Hailed by many as the greatest war novel of all time and publicly burned by the Nazis for being "degenerate," Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece is an elegant statement on a generation of men destroyed by war. 170 pp.
Loss, trauma, memory and, above all, the ties of family and being Jewish are the elements that weave together this panoramic story. 296 pp.
This is the real war in Vietnam, told without histrionics or self pity. For many years the novel has been a part of the recommended reading list of the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. 344 pp.
In the early colonies, America was on the precipice of becoming an autocratic theocracy. The battle for democracy and equal rights was sparked by a few characters, who are now often forgotten. Theirs is an account of adventure, love and persistence, chronicling those who created the template for America. 316 pp.
An ingenious, tightly woven plot that revolves around the defection of a Soviet nuclear submarine—the USSR's newest and most valuable ship, with its most trusted and skilled officer at the helm. 387 pp.