For top ten Tuesday today, I’m choosing my own topic and writing about top books for Veterans day. The number ten is loose, as I have more books than that. I’ve also only chosen non-fiction for this list. There are, of course, many wonderful historical fiction books that depict life amidst war and the importance of peace.
The books I’ve picked are a few that I’ve read over the past few years that have stuck out to me.
Books Related to American Freedom
The First Commander in Chief
Long before he was the first president, Washington was a solider and eventually the commander in chief. Without the American Revolution, there would be no American soldiers to remember on Veterans Day.
Gettysburg was the largest battle ever in North America and more American lives were lost in the Civil War than from the Revolution to the Korean War.
World War and Remembrance Day
Veterans Day commemorates November 11, 1918 when the guns of war lay silent and the Armistice was signed to end the catastrophic first world war. These books explore the stories behind WWI and WWII.
July 1914: Countdown to War by Sean McMeekin
The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany- June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945 by Stephen Ambrose
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson
Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan
The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence by Martin Meredith
Books to Foster Understanding
These books delve into International Relations and promote better understanding among countries. When people understand each other better and see commonalities, they are more likely to live in peace.
Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 29 Nations, Clusters of Nations and Continents by Martin J. Gannon