Top Ten Books About The Impact of War

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and Bookish is a freebie.  Meaning I can make a bookish top ten list about whatever I choose.  Oh, the power!

Where this Sunday is Remembrance Day, I thought I might look at some of the top ten books about or written around the impact of war.  I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices many young men and women made to protect their countries.   I can’t imagine what it was like to have to go to war or to be affected by war in the way that some of our veterans and their families were.  Remembrance Day is a very significant day and should be remembered for years to come, both out of respect, but also to help keep us from doing the same thing again.

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So, although I am writing about books that I love from that time period, this is in no way making light of the seriousness and the sacrifice in the wars.  More just a seasonal post and my own sort of act of remembrance, as these books really bring out some of the significant events and some of the more subtle things that make me grateful for my freedom.

  1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  With the French Revolution and all sorts of other drama, this books brings across the realities of revolutionary war and life during such a time.  Plus, it is an epic to read.
  2. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank.  This true story really brings home the impact it had on people who were young during this time… And that no matter what happens, you are still young.
  3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  A newer book that brings forth both realities of war and overcoming hardship and has a somewhat whimsical side to it too.
  4. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay.  I cried through this entire book.  It truly pointed out the effects of war on children, the realities of concentration camps and also how these things ripple down through generations.
  5. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  I first read this book in the fourth grade and then again in the sixth as assigned reading.  It is probably one of the best books I have read about the experience of World War II from the perspective of children as the story surrounds a young girl and her best friend who they were protecting from the army who were collecting the Jewish people in town.
  6. The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  This movie crushed me.  We were in for a nice peaceful date night.  And then we watched this movie.  And at the end a little piece of me died.  The book is the same.
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini.  This is not about war as in the world war context, but local unrest and invasion and falls of government in Kabul.  Plus a very interesting story about friendship and family ties.
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  The girls all grow up while their Dad is at war.  Another way in which people are affected by war.
  9. One Day In the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.  This classifies as one of the most realistic books I have read in that it actually makes you feel cold.  It is the story of a Soviet prisoner who is imprisoned for being falsely accused of being a spy after spending time in a German prisoner of war camp during WWII.  Evidence that the repercussions of war are felt for many years by some.
  10. Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli.  The story of one Jewish doctor spared when captured and taken on to perform “scientific” research on his fellow inmates and act as the physician for said inmates.  This was a very disturbing story about how research can go very wrong and how good people can do very bad things in the name of survival and science.

There are many books out there about war and it’s impact on people.  It was surprisingly difficult to think of ten books, though, which makes me think that I probably should read more history and such.

What are some books you recommend reading about war and it’s impact on people?

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Books About The Impact of War

  1. Loved Number the Stars – glad you mentioned this. And I watched the movie for Sarah’s Key, and doubt that I could make it through the book without falling to pieces. Thanks for the list – now following you through Blogger 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and the follow! Number the Stars is an elementary school classic! I don’t think I could watch the movie for Sarah’s Key for the same reason. At least after reading the book.

  2. Pingback: Book Review | ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne « Wordly Obsessions

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