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19 good nonfiction books about World War II (plus 10 novels)

You’ll find a list here of 19 good nonfiction books that offer insight about World War II. They’re arranged in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. Each is linked to my review. Good nonfiction books about World War II The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44 by Rick Atkinson—Friendly fire and bumbling generals in WWII The Guns at Last Ligh [...]

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Recommended Fiction & Nonfiction

recent books reviewed

Over the past eight years I’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on this blog. I thought it might be useful to group some of the most informative ones by topic or author. I plan to post one such grouped review each week for the foreseeable future.

To get us started, here are The 15 best books of 2017 (plus 34 others).

In the meantime, here are nine others that already appear on this site. I hope you’ll find them useful.

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Nonfiction

With “political termites,” Donald Trump is undermining our government

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Most of the books I've read about Donald Trump focus squarely on the man himself, his relations with the people surrounding him in the White House, and his outrageous behavior. David Cay Johnston's book is somewhat different. Trump's erratic actions [...]

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Trade Fiction

A great science fiction novel set in a future totalitarian China

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King @@@@ (4 out of 5) China’s one-child policy, introduced in 1979, was in force until 2016, when the government instituted a two-child policy. The result has been a large imbalance between the numbers of male and female children. As of 2007, according to a BBC report citing the country’s National Population and Family Planning Comm [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

Guilt, the allure of beauty, and murder in an excellent Australian thriller

The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey @@@@ (4 out of 5) Susan Bailey's new thriller, The Dark Lake, explores the power of guilt and the allure of beauty in a suspenseful tale of murder and long-suppressed secrets. "'Everyone in this town has something to hide,'" as one character observes. The plot revolves around those festering secrets. Smithson is a town of 30,000 in the Aus [...]

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19 good nonfiction books about World War II (plus 10 novels)

You’ll find a list here of 19 good nonfiction books that offer insight about World War II. They’re arranged in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names. Each is linked to my review. Good nonfiction books about World War II The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-44 by Rick Atkinson—Friendly fire and bumbling generals in WWII The Guns at Last Ligh [...]

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