Die besten 93 Bücher zu Wars

Wars have shaped human history and continue to influence international relations and global politics. Understanding the causes, consequences, and intricacies of wars can provide valuable insights into our past, present, and future. Our meticulously curated list of books aims to facilitate this understanding.

Covering a wide range of conflicts and perspectives, this list offers a comprehensive exploration of warfare and its impact on societies. So, are you ready to delve into these compelling narratives and expand your knowledge on this crucial subject?
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Wars Bücher: Man, the State and War von Kenneth N. Waltz

Man, the State and War

Kenneth N. Waltz
A Theoretical Analysis
4.4 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Man, the State and War?

In Man, the State and War, Kenneth Waltz develops a groundbreaking analysis of the nature and causes of war, offering readers a wide overview of the major political theories of war from the perspective of political philosophers, psychologists and anthropologists.

Wer Man, the State and War lesen sollte

  • Anyone studying international relations
  • Anyone interested in politics
  • Anyone curious about the long tradition of thinking about war and peace

Wars Bücher: Brave New War von John Robb

Brave New War

John Robb
The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization
3.9 (22 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Brave New War?

Modern technology and globalization have made it possible for one man to wage war against an entire country and win. Although it might seem unbelievable, it’s not.

Technological advances like the internet have made it possible for groups of terrorists and criminals to continuously share, develop and improve their tactics. This results in ever-changing threats made all the more dangerous by the interconnected nature of the modern world, where we rely on vital systems, like electricity and communication networks, that can be easily knocked out. Brave New War (2008) explores these topics and gives recommendations for dealing with future threats.


Wer Brave New War lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to learn what warfare will be like in the future
  • Students of military history
  • Anyone concerned with the negative aspects of globalization and instant communication



Wars Bücher: Man’s Search for Meaning von Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl
4.4 (857 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Man’s Search for Meaning?

Originally published in 1946, Man’s Search for Meaning details the harrowing experiences of author and psychologist Viktor Frankl during his internment in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. It offers insights into how human beings can survive unsurvivable situations, come to terms with trauma, and ultimately find meaning.

Wer Man’s Search for Meaning lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in psychotherapy
  • Anyone who wants to know how ordinary people cope with extraordinary situations
  • Anyone trying to work out the meaning of life

Wars Bücher: The Sleepwalkers von Christopher Clark

The Sleepwalkers

Christopher Clark
How Europe Went To War in 1914
4.6 (205 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Sleepwalkers?

Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers takes a fresh look at the outbreak of the First World War, focusing on the alliances established among Europe’s nations in the years leading up to 1914. In his compelling and masterful account, Clark examines the decisions, both big and small, that led to the outbreak, and investigates the common belief that the war was an inevitability.

Wer The Sleepwalkers lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the outbreak of the First World War
  • Anyone interested in European history and international relations
  • Anyone interested in how wars can start

Wars Bücher: ISIS von Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan


Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan
Inside the Army of Terror
4.1 (39 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in ISIS?

ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (2015) charts the rapid rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East, from its early beginnings to its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Grippingly told, the story of ISIS’s domination over al-Qaeda in Iraq and its slow but ruthless push in Syria also shines light on the failings of the West in dealing with this fanatical yet disciplined jihadi group.

Wer ISIS lesen sollte

  • People interested in international politics and the rise of terrorism
  • Historians or students of Middle Eastern studies
  • Anyone with an interest in examples of religious extremism

Wars Bücher: Bloodlands von Timothy Snyder


Timothy Snyder
Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
4.4 (148 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Bloodlands?

In Bloodlands (2010), author Timothy Snyder tells the tragic story of the people caught in the crossfire between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. The victims of the “bloodlands,” or territories that after the war became the Eastern Bloc, were pushed and pulled by two ruthless powers and treated like pawns both before the conflict and afterward.

Wer Bloodlands lesen sollte

  • Historians with a particular interest in World War II
  • People interested in the modern history of Eastern Europe
  • Students of German or Russian history

Wars Bücher: The True Believer von Eric Hoffer

The True Believer

Eric Hoffer
Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
4.0 (70 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The True Believer?

The True Believer (1951), published in the aftermath of World War II, is an exploration of mass movements and the means by which they attract followers. These blinks will take you on a walk through history – showing how, under certain circumstances, be they right or wrong, anyone can become a true believer.

Wer The True Believer lesen sollte

  • People wanting to learn about the history, logic and component parts of mass movements
  • Those interested in group psychology
  • Anybody with an interest in politics and how change is affected

Wars Bücher: Sapiens von Yuval Noah Harari


Yuval Noah Harari
A Brief History of Humankind
4.4 (4.638 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Sapiens?

Sapiens (2015) traces the evolution of our species – from the rise of our most ancient ancestors to our current place in the modern, technological age. How have we, a species of hairless, tailless ape, managed to completely dominate the entire planet? These blinks show you the developments and trends that have allowed Homo sapiens to rise to the top.

Wer Sapiens lesen sollte

  • People curious about why our species – Homo sapiens – came to rule the world
  • Those who want to know how humans ended up living in a capitalist world community
  • Anyone curious to discover the beginnings of human society and culture

Wars Bücher: Nothing to Envy von Barbara Demick

Nothing to Envy

Barbara Demick
Real Lives in North Korea
4.3 (39 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Nothing to Envy?

Nothing to Envy (2010) presents fascinating first-hand anecdotes from North Korean defectors, giving intimate insights into the lives of North Koreans under the rule of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. The thousands of refugees who arrive in South Korea each year bring with them stories of famine, repression and an isolated nation that has fallen out of touch with the developed world.

Wer Nothing to Envy lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in North Korea
  • Anyone who wants to know what it’s like to live under a communist dictatorship
  • Those curious about the lives of defectors and refugees

Wars Bücher: World Order von Henry Kissinger

World Order

Henry Kissinger
Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
4.2 (140 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in World Order?

World Order (2014) is a guide to the complex mechanisms that have governed international relations throughout history. These blinks explain how different countries conceive of different world orders and how they are held in balance or brought into conflict.

Wer World Order lesen sollte

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the intricacies of global politics
  • Students of political science, governance and international relations
  • Everyone with an interest in globalization and clashes of cultures

Wars Bücher: Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan von Khalid Aziz

Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan

Khalid Aziz
3.9 (16 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan?

Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan (2015) takes the reader on a journey into the rocky terrain of this tiny South Asian region whose geopolitical influence reaches far beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan. These blinks explore how the region became such a hotbed of insurrection and what can be done about it.

Wer Causes of Rebellion in Waziristan lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in international politics
  • Those looking for more background about the conflicts and wars in South and Central Asia

Wars Bücher: The Code Book von Simon Singh

The Code Book

Simon Singh
The Science of Secrecy From Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
4.2 (48 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Code Book?

The Code Book (1999) lays out the long and intriguing history of secret communication. These blinks will take you on a journey from Ancient Greece to the modern-day NSA, detailing innumerable stories of cunning, determination and deceit along the way.

Wer The Code Book lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in codes, secrets and world history
  • People with a taste for stories of wartime espionage
  • Any linguist and mathematician

Wars Bücher: A Long Way Gone von Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
4.4 (27 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Long Way Gone?

A Long Way Gone (2007) is a story of how, as a young boy in Sierra Leone, the author found himself caught in a civil war and recruited as a child soldier. You’ll travel alongside during his harrowing journey, eventual rescue and recovery guided through the kindness and grace of loving people.

Wer A Long Way Gone lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in modern history of Sierra Leone
  • Students of history exploring civil wars and warfare
  • People curious about the ongoing plight of child soldiers in Africa

Wars Bücher: Red Team von Micah Zenko

Red Team

Micah Zenko
How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy
4.1 (57 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Red Team?

Red Team (2015) gives insight into the military and security strategies that try to anticipate the adversary’s next move. Covering events from the capture of Osama bin Laden to mysterious break-ins operated through warehouse skylights, this book is a reminder of everyday vulnerability and what to do about it.

Wer Red Team lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in military tactics or history
  • People who want to learn how to think like their enemies in order to defeat them
  • Company leaders who want strong arguments for increasing cyber and facility security

Wars Bücher: Crisis Caravan von Linda Polman

Crisis Caravan

Linda Polman
What’s Wrong with Humanitarian Aid?
4.5 (10 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Crisis Caravan?

The Crisis Caravan (2011) is about the complexities and pitfalls that come with delivering humanitarian aid to conflict zones. Though aid is usually provided with nothing but good intentions, there are political, social and economic obstacles that can cause it to do more harm than good. These blinks outline the reasons aid work often fails, and offer advice on how we can improve it.

Wer Crisis Caravan lesen sollte

  • Students of politics or conflict studies
  • Anyone who has donated money to a humanitarian organization
  • People thinking of working in humanitarian aid

Wars Bücher: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World von Jack Weatherford

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Jack Weatherford
4.3 (273 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

These blinks will make you re-examine what you thought you knew about the Mongols of the twelfth century. They’ll show you why it’s unfair to imagine them as uncivilized barbarians. Indeed, the Mongol army under Genghis Khan and his descendants brought trade, civilization and order – the Mongol Empire contributed to the making of the modern world.

Wer Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World lesen sollte

  • Historians interested in the construction of historical narratives
  • Global citizens interested in the roots of the modern world
  • Students of political science

Wars Bücher: A Peace to End All Peace von David Fromkin

A Peace to End All Peace

David Fromkin
The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and Creation of the Modern Middle East
4.5 (210 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Peace to End All Peace?

The Middle East today is a hotbed of violence and war. Whether the civil war in Syria or the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict, peace in the region seems a far-off dream. Yet how did the Middle East become so unstable? In A Peace to End All Peace (1989), you’ll learn that European colonial ambitions during World War I were the catalyst that led to today’s modern crises.

Wer A Peace to End All Peace lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in understanding the Middle East
  • Political junkies
  • Students of history or international relations

Wars Bücher: Killing Lincoln von Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing Lincoln

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
4.3 (75 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing Lincoln?

Killing Lincoln (2011) tells the story behind the assassination of president Abraham Lincoln, which took place in 1865, shortly after the Confederate army had surrendered, effectively putting an end to the US Civil War. Learn all about the conspirators who plotted the killing, what their motives were and the details surrounding the fateful night at Ford’s Theater.

Wer Killing Lincoln lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Readers curious about Lincoln’s assassination
  • Civil War fanatics

Wars Bücher: Sea Power von James Stavridis

Sea Power

James Stavridis
The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans
4.1 (46 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Sea Power?

Sea Power (2017) provides an enlightening look at the role Earth’s oceans have played over the course of human history. From early voyagers who sailed into the vast unknown, to the tens of thousands of commercial ships now traversing the globe on a daily basis, our oceans have always been a powerful force that we’ve longed to tame and control. While we’ve come a long way, we still find ourselves faced with immense challenges that we’ll only overcome by working together.

Wer Sea Power lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • News junkies worried about the future
  • Readers interested in politics and global affairs

Wars Bücher: Command and Control von Eric Schlosser

Command and Control

Eric Schlosser
Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
4.8 (32 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Command and Control?

Command and Control (2013) uncovers the disturbing truth behind the troubled and accident-prone US nuclear weapons program. Find out what’s really been going on since World War II, when the first nuclear bomb was invented, and how lucky we are to still be here despite numerous accidents and close calls that could have kicked off Armageddon. If you think the stockpile of nuclear weapons in the United States has always been safely stored under lock and key – think again!

Wer Command and Control lesen sollte

  • Readers interested in nuclear threats past and present
  • History buffs
  • Anti-nuke advocates

Wars Bücher: Killing the Rising Sun von Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing the Rising Sun

Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
How America Vanquished World War II Japan
4.3 (75 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing the Rising Sun?

Killing the Rising Sun (2016) tells the story of the Pacific War, which took place between 1941 and 1945, and its main belligerents, the United States and Japan. From the attack on Pearl Harbor to bloody invasions of Japan to the development of the world’s first atomic bomb, the book portrays the brutality of World War II from a US perspective, and describes how the war was eventually won.

Wer Killing the Rising Sun lesen sollte

  • Fans of world history and politics
  • Military enthusiasts
  • Anyone obsessed with or fascinated by the story of World War II

Wars Bücher: First They Killed My Father von Loung Ung

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung
A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
4.5 (15 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in First They Killed My Father?

First They Killed My Father (2006) is Loung Ung’s memoir of her childhood experiences living under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia during the 1970s. She begins her story as the Khmer Rouge take power, forcing her family to flee the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, only to find themselves living as slave laborers, in constant fear that they would be personally targeted by the regime.

Wer First They Killed My Father lesen sollte

  • Anyone who’s seen the Oscar-winning film The Killings Fields
  • History buffs
  • Fans of autobiographies and memoirs

Wars Bücher: Why The West Rules – For Now von Ian Morris

Why The West Rules – For Now

Ian Morris
The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
4.4 (73 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why The West Rules – For Now?

Why The West Rules – For Now (2010) is a treatise on Western rule. It examines what “the West” is and how its current dominance came about. Starting with the earliest development of humankind, it rules out racist genetic beliefs and theories of cultural superiority. It describes how East and West have been locked neck and neck in a race for advancement up to the present day. And, of course, it goes on to address the question: will the West’s dominance last?

Wer Why The West Rules – For Now lesen sollte

  • Anyone wondering why or if the West rules – and what “the West” is
  • Historians and archaeologists
  • Politicians and those interested in politics

Wars Bücher: Hue 1968 von Mark Bowden

Hue 1968

Mark Bowden
A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
4.4 (52 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hue 1968?

The Vietnam War is remembered as one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts of the twentieth century. At the end of 1967, the US government was assuring the public the war was almost won; by February 1968, that was no longer the case. In Hue 1968 (2017) Mark Bowden examines the battle in the city of Hue which changed the way the American public viewed the war.

Wer Hue 1968 lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in modern American history
  • Students of politics or international relations
  • Soldiers and veterans

Wars Bücher: Black Flags von Joby Warrick

Black Flags

Joby Warrick
The Rise of ISIS
4.2 (44 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Black Flags?

Black Flags (2015) tells the origin story of the infamous terror organization known as the Islamic State or ISIS. These blinks detail a history that begins with a fledgling insurgency in Iraq following the US invasion in 2003 and ends with one of the most powerful and frightening terrorist groups of all time.

Wer Black Flags lesen sollte

  • Anyone wondering how ISIS came into existence
  • Students of geography, politics and history
  • People interested in the Middle East

Wars Bücher: A River in Darkness von Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness

Masaji Ishikawa
One Man’s Escape from North Korea
4.5 (47 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A River in Darkness?

A River in Darkness (2000) is the harrowing true story of one man’s life in and eventual escape from the brutal dictatorship of North Korea. Born in Japan, Masaji Ishikawa was one of hundreds of thousands of Koreans who moved to the country between the 1950s and 1980s. His memoir chronicles the life of drudgery, terror and endless hardship that awaited them.

Wer A River in Darkness lesen sollte

  • Human rights advocates
  • History buffs fascinated by the Cold War
  • Anyone who loves true life stories

Wars Bücher: A Spy Among Friends von Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends

Ben Macintyre
Philby and the Great Betrayal
4.2 (49 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Spy Among Friends?

A Spy Among Friends (2014) details the life of Kim Philby, a highly respected operative who rose through the ranks of the British secret services during World War II and the Cold War. Though a seeming paragon of British values, he actually spent his career working as a double agent for the Russians.

Wer A Spy Among Friends lesen sollte

  • Fans of John Le Carré and other spy novelists
  • People interested in the history of the Cold War
  • Espionage enthusiasts and would-be spies

Wars Bücher: The Great Leveler von Walter Scheidel

The Great Leveler

Walter Scheidel
Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century
3.5 (66 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Great Leveler?

The Great Leveler (2017) takes a look at the inequality faced by different societies throughout history. It highlights war, plague and other major catastrophes as a leveler of the unequal distribution of power and property, prompting the question: can equality be achieved in a non-violent manner?

Wer The Great Leveler lesen sollte

  • People interested in the history of inequality
  • Students of politics
  • Those who enjoy learning about different societies

Wars Bücher: Presidents of War von Michael Beschloss

Presidents of War

Michael Beschloss
The epic story, from 1807 to modern times
4.4 (72 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Presidents of War?

Presidents of War (2018) is a panoramic study of eight US presidents and the conflicts into which they led their country. Detailing each POTUS’ motivations for war, their decisions once hostilities began, and the mood of the press and public at home, these absorbing portraits of wartime leaders look at American history on the grandest of scales – from the War of 1812 to Vietnam. 

Wer Presidents of War lesen sollte

  • Americans wanting to understand their past leaders
  • Foreigners whose knowledge of American history is limited to the twentieth century 
  • Future presidents trying to avoid the mistakes of their predecessors

Wars Bücher: A Woman of No Importance von Sonia Purnell

A Woman of No Importance

Sonia Purnell
The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
4.7 (86 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Woman of No Importance?

A Woman of No Importance (2019) sheds light on the shadowy world of wartime espionage and the career of one of the Allies’ most effective spies in the battle against Nazi Germany – Virginia Hall. In these blinks, we’ll follow Virginia from her Maryland home to the jazz clubs of interwar Paris and the warren-like streets of Lyon, the city in which she learned her trade. Along the way, you’ll discover how the “limping lady” dodged Gestapo agents, martialled the French resistance and revolutionized spycraft.

Wer A Woman of No Importance lesen sollte

  • Adventure addicts 
  • History buffs 
  • Francophiles 

Wars Bücher: To Stop a Warlord von Shannon Sedgwick Davis

To Stop a Warlord

Shannon Sedgwick Davis
My Story of Justice, Grace, and the Fight for Peace
4.2 (12 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in To Stop a Warlord?

To Stop a Warlord (2019) is an inspiring account of a remarkable mission: the quest to bring to justice one of the world’s most notorious war criminals – Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Packed with insights into Africa’s longest-running conflict, this account tells how Shannon Sedgwick Davis helped assemble an unlikely alliance between philanthropists, the Ugandan military and a South African mercenary to take on Kony’s army across four countries. While that coalition might not have achieved its primary objective of bringing Kony to justice, it did help tip the balance in favor of peace.

Wer To Stop a Warlord lesen sollte

  • Campaigners, activists and human-rights advocates
  • Politics buffs fascinated by Central Africa’s past and present
  • Anyone interested in conflict resolution

Wars Bücher: Code Girls von Liza Mundy

Code Girls

Liza Mundy
The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
4.5 (59 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Code Girls?

Code Girls (2017) is about the thousands of American women who worked as code breakers during World War II. Informed by interviews with over 20 surviving women, archived documents, and recently declassified oral histories, author Liza Mundy details the unprecedented lives of female code breakers in Washington, DC and beyond as well as the American intelligence that led to the success of the Allied war efforts.

Wer Code Girls lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Espionage enthusiasts interested in the history of cryptography
  • Students of science or gender studies

Wars Bücher: A People Betrayed von Linda Melvern

A People Betrayed

Linda Melvern
The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
4.5 (63 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A People Betrayed?

A People Betrayed (2000) is a masterful, in-depth look at the international community’s failure to intervene in one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes since the Holocaust. Through selfish and racist policies, the UN and its Security Council dithered  and denied its way through three months of genocidal slaughter. As a direct result of their inaction, an estimated one million civilians were brutally murdered.

Wer A People Betrayed lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in how policy translates from boardroom to battlefield
  • History buffs interested in the chilling after-effects of colonialism in Africa
  • People who suspect there’s a dark side to the new world order

Wars Bücher: The Splendid and the Vile von Erik Larson

The Splendid and the Vile

Erik Larson
A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
4.6 (110 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Splendid and the Vile?

The Splendid and the Vile (2020) is a meticulously researched account of Winston Churchill’s first year of leadership. Beginning in 1940, he led the country through France’s surrender, the miraculous rescue at Dunkirk, and the Nazi air force’s bombing blitz of the UK, which killed over 44,000 Brits. Through it all, he retained his sense of humor and charming eccentricities that ensure him a fond place in our collective memory.

Wer The Splendid and the Vile lesen sollte

  • World War II nerds
  • People interested in eccentric histories
  • Anyone curious about Winston Churchill’s legacy

Wars Bücher: The Volunteer von Jack Fairweather

The Volunteer

Jack Fairweather
One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz
4.8 (67 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Volunteer?

The Volunteer (2019) is an account of Witold Pilecki’s extraordinary life and death. A patriotic Pole, Pilecki volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. Not only did he bear witness to the camp’s atrocities; he smuggled out reports of what he’d seen, alerting the world to the horrors of the Holocaust.

Wer The Volunteer lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in WWII history
  • People thrilled by tales of derring-do
  • Lovers of biography

Wars Bücher: Why Don't We Learn from History? von B. H. Liddell Hart

Why Don't We Learn from History?

B. H. Liddell Hart
4.1 (252 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Why Don't We Learn from History??

Why Don't We Learn from History? (1944) is a meditation on the nature of history and on why so few heed its lessons. First published near the end of World War Two, this thoughtful treatise contains many insights still relevant today. 

Wer Why Don't We Learn from History? lesen sollte

  • Frustrated historians wondering why no-one listens
  • Armchair generals seeking insight on military strategy
  • Anyone curious about how society relates to its own past

Wars Bücher: The Diary of a Young Girl von Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank
4.9 (149 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Diary of a Young Girl?

The Diary of a Young Girl (first published 1952; this edition 1977) tells the story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family during the Second World War. It offers a remarkable portrait of a maturing young woman forced into an unbelievable situation but rising to the occasion. In her diary, Anne shares her thoughts and dreams, revealing a remarkable talent that was tragically taken from the world, along with millions of other lives during the Holocaust.

Wer The Diary of a Young Girl lesen sollte

  • People interested in stories of life during wartime
  • Anyone who likes true stories of resilience and survival
  • Young women looking for inspirational figures

Wars Bücher: Empire von Niall Ferguson


Niall Ferguson
How Britain Made the Modern World
4.6 (278 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Empire?

Empire (2003) offers a compelling overview of the highs and lows of the British Empire, from its late-to-the-game beginnings in the seventeenth century to its ultimate collapse in the twentieth century. Through the many disgraces and unparalleled achievements, you’ll learn how Great Britain came to control close to a quarter of the world, and how we’re still coming to terms with this legacy.

Wer Empire lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Anyone interested in the legacy of colonialism
  • People curious about the world economy

Wars Bücher: The Peloponnesian War von Donald Kagan

The Peloponnesian War

Donald Kagan
4.4 (92 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Peloponnesian War?

The Peloponnesian War (2003) tells the fascinating tale of a decades-long conflict among Greeks that would forever change how battles were fought and wars were won. It took warfare away from organized battlefields and put the strength of naval forces at the forefront. It also turned allies into enemies and became a struggle between democracy and oligarchy.

Wer The Peloponnesian War lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Anyone interested in the history of warfare
  • People who want a refresher on classical antiquity

Wars Bücher: Modern Warriors von Pete Hegseth

Modern Warriors

Pete Hegseth
Real Stories from Real Heroes
4.3 (23 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Modern Warriors?

Modern Warriors (2020) is a collection of gut-wrenching yet heartfelt stories about US war veterans’ years in service. These tales expose the harsh realities of combat, as well as the cherished moments of love and companionship that saw these soldiers through the hardest times.

Wer Modern Warriors lesen sollte

  • People in, or soon to be in, the armed forces
  • Anyone seeking a glimpse into the lives of modern-day soldiers
  • People interested in modern wars fought by US soldiers

Wars Bücher: Agent Sonya von Ben Macintyre

Agent Sonya

Ben Macintyre
Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy
4.5 (56 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Agent Sonya?

Agent Sonya (2020) is the biography of a respectable housewife, who also just happened to be one of Soviet intelligence’s most intrepid and high-ranking spies. The book traces the life of Ursula Kuczynski, code-name Sonya, from her birth in Berlin, through her radicalization as a communist and her career as a spy who both foiled the Nazis and arguably kicked off the Cold War.

Wer Agent Sonya lesen sollte

  • World War II history buffs
  • Espionage enthusiasts
  • Anyone who loves the thrill and suspense of a good spy story

Wars Bücher: The Light of Days von Judy Batalion

The Light of Days

Judy Batalion
The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
4.6 (74 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Light of Days?

The Light of Days (2021) tells the thrilling and harrowing story of the Jewish women in Nazi-occupied Poland who served as resistance fighters during World War II. These women took up arms in ghetto uprisings and served as important couriers on dangerous missions to transport guns and supplies across a hostile territory.

Wer The Light of Days lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Anyone interested in forgotten World War II stories
  • People who are inspired by fearless women

Wars Bücher: Israel von Daniel Gordis


Daniel Gordis
A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
3.9 (140 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Israel?

Israel (2016) offers a big-picture historical overview of the small but mighty country. From its improbable beginnings to its controversial wars with neighboring Arab states, Israel’s evolution is a story of change, tragedy, and victory. 

Wer Israel lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in Europe and the Middle East
  • News junkies eager to be more informed about a controversial subject
  • Anyone curious about the modern political landscape

Wars Bücher: The Daughters of Kobani von Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Daughters of Kobani

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice
4.4 (79 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Daughters of Kobani?

The Daughters of Kobani (2021) tells the riveting, edge-of-your-seat tale of a group of Syrian Kurdish women who took up arms against the terror group ISIS. Brimming with pathos and unimaginable courage, it’s a story of women fighting evil and winning, against all the odds. But it’s equally about women defying a culture that would deny them their rights –⁠ and striving toward a better one.

Wer The Daughters of Kobani lesen sollte

  • Fans of thrillers and action films
  • Feminists empowered by stories of brave women
  • Students of Middle Eastern conflict and international relations

Wars Bücher: All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days von Rebecca Donner

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days

Rebecca Donner
The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler
4.5 (155 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days?

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days (2021) offers a deeply intimate look at individuals who risked their lives by establishing an anti-Nazi resistance movement in Germany. With years of research, and access to letters and declassified documents, this is a detailed story about people who have often been overlooked in the fight against fascism.

Wer All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days lesen sollte

  • Fans of real-world espionage stories
  • People curious about life in WWII-era Germany
  • History buffs

Wars Bücher: Arabs von Tim Mackintosh-Smith


Tim Mackintosh-Smith
A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires
4.2 (186 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Arabs?

Arabs (2021) is a deep dive into the 3,000-year history of the people we know as Arabs. It’s an exploration of the forces that gave birth to the idea of Arabs as a group – and the forces that have kept them apart ever since. 

Wer Arabs lesen sollte

  • Lovers of a good yarn
  • Those fascinated by transnational histories
  • News junkies looking to go deeper

Wars Bücher: The Happiest Man on Earth von Eddie Jaku

The Happiest Man on Earth

Eddie Jaku
The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor
4.7 (415 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Happiest Man on Earth?

The Happiest Man on Earth (2020) is the true story of one man, who survived inconceivable horrors during the Holocaust, and afterward made it his mission to change the world for the better. Eddie Jaku saw first-hand how a Fascist regime could spark anti-Semitic hatred, and turn former friends and neighbors into killers. In talking about what happened, he shares how love and kindness helped him to survive one of the worst atrocities in human history.

Wer The Happiest Man on Earth lesen sollte

  • History buffs interested in the Holocaust and fascism
  • Memoir-lovers excited to hear the story of an extraordinary man
  • People who want to learn more about surviving complex trauma

Wars Bücher: The Hundred Years' War on Palestine von Rashid Khalidi

The Hundred Years' War on Palestine

Rashid Khalidi
A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017
4.4 (225 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Hundred Years' War on Palestine?

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine (2020) is a detailed and rigorous look at one of the most misunderstood regions of the world. This timely text chronicles Palestinian history from the perspective of Palestinians. 

Wer The Hundred Years' War on Palestine lesen sollte

  • Outsiders keen to learn Palestine’s complex history
  • Zionists open to alternative perspectives on the Israel-Palestine conflict
  • Anyone seeking to understand current events in the Middle East

Worum geht's in Bedtime Biography: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

Read to you by Marston York.

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (2004) tells the fascinating story of Genghis Khan, the man who founded the great Mongol Empire. Today, he’s remembered as a ruthless, violent conqueror who thrived on bloodshed and destruction. What has largely been forgotten, though, is how he united disparate peoples, fostered trade and modernization, and advanced democracy – and in so doing, ushered in the modern world.

Wer Bedtime Biography: Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Global citizens interested in the roots of the modern world
  • Anyone with preconceived notions about the Mongol Empire

Wars Bücher: Florence Nightingale von Cecil Woodham-Smith

Florence Nightingale

Cecil Woodham-Smith
4.7 (79 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale (1951) tells the legendary story of the “Lady with the Lamp,” the famed nurse who arrived to soothe the souls of those wounded in the Crimean War. It chronicles her journey to the conflict’s horrific medical barracks, and how she used her experiences to forever change the way hospitals are run and how the sick are treated. 

Wer Florence Nightingale lesen sollte

  • People interested in amazing life stories
  • Those curious about life and hardships during Victorian times
  • History buffs

Wars Bücher: Powers and Thrones von Dan Jones

Powers and Thrones

Dan Jones
A New History of the Middle Ages
4.6 (323 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Powers and Thrones?

Powers and Thrones (2021) is a comprehensive history of the Middle Ages. Tracing time from the fall of the western Roman Empire to the Protestant Reformation, these blinks reveal how forces such as global networks, climate change, mass migration, pandemics, and technological innovation, as well as political leaders, the clergy, and knights, shaped the medieval world.

Wer Powers and Thrones lesen sollte

  • History nerds fascinated by the Middle Ages
  • Anyone curious about the history of pandemics
  • Sociologists, archeologists, and political scientists

Wars Bücher: The Gates of Europe von Serhii Plokhy

The Gates of Europe

Serhii Plokhy
A History of Ukraine
4.3 (273 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Gates of Europe?

The Gates of Europe (2015) offers a compelling overview of the history of Ukraine, a nation which lies between the East and the West. Due to this unique geographic position, Ukraine has been fought over and subjugated by a long line of imperial forces throughout history. Indeed, the history of Ukraine is one of the most important facets in the history of Europe.

Wer The Gates of Europe lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • People curious about Russian-Ukrainian relations
  • Anyone interested in democracy

Wars Bücher: The American War in Afghanistan von Carter Malkasian

The American War in Afghanistan

Carter Malkasian
A History
3.9 (125 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The American War in Afghanistan?

The American War in Afghanistan (2021) is an in-depth look at one of the defining conflicts of the twenty-first century. This exhaustively-researched analysis dives into the details of this protracted and complex military occupation.

Wer The American War in Afghanistan lesen sollte

  • Engaged citizens keen to keep up with current events
  • Civilians seeking insight into military matters 
  • Anyone eager to understand a complex conflict

Wars Bücher: War von Margaret MacMillan


Margaret MacMillan
How Conflict Shaped Us
4.0 (205 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in War?

War (2020) is a philosophical inquiry into the nature of human conflict. It considers war from different angles, examining what causes it, how we think about it, and how it affects us. By making an effort to understand war, we become better prepared to avoid it.

Wer War lesen sollte

  • Students of international and military history 
  • People interested in cultural and philosophical differences
  • Anyone fascinated or affected by human conflict

Wars Bücher: On War von Carl von Clausewitz

On War

Carl von Clausewitz
4.3 (352 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in On War?

On War (1832) is widely considered to be a landmark book on the subject of war. In its serious and thoughtful consideration of why and how states engage in warfare, it continues to be an influential piece of writing centuries later.

Wer On War lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • Those interested in the politics and morality of war
  • Anyone curious about military strategy

Wars Bücher: The Forgotten 500 von Gregory A. Freeman

The Forgotten 500

Gregory A. Freeman
The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
4.6 (192 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Forgotten 500?

The Forgotten 500 (2007) tells the story of Allied airmen who were trapped behind enemy lines in World War II and the courageous citizens of Yugoslavia who risked everything to help them get home. For political reasons, the story remained classified for decades until the 1980s. But now, the events leading to the largest rescue operation of the war are available to us all.

Wer The Forgotten 500 lesen sollte

  • Any and all who are interested in the Balkans or World War II history
  • Serbians and Americans looking to learn more about their nations’ past
  • Everyone who enjoys a riveting story about people overcoming overwhelming odds

Wars Bücher: Slouching Towards Utopia von J. Bradford DeLong

Slouching Towards Utopia

J. Bradford DeLong
An Economic History of the Twentieth Century
4.1 (41 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Slouching Towards Utopia?

Slouching Towards Utopia (2022) examines the “long century” between 1870 and 2010, during which technological progress, globalization, and the advent of social democracy opened a new horizon of human progress. Barring the horror years of World Wars I and II, humanity seemed to be on a slow, uneven crawl toward utopia. But in 2010, the tables turned. Economic progress in the Global North ground to a halt. 

Wer Slouching Towards Utopia lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • John Maynard Keynes fans
  • Anyone wondering how the world became so unequal

Wars Bücher: The Iliad von Homer

The Iliad

4.5 (46 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Iliad?

The Iliad (c. eighth century BC) is one of the oldest and most important works of Western literature. Attributed to ancient Greek poet Homer, the epic poem recounts the final days of the Greek siege of Troy. At the center of the story is Greek war hero Achilles, who has to beat back the Trojan enemy, struggle against meddling gods, and vie for recognition among his fellow Greeks. 

Wer The Iliad lesen sollte

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Bookworms and history nerds
  • Anyone interested in ancient Western culture

Wars Bücher: The Nazi Conspiracy von Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch

The Nazi Conspiracy

Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch
The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill
4.6 (288 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Nazi Conspiracy?

The Nazi Conspiracy (2023) tells the thrilling true story of the first meeting between the leaders of the Allied forces during the height of World War II – and the top-secret Nazi plot that almost changed the course of history. Full of drama, twists, and political intrigue stretching all over the world, it shows how the three leaders – Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin – defied all odds, and arranged one of the most pivotal events in the entire war.

Wer The Nazi Conspiracy lesen sollte

  • World War II buffs looking for a deep exploration of one of the lesser-known developments of the war 
  • Armchair historians interested in the small events that changed the world
  • Anyone who loves political drama, intrigue, and a good spy story

Wars Bücher: The Nightingale von Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah
A Novel
4.8 (28 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Nightingale?

The Nightingale (2015) is a historical novel telling the often-neglected story of those left behind when soldiers go off to war. Set in northwestern France during World War II and told through the eyes of two sisters, this sweeping saga reveals the hidden horrors, and heroism, of the survivors.

Wer The Nightingale lesen sollte

  • Historical fiction buffs looking for a well-told tale from a new angle
  • Literature lovers craving epic stories of survival
  • Anyone interested in the true costs of war on all fronts

Wars Bücher: And There Was Light von Jon Meacham

And There Was Light

Jon Meacham
Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
4.6 (67 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in And There Was Light?

And There Was Light (2022) is a biography of Abraham Lincoln that takes a nuanced look at a complex leader. Focusing especially on Lincoln’s evolving views on and actions around slavery, it’s a picture of a man who wrestled with his moral convictions while attempting to hold together a divided nation. Echoes of that struggle still ring out today, making it essential to keep Lincoln’s story at the forefront of American consciousness.

Wer And There Was Light lesen sollte

  • American history enthusiasts
  • People interested in controversial historical figures
  • Budding political pundits looking to add to their historical knowledge

Wars Bücher: Killing the Killers von Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Killing the Killers

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Secret War Against Terrorists
3.9 (259 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Killing the Killers?

Killing the Killers (2022) takes you deep into the global war on terror. As it examines the role of Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, it moves through all the theaters of action including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Afghanistan. It’s the eleventh book in the best-selling Killing series.

Wer Killing the Killers lesen sollte

  • Fans of the Killing series
  • History buffs interested in the war on terror
  • Lovers of dramatic story-telling

Wars Bücher: The Revolutionary von Stacy Schiff

The Revolutionary

Stacy Schiff
Samuel Adams
4.6 (214 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Revolutionary?

The Revolutionary (2022) offers a nuanced look at one of the most central figures in the lead-up to the American War of Independence. It reveals a man of character and contradiction, whose revolutionary thinking and deep commitment to civil liberties came to define a revolution.

Wer The Revolutionary lesen sollte

  • History lovers looking for a deep dive into characters that create change
  • Political thinkers looking for an inside view of revolutionary politics
  • Anyone seeking inspiring examples of ideals put into practice

Wars Bücher: Mayflower von Nathaniel Philbrick


Nathaniel Philbrick
A Story of Courage, Community, and War
4.6 (34 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Mayflower?

Mayflower (2006) tells the epic story of the 1620 voyage to establish a colony of religious separatists on North American shores, and the astonishing aftermath of their fateful trip. From life-or-death struggle to peaceful coexistence with native peoples to devastating war just a half century later, it tells the unvarnished truth of the people and politics that went on to shape a nation.

Wer Mayflower lesen sollte

  • History buffs looking for new insights into a little-known chapter of America’s past
  • Epic saga lovers who crave complex stories of survival, politics, and conflict
  • Anyone curious about the real facts behind all the feel-good myths, and how they went on to shape the future of a nation

Wars Bücher: The Song of Achilles von Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller
A Novel
4.3 (38 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Song of Achilles?

The Song of Achilles (2011) is a creative retelling of Homer’s Iliad. The epic tale of the Trojan War is transformed into a moving love story, told from the perspective of Patroclus, the beloved companion of the Greek hero Achilles.

Wer The Song of Achilles lesen sollte

  • Hopeless romantics
  • Fans of Greek mythology
  • Anyone interested in the Iliad and the Trojan War

Wars Bücher: Ordinary Men von Christopher R. Browning

Ordinary Men

Christopher R. Browning
Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
4.6 (28 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Ordinary Men?

Ordinary Men (1992) tells the disturbing tale of how a group of men went from “ordinary” to brutal, hardened killers executing the Nazi mission during the Holocaust. It examines in detail the evolution of these men’s attitudes, from the beginning when most experienced disgust at the gruesome tasks they were asked to carry out, through to the end when almost all had become accustomed to the cruelty and some even came to delight in it. Above all, it is a warning and a reminder of what humanity is capable of in its darkest moments.

Wer Ordinary Men lesen sollte

  • World War II and Holocaust historians
  • Survivors of the Holocaust and their relatives and ancestors
  • Anyone who thinks themselves incapable of acts of cruelty

Wars Bücher: The 33 Strategies of War von Robert Greene

The 33 Strategies of War

Robert Greene
4.1 (219 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The 33 Strategies of War?

The 33 Strategies of War (2006) distills the essential lessons of military strategy into a series of memorable vignettes. Drawing on ancient and modern sources, this wide-ranging study of tactical masterstrokes and follies offers fascinating insights into human psychology and motivation.

Wer The 33 Strategies of War lesen sollte

  • Thinkers and doers
  • History buffs
  • Psychologists

Wars Bücher: Hiroshima von John Hersey


John Hersey
4.6 (209 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Hiroshima?

Hiroshima (1946 and 1985) is journalist John Hersey’s classic account of six survivors of the 1945 atom bomb attack on Japan. Amid the wreckage, these six lived to offer their accounts of the devastating experience.

Wer Hiroshima lesen sollte

  • History devotees
  • Character-driven non-fiction (or fiction) enthusiasts
  • Budding journalists

Wars Bücher: Saving Aziz von Chad Robichaux with David L. Thomas

Saving Aziz

Chad Robichaux with David L. Thomas
How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban
4.1 (111 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Saving Aziz?

Saving Aziz (2023) is the story of how one man’s daring rescue of his friend and brother-in-arms turned into a multi-organizational effort that has resulted in rescuing over 17,000 allies from Afghanistan. 

Wer Saving Aziz lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in Afghanistan history
  • Military history buffs
  • People in need of an inspiring story of the goodness in humanity

Wars Bücher: The Mosquito Bowl von Buzz Bissinger

The Mosquito Bowl

Buzz Bissinger
A Game of Life and Death in World War II
4.2 (9 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Mosquito Bowl?

The Mosquito Bowl (2022) tells the story of American football stars going to war and playing one more game when they get there. It details a nation divided by bigotry but united by sport and a common enemy.

Wer The Mosquito Bowl lesen sollte

  • History buffs
  • World War II aficionados
  • College football fans

Wars Bücher: The Pope at War von David I. Kertzer

The Pope at War

David I. Kertzer
The Secret History of Pius XII, Mussolini, and Hitler
4.4 (211 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Pope at War?

The Pope at War (2022) follows the first years of Eugenio Pacelli’s papacy. Based on documents released by the Vatican in 2020, the book reveals the never-before-told story of the pope’s secret negotiations with Hitler.

Wer The Pope at War lesen sollte

  • World War II history buffs
  • Students of Catholic history
  • Anyone interested in why good people do bad things

Wars Bücher: War and Peace von Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
4.1 (145 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in War and Peace?

War and Peace (1869) is a novel that follows the lives of several aristocratic families during the French invasion of Russia and the Napoleonic Wars. It explores themes of love, war, politics, and the human condition, and is considered one of the great works of literature.

Wer War and Peace lesen sollte

  • Curious minds craving timeless wisdom
  • Eager explorers of Russia’s literary landscapes
  • Time travelers fond of the Napoleonic era

Wars Bücher: Saved von Benjamin Hall


Benjamin Hall
A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home
4.1 (115 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Saved?

Saved (2023) is the gripping and timely account of a war correspondent’s near-fatal brush with combat in Ukraine in March of 2022 – and the extraordinary effort to save his life and bring him home.

Wer Saved lesen sollte

  • News hounds looking for an inside scoop on current events
  • Thrill-seekers who love a fast-paced story of escape against the odds
  • Anyone curious about the lived experience of those who deliver the nightly news

Wars Bücher: Raising Men von Eric Davis

Raising Men

Eric Davis
From Fathers to Sons—Life Lessons from Navy SEAL Training
4.3 (41 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Raising Men?

Raising Men (2016) is a powerful exploration of life-changing military lessons, emphasizing the importance of boldness, accountability, and bonding. Via real-life stories from Navy SEALs, this captivating narrative will teach you how to build strong relationships with your son and raise him with discipline, leadership, and grace.

Wer Raising Men lesen sollte

  • Expectant fathers
  • Distant Dads
  • Military patriarchs

Wars Bücher: The Hunger Games von Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins
4.8 (28 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games (2008) is the first volume of the popular YA fantasy trilogy. In the post-apocalyptic future state of Panem, teenagers participate in a brutal yearly game show where they compete against each other in a deadly obstacle arena. When her sister is drafted for the games, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place – not realizing she’ll end up fighting for something bigger than mere survival.

Wer The Hunger Games lesen sollte

  • Sci-fi fans and fantasy aficionados
  • Readers who love strong female characters
  • Fans of The Hunger Games movies with Jennifer Lawrence

Wars Bücher: The Wager von David Grann

The Wager

David Grann
A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
4.4 (68 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Wager?

The Wager (2023) recounts the unbelievable-but-true story of the doomed adventure taken by those aboard the HMS Wager. This Royal Navy ship was meant to sail the world and plunder Spanish treasure, but in 1741 it was shipwrecked while trying to sail around Cape Horn. This is the story of how a crew of hundreds dwindled to just a handful of survivors.

Wer The Wager lesen sollte

  • Fans of classic seafaring tales like Moby Dick and Mutiny on the Bounty
  • People who love death-defying stories of heroic endurance
  • Those interested in historical mysteries and conspiracies

Wars Bücher: The Book Thief von Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak
4.4 (165 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in The Book Thief?

The Book Thief (2006) is a story about a young girl living in Nazi Germany who makes her way in the world by stealing books. With Death as the narrator, it follows her coming of age in the most difficult of times and places. 

Wer The Book Thief lesen sollte

  • Fans of historical fiction
  • Lovers of tales full of emotion and humanity
  • Seekers of literary thrills

Wars Bücher: American Prometheus von Kai Bird & Martin J Sherwin

American Prometheus

Kai Bird & Martin J Sherwin
The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
4.1 (68 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in American Prometheus?

American Prometheus (2005) captures Oppenheimer’s life in a way that echoes Prometheus’s audacity in gifting fire. From atomic breakthroughs to ethical entanglements, this is a nuclear narrative of epic proportions.

Wer American Prometheus lesen sollte

  • Quantum physics enthusiasts
  • Nuclear nerds with noble notions
  • History buffs seeking backstories

Wars Bücher: Unbroken Bonds of Battle von Johnny Joey Jones

Unbroken Bonds of Battle

Johnny Joey Jones
A Book of Heroism, Patriotism, and Friendship
4.1 (83 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Unbroken Bonds of Battle?

Unbroken Bonds of Battle (2023) is a collection of stories from 11 US veterans. They tell us what drove them to military service, their experience of being on the front lines, and the profound lessons they’ve learned about life, loss, and friendship.

Wer Unbroken Bonds of Battle lesen sollte

  • Military veterans 
  • Individuals considering military service 
  • Those interested in war history 

Wars Bücher: Becoming FDR von Jonathan Darman

Becoming FDR

Jonathan Darman
The Personal Crisis That Made a President
4.3 (96 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in Becoming FDR?

Becoming FDR (2022) tells the remarkable story of the personal health crisis and recovery that transformed Franklin D. Roosevelt from a self-centered, pampered golden boy to the mature, empathetic President who would go on to lead a nation through the darkest days of The Great Depression and the second World War. 

Wer Becoming FDR lesen sollte

  • History buffs looking for the inside story on one of America’s defining presidents
  • Political minds curious about the personalities that shaped the twentieth century
  • Anyone curious about how crisis and adversity can shape character

Wars Bücher: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea von Melissa Fleming

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea

Melissa Fleming
One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
5.0 (3 Rezensionen)

Worum geht's in A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea?

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea (2017) introduces you to Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian girl whose world turns upside down after the eruption of her country's civil war. Embarking on a perilous journey to Europe for safety and a better future, she confronts challenges that test her limits. 

Wer A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea lesen sollte

  • Anyone wanting to empathize with the experiences of refugees
  • Activists and advocates for humanitarian causes
  • Seekers of profound stories of human resilience

Wars Bücher: A Rumor of War von Philip Caputo

A Rumor of War

Philip Caputo
The Classic Vietnam Memoir

Worum geht's in A Rumor of War?

'A Rumor of War' by Philip Caputo is a gripping memoir that chronicles the author's experiences as a young Marine in the early days of the Vietnam War. It provides a raw and honest account of the atrocities and complexities of war, offering a unique perspective on the human cost of conflict.

Wer A Rumor of War lesen sollte

  • Readers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the experiences of soldiers during the Vietnam War
  • Those seeking a thought-provoking exploration of the psychological and emotional impact of war
  • People who appreciate nuanced and reflective narratives that challenge conventional perspectives

Wars Bücher: A Woman in Berlin von Marta Hillers

A Woman in Berlin

Marta Hillers
Eight Weeks in the Conquered City

Worum geht's in A Woman in Berlin?

A Woman in Berlin is a powerful firsthand account of life in Germany during World War II. Written by Marta Hillers, the book tells the story of an anonymous woman living in Berlin during the final days of the war. It offers a raw and honest portrayal of the struggles and resilience of ordinary people in the face of unimaginable hardship.

Wer A Woman in Berlin lesen sollte

  • Anyone interested in personal experiences from World War II
  • Readers looking for a firsthand account of life during wartime
  • People who want to gain a deeper understanding of history through personal narratives

Wars Bücher: Dead Wake von Erik Larson

Dead Wake

Erik Larson
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Worum geht's in Dead Wake?

Dead Wake (2015) by Erik Larson reveals the untold story of the sinking of the Lusitania during World War I. Through meticulous research and captivating storytelling, Larson brings to life the events leading up to the tragedy and examines its profound impact on history.

Wer Dead Wake lesen sollte

  • History enthusiasts looking to learn about the sinking of the Lusitania during World War I
  • Readers interested in maritime disasters and the impact they have on society
  • Individuals who enjoy non-fiction narrative storytelling

Wars Bücher: Facing the Mountain von Daniel James Brown

Facing the Mountain

Daniel James Brown

Worum geht's in Facing the Mountain?

Facing the Mountain is a gripping account of Japanese-American soldiers who fought bravely for the United States during World War II while their families were unjustly interned. It sheds light on the hardships they endured, the discrimination they faced, and the resilience they displayed in the face of adversity. This powerful book brings their untold stories to the forefront and honors their sacrifice.

Wer Facing the Mountain lesen sollte

  • History enthusiasts interested in World War II and Japanese-American internment
  • Readers seeking stories of resilience, courage, and overcoming injustice
  • Those curious about lesser-known stories of heroism during wartime

Wars Bücher: Flags of Our Fathers von James D. Bradley

Flags of Our Fathers

James D. Bradley

Worum geht's in Flags of Our Fathers?

Flags of Our Fathers is a riveting account of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Written by James D. Bradley, the son of one of the soldiers depicted in the iconic flag-raising photograph, this book explores the true sacrifices and struggles faced by these ordinary men who became instant heroes. With meticulous research and firsthand interviews, it offers a fresh perspective on a legendary moment in history.

Wer Flags of Our Fathers lesen sollte

  • History enthusiasts who want to delve into the stories behind iconic events
  • Readers interested in World War II and the experiences of soldiers on the frontlines
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking exploration of heroism, patriotism, and the power of imagery

Wars Bücher: Ghost Soldiers von Hampton Sides

Ghost Soldiers

Hampton Sides
The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission

Worum geht's in Ghost Soldiers?

Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides is a gripping true story that takes place during World War II in the Philippines. It follows a group of American soldiers who embark on a daring mission to rescue POWs from a Japanese prison camp. Sides expertly weaves together historical accounts and personal interviews to bring this incredible tale of courage and resilience to life.

Wer Ghost Soldiers lesen sollte

  • Fans of non-fiction war stories
  • History enthusiasts interested in World War II
  • Readers looking for captivating and well-researched accounts of heroic military missions

Wars Bücher: Lost in Shangri-la von Mitchell Zuckoff

Lost in Shangri-la

Mitchell Zuckoff
A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

Worum geht's in Lost in Shangri-la?

Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff is a gripping non-fiction book that tells the extraordinary true story of a group of World War II soldiers whose plane crashes in a remote area of New Guinea. Stranded in an uncharted valley, they come face to face with native tribes and fight for survival against incredible odds. This book combines history, adventure, and captivating storytelling to bring an incredible wartime tale to life.

Wer Lost in Shangri-la lesen sollte

  • Readers who enjoy true stories of survival and adventure
  • People who are interested in learning about different cultures and remote locations
  • History enthusiasts who want to uncover lesser-known events from World War II

Wars Bücher: Storm of Steel von Ernst Jünger

Storm of Steel

Ernst Jünger

Worum geht's in Storm of Steel?

Storm of Steel is a gripping firsthand account of the brutality and chaos of World War I, written by Ernst Jünger. Through vivid descriptions and powerful storytelling, Jünger takes us deep into the trenches, sharing the experiences of soldiers and the relentless battles they faced. It offers a unique perspective on the war and its impact on those who fought in it.

Wer Storm of Steel lesen sollte

  • History buffs and World War I enthusiasts
  • Those interested in firsthand accounts of war experiences
  • Readers seeking a deep and honest exploration of the human condition during times of conflict

Wars Bücher: The Cat I Never Named von Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

The Cat I Never Named

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
A True Story of Love, War, and Survival

Worum geht's in The Cat I Never Named?

The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess is a memoir that chronicles the author's experiences growing up during the Bosnian War. From the perspective of a teenage girl, it offers an intimate and heartbreaking account of how her life is turned upside down by the conflict, while also highlighting the resilience and power of hope.

Wer The Cat I Never Named lesen sollte

  • Readers interested in personal stories of resilience and survival
  • Individuals seeking to gain insight into the effects of war and conflict on ordinary people
  • People who want to understand the power of education and determination to overcome adversity

Wars Bücher: War Without Mercy von John W. Dower

War Without Mercy

John W. Dower
Race and Power in the Pacific War

Worum geht's in War Without Mercy?

War Without Mercy is a thought-provoking examination of the racial and cultural dimensions of the Pacific War in World War II. Written by John W. Dower, this book challenges the prevailing narrative of a "clean" war by shedding light on the deep-seated racial prejudices and propaganda that fueled the conflict between the United States and Japan. It offers a unique perspective on a crucial period in history.

Wer War Without Mercy lesen sollte

  • History enthusiasts who want to learn about the racial dynamics of World War II
  • Students and scholars studying the impact of propaganda on war
  • Individuals interested in understanding the cultural and psychological roots of wartime atrocities

Wars Bücher: We Die Alone von David Howarth

We Die Alone

David Howarth
A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

Worum geht's in We Die Alone?

We Die Alone tells the incredible true story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter who escapes from the Nazis during World War II. After a failed mission, Baalsrud is left stranded in the Arctic wilderness, faced with brutal weather conditions and pursuing German troops. This gripping tale of survival showcases the strength of the human spirit and the lengths one man will go to for freedom.

Wer We Die Alone lesen sollte

  • Readers interested in true stories of survival against all odds
  • History enthusiasts looking to learn about lesser-known World War II events
  • Individuals seeking inspiration and motivation from tales of extraordinary bravery and resilience

Wars Bücher: With the Old Breed von E.B. Sledge

With the Old Breed

E.B. Sledge
At Peleliu and Okinawa

Worum geht's in With the Old Breed?

With the Old Breed is a gripping memoir by E.B. Sledge that offers a firsthand account of his experiences as a marine during World War II. Through vivid and haunting details, Sledge takes readers into the brutal realities of war in the Pacific theater. Raw and honest, this book provides a unique perspective on the true cost of combat.

Wer With the Old Breed lesen sollte

  • Fans of historical non-fiction
  • Readers interested in first-hand accounts of war
  • Those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of World War II soldiers

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