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HBO War Book Masterlist

(because @liebgotitty asked for it)
eta: I’ve now bolded which ones I’ve read.

Band of Brothers

  • Band of Brothers - Stephen Ambrose
  • Parachute Infantry : An American Paratrooper’s Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich - David Kenyon Webster
  • Beyond Band of Brothers - Dick Winters & Cole Kingseed
  • Conversations With Major Dick Winters - Cole Kingseed
  • Biggest Brother : The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers - Larry Alexander
  • Easy Company Soldier : The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II’s “Band of Brothers” - Don Malarkey & Bob Welch
  • Brothers In Battle – Best of Friends : Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story - Robyn Post, Bill Guarnere & Babe Heffron
  • Call Of Duty : My Life Before, During, and After the Band of Brothers - Lynn “Buck” Compton & Marcus Brotherton
  • We Who Are Alive & Remain : Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers - Marcus Brotherton
  • A Company Of Heroes : Personal Memories About The Real Band of Brothers And The Legacy They Left Us - Marcus Brotherton
  • Shifty’s War : The Authorized Biography of Sgt. Darrell “Shifty” Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers - Marcus Brotherton
  • Silver Eagle : The Official Biography of “Band of Brothers” Veteran Clancy Lyall - Ronald Ooms & Clancy Lyall
  • In The Footsteps of the Band of Brothers : A Return to Easy Company’s Battlefields with Sergeant Forrest Guth - Larry Alexander
  • Airborne : The Combat Story of Ed Shames - Ian Gardner
  • Hell’s Highway : A Chronicle of the 101st Airborne in the Holland Campaign, September-November 1944 - George E. Koskimaki
  • Battered Bastards of Bastogne : The 101st Airborne - George E. Koskimaki

The Pacific

  • The Pacific - Hugh Ambrose
  • Red Blood Black Sand : Fighting Alongside John Basilone from Boot Camp to Iwo Jima - Chuck Tatum
  • Helmet For My Pillow : The World War Two Pacific Classic - Robert Leckie
  • Strong Men Armed : The United States Marines Against Japan - Robert Leckie
  • Challenge for the Pacific : Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War - Robert Leckie
  • Okinawa : The Last Battle of World War II - Robert Leckie
  • With The Old Breed : At Peleliu and Okinawa - E.B. Sledge
  • China Marine : An Infantryman’s Life After World War II - E.B. Sledge
  • You’ll Be Sor-ree : A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War - Sid Phillips
  • Islands of the Damned : A Marine at War in the Pacific - R.V. Burgin & Bill Marvel

Generation Kill

  • Generation Kill : Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and The Face of Modern War - Evan Wright
  • One Bullet Away : The Making of a US Marine Officer - Nathaniel Fick
  • Hero Living : Seven Strides to Awaken Your Infinite Power - Rudy Reyes

Masters Of The Air/The Mighty Eighth

  • Masters Of The Air : America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany - Donald L. Miller

Get reading!


I love wearing this uniform. I love the thought that once it’s all said and done I will still be known as a Marine… Regardless of anything I choose to do in the future. It’s engraved in me, and you can tell my work ethic, the way I walk, talk and present myself. Never in my life did I think I would be where I am now. I graduated at 16 with honors. I had a scholarship, got accepted to many schools that I liked, but I decided to take another route. I joined the day after my 17 birthday. I’m currently stationed in Okinawa. I’m 18 and I’m a E-3. I’m blessed. I couldn’t ask for more. I love my life and I love putting this uniform on everyday and doing my job to help protect my people and our country. ✊🏽

“U.S. invasion forces establish a beachhead on Okinawa island, about 350 miles from the Japanese mainland, on April 13. 1945. Pouring out war supplies and military equipment, the landing crafts fill the sea to the horizon, in the distance, battleships of the U.S. fleet.”


“Perched on the rim of a gaping hole in the wall of a theater in the Ryukyu capital, a Marine rifleman views the result of the American bombardment of Naha, Okinawa, Japan, on June 13, 1945. Structure skeletons are all that remain of the city with a pre-invasion population of 443,000 people.”



Last set of photos on my company on deployment.

U.S. Marines with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct an amphibious assault with soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) as part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, April 28, 2015. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations. 

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/ released)