Books for Memorial Day: A Tribute to the Lost Warriors

Author: Sherry Helms

Today on national Memorial Day, which is celebrated annually on the last Monday of May as a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, we have brought a list of the most celebrated books on popular wars in the military history of the United States. These books are written by war experts/historians and those who witnessed the scenes at war or say who were fortunate enough amid a bloodiest war to see the life next of it, letting us know how and in what circumstances millions of soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war in order to get just one victory. Take a look:

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins – An instant classic of war reporting, The Forever War is the definitive account of America’s conflict with Islamic fundamentalism and a searing exploration of its human costs. Through the eyes of Filkins, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, we witness the rise of the Taliban in the 1990s, the aftermath of the attack on New York on September 11th, and the American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Filkins is the only American journalist to have reported on all these events, and his experiences are conveyed in a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters and astonishing scenes.

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo – In March of 1965, Marine Lieutenent Philip J. Caputo landed at Da Nang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home–physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. “A Rumor of War” is more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes – Written by a man who had been served as a Marine in Vietnam and won many gallantry awards and medals, this book is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – This book has an inspiring true story of a man who during World War II lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfold the story of Louie Zamperini, a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will not let you divert your eyes from the pages for a single moment.

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 by Sir Max Hastings – One of the finest military historians, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the Second World War for thirty-five years. Now, for the first time, he gives us a magnificent, single-volume history of the entire war. This book is a masterpiece on WWII that shows us at once the truly global reach of war and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, this book is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century, illuminating some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra.

Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death by Jim Frederick – This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as “the Black Heart Brigade.” Drawing on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black Heart soldiers and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of Death, Black Hearts is a timeless story about men in combat and the fragility of character in the savage crucible of warfare. But it is also a timely warning of new dangers emerging in the way American soldiers are led on the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

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