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These are listings of a wide variety of books about Military Veterans and their experiences. Books are divided into lists appropriate for young people and books more appropriate for adults.  Many of the books are available in local libraries or can be purchased through various on-line outlets or book stores unless otherwise noted.



7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, The – Covey, S.R. (2014).  New York: Simon and Shuster. 

  • Adapted from the New York Times bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this is the ultimate teenage success guide. (Teens)

A Home for Heroes: The History of the Dayton Veterans Administration – Curt Dalton (2017).  Dayton, OH: Children’s Historical Publishing

  • In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Dayton VA Medical Center, discover through vintage photographs how the Dayton VA campus began in 1867 as one of the three original VA sites and became the historic landmark to house the U.S. National History Center today.  (

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops - Jill Biden, Raúl Colón (Illustrator) (2012).  New York: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

  • Inspired by her own granddaughter the author tells a story through a child’s eyes of what family life is like when a parent is at war across the world. (5-8 yrs.)

Journey Through the Unified Field – Barlow Col. Cassie B., USAF (ret) and Norrod, Sue Hill, (2019).  Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co, Inc.

  • Young Emma does not believe that she is good at either math or science. However, when she helps her mother at a STEM school over the summer, she soon finds herself using virtual reality to locate and work to save her pilot father when he is taken prisoner in Somalia. A great-grandniece of the Wright Brothers contributes a foreword to this fast-paced adventure. (8-12 yrs.)

Ohio Women in the Military - Kim Villalva. Dayton, OH: Children's Historical Publishing

  • This book addresses the major role of women as a cultural and political force in our nation's military from the Revolutionary War to present day. (

Rifles for Watie – Keith, H, (1957).  New York: Harper Collins Publishers.

  • During the American Civil War, a sixteen-year-old Jefferson Davis Bussey, is caught up in the events of history. (Teens)

Tuskegee Airmen, The – Dayton, OH: Children’s Historical Publishing

  • Follow these daring men as they became heroes in their own time with their brave acts for America during World War II.  This book is based on the true story of the first African-American fighter pilots and ground crews I the U.S. Army Air Corps.  (

What was Pearl Harbor? – Demuth, P. B., John Mantha (Illustrator), (2013).  New York, NY: Penguin Young Readers Group.

  • On December 7, 1941, Japanese war planes appeared out of nowhere to bomb the American base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the United States was propelled into World War II. (8-12 yrs.)

Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? – Smith, S. L., Jake Murray (Illustrator) (2018).  New York, NY: Penguin Young Readers Group.

  • A story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a heroic group of African American military pilots who helped the United States win World War II.  (8-12 Yrs.)

Women in Aviation – Dayton, OH: Children’s Historical Publishing

  • Discover the major role women have played in the history and evolution of aviation.  More than 1,000 women flew in defense of America during WWII.  (



7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The - Covey, S. R. (1989)…  New York: Simon and Schuster.

  • One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, it has captivated readers for nearly three decades.
  • A  version for those 12-17 has been published titled: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

25 Ways to Win with People - Maxwell, J. C. and Parrott, Les, PHD (2005).  Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

  • Twenty-five specific actions readers can take to build positive, healthy relationships.

A genius for war: The German Army and General Staff, 1807-1945 - Dupuy, T. N. (1977). Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

  • This book explores the reasons behind the excellence of German fighting forces.

Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance that Won World War II, The – Groom, W. (2018)… Washington D.C.: National Geographic Partners, LLC

  • Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin--the three iconic and vastly different Allied leaders--aligned to win World War II and created a new world order.

Beyond the Medal: A Journey from Their Hearts to Yours – Lemon, P.C. (1997).  Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing,

  • Heartfelt stories and experiences of our nation's Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Challenge of Command: Reading for Military Excellence, The - Nye, R. H. (1986). New Jersey: Avery Publishing Group Inc.

  • Written to help men and women prepare for positions of command in the American Armed Forces

Dayton VA Medical Center: 150 Years, A Heritage of Healing, The – Kalman, T (2017).  Dayton VA: Dayton VA Medical Center

  • To honor the Dayton VA Medical Center's 150th Anniversary, this book was written to provide a rich historical account of one of the original three "Soldiers Homes" created to serve our nation's Veterans. (Available through American Veterans Heritage Center).

Death Valley: The Summer Offensive, I Corps, August 1969 – Nolan, W.W. (1987).  Novato, CA: Presidio Press.

  • A compelling account of the 1969 Summer Offensive in Vietnam, when the war was almost over--but the fighting still dragged on.

Fixing hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib - James, L. C. (2008). New York: Grand Central Publishing.

  • The story of Abu Ghraib, told by the soldier sent by the Army to restore order and ensure that the abuses that took place there never happen again.

Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima – Bradley, James with Powers, Ron (2000). New York: Bantam Books.

  • Story of the six military members who raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. This book has also been published in a “Young Peoples’ Edition,” suitable for those 12-15 years.

Heroes of the Western Theater: Thirty-Third Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry – Lambert, Lois J. (2008). Milford, OH: Little Miami Publishing

  • The Thirty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry fought disease, capture, and heavy casualties in many notable Civil War battles before heroically volunteering to reenlist.

In Their Honor: The Men Behind the Names of Our Military Installations –Linda Swink (2009). Milford, OH: Little Miami Publishing Company

  • From the earliest days of the founding of this country to the present, forts, camps, barracks, bases, and fields have been named after men who performed heroic deeds, demonstrated civic responsibility, or in some way gave their lives in the defense of our country.

Lincoln On Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times - Phillips, D. T. (1992). New York: Warner Books.

  • A guide to business leadership based on the strategies of Abraham Lincoln focuses on the President's most difficult decisions during the Civil War.

Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant - Grant, U. S. (1885 & 1886). New York: Penguin Books.

  • The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant is an autobiography by Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, focused mainly on his military career.

Rise and Fall of The Third Reich, The - Shirer, W. L. (1959). New York: Simon and Schuster.

  • An examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world.

Stonewall In the Valley - Tanner, R. G. (1976). New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc.

  • The events leading to the famous military episode as well as the military and human implications of “Stonewall” Jackson's courageous and ingenious campaign during the Civil War.

Sun Tzu: The Art of War - Griffith, S. B. (1963). London: Oxford University Press.

  • The principles of war, including those battles in your own life.

They Called Him Doc – Swink, L.D. (2019).  Hamilton, OH: Independently published.

  • The life story of medic Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient and conscientious objector in the Vietnam War.

Treasured Memories of a Civil War Widow – Lambert, L.J. Milford, OH: Little Miami Publishing

  • Treasured Memories is a narrative account based upon a collection of letters written by members of an extended family and brings to life the joys, the challenges, and the sorrows of everyday life during the crisis of war.

West Point Way of Leadership: From Learning Principled Leadership to Practicing It, The. - Donnithorne, L. R. (1993). New York: Doubleday.

  • West Point has bred more CEOs than any business school, and the leadership skills taught there are truly matters of life and death.