As we approach Memorial Day in the United States, I am reminded of the many friends and family members affected by war and its fallout, but rarely do veterans talk about their experiences. The authors below have captured the challenges and realities soldiers have faced throughout history. If you read Military Fiction and Non-fiction, these are among the best.
Mark Bowden: “Black Hawk Down,” true story of American forces in Somalia.
Philip Caputo: "A Rumor of War," the riveting true story of Philip Caputo's experience in Viet Nam.
Tom Clancy: “The Hunt for Red October,” based on a story rumored to be true.
Stephen Coonts: “Flight of the Intruder,” gripping story of Navy carrier pilot during Viet Nam, based on Coonts’ experiences.
Bernard Cornwell: “Sharpe’s Rifles,” part of a fictional series about Napoleonic warfare.
Nelson DeMille: “Up Country,” one of DeMille’s best. My review can be read here.
Ken Follett: “The Eye of the Needle,” Edgar Award winner.
Christopher Hibbert: “Red Coats and Rebels,” American Revolution told from the British perspective.
Laura Hillenbrand: “Unbroken,” WW2 true story of resilience, review here.
John Keegan: “The Face of Battle,” the story of what real soldiers go through, with information about famous battles in history.
Phil Klay: “Redeployment,” award-winning book contains 12 short stories centered around deployment in Afghanistan & Iraq.
Marcus Luttrell: “Lone Survivor: Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10.”
Tim O'Brien: "The Things They Carried," award-winning book of the Viet Nam conflict.
Thank a veteran. Give him/her a job. They sacrificed much and fought to keep you free.