20th Century > 1940s

    1942 by Winston Groom

The Year That Tried Men's Souls. On December 6, 1941, an unexpected attack on American territory pulled an unprepared country into a terrifying new brand of warfare. Novelist and popular historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the story of America's first year in World War II. To the generation of Americans who lived through it, the Second World War was the defining event of the twentieth century, and the defining events of that war were played out in the year 1942.

Year: 2004
Genre: 1940sWorld War II

    Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, Lionel Essrog is an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original, captivating homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.

Year: 1999
Genre: 1940sConspiracyPrivate Eye

    Summer of '49 by David Halberstam

With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize-winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition.

Year: 1989
Genre: 1940sBaseball

    The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway

In this definitive collection of Ernest Hemingway's short stories, readers will delight in the author's most beloved classics such as The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Hills Like White Elephants, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, and will discover seven new tales published for the first time in this collection. For Hemingway fans The Complete Short Stories is an invaluable treasure.

Genre: 1930s1940s

    The Einstein Prophecy by Robert Masello

As war rages in 1944, young army lieutenant Lucas Athan recovers a sarcophagus excavated from an Egyptian tomb. Shipped to Princeton University for study, the box contains mysteries that only Lucas, aided by brilliant archaeologist Simone Rashid, can unlock. These mysteries may, in fact, defy--or fulfill--the dire prophecies of Albert Einstein himself.

Year: 2015
Genre: 1940sHistoricalThriller

    The Reckoning by John Grisham

Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, and committed a shocking crime. Pete's only statement about it--to the sheriff, to his lawyers, to the judge, to the jury, and to his family--was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

Year: 2018
Genre: 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II

    World Gone by by Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane delivers a psychologically, morally complex novel of blood, crime, passion, and vengeance, set in Cuba and Ybor City, Florida, during World War II, in which Joe Coughlin must confront the cost of his criminal past and present.

Year: 2015
Genre: 1940s

 

TitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

1942 Winston Groom 1940sWorld War II
Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem 1940sConspiracyPrivate Eye, New York City
Summer of '49 David Halberstam 1940sBaseball
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway 1930s1940s
The Einstein Prophecy Robert Masello 1940sHistoricalThriller
The Reckoning John Grisham 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II
World Gone by Dennis Lehane Coughlin1940s