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D’Este’s list of ten books about World War II that deserve to be better known

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 ...

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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.

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

 

Thomas 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 ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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