The United States and World War II Reading List

United States History related To World War II Reading Group Book List

  1. A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein
  2. Silver Like Dust: One Family’s Story of Japanese Internment by Kimi Cunningham Grant
  3. No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II By Doris Kearns Goodwin
  4. From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front by Elizabeth R. Escobedo
  5. Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson
  6. The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A. J. Baime
  7. Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  8. Freedom’s Forge by Arthur Herman
  9. General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman by Ed Cray
  10. Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada
  11. Our Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II by Emily Yellin
  12. American Warlords: How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II by Jonathan W. Jordan
  13. Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewal
  14. American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II by Eric L. Muller
  15. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
  16. 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History by Jay Winik
  17. Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves
  18. Roosevelt’s Second Act by Richard Moe
  19. The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler by David L. Roll
  20. Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era by Thomas C. Leonard

General Books on the United States and World War II

  • Roosevelt’s Second Act by Richard Moe
  • American Warlords: How Roosevelt’s High Command Led America to Victory in World War II by Jonathan W. Jordan
  • From Munich to Pearl Harbor: Roosevelt’s America and the Origins of the Second World War by David Reynolds
  • A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein
  • Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan Before Pearl Harbor by Edward S. Miller
  • And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II By Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson
  • Freedom’s Forge by Arthur Herman
  • The War in American Culture: Society and Consciousness during World War II by Lewis A. Erenberg and Susan E. Hirsch
  • 1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History by Jay Winik
  • Freedom From Fear by David Kennedy
  • Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman
  • In the Shadows of War: An American Pilot’s Odyssey Through Occupied France and the Camps of Nazi Germany by Thomas Childers
  • The Invasion of France and Germany: 1944-1945 (History of United States Naval Operations in World War II) by Samuel Eliot Morison
  • When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning
  • Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement by Kevin M. Kruse (Editor), Stephen Tuck (Editor)
  • The Colonel and The Pacifist by Klancy Clark De Nevers
  • Eisenhower’s Armies: The American-British Alliance during World War II by Niall Barr
  • Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol
  • Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps by Michi Nishiura Weglyn
  • Politics as Usual: Thomas Dewey, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Wartime Presidential campaign of 1944 by Michael A. Davis
  • No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War by David Kaiser
  • The First to Cry Down Injustice?: Western Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII by Ellen M. Eisenberg
  • Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II by Mark A. Stoler
  • Our Mothers’ War: American Women at Home and at the Front During World War II by Emily Yellin
  • The Great Plains during World War II by Prof. R. Douglas Hurt

Biographies

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  • FDR by Jean Edward Smith
  • The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A. J. Baime
  • No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation into War by David Kaiser
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
  • Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
  • General of the Army: George C. Marshall, Soldier and Statesman by Ed Cray
  • Omar Bradley: General at War by Jim DeFelice
  • Omar Nelson Bradley: America’s GI General by Steven L. Ossad
  • Patton By Alan Axelrod
  • Colonel, The: The Life and Wars of Henry Stimson, 1867-1950 by Godfrey Hodgson
  • Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man by David F. Schmitz
  • Patton: Ordeal and Triumph by Ladislas Farago
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880 1964 by William Manchester
  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur by Mark Perry
  • Roosevelt’s Centurions by Joseph Persico
  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King–The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman
  • Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater by Brayton Harris
  • Admiral “Bull” Halsey: The Life and Wars of the Navy’s Most Controversial Commander by John Wukovits
  • Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King by Thomas B. Buell
  • Monty: The Battles of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery by Nigel Hamilton (contains a good deal of valuable information on Eisenhower and Patton)
  • The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler by David L. Roll
  • Colonel, The: The Life and Wars of Henry Stimson, 1867-1950 by Godfrey Hodgson
  • The American Home Front: 1941-1942 by Alistair Cooke

The United States and the Holocaust

  • The Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National Socialism by Stefan Kuhl
  • The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective by Carol Kakel
  • Hitler’s Ostkrieg and the Indian Wars: Comparing Genocide and Conquest by Edward B. Westermann
  • The American Axis: Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, and the Rise of the Third Reich by Max Wallace
  • Henry Ford’s War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech by Victoria Woeste
  • Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production Of Hate by Neil Baldwin
  • FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman

The Atomic Bomb and Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World by A. J. Baime
  • Hiroshima Nagasaki: The Real Story of the Atomic Bombings and Their Aftermath by Paul Ham
  • Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
  • Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of Atomic Bombs against Japan by J. Samuel Walker
  • Now It Can Be Told: The Story Of The Manhattan Project by General Leslie R. Groves
  • Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes

The Japanese American Persecution and Internment

  • American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II by Eric L. Muller
  • The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California and the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion by Roger Daniels
  • Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II by Roger Daniels
  • Democratizing the Enemy: The Japanese American Internment by Brian Masaru Hayashi
  • Only What We Could Carry: The Japanese American Internment Experience by Lawson Fusao Inada
  • Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves
  • The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell
  • Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese American Internment Camps by Mary Matsuda Gruenewal
  • Silver Like Dust: One Family’s Story of Japanese Internment by Kimi Cunningham Grant
  • Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad By Robert Asahina