Inspiring WWII Stories for Fans of DUNKIRK

Moviegoers who want to stay steeped in the deliciously overwhelming feelings they had watching Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk will find plenty of tales of grit, despair, inspiration, and insurmountable odds while browsing the 940.53s. Librarians can save them a little time and look like heroes themselves by handselling these other retellings of epic events. (And, don’t forget to put military history buffs on the waiting list for Michael Korda’s fall release, Alone: Britain, Dunkirk, and Defeat in Victory.)

 After Dunkirk, by Milena McGraw

The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen, and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II, by Judith M. Heimann

At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Mariners Turned the Tide of World War II, by Sam Moses

The Battle of the Atlantic, by Jonathan Dimbleby

The Cruel Sea, by Nicholas Monsarrat

Dunkirk, by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain, by Tim Clayton

 The Last Stand of the Tin-Can Soldiers: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy’s Finest Hour, by James Hornfischer

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand


About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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