The list author says: "There are history books that will move you and inspire you. Below is a start to my World War II collection, TARGETED TO THOSE WHO WANT HISTORY THAT READS LIKE FICTION. There is particular emphasis on the European Theater of Operation as I build up my library on the Pacific, Mediterranean and North African campaigns. This is a small start and there are so many more books, but I only want to add those that I have read. Also included are books on the Holocaust - a war within a war. I have a particular passion for D-day and have read many books on that part of the war, and I am working on a more inclusive list focused on D-day for those with both an amateur and academic interest."
"A must read about the Allied invasion of Normandy. There are many books on D-day that I have read, but this book was the best overall introduction to understanding D-day. And it reads like a suspense novel. I fretted with Eisenhower and my heart pounded with the paratroopers. If you like this, I recommend following up with A Bridge Too Far and Citizen Soldiers."
"Nonfiction about one of the highest casualty World War II battles. Will interest fiction readers, because the author masters the art of suspense while not being flashy or disrespectful. This book may change you. I have never read such a captivating account depicting the bravery, courage and selflessness of man. Despite it being about war, the beauty of man permeates."
"Amazing account of a bombardier lost at sea, shark-infested waters, and Japanese POW camps. I could not put this one down! If you want to read the autobiographical version, then read Devil at My Heels."
"We all have learned about the unimaginable torment of the Holocaust. This book depicts the history of the Jews in Europe starting from the early 1930's through the Holocaust. It is worse then I ever imagined. I hesitate to recommend this one, only because it is disturbing paragraph after paragraph of the horror the Jews experienced, but I read on b/c I had to know, to honor the memory."
"The before, during and after of the Bataan Death March. Get through the first 100 pages or so that sets the scene for why the Americans were in the Philippines and how they got caught up in the war, and then you'll get to the harrowing experiences of the soldiers."