The Necessary W.W.II Narratives

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Catch-22
1.  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The list author says:
  "Let's start with the Americans... they won the war, after all... a postmodernist classic--devastatingly funny"
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

History: A Novel (Penguin Modern Classics)
2.  History: A Novel (Penguin Modern Classics) by Elsa Morante
The list author says:
  "Also the civilians were in the war... Italians too..."
£14.88   Used & New from: £7.22
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Big Show (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
3.  The Big Show (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) by Pierre Clostermann
The list author says:
  "The war told by a fighter ace with a soul and some style"
Used & New from: £12.37
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Trial by Battle (Paladin Books)
4.  Trial by Battle (Paladin Books) by David Piper
The list author says:
  "It's a shame it's out of print--it reads like a thriller and hits like a bullet"
Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Sword of Honour Trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and
5.  The Sword of Honour Trilogy: Men at Arms, Officers and by Evelyn Waugh
The list author says:
  "Vitriolic and unforgettable"
Used & New from: £30.11
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
6.  Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "Another US masterpiece"
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.57
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)

Black Rain (Japan's Modern Writers)
7.  Black Rain (Japan's Modern Writers) by Masuji Ibuse
The list author says:
  "Between fact and fiction: a Japanese classic"
Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Kaputt (New York Review Books Classics)
8.  Kaputt (New York Review Books Classics) by Curzio Malaparte
The list author says:
  "The great Italian classic read all over the world and despised by Italian academicians--but does anybody care?"
£8.79   Used & New from: £6.36
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa
9.  With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa by E B Sledge
The list author says:
  "A grim, honest memoir"
Used & New from: £2.25
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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Fires on the Plain (Tuttle Classics)
10.  Fires on the Plain (Tuttle Classics) by Shohei Ooka
The list author says:
  "The Great Japanese War Novel--a Must-Read"
Used & New from: £5.37
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Flesh Wounds (Echoes of War)
11.  Flesh Wounds (Echoes of War) by David Holbrook
The list author says:
  "Undeservedly out of print: A beautiful memoir"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (Modern Library Chronicles)
12.  The Boys' Crusade: The American Infantry in Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945 (Modern Library Chronicles) by Paul Fussell
The list author says:
  "A polemic book written by a great critic who fought in W.W.II"
Used & New from: £0.12
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Volga Rises in Europe
13.  The Volga Rises in Europe by Curzio Malaparte
The list author says:
  "1st-class war reportages"
Used & New from: £8.59
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Johnny the Partisan
14.  Johnny the Partisan by Beppe Fenoglio
The list author says:
  "One of the best novels ever written about the partisans and their neglected war"
Used & New from: £1,412.70

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The Naked and the Dead (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
15.  The Naked and the Dead (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Norman Mailer
The list author says:
  "A celebrated US war novel"
£8.79   Used & New from: £4.29
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

A Private Affair (Modern Voices)
16.  A Private Affair (Modern Voices) by Beppe Fenoglio
The list author says:
  "Another impressive performance by a great Italian writer"
£6.75   Used & New from: £2.34

The Thin Red Line
17.  The Thin Red Line by James Jones
The list author says:
  "Classic war novel"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics)
18.  The Ministry Of Fear: An Entertainment (Vintage Classics) by Graham Greene
The list author says:
  "Not just a perfect thriller"
£7.19   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

The Path to the Spiders' Nests (Vintage classics)
19.  The Path to the Spiders' Nests (Vintage classics) by Italo Calvino
The list author says:
  "Also Calvino has a war story to tell"
Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Das Boot (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
20.  Das Boot (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) by Lothar Gunther Buchheim
The list author says:
  "An anti-militarist classic from Germany"
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Skin (European Classics)
21.  Skin (European Classics) by Malaparte
The list author says:
  "Unfortunately out of print--buy it used!"
Used & New from: £19.20
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Sergeant in the Snow
22.  The Sergeant in the Snow by Mario Rigoni Stern
The list author says:
  "Powerful, icy war memoir from the Eastern Front"
£16.81   Used & New from: £7.08
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Empire of the Sun
23.  Empire of the Sun by J. G. Ballard
The list author says:
  "the war seen by a kid--a visionary account"
£6.29   Used & New from: £0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

If This Is a Man / The Truce
24.  If This Is a Man / The Truce by Primo Levi
The list author says:
  "They also fought a war, and managed to survive..."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.60
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Castle to Castle (French Literature)
25.  Castle to Castle (French Literature) by Louis-ferdinand Celine
The list author says:
  "He was a Fascist, no doubt--but also a great writer. The story told by the losers."
£10.99   Used & New from: £3.27
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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