War Stories

Atkinson, Rick. In the Company of Soldiers: A Chronicle of Combat in Iraq. 2004.
After spending two months with the 101st Airborne Division, Atkinson presents an intimate portrait of American soldiers in Iraq.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell . Hitler Youth. 2005.
The story of a powerful propaganda machine that swept up the youth of Germany, and those who resisted.
Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. 2007.
The horrifying and inspirational account of a young teen soldier forced into civil conflict in Sierra Leone.
Blackwood, Gary L. The Year of the Hangman. 2002.
In 1777, Creighton is kidnapped and taken to the colonies, where he becomes caught up in a revolution that changes the course of American history.
Bowden, Mark. Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War. 1999.
The true story of Task Force Rangers sent on a short mission to capture a warlord, but end up being pinned down in an all-night fight for survival.
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. 1895.
During his service in the Civil War, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.
Coates, Jan. A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk. 2010.
The story of Jacob Akech Deng's flight from war in Sudan and the memories he carries of his mother as he struggles to survive in a refugee camp.
Collier, James Lincoln. My Brother Sam is Dead. 1974.
A tragedy strikes the Meeker family when one son joins the fight for American independence as the rest of the family tries to remain neutral.
Dau, John Bul. Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan. 2010.
Chronicles the devastating impact of famine and war on two children fleeing from war torn Sudan, and who later marry after adapting to life in the United States.
Ellis, Deborah. Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees. 2009.
Twenty-three true stories of children displaced by war in Iraq. A compelling collection of fears, challenges, struggles, and successes of people trying to rebuild their lives far away from everything they once knew.
Heller, Joseph. Catch-22. 1955.
Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off Italy, this black comedy is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him.
Krakauer, Jon. When Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. 2009.
Tracing the path of Pat Tillman from NFL star to his death by friendly fire, this story takes an intimate look at an american soldier and the controversy surrounding the government cover-up of how he died.
Lutrell, Marcus. Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10. 2007.
This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.
Marsden, John. Tomorrow, When the War Began. 1995.
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.
Peet, Mal. Tamar. 2007.
Tamar uncovers the secrets of her grandfather's life in the Dutch resistance during the last year of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, and the climactic events that forever cast a shadow on his life and that of his family.
Remarque, Erich Maria. All Quiet on the Western Front. 1928.
Considered one of the greatest war stories ever written, this classic of antiwar literature tells the story of young Paul Baumer, who enlists in the German Army in World War I and joins his comrades in the trenches.
Rosoff, Meg. How I Live Now. 2004.
Fifteen-year-old Daisy moves from Manhattan to a remote farm in England in this frighteningly realistic picture of a world war that breaks out in the 21st century.
Shute, Nevil. On the Beach. 1957.
In this classic of post-nuclear existence, the last victims of an accidental war are living out their days, making due with what they have, hoping for a miracle as the world as we know it winds toward an inevitable end.
Silvey, Anita. I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War. 2008.
Profiles of Union and Confederate women who hid their gender to fight on the battlefield during the Civil War.
Smithson, Ryan. Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI. 2009.
A harrowing memoir about combat, friendship, and fear, Smithson describes his experiences as a 19-year-old Army engineer in Iraq.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. 1969.
Centering on a shattered survivor of the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden shattered this book is considered one of the world’s great anti-war novels.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. 1986.
Wiesel’s narrative is an unforgettable autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.