Military History Books

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by EmoBorg, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Trimm

    Trimm Captain Captain

    Dec 26, 2002
    I'll let my oft used History degree kick in for a moment here

    The two books I'd go to for an overview of WW1 are David Fromkin's "Europe's Last Summer." It is a fantastic take on the intricacy of how Europe devolved into war, and very much more than the conventional explanation. For the millitary history, a great go to general volume is Keegan's "The First World War."

    For World War 2, I tend to divide the overview books into Europe/The Pacific. But, if you want a really easily readable view of the whole war, I'd look at Stokesbury's "A Short History of World War 2." For Europe, I'd look hard at Hasting's "Overlord" and "Inferno" which cover the Western front from D-Day foreward. For the Pacific as a whole, I'd strongly suggest Toland's "The Rising Sun."

    I have a huge history library, so I'd be happy to provide suggestions for anyone who wants one on a specific topic.
  2. Mistral

    Mistral Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 5, 2007
    Between the candle and the flame
    I'm surprised no one mentioned Guadalcanal Diary.

    The Ambrose books are good without burying you in equipment designations like too many authors tend to do. Also, years ago I stumbled on Fighting the Flying Circus by Eddie Rickenbacker, about US pilots in WWI.
  3. Asbo Zaprudder

    Asbo Zaprudder Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2004
    Bulent's Cafe
    For WW2, I can definitely recommend "The Second World War" by Antony Beevor.