Gerhard Weinberg’s WWII Reading List

Illustration by Michael Caplanis
Illustration by Michael Caplanis

The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945–1958
Atrocity, Law, and History

Hilary Earl (2009)
“A most interesting and carefully done study of the only Nuremberg trial in which the Holocaust was central.”

Tapping Hitler’s Generals
Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942–1945

Sönke Neitzel, ed. (2007)
“You get a real sense of what Germany’s World War II generals actually knew and thought.”

Missiles for the Fatherland
Peenemünde, National Socialism, and the V-2 Missile

Michael B. Petersen (2009)
“A new and entirely original examination of an often misunderstood aspect of Nazi Germany.”

Panzer Pioneer or Myth Maker?

Russell A. Hart (2006)
“Finally, a reliable work on the author of highly unreliable memoirs.”

Erich Raeder
Admiral of the Third Reich

Keith Bird (2006)
“America’s key expert on Germany’s World War II navy offers a balanced account of its long-term leader.”

Command of Honor
General Lucian Truscott’s Path to Victory in World War II

H. Paul Jeffers (2008)
“It is about time for a good book about one of this country’s outstanding World War II leaders.”

Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?
The Transformation of Modern Europe

James J. Sheehan (2008)
“A thoughtful look at a dramatic but barely noticed change in Europe since 1945.”

“I like to read—and occasionally reread—Louis L’Amour and Agatha Christie, unless deep in a work on ancient Egypt or out West looking for petrified wood.”

Weinberg, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of several seminal military history books, including A World at Arms (1995) and Visions of Victory (2005), won the 2009 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement.

This article originally appeared in the November 2009 issue of World War II magazine.

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  1. Carol Rose Offutt

    I would like to submit my book for review and inclusion in your reading list, magazine and website.
    Pleae let me know to whom I should address it.
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    Thank you

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