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The WWII History Book List

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, rediscover what really happened on this day that you may have forgotten from history class! This book list features nonfiction military history in Europe during World War II.
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    D-Day Girls Book Cover Picture
    D-Day Girls Book Cover Picture

    D-Day Girls

    by Sarah Rose

    Discover the dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II.
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    D-Day Girls Book Cover Picture

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    Scholars of Mayhem Book Cover Picture
    Scholars of Mayhem Book Cover Picture

    Scholars of Mayhem

    by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith

    The astonishing untold story of the author’s father, the lone American on a four-person team of Allied secret agents dropped into Nazi-occupied France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping German tanks away from Normandy after D-Day.
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    Scholars of Mayhem Book Cover Picture

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    The First Wave Book Cover Picture

    The First Wave

    by Alex Kershaw

    Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day’s most perilous missions.
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    The First Wave Book Cover Picture

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    A Woman of No Importance Book Cover Picture
    A Woman of No Importance Book Cover Picture

    A Woman of No Importance

    by Sonia Purnell

    Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall–an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman’s fierce persistence helped win the war.
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    A Woman of No Importance Book Cover Picture

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    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture
    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture

    Madame Fourcade’s Secret War

    by Lynne Olson

    The little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II.
    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture
    Madame Fourcade's Secret War Book Cover Picture

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    Appeasement Book Cover Picture
    Appeasement Book Cover Picture

    Appeasement

    by Tim Bouverie

    Appeasement is a groundbreaking history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Hitler’s domination of Europe. Drawing on deep archival research and sources not previously seen by historians, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats, and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country’s policy and determined the fate of Europe.
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    Appeasement Book Cover Picture

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    Double Cross Book Cover Picture
    Double Cross Book Cover Picture

    Double Cross

    by Ben Macintyre

    In Double Cross, New York Times bestselling author Ben Macintyre returns with the untold story of one of the greatest deceptions of World War II, and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it.
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    Double Cross Book Cover Picture

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    Six Armies in Normandy Book Cover Picture
    Six Armies in Normandy Book Cover Picture

    Six Armies in Normandy

    by John Keegan

    The armies of six nations met on the battlefields of Normandy in what was to be the greatest Allied achievement of World War II. With dramatic, driving power, John Keegan describes the massed armies—American, Canadian, English, French, German, and Polish—at successive stages of the invasion. As he details the strategies of the military engagements, Keegan brilliantly shows how each of the armies reflected its own nation’s values and traditions.
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    Six Armies in Normandy Book Cover Picture

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    The Dead and Those About to Die Book Cover Picture
    The Dead and Those About to Die Book Cover Picture

    The Dead and Those About to Die

    by John C. McManus

    From the author of Fire and Fortitude, a white-knuckle account of the 1st Infantry Division’s harrowing D-Day assault on the eastern sector of Omaha Beach—acclaimed historian John C. McManus has written a gripping history that will stand as the last word on this titanic World War II battle.
    The Dead and Those About to Die Book Cover Picture
    The Dead and Those About to Die Book Cover Picture

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    Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day (D-Day June 6, 1944), A Bridge Too Far (LOA #318) Book Cover Picture
    Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day (D-Day June 6, 1944), A Bridge Too Far (LOA #318) Book Cover Picture

    The Longest Day & A Bridge Too Far

    by Cornelius Ryan

    The Longest Day tells the story of the Allies’ greatest success, the Normandy invasions of June 6, 1944, Operation Overlord; A Bridge Too Far recounts perhaps their greatest failure, the catastrophic airborne invasion of Holland in September 1944, known as Operation Market Garden. Together, they reveal not only the twisting fortunes of war and the grand sweep and scale of the largest amphibious and airborne invasions ever mounted, but also the very real human experience of combat, the small but momentous individual acts that can change the course of history.
    Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day (D-Day June 6, 1944), A Bridge Too Far (LOA #318) Book Cover Picture
    Cornelius Ryan: The Longest Day (D-Day June 6, 1944), A Bridge Too Far (LOA #318) Book Cover Picture

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    D-Day Book Cover Picture
    D-Day Book Cover Picture

    D-Day

    by Antony Beevor

    Renowned historian Antony Beevor describes not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. Beevor draws upon his research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action.
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    Spearhead Book Cover Picture
    Spearhead Book Cover Picture

    Spearhead

    by Adam Makos

    From the author of the international bestseller A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel—and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.
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    Spearhead Book Cover Picture

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