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Best war novels

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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
"I taught this one to a world literature class. It makes the opening scene in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN look tame by comparison."
The Red Badge of Courage (Tor Classics)
The Red Badge of Courage (Tor Classics)
"Crane didn't fight in the Civil War; yet this is the best novel ever written about it."
Catch-22
Catch-22
"Heller's masterpiece. Yossarian's philosophy, the cultivation of boredom, has stayed with me all  my life."
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
"O'Brien won the National Book Award for Going After Cacciato, but this one's better."
A Farewell To Arms
A Farewell To Arms
"Hemingway was an ambulance driver, so's the main character. Write about what you know is always the best advice."
Andersonville (Plume)
Andersonville (Plume)
"One would expect this novel to be about the ill treatment of prisoners in a Confederate prison camp, but it's really about the inhumanity of prisoners toward each other."
August 1914
August 1914
"Describes the Russian offensive into East Prussia during the opening weeks of the war, resulting in encirclement of the army."
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
"Fictional account of the Battle of Gettysburg. Best book about Gettysburg I've read, fiction or nonfiction."
The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author
The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition, With a New Introduction by the Author
"One of the greatest novels about WWII. Unlike Crane, Mailer spent two years as a rifleman in the Phillipines."
The Young Lions
The Young Lions
"Irwin Shaw's masterpiece about WWII. Right up there with THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, and we get the viewpoint of some German soldiers."
Cold Mountain: A Novel
Cold Mountain: A Novel
"A wounded Confederate soldier goes AWOL. The people he encounters on his walk home are reminiscent of those in DELIVERANCE."
War Of The Rats
War Of The Rats
"Two snipers face off during  the Battle of Stalingrad."
Going After Cacciato
Going After Cacciato
"O'Brien won the National Book Award for this one in 1979. Vietnam's CATCH 22."
Valley Forge
Valley Forge
"Valley Forge usually only merits a few paragraphs in most history books. Kantor takes you there."
The Thin Red Line: A Novel
The Thin Red Line: A Novel
"When I was young I read THE GUADALCANAL DIARY; this is James Jones's fictional account of the battle."
Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain
"Newberry Award winner in 1944. One of the first books I read all the way through. Turned me into a bibliophile"
Little Big Man: A Novel
Little Big Man: A Novel
"Survivor of The Battle of the Little Big Horn. Dustin Hoffman starred in the movie."
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
"This Cold War spy is a lot more believable than James Bond."
To the White Sea (Delta World War II Library)
To the White Sea (Delta World War II Library)
"The great poet turns to fiction. An American pilot is shot down over Tokyo and makes his way north. Rivals DELIVERANCE in gory detail"
Shadows of Glory
Shadows of Glory
"One of my favorite modern writers. The main character, Abel Jones a  Welsh detective, handles the sticky cases for Lincoln."
Faded Coat of Blue (Abel Jones Mysteries)
Faded Coat of Blue (Abel Jones Mysteries)
"Read this one first. It'll introduce you to Jones's wonderful supporting cast."
Call Each River Jordan: A Novel of Historical Suspense
Call Each River Jordan: A Novel of Historical Suspense
"Jones fights in The Battle of Shiloh."
From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity
"Jones's masterpiece has been gaining respect as time goes by. As I remember it, it was looked at as a kind of soap opera when it was first published."
The Winds of War
The Winds of War
"Hitler, Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt all make appearances, along with the Henry familty."
For Whom the Bell Tolls
For Whom the Bell Tolls
"Hemingway describes the Spanish Civil War, once again relying on his real-life experiences. Robert Jordan is a demoltions expert, working for the International Brigade."