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Best Military Books Ever Written [2023 List]

Ryan Green
Ryan Green May 18, 2023
Best Military Books

Delving into the vast ocean of military literature can be a daunting task for anyone - from seasoned veterans to history enthusiasts, or even newcomers who want to broaden their understanding of military history, strategy, and personal experiences.

Whether you're interested in the nail-biting stories from the front lines, in-depth analyses of world-changing battles, or the personal struggles and triumphs of soldiers, there's a book out there waiting for you.

#1 Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

This extraordinary history book tells the story of the men of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, during WWII. It's for those who want a personal and engaging look at the soldier's experience.

#1 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

An epic novel that intertwines themes of war, society, and personal struggle against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. This masterpiece is recommended for anyone looking to experience a profound literary journey.

#2 On War by Carl von Clausewitz

This is one of the most important treatises on political and military theory ever written. It's a must-read for those interested in military strategy and philosophy.

#3 The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War is an ancient Chinese treatise on war, strategy, and leadership that remains relevant today. It's perfect for leaders, strategists, or anyone interested in understanding the enduring principles of conflict and competition.

#4 With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge

This memoir chronicles the author's experiences as a marine in the Pacific Theater of WWII. It's ideal for those interested in personal military memoirs and the Pacific War.

#5 Ghost Wars by Steve Coll

A comprehensive history of the CIA's involvement in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion to September 10, 2001. Suitable for readers interested in modern warfare and international politics.

#6 Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

Black Hawk Down provides an intensely detailed account of the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. It's perfect for readers who appreciate in-depth battle analysis and gripping narratives.

#7 Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

A raw, brutally honest novel about the Vietnam War from the perspective of a young lieutenant. Recommended for anyone seeking to understand the emotional and psychological realities of war.

#8 1776 by David McCullough

A riveting exploration of the year that saw the birth of the United States, including military campaigns and iconic leaders. Great for readers interested in American Revolutionary history.

#9 Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie

Helmet for My Pillow presents an honest and unfiltered account of a Marine's experience in the Pacific Theater during WWII. A must-read for those who appreciate first-hand war narratives.

#10 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

A novelized recounting of the Battle of Gettysburg, blending history and fiction. Perfect for fans of historical fiction and Civil War buffs.

We hope this curated list will help guide your exploration into military literature, broaden your understanding of war from various perspectives, and perhaps, introduce you to a new favorite book. Happy reading!

Ryan Green May 18, 2023

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