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War & Terrorism

Nonfiction and fiction books about war or take place during times of war and terrorism worldwide. Does not include fictional/fantasy wars.

American Revolution | Civil War | World War I | World War II | Cold War | Korean War | Vietnam War | Wars in the Middle East | Military/Government Agencies | Cyber War & Terrorism | Other Wars & Conflicts

American Revolution

Books about the American Revolutionary War or take place during the American Revolution.

1776
by David McCullough

Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton, American
by Richard Brookhiser

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Joseph J. Ellis

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
by H.W. Brands

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Joseph J. Ellis

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
by Frank Shuffelton

Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America
by David O. Stewart

Washington’s Crossing
by David Hackett Fischer

Washington’s Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge
by Thomas Fleming

Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring
by Alexander Rose

Civil War

Books about the American Civil War or take place during the Civil War.

Cold Mountain: A Novel
by Charles Frazier

Gone with the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Lincoln
by David Herbert Donald

Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy
by George P. Fletcher

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War
by H. Donald Winkler

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln
by Stephen B. Oates

World War I

Books about World War I or take place during WWI.

The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

A Farewell to Arms
by Ernest Hemingway

World War II

Books about World War II or take place during WWII.

The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
by Anthony Doerr

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
by Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
by Stephen Ambrose

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Young Readers Adaptation)
by Daniel James Brown

Enigma
by Robert Harris

Enigma: The Battle for the Code
by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
by Jamie Ford

The Naked and the Dead
by Norman Mailer

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
by Jan T. Gross

The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS
by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

Snow Falling on Cedars
by  David Guterson

A Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

The Upstairs Room
Johanna Reiss

Cold War

Books about the Cold War or take place during the Cold War.

None at this time.

Korean War

Books about the Korean War or take place during the Korean War.

The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
by James Brady

Vietnam War

Books about the Vietnam War or take place during the Vietnam War.

In Country: A Novel
by Bobbie Ann Mason

Home before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam
by Lynda Van Devanter

The Things They Carried
by Tim O’Brien

The Vietnam War on Trial: The My Lai Massacre and Court-Martial of Lieutenant Calley
by Michal R. Belknap

Wars in the Middle East

Books about the wars and conflicts in the Middle East or take place during the the Gulf War or Wars in Irag, Afghanistan, Somalia, Central Asia, or other middle eastern countries.

American Assassin: A Thriller
by Vince Flynn

Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq
by Kirsten Holmstedt

Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives
by Jim Sheeler

Home Front
by Kristin Hannah

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Rule Number Two: Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital
by Heidi Squier Kraft

Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq
by Christina Asquith

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

Military Agencies

Books about military agencies and government agencies.

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
by Tim Weiner

Cyber War & Terrorism

Books about cyber war, cyber terrorism, technology, and hacking.

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It
by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake

Other Wars & Conflicts

Books about other wars and conflicts throughout the world.

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
by Paula Huntley

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict
by Michael Byers