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Veterans Recommend - Book Suggestions from the Inside


11/11/2020

A wide ranging number of classic, best-selling, and highly awarded books have been written by scholars, historians, and observers about wars, military strategy, and the experiences of both active duty and veteran service members. Journalists have embedded with troops and reported from all aspects of operations from military command to troop units on the ground.

This year, in honor of Veteran's Day, we suggest honoring military service by selecting a book from a reading list compiled by those who have served themselves. Sometimes the recommended books were written by someone outside military service, but more often the authors are fellow service members. What these titles share is the distinction of being recommended by service members. These are the titles they suggest to each other, as well as to those of who have not served.

By choosing one of the following lists of recommendations you can explore title choices thoroughly and read in-depth reviews written by service members. A selection of these recommendations are listed below linked to the catalog for easy check out.

Are you a veteran? Do you have a story to share?

The Library of Congress invites you to participate in the Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Sharing Veteran's Day with Children

Photo Soldier Dad Reading to Child

Veterans Day is an opportune time to share what military service is with young children. Check out a book from Stories for Kids about Active Duty Soldiers, Veterans, and Their Families for picture book and early reading tributes that illuminate the experiences of active duty soldiers, veterans, and their families. Titles range from community observances like Veteran's Day to traditions celebrated in families to honor their own active duty or Veteran service members to the experiences of children whose parents serve.

Recommended Reading Suggestions from Veterans

Take at look at these recommended titles selected by the Military Times and the National Medal of Honor Museum. Each has selected books both old and new, fiction and non-fiction that cover history, memoir, women in combat, racism, rules of war, and more. What better way to honor a service member than to read their story, written in their own words?

Blaze of Light

The Inspiring True Story of Green Beret Medic Gary Beikirch, Medal of Honor Recipient

Brotherton, Marcus

From one of the fiercest skirmishes of the Vietnam War to years of seclusion in a mountain cave, Medal of Honor recipient, Gary Beikirch has faced more than his fair share of battles and overcome each of them through perseverance and faith. From the National Medal of Honor Museum Recommended Medal of Honor Books

Summoned at Midnight

A Story of Race and the Last Military Executions at Fort Leavenworth

Serrano, Richard A

For those interested in learning about racial discrimination, especially in the military, and in criminal justice, the story of the men executed there who were disproportionately Black. From the Military Times list of top nonfiction about women in combat, racism and rules of war. From the Military Times list of top nonfiction about women in combat, racism and rules of war.

War Flower

My Life After Iraq

King, Brooke

A no-holds-barred account of the reality women face in the war, War Flower pushes back against the stereotypes about women in combat. From the Military Times list of top nonfiction about women in combat, racism and rules of war.