Richard S. wrote:I read 2 books about about WW2 that I can recollect. I read '"The Rise and fall of Third Reich"...all 1250 pages...twice. The other was a fictional account called "Tales of the South Pacific" from James Michener which was alright but he does have few others based on WW2. It is based on his personal experiences while based there during WW2.. If you're unfamiliar with his work most of it drama/adventure type material. Much of it is researched extensively and will contain many scenes based on historical figures and actual events if not the event itself. Some of his later books like Alaska and Texas will take you through a journey starting from the cavemen until the present day, usually based on the decedents of the cavemen. It's quite an interesting approach.
While on the subject I'll mention the best book I've read by him was Chesapeake, if i remember correctly (its been a while) it starts out with an Indian being held captive by another tribe, again if remember correctly in lower New York where the Susquehanna begins. He escapes and makes his way to the Chesapeake... One great things about that particular book for me is a lot of scenes were placed in areas I know very well since I live a block from the river and have spent so much time on it. It was very easy to picture what the surroundings were like. The book will take you through the arrival of the white man, slavery, pirates, civil war etc. Another book I would recommend by him is called Journey, its not very long but great book nonetheless.
I think I've read every book ever writtn about WWII (well, almost) Anything by Walter Lord or Cornelious Ryan (Longest Day, A Bridge To Far, etc) is must reading for any WWII buff) When I was in high school. I made a point of reading books on each pacific Island we invaded: Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, etc.