Books on WW1 and WW2

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  1. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Hello. Just wondering if anyone can recommend a book or book series on on WW1 and WW2, written at the reasonably popular level which focus on trends, give helpful analysis, and discuss the issues between WW1 and WW2 - the events that led up to WW2 etc.

    It would be particularly helpful if something is written from a Christian point of view, though this is not necessary. Thank you.
     
  2. jwithnell

    jwithnell Moderator Staff Member

    My boys and I just finished The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas and are in the middle of USS Seawolf now, but they're pretty specific to the the US Submarine service. The first does show how crippling bureaucracy could be in the betwixt war era and the latter helped me get a better grasp on the Japanese early Pacific strategy.
     
  3. JimmyH

    JimmyH Puritan Board Junior

    For WWl I can only think of They Fought For The Sky, by Quentin Reynolds. I read it when I was in grade school, but it has stellar reviews on Amazon, and if I recall correctly is a great read.
    https://www.amazon.com/They-Fought-Sky-Dramatic-Story/dp/0030298008/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1543498364&sr=8-2&keywords=They+Fought+For+The+Sky,+by+Quentin+Reynolds

    Though I haven't read the book, I've seen interviews with the author, Victor Davis Hanson, The Second World Wars. Promises to be a great read;
    https://www.hoover.org/research/part-2-second-world-wars-victor-davis-hanson
    (For some reason part 1 is audio only)
    https://www.hoover.org/research/part-i-second-world-wars-victor-davis-hanson-0

    Probably dated by now, but The RIse and Fall of the Third Reich was a fascinating read many years ago. A thick tome.
    https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Fall-Th...keywords=The+RIse+and+Fall+of+the+Third+Reich

    Chesty by Burke Davis, the life of USMC legend Lewis Burwell 'Chesty' Puller. The most decorated Marine in American history with five Navy Cross awards, the second highest decoration in the USA. An inspiring bio of a great American.
    https://www.amazon.com/Marine-Life-...3497748&sr=8-2&keywords=Chesty+by+Burke+Davis
     
  4. Logan

    Logan Puritan Board Junior

    Read "The Last Lion: The Early Years" about Winston Churchill for WWI. Manchester's portions on WWI are superb and well worth reading even if you don't read the rest on Churchill.

    I've read Shirer's book on "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and it's definitely worth a read.

    Churchill on both WWI and WWII are really good perspectives as well.
     
  5. Stephen L Smith

    Stephen L Smith Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you. I will check these out. It appears there have not been many Christian historians writing on both World wars?
     
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