Today I'm writing an article about “best books on war.”
In the past few weeks I did different books lists on different topics but today I will focus on the best war books.
War is as old as man itself.
It has always been part of us and always will be. War is part of the human condition.
War has taken many different forms over thousands of years.
Sure war has an obvious dark side.
But within the darkness and despair of war there is some light.
Light in the form of brave courageous men that tell stories of courage.
They also tell the story of the human spirit to overcome adversity.
One of the things that stood out for me in all these books is the incredible camaraderie and brotherhood that only exists in war.
It's something pure and a real light of humanity that exists in the brutality, chaos, and tragedy of war.
In many ways the stories of war are the story of men.
But this article is not about the morality of war.
This article is me sharing the best books on war I have read.
The list is not one that goes back too far in history.
The oldest war book I cover in this list of books is the second world war.
So this list is mostly focused on must read military books of the modern era.
There are a lot of good military books and I could have made this list longer.
But I decided to make it a shortlist of the war books I enjoyed most.
“Only the dead have seen the end of war”-Plato
So here is my list of must read war books.
Best Books On War
Generation Kill .
-By Evan Wright
Generation Kill is my favorite war book of all time.
It's the story of the Elite Marine unit the First Recon Battalion and their invasion of Iraq.
The First Recon Marines were the tip of the spear in the invasion.
As special operators, they had the unusual role of being in mounted vehicles(Humvees).
The story is told by journalist Evan Wright who links up with First Battalion.
The story is funny, scary, crazy and inspirational.
It tells the brutal story of war, camaraderie, sacrifice, chaos and the random events in war.
This one of those books you have to read.
Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counter-terrorist Unit.
-By Eric Haney
Delta Force is probably the most Elite Military Unit in the US armed forces.
The only unit that rivals them is SEAL Team Six.
But the story Of Delta is unique.
Delta was modeled after the British SAS and uniquely molded and crafted to form probably the best Special Operations Unit in the World today.
Delta is Highly secretive and low profile and their story is one of legend.
Inside Delta Force Wil take you inside one of the best fighting forces in the world and give you some insight into what it takes to be an elite Delta operator.
Bravo Two Zero: The Harrowing True Story of a Special Forces Patrol Behind the Lines in Iraq.
-By Andy McNab
This is the true story of a British SAS (Special Air Service) unit behind enemy lines in Iraq.
The story tells the events that take place after their mission is compromised and they have to escape and evade enemy forces.
It's a great book about the elite British unit and the bravery and courage of the SAS in the face of adversity.
Diary of a Legionnaire:My Life in the French Foreign Legion.
-By Gareth Carins
The story of the French Foreign legion has always fascinated me.
For those who dont know the French Foreign Legion is a unique Regiment within the French army that only allows foreigners to join.
All you have to do is go to France and have no criminal record and you can join and disappear if you choose to do so.
They even give you a new french name.After serving 5 years you get a French passport.
This book by Gareth Carins tells the story of a British guy who goes to France and joins the Legion's elite Parachute Regiment based in Corsica.
The book gives you an inside look into one of the world's most mysterious military units.
It tells you about the challenge of learning French, the selection process and missions in places like West Africa.
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi.
-By Mitchell Zuckoff
Both the book and the movie of 13 Hours is great.
It tells the story of the attacks on the US State Department Special Mission Compound and the CIA station in Benghazi.
The main focus is the 6 Special Operators that was the security element of the CIA in Benghazi.
The story goes into the details of how these brave soldiers showed acts of heroism and bravery that goes beyond that was required of them.
Great story and also exposes the incompetence of bureaucrats that leaves the soldiers on the ground exposed.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
-By Chris Kyle
Probably one the most famous Seals in US history and by far the most famous sniper in US military history.
Navy Seal Chris Kyle tells the story of his time in the Navy Seals and the extraordinary missions that he was part of in his career.
A lot of been said about Chris Kyle and the movie American Sniper.
But in my opinion he is a legendary Seal with a great story.
Highly recommended book.
The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers .
-By Nicholas Irving
Another great story from a sniper. This time the story is from an Army Ranger from the 3rd Ranger Battalion.
It tells the story of Nicholas Irving and gives unique insights on how the life of a special operations Ranger sniper is.
It goes into the global war on terror and gives a great account of these elite soldiers and the sacrifices of war.
The day to day operations in Afghanistan and the brotherhood between these guys is something that stands out.
Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan.
-By Sean Parnell
Outlaw Platoon is a legendary book that tells the story of a group of legendary men from the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division.
The story is about a 16 month continues battle in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Like all the books on the list its a story of extreme sacrifice, bravery and the camaraderie that exists only in war.
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 .
If you haven't seen the movie Lone Survivor yet then read the book by Marcus Lutrell.
The story is told by Marcus Luttrell and how he and his small Seal Team in Afghanistan were compromised and how the mission ended up in disaster.
Marcus Lutrell ended up being the only survivor in this secret mission in Afghanistan.
It's a great book that tells all the details about the brutality of SEAL Selection and training and then goes onto the mission in Afghanistan that ended in the loss of many lives.
Great book by a legendary Seal.
Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War.
-By Mark Bowden
Another book that was made into a movie. I watched the movie first and then read the book.
I'm a big fan of the movie but the book is also great.
It tells the story of a group of special operations troops from the Army Rangers and Delta Force and their battles with Somalis in the streets of Mogadishu.
The story is one of the madness of urban warfare in the streets of Mogadishu and the elite Special Operation troops that showed exceptional bravery to survive and come out on the other side of one of the most brutal urban battles in recent US military history.
First Into Action: A Dramatic Personal Account of Life in the SBS.
-By Duncan Falconer
I like reading books of British Special operations units.
Most military enthusiasts know about the SAS. But inside the British military is an Elite Naval Special Operations Unit called the Special Boat Service.
Many are of the opinion that they are even better than the SAS.
All their operators are taken from the elite Royal Marine Commandos (similar to US Army 75th Ranger Regiment ).
The Special Boat Service is the Navy Seals of the UK and conducts secretive missions by sea, air, and land.
This book is about one of the youngest Operators to ever serve in the Special Boat Service and gives a unique insight into the culture of the British Royal Marines and the British Special operations world.
Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds.
This one of the greatest war stories of the Elite US Green Berets.
This story is about unbelievable courage and bravery in the face of being totally outnumbered in terrible terrain.
The story is about one of the biggest battles in the history of the Special Forces in Afghanistan and one that defined the war in Afghanistan at the time.
The story can be summed up like this:
A small group of Green Berets vs a thousand Afgan fighters. This is the story of brave warriors and legend.
These are the Lions of Kandahar.
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest.
-Stephen E. Ambrose
No list of war books would be complete if Band Of Brothers is not on it.
I'm sure most of you have seen the mini-series, Band Of Brothers.
And if you haven't then go watch it now.It's one of the greatest war stories ever told.
Its the story of Easy Company 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, and their story from basic training and the invasion of Europe.
Great story with great characters.
The book is great but I think the Mini-Series is even better.
Legendary story about some of the bravest men that ever walked this planet.