Best War Books in Non-Fiction: Exploring True Stories of Conflict
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Best War Books in Non-Fiction: Exploring True Stories of Conflict

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  • September 15, 2023
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  • 7 min read


Are you ready to learn about some of the most amazing yet terrific true memories of wars and conflicts from around the world? Well, you’re in for a treat because we’re going to discover first-rate warfare books in non-fiction, which American Author House has chosen specifically for you.

These books are like a time machine that will take you back to the very significant moments of history where people displayed bravery and faced hardships. So, let’s begin this exciting journey into the world of true stories of conflict.

“I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001” by Lauren Tarshis

Our first book is “I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001” by Lauren Tarshis. This gripping book tells the tale of a younger boy named Lucas, who lived through the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, in New York City. You’ll follow Lucas as he tries to survive the chaos and locate his firefighter uncle.

Lauren Tarshis does a brilliant job of making history relatable and easy to understand, especially for kid typewriting. This book will assist you in learning about the bravery of first responders and the resilience of people all through tough instances. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in understanding this important moment in American history.

“Who Was Anne Frank?” by using Ann Abramson

Next up is “Who Was Anne Frank?” by Ann Abramson. You might have heard of Anne Frank, a younger Jewish girl who wrote a diary in the course of World War II while hiding from the Nazis. This book is a notable advent to her life and the horrors of the Holocaust.

Ann Abramson’s writing is easy and informative, making it easy for younger readers to comprehend the significance of Anne Frank’s tale. You’ll study her own family’s struggles, their time in hiding, and the effect of her diary on the sector.

“Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust” by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun

Our third pick of the War Books is “Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust” by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun. This book shares the remarkable and heart-wrenching stories of children who survived the Holocaust. It’s an important reminder of the resilience of the human spirit, even in the darkest of times.

Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun’s storytelling is both sensitive and engaging. They provide a glimpse into the lives of these young survivors, making it easier for you to understand the history of the Holocaust and the incredible strength of the children who lived through it.

“Who Was Harriet Tubman?” by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Now, let’s shift our focus to a different kind of conflict in the War Books: the fight against slavery in the United States. “Who Was Harriet Tubman?” by Yona Zeldis McDonough is an inspiring biography of a courageous woman who helped many enslaved people escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Yona Zeldis McDonough uses simple language and engaging storytelling to introduce young readers to Harriet Tubman’s life and her mission to help others break free from slavery. This book is one of the best War Books and is a fantastic way to learn about the importance of fighting for justice and equality.

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank

Our fifth pick among the War Books is a classic: “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank. Anne Frank’s diary is where she poured out her thoughts and feelings while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. It’s a touching and honest account of a young girl’s life during a time of great danger.

Although this book is written by Anne Frank herself, it’s still easy to read and understand. You’ll get a firsthand look at the challenges Anne faced and her dreams for a better world, much like the stories found in children books. It’s a powerful reminder of the impact one person’s words can have on the world.

“The Boys Who Challenged Hitler” by Phillip Hoose

“The Boys Who Challenged Hitler” by Phillip Hoose is an incredible true story about a group of Danish teenagers who stood up against the Nazi occupation of Denmark during World War II. This is a unique one in all of our list of the War Books. These brave boys showed remarkable courage in the face of danger.

Phillip Hoose tells their story in a way that’s accessible and exciting for young readers. You’ll be inspired by the bravery of these ordinary teens who did extraordinary things to resist the Nazis.

“Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly

Our next one of the War Books will take us to a different kind of war—the Space Race during the Cold War era. “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly is a fascinating look at the untold story of four African American women who played essential roles at NASA.

Margot Lee Shetterly’s storytelling is clear and engaging, making it easy for young readers to understand the challenges these women faced and the contributions they made to space exploration. It’s an empowering and educational read.

“The Greatest: Muhammad Ali” by Walter Dean Myers

Now, let’s step into the world of sports and boxing with “The Greatest: Muhammad Ali” by Walter Dean Myers. This biography celebrates the life of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who dominated the ring and stood up for his beliefs during the turbulent times of the Vietnam War.

Walter Dean Myers uses simple language to tell Muhammad Ali’s inspiring story. You’ll learn about his rise to fame and his battles in and out of the ring. You will also learn about his unwavering commitment to his principles.

“The Diary of Ruby Bridges” by Ruby Bridges

In “The Diary of Ruby Bridges,” you’ll get to know the inspiring true story of Ruby Bridges. She was a brave young girl who made history by being one of the first African-American students to attend an all-white school in the United States. Ruby’s diary entries provide a firsthand account of her experiences during this challenging time.

Written clearly and relatable, this book helps you understand the importance of Ruby’s role in the fight for civil rights. You’ll see how her courage and determination helped pave the way for equality in education.

Essential Elements and Detailed Insights

Book Title Author Key Themes/Details
I Survived: The Attacks of September 11, 2001 Lauren Tarshis The experiences of a young boy during the 9/11 attacks, focusing on bravery and resilience.
Who Was Anne Frank? Ann Abramson Introduction to Anne Frank’s life and the Holocaust, highlighting her diary’s impact.
Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun Stories of children’s survival during the Holocaust, emphasizing human resilience.
Who Was Harriet Tubman? Yona Zeldis McDonough Biography of Harriet Tubman and her role in helping enslaved people escape via the Underground Railroad.
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Anne Frank’s personal account of life during WWII, offering a poignant perspective on the era.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler Phillip Hoose The story of Danish teenagers resisting the Nazi occupation of Denmark during WWII.


These non-fiction war books are like treasure troves of knowledge, taking you on journeys through time. They will teach you about the struggles and triumphs of real people. Whether it’s the events of September 11th, the Holocaust, or the Space Race, these war books offer valuable insights.

Remember, reading these books can help you understand the world better. It will also inspire you to make a positive difference in your way. So, go ahead, pick up one of these War Books, and embark on an adventure into the past. You might just discover that history is more exciting than you ever imagined!

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