Bibliography: World War II

This is a select list of standard works on this topic compiled by the staff of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. It is not intended to be an exhaustive bibliography. To find more printed resources on this topic, please search our Online Book Catalog of over 50,000 volumes.

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Author Title

Abbazia, Patrick

Mr. Roosevelt's Navy: The Private War of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, 1939-1942. 

Naval Institute Press, 1975.

Altschuler, Glenn C. and Stuart M. Blumin

The GI Bill: A New Deal for Veterans.

Oxford University Press, 2009.

Asahina, Robert

Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War at Home and Abroad.

Gotham Books, 2006.

Asada, Sadao


Culture Shock and Japanese-American Relations: Historical Essays

University of Missouri Press, 2007.

Atkinson, Rick


The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944

Henry Holt, 2007.

Bailey, Thomas A. and Paul B. Ryan

Hitler vs. Roosevelt: The Undeclared Naval War. 

Free Press, 1979.

Bartholomew-Feis, Dixee R.


The OSS and Ho Chi Minh; Unexpected Allies in the War against Japan

University Press of Kansas, 2006

Beard, Charles A.

President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War, 1941: A Study in Appearances and Realities. 

Yale University Press, 1948

Bennett, Edward M.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory: American-Soviet Relations, 1939-1945.

SR Books, 1990. 

Berthon, Simon

Allies at War: The Bitter Rivalry among Churchill, Roosevelt and de Gaulle. 

Carroll & Graf, 2001.

Beschloss, Michael

The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman, and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945. 

Simon & Schuster, 2002.

Blum, John M.

From the Morgenthau Diaries: Years of War, 1941-1945. 

Houghton Mifflin, 1967.

Breitman, Richard, et al.

U.S. Intelligence and the Nazis.

Cambridge University Press, 2005.


Advocate for the Doomed: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1932-1935

Indiana University Press, 2007


Refugees and Rescue; the Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945

Indiana University Press, 2009

Burns, James M.

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom.

Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1970.

 Butler, Susan, ed.

My Dear Mr. Stalin: The Complete Correspondence Between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph V. Stalin

Yale University Press, 2005.

Capper, Eleanor


"Caroline Ware and the Office of Price Administration: A Case Study of Consumer Politics during the Second World War"

­In Consuming Visions: New Essays on the Politics of Consumption in Modern America edited by Daniel Scroop

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007

Carew, Michael G.

The Power to Persuade: FDR, the Newsmagazines, and Going to War, 1939-1941.

University Press of America, 2005.                   

Casey, Steven

Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War against Nazi Germany

Oxford University Press, 2001.

Charles, Douglas M.


J. Edgar Hoover and the Anti-interventionists: FBI Political Surveillance and the Rise of the Domestic Security, 1939-1945

Ohio State University Press, 2007

Cole, Wayne S.

Roosevelt and the Isolationists, 1932-45.

University of Nebraska Press, 1983.

Connant, Jennet


The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

Simon & Schuster, 2008

Craig, R. Bruce.

Treasonable Doubt: The Harry Dexter White Spy Case.

University Press of Kansas, 2004.

Dallek, Robert

Franklin D. Roosevelt and American Foreign Policy, 1932-1945. 

Oxford University Press, 1995.

Davis, Kenneth S.

FDR, the War President, 1940-1943.

Random House, 2000.

Davis, Michael W.R.


Detroit's Wartime Industry: Arsenal of Democracy 

Arcadia Publishing, 2007

Del Castillo, Richard Griswold


World War II and Mexican American Civil Rights

University of Texas Press, 2008

DePastino, Todd


Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

W.W. Norton, 2008

DeWhitt, Benjamin L.


Records Relating to Personal Participation in World War II: Military Awards and Decorations

National Archives and records Administration, 2007

Divine, Robert A.

Roosevelt and World War II. 

Johns Hopkins Press, 1969.

Doenecke, Justus D.

The Battle against Intervention, 1939-1941. 

Krieger, 1997.


Storm on the Horizon: The Challenge to American Intervention, 1939-1941.

Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

Dwork, Deborah and Robert Jan van Peklt           

Flight from the Reich, Refugee Jews, 1933-1946.

W.W. Norton, 2009.

Edmonds, Robin

The Big Three: Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin in Peace and War. 

Norton, 1991.

Edsel, Robert M.                 

The Monuments Men:  Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.

Center Street, 2009.

Eubank, Keith

Summit at Teheran. 

William Morrow, 1985.

Evans, Richard J.                

The Third Reich at War.

Penguin Press, 2009.

Fehrenbach, T.R.

F.D.R.'s Undeclared War, 1939-1941. 

D. McKay, 1967.

Feis, Herbert

The China Tangle; the American Effort in China from Pearl Harbor to the Marshall Mission. 

Princeton University Press, 1953.


Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin: The War They Waged and the Peace They Sought.

Princeton University Press, 1957.


The Road to Pearl Harbor: The Coming of the War between the United States and Japan

Princeton University Press, 1950.

Ferrell, Robert H.

The Dying President: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1944-1945.

University of Missouri Press, 1998.

Fleming, Thomas J.

The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War within World War II. 

Basic Books, 2001.

Freidel, Frank

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Rendezvous with Destiny. 

Little, 1990.

Friedländer, Saul


The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945

Harper Collins, 2007

Gardiner, Juliet


The Animals' War: Animals in Wartime from the First World War to the Present Day

Portrait in association with the Imperial War Museum, 2006

Goodwin, Doris Kearns

No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Simon & Schuster, 1994.

Gordin, Michael D.


Five Days in August: How World War II Became a Nuclear War

Princeton University Press, 2007

Gordon, Linda and Gary Y. Okihiro


Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment

W.W. Norton, 2006

Graham, Otis L. and Meghan R. Wander, eds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, His Life & Times: An Encyclopedic View. 

G.K. Hall, 1985.

Gunther, John

Roosevelt in Retrospect, a Profile in History. 

Pyramid, 1962.

Hearden, Patrick J.

Roosevelt Confronts Hitler: America's Entry into World War II. 

Northern Illinois University Press, 1986.

Herzstein, Robert E.

Roosevelt and Hitler: Prelude to War. 

Paragon House, 1989.

Higgs, Robert

Depression, War, and Cold War: Studies in Political Economy

Oxford University Press, 2006

Hillstrom, Laurie Collier


The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Omnigraphics, 2009

Hipperson, Carol Edgemon


Radioman: An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and WWII in the Pacific

Thomas Dunne Books, 2008

Hough, Richard A.

The Greatest Crusade: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Naval Wars. 

Morrow, 1986.              

Humes, Edward


Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream

Harcourt, 2006

Jefferson, Robert F.

Fighting for Hope: African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in World War II and Postwar America.

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Johnson, David Alan


Betrayal: The True Story of J. Edgar Hoover and the Nazi Saboteurs Capture during WWII

Hippocrene Books, 2007

Kennedy, David

Freedom from Fear: The American People in World War II.

Oxford University Press, 1999.

Kersten, Andrew E.


Labor's Home Front: The American Federation of Labor during World War II

New York University Press, 2006

Kimball, Warren F.

Churchill & Roosevelt: The Complete Correspondence. 

Princeton University Press, 1984.


Forged in War:  Roosevelt, Churchill and the Second World War. 

W. Morrow, 1996.


Franklin D. Roosevelt and the World Crisis, 1937-1945. 

Heath, 1973.


The Juggler: Franklin Roosevelt as Wartime Statesman. 

Princeton University Press, 1991.

Kinsella, William E.

Leadership in Isolation: FDR and the Origins of the Second World War.

G.K. Hall, 1978.

Langer, William L. and S. Everett Gleason

The Challenge to Isolation, 1937-1940. 

Harper, 1952.


The Undeclared War, 1940-1941. 

Harper, 1953.

Larrabee, Eric

Commander in Chief: FranklinDelanoRoosevelt, His Lieutenants, and      Their War. 

Harper & Row, 1987.

Lash, Joseph P.

Roosevelt and Churchill, 1939-1941: The Partnership that Saved the West.

Norton, 1976.

Layton, Edwin T., et al.

"And I Was There":  Pearl Harbor and Midway - Breaking the Secrets.    

Morrow, 1985.

Loewenheim, Francis, ed.

Roosevelt and Churchill, Their Secret Wartime Correspondence. 

Saturday Review Press, 1975.

Lorenz-Meyer, Martin


Safehaven: The Allied Pursuit of Nazi Assets Abroad

University of Missouri Press, 2007

Malkin, Lawrence


Krueger's Men: The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19

Little, Brown, 2006

Malloy, Sean L.

Atomic Tragedy: Henry L. Stimson and the Decision to Use the Bomb against Japan.

Cornell University Press, 2008.

Melosi, Martin V.

The Shadow of Pearl Harbor: Political Controversy over the Surprise Attack, 1941-1946. 

Texas A&M University Press, 1977.

Miller, Edward S.


Bankrupting the Enemy; the U.S. Financial Siege of Japan before Pearl Harbor

Naval Institute Press, 2007

Millis, Walter

This Is Pearl!  The United States and Japan, 1941. 

W. Morrow, 1947.      

Muller, Eric L.


American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II

University of North Carolina Press, 2007

Mulligan, Timothy P.


World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation (2 vols.)

NARA, 2008

Myers, Helen


Hyde Park and Staatsburg, New York during World War II, 1942-1944

Town of Hyde Park Historical Society, 2008

Ogilvie, Sarah A. and Scott Miller

Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust

University of Wisconsin Press, 2006

Ortiz, Stephen R.

Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill : How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era.

New York University Press, 2010.

O'Sullivan, Christopher

Sumner Welles, Postwar Planning, and the Quest for a New World Order, 1937-1943.

Columbia University Press, 2008.

Pabico, Rufino C.


The Exiled Government: The Philippine Commonwealth in the United States during the Second World War

Humanity Books, 2006

Perlmutter, Amos

FDR and Stalin: A Not So Grand Alliance, 1943-1945. 

University of Missouri Press, 1993.                   

Perry, Mark


Partners in Command: George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower in War and Peace

Penguin Press, 2007

Persico, Joseph E.

Roosevelt's Secret War; FDR and World War II Espionage. 

Random House, 2001.

Prange, Gordon W.

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

McGraw-Hill, 1981.

Reynolds, David

From Munich to Pearl Harbor : Roosevelt's America and the Origins of the Second World War. 

Ivan R. Dee, 2001.                

Roberts, Andrew                 

Masters and Commanders : How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945.

HarperCollins, 2009.

Roberts, Geoffrey


Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953

Yale University Press, 2006

Rodrigues, Luis Nuno


Franklin Roosevelt and the Azores during the Two World Wars

Luso-American Foundation, 2008

Rosen, Robert N.

Saving the Jews: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Holocaust.

Thunder's Mountain Press, 2006.

Rotter, Andrew J.


Hiroshima: The World's Bomb

Oxford University Press, 2008

Saul, Norman E.


Friends or Foes? The United States and Soviet Russia, 1921-1941

University Press of Kansas, 2006

Schmidt, Amy and Gundrun Loehrer


The Mauthausen Concentration CampComplex: World War II and Postwar Records

National Archives and Records Administration, 2008

Schroeder, Paul W.

The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations, 1941. 

Cornell University Press, 1958.

Seib, Philip M.


Broadcasts from the Blitz: How Edward R. Murrow Helped Lead America into War

Potomac Books, 2006

Sherwood, Robert E.

Roosevelt and Hopkins, an Intimate History. 

Harper, 1950.

Smith, Stanley H.

Investigations of the Attack on Pearl Harbor: Index to Government Hearings.

Greenwood Press, 1990.

Spector, Ronald H.

Eagle against the Sun: The American War with Japan.

Free Press, 1985.

Stafford, David

Roosevelt and Churchill: Men of Secrets. 

Overlook Press, 2000.

Stettinius, Edward R.

Roosevelt and the Russians; the Yalta Conference.  

Doubleday, 1949.

Stinnett, Robert B.

Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor

Free Press, 1999.

Stoler, Mark A.

Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance and U.S. Strategy in World War II. 

University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Swift, Will

The Kennedys amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London, 1938-1940.

Smithsonian Books, 2008.

Tanaka, Shelley

Attack on Pearl Harbor: The True Story of the Day America Entered World War II. 

Hyperion Books for Children, 2001.

Tansill, Charles C.

Back Door to War: The Roosevelt Foreign Policy, 1933-1941. 

Henry Regnery, 1952.

Taylor, Myron

Wartime Correspondence between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII. 

Macmillan, 1947.

Thomas, Evan


Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and the Last Naval Campaign, 1941-1945

Simon & Schuster, 2006

Thompson, Peter A.


Pacific Fury: How Australia and Her Allies Defeated the Japanese Scourge

William Heinemann, 2008

Thompson, Robert S.

A Time for War: FranklinDelanoRoosevelt and the Path to Pearl Harbor

Prentice Hall Press, 1991.

Thorne, Christopher G.

Allies of a Kind: The United States, Britain and the War against Japan, 1941-1945

Oxford University Press, 1978. 

Toland, John

Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath. 

Berkley, 1983.


The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. 

Random House, 1970.

U.S. Congress

Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack. 

U.S. Government Printing Office, 1946. (39 volumes)

Vaughan, Hal

FDR's 12 Apostles: The Spies who Paved the Way for the Invasion of North Africa.

Lyons Press, 2006.

Victor, George


The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable

Potomac Books, 2007

Vogel, Steve

The Pentagon: A History: The Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon and  -- to Restore It Sixty Years Later.

Random House, 2007.

von Hassell, Agostino and Sigrid MacRae


Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II

Thomas Dunne Books, 2006

Waddell, Brian

The War against the New Deal: World War II and American Democracy.

Northern Illinois University Press, 2001.

Weinberg, Gerhard L.

A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II. 

Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Weintraub, Stanley

Long Day's Journey into War: December 7, 1941

Dutton, 1991.               


15 Stars: Eisenhower, MacArthur, Marshall: Three Generals Who Saved the American Century

Free Press, 2007

Wilson, Theodore A.

The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941.

University Press of Kansas, 1991.

Wohlstetter, Roberta

Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision. 

Stanford University Press, 1962.

Worth, Roland H., Jr.

Pearl Harbor: Selected Testimonies, Fully Indexed, from the Congressional Hearings (1945-1946) and Prior Investigations of the Events Leading up to the Attack. 

McFarland, 1993.

Wukovits, John

American Commando : Evans Carlson, His WW II Marine Raiders, and America’s First Special Forces Mission.

New American Library, 2009.

Yenne, Bill


Rising Sons: The Japanese American GIs Who Fought for The United States in World War II

Thomas Dunne Books, 2007