This month in the April A to Z Challenge, I am posting about books, fiction and nonfiction that are about or set in the Second World War.  The war and the people who experienced it have stories to tell and these stories are so overwhelming they lend themselves to greatness.  I encourage you to sample some of these stories.  I promise you will not regret taking the time.  To help me develop an alphabetical list for this challenge, I used  Did you know that there are more than 883 fiction and 480 nonfiction books in this genre on the website’s Listopia as voted on by members?  That is a lot of stories and facts just waiting for us to explore.



In The Thin Red Line published in 1962, James Jones tells a fictional account of the battle between American and Japanese troops on the island of Guadalcanal. In the narrative, Jones introduces the reader to multiple viewpoints from characters within C-for-Charlie Company.  These characters are the commanding officer Capt. James Stein, his psychotic first sergeant Eddie Welsh, and the young privates they send into battle. The descriptions of combat conditions–and the mental states it induces–are unflinchingly realistic, including the dialog. This is more than a classic of combat fiction; it is one of the most significant explorations of male identity in American literature.  Like, the first novel in the James Jones’ trilogy, From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line was also made into a film.


Don’t stop there.  So many other books about or set in the time of war are available.  Here are a few links to Goodreads:

The Tin Drum (Die Danziger Trilogie #1) by Günter Grass


3 responses

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I adore this film, especially the musical score.

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  2. calensariel says:

    I have this one on my shelf but haven’t read it yet. So love South Pacific! I was in it in high school. Here’s a bit of trivia. Rogers & Hammerstein took the words from the note Emile sent Nelly and turned them into the song The Loneliness of Evening sung by the prince (Stuart Damon) in the TV production of Cinderella with Leslie Ann Warren. 🙂