Historic Reads

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Best Military History Books

In our continued search for the best history books, we realized that there are enough great books about military history to warrant a dedicated category. These are our favorite books in the category of military history.

As usual, if you think we're missing a great book, please let us know.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

E.B. Sledge

One of the most engaging and well-liked books about World War II, with the Old Breed is an amazing account of life in the Pacific Theatre. If you've seen The Pacific, then you've seen part of Sledge's story.

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

What happened in their bomber over Germany in 1943 was classified by the US as top secret. An amazing story.

Washington's Crossing

David Hackett Fischer

The rich and gripping story of how Washington helped save an American Revolution that was on its last legs.

The Boys of '67

Andrew Wiest

An authentic look into the life of a soldier in Vietnam as well as the background of the conflict itself.

Making of the Atomic Bomb

Richard Rhodes

From the discovery of radioactivity through the dropping of Fat Man and Little Boy, Richard Rhodes tells an incredible tale of intellectual brilliance, moral conflict and political motives.

The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I

Barbara W. Tuchman

Much has been written about World War I, but in her 1962 epic Barbara Tuchman focuses on the causes and the first few months of the Great War.

Wellington's Rifles: Six Years to Waterloo with England's Legendary Sharpshooters

Mark Urban

Follow along the lives of six soldiers in Wellington's army through the Battle of Waterloo. Both highly detailed and engrossing.

A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Neil Sheehan

A Pulitzer Prize winner for a reason, A Bright Shining Lie is a thoroughly researched and well written analysis of what happened in Vietnam.

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

Eric Blehm

ā€œIā€™m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.ā€