- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To top off our all-book Friday file, it’s an honor to present a book list from Carlo D’Este, one of my favorite historians. Here he offers up a list of books about World War II that he thinks should be better known.
Carlo adds in a note, "A couple of them (Eisenhower and Toland) were quite well-known when published but with the passage of time may be somewhat forgotten but were nevertheless added to the list. It is highly subjective: there are literally hundreds of fine books that could have been added; these are merely ten that came immediately to mind and are very worthy."
Later this month D’Este will pick up a big fat prize for lifetime achievement from the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago.
- Dominick Graham and Shelford Bidwell, Tug of War: The Battle for Italy, 1943-45
- John S.D. Eisenhower, The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge
- Lt. Gen. Lucian K. Truscott, Command Missions: A Personal Story
- Frederick C Sherman, Combat Command: The American Aircraft Carriers in World War II
- Gerald R. Pawle, The War and Colonel Warden (about Churchill)
- David Fraser, Alanbrooke
- R.W. Thompson, The Battle of the Rhineland
- Way of a Fighter, The memoirs of Claire Lee Chennault
- J.D. Morelock, Generals of the Ardennes: American Leadership in the Battle of the Bulge
- John Toland, The Last 100 Days