If you’re struggling to find something to read, we’ve got ya covered! This comprehensive list of military books is sure to help you find a new story to pick up. Military books can be found in any genre. From heroic missions to military romance novels, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Best Military Books: New Releases
Be sure to check out some of the most anticipated new releases for military books below!
Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War is a thought-provoking series of essays tackling questions about war and how we should deal with it as a country and as citizens.
It discusses the invisible wars post-9/11 Soldiers have to deal with — wars most American citizens never hear about. Klay is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and an award-winning author. He offers a fresh perspective that raises awareness for imperative issues. His newest book is an important and impressive read to pick up this summer!
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2. The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend Disfigured Soldiers of World War I by Lindsey Fitzharris
Read the compelling true story of a surgeon visionary who helped mend the faces of injured WWI Soldiers. Harold Gillies established the world’s first hospital dedicated entirely to facial reconstruction surgery. His innovation and his team’s effort to help restore injured Soldiers inspired the modern era of plastic surgery. Don’t miss this incredible real-life story!
3. Nuclear Weapons by Mark Wolverton
Nuclear war is a concern for many. Wolverton offers a deep dive into facts, his historical perspective, and the nuanced political, social, and moral implications surrounding the development and use of nuclear weapons. He explains the science behind nuclear weapons and the pursuit of mutually-assured destruction. This book is a perfect read for anyone interested in learning more about nuclear weapons and the threat they pose.
Top Military Novels
A lot of military fiction books are based heavily on true events or real historical figures. Below, we listed some great military novels that are sure to draw you into their respective time periods.
4. Never in Finer Company by Edward G. Lengel
Discover the epic story of World War I’s “Lost Battalion” and the men who survived it. It was 1918 when 600 men were surrounded and besieged in the Argonne Forest. Lengel’s work focuses on four men whose lives were altered forever because of the ordeal. Don’t miss this haunting and dramatic read about the attack and the Soldiers’ struggle to find peace.
5. Missionaries: A Novel by Phil Klay
In another offering from renowned military writer and USMC Veteran Phil Klay, a group of Soldiers prepare to raid a drug lord’s safe house on the Venezuelan border. Klay focuses on the individual lives of four different characters and the conflict in their lives.
Mason is a U.S. Army Special Forces medic, and Lisette is a foreign correspondent. Juan Pablo is a Colombian officer juggling the presence of Americans while navigating the factions bidding for power. Abel is a lieutenant in a local militia. He lost almost everything in the carnage in his home province.
These four characters perfectly complement each other to create a compelling story that you won’t be able to put down.
6. Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away by Ann Hagedorn
This riveting and suspenseful piece discusses the story of George Kovacs. Kovacs was an undetected spy recruited by Soviet Intelligence and drafted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to work on the Manhattan project. Ann Hagedorn presents twists and turns in this extraordinary story while masterfully evoking the tensions of Jewish life in the 1930s and the international tensions of the world racing to build the atomic bomb.
7. Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett by James Sullivan
Don’t miss this epic story about the USS Plunkett. The story follows five men on one ship traveling from Casablanca to Sicily and Salerno in Italy. Based on a collection of Navy logs, war diaries, action reports, letters, journals, memoirs, and interviews, Unsinkable offers a captivating account of the strength of five young men.
Best Military History Books
There’s no lack of military history books on the market. There are plenty of works that cover every era. So, no matter what war, battle, or historical figure you’re interested in, there’s sure to be a piece for you. Below are some well-written and -researched military history books to add to your reading list!
8. The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War by John Boyko
Canada’s involvement in the Vietnam War isn’t well known, but historian John Boyko covers it in his newly released book. Follow the perspective of six figures, some well known and others not, as they unveil how Canada was involved in the conflicts as a peacemaker, combatant, and provider of weapons and sanctuary.
9. The War of Nerves: Inside the Cold War Mind by Martin Sixsmith
Martin Sixsmith draws on old archives and unseen sources to recreate the tension and paranoia from the Cold War. The War of Nerves offers a gripping psychological perspective of the Cold War. Read to revisit the biggest names in the war, like Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Nixon, as well as the lives of unknown millions caught up in the conflict.
10. The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis by William Geroux
Explore this extraordinary tale of survival by following the journey of four Allied ships crossing the Arctic to deliver supplies to the Soviet war effort during World War II. William Geroux perfectly intertwines the stories of the Soldiers and historical accounts.
Military Romance Books
Many of the military books we see are historical accounts, fiction, or nonfiction. But military works have even made it into the romance genre. If you’re interested in checking out some military romance books, there are plenty of comprehensive lists for you to choose from. Here are some military romance novels to start your search:
- Rescuing Wendy: Delta Force Heroes by Susan Stolker
- Back to You by Jess Mastorakos
- Nightfall by Susan Sleeman
- Forged in Ember by Trish McCallan
Military Book Club
Can’t get enough? If you’re looking for more book suggestions, you may want to check out Military Book Club. They have a great collection of military books sure to please any avid reader!
Military books are an excellent source of entertainment for any military member, Veteran, or military family – not to mention civilians interested in military life and history. Hopefully you can get a chance to check out some of these military novels.
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