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.


The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw is a vivid and classic novel that portrays the experiences of ordinary soldiers fighting World War II. Told from the points of view of a perceptive young Nazi, a jaded American film producer, and a shy Jewish boy just married to the love of his life, Shaw conveys, as no other novelist has since, the scope, confusion, and complexity of war.  Published in 1948, ten years later it was made into a film starring Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean Martin.


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  1. Congratulations once again on this valuable information you have put together for the AtoZ Blog Challenge using fiction and nonfiction to tell the stories of the 2nd World War. I can only guess at the hours it took you to research and present these posts because my theme, BOOKSTORES, was far less complicated and took a lot! of time. I will say it again, this is one of the best blogs out there filled with interesting info and well presented. I admire your dedication to this subject. You are a born teacher and have taught me well. Thank you.

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  2. calensariel says:

    Have never heard of this book or seen the movie. I showed his nibs the trailer. It’s his birthday today… I wonder if they have it on Amazon. Thanks, Maryann. Have I said yet how much I’m loving your blog! 😀


    • When I looked at it on IMDB, it said Amazon but apparently only for purchase of DVD, not streaming. $36 is a lot I think. I guess keeping an eye out on Turner Classic Movies around times when military movies are often shown is a possibility. Sometimes my library has old movies, so I will check there too.

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