivan
Category: World War II
This book was published last year by Scribner and takes approximately 13.9 hours to read.
“Certain stories we need to tell regardless of their size. One of Mr. Sullivan’s achievements is to remind us why.” —The Wall Street Journal In the bestselling tradition of Indianapolis and In Harm’s Way comes a thrilling and vividly told account of the USS Plunkett—a US Navy destroyer that sustained the most harrowing attack on any Navy ship by the Germans during World War II, that gave as good as it got, and that was later made famous by John Ford and Herman Wouk. More than the story of a single, savage engagement, Unsinkable traces the individual journeys of five men on one ship from Casablanca in North Africa, to Sicily and Salerno in Italy and then on to Plunkett’s defining moment at Anzio, where a dozen-odd German bombers bore down on the ship in an assault so savage, so prolonged, and so deadly that one Navy commander was hard-pressed to think of another destroyer that had endured what Plunkett had. After a three-month overhaul and with a reputation rising as the “fightin’est ship” in the Navy, Plunkett (DD-431) plunged back into the war at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and once again into battle during the invasion of Southern France—perhaps the only Navy ship to participate in every Allied invasion in the European theatre. Featuring five incredibly brave men—the indomitable skipper, who will receive the Navy Cross; the gunnery officer, who bucks the captain every step of the way to Anzio; a first lieutenant, who’s desperate to get off the ship and into the Pacific; a seventeen-year-old water tender, who’s trying to hold onto his hometown girl against all odds, and another water tender, who mans a 20mm gun when under aerial assault—the dramatic story of each plays out on the decks of the Plunkett as the ship’s story escalates on the stage of the Mediterranean. Based on Navy logs, war diaries, action reports, letters, journals, memoirs, and dozens of interviews with the men who were on the ship and their families, Unsinkable transcends historical appreciation of a single military ship to become a timeless evocation of young men stepping up to the defining experience of their lives.
D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose
This book was published last year by Crown and takes approximately 13.9 hours to read.
"The ... story of the ... women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis, shore up the Resistance, and pave the way for Allied victory in World War II."--
The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II by Gregory A. Freeman
Category: United States
This book was published 13 years ago by Dutton Caliber and takes approximately 11.2 hours to read.
Draws on recently declassified documents and exclusive interviews to recount the dramatic story of a World War II rescue mission in 1944 during which the OSS embarked on a daring scheme to recover more than five hundred airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Reprint.
World War II: The Definitive Visual History from Blitzkrieg to the Atom Bomb by DK
Category: United States
This book was published 6 years ago by DK and takes approximately 12.4 hours to read.
The definitive visual history looks at this epic war from every angle, tracing the course of military, strategic, and political events across the globe, and documenting the experiences of combatants and civilians.
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell
This book was published last year by Penguin Books and takes approximately 12.3 hours to read.
Virginia Hall-- rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg-- became the first woman to deploy to occupied France, before the United States had even entered the war. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Hall coordinated a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerrilla fighters. The Gestapo considered her the most dangerous of all Allied spies. Purnell tells the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war. -- adapted from jacket
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List (No Series) by Leon Leyson
Category: Exploration & Discovery
This book was published 6 years ago by Atheneum Books for Young Readers and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
A memoir by one of the youngest Holocaust survivors describes his family's forced relocation to the Krakow Ghetto, his endurance of torturous conditions imposed by Amon Goeth and his survival through the intervention of Oskar Schindler. Reprint.
The Things Our Fathers Saw: The Untold Stories of the World War II Generation from Hometown, USA-Voices of the Pacific Theater by Mr. Matthew A. Rozell
Category: World War II
This book was published 6 years ago by Matthew A. Rozell and takes approximately 10.2 hours to read.
World War II in the Pacific Theater, oral histories collected from over 30 U.S. veterans, told in their own words.
The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau by Alex Kershaw
This book was published 8 years ago by Crown and takes approximately 14.9 hours to read.
Traces the achievements of the World War II regiments under Felix Sparks, documenting their clashes with Hitler's elite troops in Sicily and Alerno and their heroic liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. By the best-selling author of The Bedford Boys. 60,000 first printing.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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