Greatest WAR Books of All Time [VOTE]

These books will put you on the frontlines with those who have fought for Freedom.

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Sgt. Gunner here. In my opinion, these are some of the finest war-related books. I like my recruits to stay well informed and gain respect for what’s been done by those who have served. 

Books, whether reading or listening to are a great source of information. In war books, readers can really re-live their experiences step by step. Some of these relate to both war and business and since I’m in charge of miniature gun company it’s a win-win.

Take it from an olde Goat, these are worth your time and attention!

#1 AMERICAN SNIPER – By Chris Kyle

Capturing 2 out of 5 of our best war books, the epic story of Chris Kyle's battles overseas are covered in depth.

Well documented by his own kill count journal and those around him, Chris Kyle saved countless soldiers by providing over watch & kills on those who would harm US troops.

Great movie as well; but if you don't read the book how are you ever going to know about the part where 16 terrorists are trying to cross the river in Fallujah on giant air balls as he shoots the balls one by one?

Highly recommended, easy and good read. The man was protected from harms way dozens of times. Unfortunately in Gods own country while being a friend, his life was taken.

Oorah Chris.

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#2 LONE SURVIVOR – By Marcus Luttrell

Wow - I salute all you people in Texas and wish I could have royal Texan blood in me. Their respect for country, unwavering faith and hard work is a testament to me.

Lone Survivor was made into a HollyWood movie (which is great as well; albeit off the story line some). The majority of the first half of the book goes through the rigors of SEAL training. The next half tears your heart and mind emotionally all over the place.

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#3 THE WINTER FORTRESS – By Hunting Eichmann

Think you got it bad? Welcome to 1942. It's World War 2 and the race to create heavy water as a process to create a nuclear weapon.

Stationed in Norway Vemork, a band of brothers launch a secret mission to blow up and thwart Hitlers efforts in developing heavy water.

A thrilling story, The Winter Fortress is full of facts, names and facts of how it all happened over a span of months. These Norweigen allied forces troops were later given recognition by the President of the United States for their honor and valor.

These guys survived storms and conditions that any normal man would want to concede to.

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#4 EXTREME OWNERSHIP – By Jocko Willink

From battle - to business and back again. Sgt Willink does a hell of a job giving you real life combat experience and then relating it to the business world.

Want to increase your way of life? Want to succeed more in business or personal ambitions? Each conflict and war situation is broken down play-by-play and teaches one core principle. Take ownership for what you do in life.

He has a second book primarily for business leaders and corporate life called Dichotomy of Leadership. It's also great; a little bit repetitive but if you are a manager and have staff under you you should read both.

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#5 SEAL TEAM SIX – By Don Mann

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  1. 1942 Army Soldiers Manual for Service. For those that served or serving, this is a very interesting read.

#6 AMERICAN GUN – By Chris Kyle

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  1. I had the privelege of meeting Eugene Sledge, the author of “With the Old Breed”, some years ago. His book was and still is one of the best accounts about the Marines’ war in the Pacific during World War Two.

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  1. With the old breed, by e.b.sledge. The story of peleliu island and Okinawa. Excellent account of one of the bloodiest battles of world war 2.

  2. I would like to suggest “Devils in Baggy Pants” by Ross S. Carter. WWll, 82nd Airborne. Ross Carters Real life experiences with the 82nd.

  3. A good book I’ve read is “In The Company of Heroes” by Michael J. Durant. As the sole survivor of the two Black Hawks shot down over Mogadishu in Somalia in 1993, he was captured and held for 11 days. He suffered a crushed vertebra in his back and a compound fracture of his left femur.The book covers his life before joining the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), and his participation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, as well as afterward. A great book. He was nice enough to autograph it for me!

  4. Eugene Sledges Book the old Breed, Robert Lecke’s Helmet for my pillow and Challenge for the the Pacific are possible my Favorites. I also enjoyed reading Shifty’s War form Band of Brothers. I personally like first hand accounts mostly. Better than researched books.

  5. I don’t think I’ve read any good books about war, except for SF like Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. But this is a good book about a gun battle, and it may as well have been a war zone for all concerned.

    FBI Miami Firefight (Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau) by Ed and Liz Mireles. Ed Mireles was the agent there who was shot twice, but saved the rest of the surviving officers. His wife, Liz Mireles, who was also an FBI agent, helped him write it. Anyone who thinks the cops were outgunned will be surprised to know the bad guys only had 3 guns and the cops had 22, IIRC. It’s a short book but well worth its price. You can buy it directly from Ed or get it cheaper other places.

  6. “Chicken Hawk” by Robert Mason. Great book about a Vietnam helicopter pilot. Tells it like it really was.

    Also, “Blind Man’s Bluff” by Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew. True stories about submarine events that tell things the govt didn’t really want released (my son is serving on a sub now as a Nuclear Engineer and headed toward Greece).

    • I’ll have to add those to my quarantine read list. Thanks for being a fan and many thanks to your son for his service to our great nation.

  7. Neptune’s Inferno is a great read about the naval battles around Guadalcanal in 1942. More sailors died in those waters than Marines on the island. Great book.

  8. Two come to mind:

    “Mark of the Lion” by Kenneth Sandford about Charles Upham the New Zealand Soldier that won 2 Victoria Crosses in WW2 and the book of “Das Boot” by Lothar-Günther Buchheim is as good as the movie which I rate as one of the best war movies of all time.

    • “Das Boot” is a great book. After reading the novel do read “U-Boat War” by the same author (Lothar-Günther Buchheim). It’s the non-fiction counterpart to “Das Boot.” You’ll read in the author’s own words what it was like living among the U-Boat men portrayed in the novel and movie. The pictures shown in the book (also by the author) bring the “Das Boot” characters to life. Highly recommended. You can find the book at Amazon and eBay.

      Also, another sniper book I’d like to recommend: “Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills.” Excellent book about the sniper tradition and the Vietnam war.

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