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War is a dark cloud that has hovered over the shining sun of human's time on Earth. Between heartbreaking casualties, the burden on families, and the overall feeling of dread within the bleak trenches of despair, wartime is far from a pretty picture.
War is hell; there is no denying the atrocities committed during a time of such insurmountable strife. Unfortunately though, war is a reality that people have had to face as long as this species has walked the Earth. Generals, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Army foot soldiers alike have been writing down their experiences with war all this time, to give the civilian population a look at war is really like, as well as teach future leaders the skills they need to learn if they are to find success on and off the battlefields. Many of these military biographies are true stories about brave service members and their unmatched heroism and experiences, but the best military biographies to have ever been published are a step above the rest.
There are very few, if any, wars that are quite as fascinating as World War II. It was one of the deadliest wars in world history, filled with action-packed fighting and daring rescues. It was a war filled with stories that are both surreal and relatable at the same time.
Few American military conflicts of the 20th century were as controversial as the Vietnam War. Being the first major American military blunder to happen, more or less in the public eye, it comes as no surprise that there has been a lot of literature, both fiction and nonfiction, centered around it. However, the deep division brought on by the conflict served to distort our understanding of the events and the impact it had on our country.
In today's society, people are too often ignorant of certain historical events of great significance. While pop culture has heavily analyzed World War II—among other wars in American history (even that of today's ongoing war in the Middle East with many must read books about the war in Afghanistan)—in film, literature, and television, they have paid considerably less tribute to World War I. Though it was an incredibly important event in its own right, many people simply see it as the prequel to World War II. Those same people likely are unaware that, in its time, World War I was known as the Great War, or that the spread of the so called "Spanish Flu," worsened by the war, was one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history (far deadlier than the war itself). However, if you wish to learn more about this critical event in world history, there are still many books about WWI that cover every aspect of the war from trench warfare, to dogfights in the sky, and much more.
All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, is considered the greatest war novel of all time. The perspective of the story takes place from a soldier on the enemy side of World War I. Readers get to walk through the life of a young soldier, Paul, on his perspective of the events of the war. Paul and many other soldiers go through the difficulties of war as they face many near-death experiences. This book really shows how war can eat away someone's sanity through the traumatizing effects when watching your friends die and killing a person who you don’t even know. This affects Paul the most because he doesn’t know how to put his feelings into words. As the events go by in the story, rather than staying at home with his family, Paul would rather be in the war fighting so he can ignore his feelings and thoughts. This section in the book makes one wonder if all the soldiers felt this way. The soldiers don’t have much of anything in the war to make them happy, but a quote which stands out from the story is, “Now they have the two things a soldier needs for contentment, good food and good rest” (138). A soldier never get much food and it’s amazing the soldiers ever get to eat. Food for sustenance is a very important theme in the story of All Quiet on the Western Front and it becomes a major aspect of the soldier's lives while they fight.
Two nuclear explosions. 80 million dead. More war crimes than any other event in human history. Entire continents turned upside-down. That's World War II in a nutshell.
For history buffs and wartime aficionados, there is nothing more riveting than a first hand of account of someone entrenched in a shocking historical event. POW have endured some of the most painstaking experiences a human can possibly be subjected to. Despite their harrowing experiences though, plenty of survivors have chronicled their own trials and tribulations as prisoners of war. War books—both true and fictional in nature—have shed light on some truly awful events, helping readers get a better perspective of the ghastly horrors of war, and the impact they have on society as a whole.
They were young—some even teenagers. They were sent off to war against their will and told to fight for their country, despite their homeland never being attacked. They were the brave soldiers who were drafted to fight the Vietnam War.
World War II was a traumatic time in the history of the human race, but if you don't have quite the right stomach for the best war movies streaming right now, then there are many heartbreaking books about WWII that still tell the tale. These great books of war and tragedy want to bring you back into that time period to experience it as if it were first hand. The purpose of literature is to try to reenact a moment in time or to create a fictional story through the magic of words. The best authors are magicians with pen and paper. Many famous writers even joined the military to fight for their respective country. Whether they lived it or not, however, writers can take us into the concentration camps, move us with a love story, or guide us along the war path of soviet officers. They show the reader what it was like for all involved in the war. It was a heartbreaking time, but these books are worth reading because, heartbreaking or not, the time period needs to be remembered.
Books about the Civil War can help us discuss issues of race and reunion, and try to rethink the war in modern times. It’s always interesting to hear the difference in perspective between the soldiers of the Confederacy and the soldiers of the Union. This war was one of the most controversial times in our country’s history, and because of this, many people are still divided on what exactly happened, who was right, and ultimately, who won the war. Of course, no one is still living today from that time period, but we have many books on the Civil War to help us understand American history a little more clearly.