Books About War That You Must Read

The world has seen many wars till now, there have been wars to take control over empires and wars to free empires. There have been civil wars and there have been world wars. People often glorify wars but what they do not understand is the pain and suffering faced by the common people. The people who lose so much from these wars that life afterwards feels like a struggle. Well, here are a few books about wars that you should read:

  • Regeneration – Pat Barker

Regeneration is a historical and anti-war novel by Pat Barker, first published in 1991. The novel was a Booker Prize nominee. Regeneration is the classic exploration of how the traumas of war brutalised a generation of young men.

  • War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, published serially, then in its entirety in 1869. It is regarded as one of Tolstoy’s finest literary achievements and remains a classic of world literature. War and Peace is as much a story of love and adultery as it is of war and death. with a deep insight into the war-stricken Russia, it underlines the irrational motives of human behavior in both war and peace.

  • All Quiet On The Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers’ extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front.

  • The Naked And The Dead – Norman Mailer

The Naked and the Dead is the debut novel by Norman Mailer, published in 1948 by Rinehart & Company. It depicts the wartime experiences of a platoon, based partially on Mailer’s experiences as a cook with the 112th Cavalry Regiment during the Philippines Campaign in World War II.

  • Covenant With Death – John Harris

Stirringly told from the view of everyday soldiers, Covenant with Death is acclaimed as one of the greatest novels about war ever written. When war breaks out in 1914, Mark Fenner and his Sheffield friends immediately flock to Kitchener’s call. Amid waving flags and boozy celebration, the three men – Fen, his best friend Locky, and self-assured Frank, a rival for the woman Fen loves – enlist as volunteers to take on the Germans and win glory.

  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003, it tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan. Taking in everything from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 – and the resultant decade-long conflict and flight of refugees to Pakistan, Iran, and the US – to the subsequent rise of the Taliban, The Kite Runner is a thoroughly modern examination of warfare on individuals, societies, and nations.

  • The boy in striped pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a 2006 Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel takes him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

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