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Recommended Reading: A Veterans Day booklist

by Becky C | Nov 12, 2018
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On November 11, 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.  This day was largely considered to be the end of “the war to end all wars” and dubbed Armistice Day.  It became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938.

And then World War II and the Korean War happened.  In 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so that the day would honor American veterans of all wars. 

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.  Memorial Day, which we celebrate in May, is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle.

In honor of our veterans, I've pulled together a list of titles which I hope will serve as a starting point for anyone wanting to better understand the circumstances our men and women found themselves in.  My list begins with WWI and ends with the Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars.  I've included titles which offer general overviews of the conflicts involved, as well as personal narratives.  This is just a glimpse into our collection -- there is much, much more available.  Our Genealogy Center offers a wealth of free information available online via Our Military Heritage.

The subject headings are quick links to our catalog, with a focus on adult nonfiction books.  See a title you're interested in?  Click on the book cover to check availability.  And please feel free to share your personal recommendations in the comments below.

World War I (1914-1918)

 Victory 1918 America and the Great War  The Doughboys 
 The Unknowns  The Escape Artists  Loyalty
   Hello Girls  

World War II (1939-1945)


1941   Inferno The Holocaust 
 Fighting for Honor Code Talker   Resisting the Holocaust

Korean War (1950-1953)

 I remember Korea  In the shadow of the greatest generation  The Korean War
 The Coldest War  Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War  Hot Shots

Vietnam War (1955-1975)

 Voices from the Vietnam War  The Vietnam War in American Memory  The Vietnam War
 Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls  Radical Visions  What it is like to go to war

Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)

 Road to Baghdad Spare Parts   Viper Pilot
 The Brave Women of the Gulf Wars  Warthog  Persian Gulf War

Afghanistan & Iraqi Wars (2001- )

Valor   The Fighters Understanding the US Wars   
 And Then All Hell Broke Loose  Blood Sweat and Steel  Heroes Among Us  


Quick Links for more information about Veterans Day:

From the US Department of Defense website:  5 Facts to Know about Veterans Day

From History.com:  Veterans Day


Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..

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