In Honor of the Day: War Literature or Matters Related Thereto

Below, books self has recently read that touch on some aspect of war.  The list contains a mix of fiction, memoir, and nonfiction:

102 Minutes:  The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn

Agent Zigzag, by Ben Macintyre

A Life in Secrets:  Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of World War II, by Sarah Helm

A Long, Long Way, by Sebastian Barry

Atonement, by Ian McEwan

Dunkirk:  Fight to the Last Man, by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt

Falling Through the Earth, by Danielle Trussoni

Homecoming, by Bernhard Schlink

Human Smoke, by Nicholson Baker

Imperial Life in the Emerald City, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Legacy of Ashes:  The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner

Loot:  The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World, by Sharon Waxman

Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson

Sepharad, by Antonio Muñoz Molina

The 9/11 Commission Final Report

The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus

The Assault, by Harry Mulisch

The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad

The Coming of the Third Reich, by Richard J. Evans

The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud

The Great War and Modern Memory, by Paul Fussell

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene

The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink

Virgil’s The Aeneid, translated by Robert Fagles


  1. Chante Wolf said,

    September 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hello Self … I was introduced to you through War, Literature and the Arts. I looked over your book shelf and would like to offer some additional readings. {I am a Desert Storm Veteran For Peace woman}.

    The books:

    The Lonely Soldier: Women Serving in Iraq ~ Helen Benedict
    Bloody Hell ~ Dan Hallock
    Hell, Healing and Resistance ~ Dan Hallock
    Things They Cannot Say ~ Kevin Sites
    Powder ~ Women Veterans Stories
    Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine ~ Tyler Boudreau
    War is a Racket ~ Maj.Gen. Smedley Buttler USMC {Ret.}
    The Untold War ~ Nancy Sherman
    Here, Bullet ~ Brian Turner {Iraq War Veteran}
    The Bomb ~ Howard Zinn

    War is a Lie ~ David Swanson
    Kill Anything That Moves ~ Nick Turse
    What Soldiers Do ~ Mary Louise Roberts
    Honor Betrayed ~ Dr. Mic Hunter
    On Killing ~ Lt.Col. Dave Grossman, USA, {Ret.}
    The New American Militarism ~ Col. Andrew Bacevich, USA, {Ret.}

    Veterans Book Project:
    Warrior Writers:
    Combat Paper Project:

    Thank you for your time and for being willing to read about war … we need to have more discussion about ending it before it ends us.


    Chante Wolf
    Air Force 1980-92
    Desert Storm {slaughter}
    Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27, MN

    • October 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Thank you very, very much — for adding to my list of recommended books, and for the links, which I’ve just begun to explore and which I know many, many people will benefit from.

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