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Top True-Life War Books

Mark Harris
 
The Forever War
The Forever War
"Covering a broad period of time in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Filkins tells it as he saw it.  This brutally honest reporter's view of people, battles, and other events in these torn countries is simply amazing.  This is an eye-opening view of what has really been going on in our long wars in those countries."
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
"Heroic account of the tragic mission in Mogadishu."
We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance
"Toughness and endurance that will amaze you."
WAR
WAR
"Junger tells it like it is. Hard to put down."
House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
"This was the true hell of modern combat in Iraq.  Well told and gut wrenching."
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
"Best Iraq war book out there.  Raw stuff."
First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain
First Light: The True Story of the Boy Who Became a Man in the War-Torn Skies above Britain
"Wonderful account of a very young man doing something more remarkable than most of us will ever do."
Raid on the Sun: Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb
Raid on the Sun: Inside Israel's Secret Campaign that Denied Saddam the Bomb
"Little known, but fascinating.  Don't mess with Israel!"
The Forgotten Soldier
The Forgotten Soldier
"Epic story of a German soldier on the Russian front."
No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
"A true window into this secret warrior world and what actually went down on the raid."
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
"Don't see the movie.  Just read this great book."
Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq
Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq
"Brittish commandoes get caught in Iraq during the Gulf War."
Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad
Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden--from 9/11 to Abbottabad
"The best full account of what went down from the earliest days to the raid itself."
Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad
"Tanks and more tanks.  A good portrait of the mechinized attack on Iraq."
Hour of Redemption: The Heroic WWII Saga of America's Most Daring POW Rescue
Hour of Redemption: The Heroic WWII Saga of America's Most Daring POW Rescue
"Another great POW rescue book."
We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
We Were Soldiers Once... and Young: Ia Drang--The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam
"The best Vietnam ground-war book out there."
Samurai!
Samurai!
"A look at the other side.  This book shed a lot of light on the battle of the Pacific.  Great battles.  Hard to put down."
No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War
No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War
"A truly gripping story of survival and paranoid fanaticism."
Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross
Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross
"Dangerous and brutal.  What a life this guy led during those horrible years!"
In the Company of Heroes
In the Company of Heroes
"A side-story to the Mogadishu battle.  A soldier held captive."
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
"Great insight on how SEAL teams and their snipers work.  A new take on the war in Iraq."
Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood
Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood
"Thoughtful and well written account of his platoon's lead-up to war and the house-to-house battles in Iraq."
A Mind in Prison: The Memoir of a Son and Soldier of the Third Reich
A Mind in Prison: The Memoir of a Son and Soldier of the Third Reich
"A reflective account of a Nazi's career from boy to the end of the war and beyond.  Very little writing about battles, though he saw plenty, but more about how Nazi Germany shaped their people during this horrible period of history.  This book clears up many questions I've always had about the war and about Nazis and the Germans in that era.  A very good book."
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
"A well written account of a terrible tour of duty. This was hard, nasty war."
Skis Against the Atom: The Exciting, First Hand Account of Heroism and Daring Sabotage During the Nazi Occupation of Norway
Skis Against the Atom: The Exciting, First Hand Account of Heroism and Daring Sabotage During the Nazi Occupation of Norway
"Norwegians kicking butt in WWII."
Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew
Escape from the Deep: A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew
"Sub warefare and a rare tale of survivors."
Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Soldier's Fifty Years on the Frontlines of the War Against Terrorism
"Many stories, all captivating."
Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944
Pegasus Bridge: June 6, 1944
"A captivating side-battle on D-Day."
Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War
Flying Through Midnight: A Pilot's Dramatic Story of His Secret Missions Over Laos During the Vietnam War
"A great air adventure in an aircraft not normally thought of for adventure."
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
"The terrors of a society gone horribly bad."