In human history, no war has been written about more than World War 2. Despite this, books about the period are still being published. Here are 4 releases I can’t wait to read in June 2020.

Marines raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima,Japan. Photo taken by World War 2 war photographer Joe Rosenthal. Image from Flickr.
Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima. Photo taken by World War 2 photographer Joe Rosenthal. Image from Flickr.

World War 2 is the best documented 6 year period in Earth’s history. You may think everything has been written. Yet books continue to get published, with new stories or twists on old ones.

History Book #1: Backing Bletchley by Ronald Koorm

Backing Bletchley, a World War 2 book by Ronald Koorm. Photo from Amazon.
A World War 2 history book by Ronald Koorm.
Photo from Amazon.

The film, The Imitation Game, has told the story of how Alan Turing and his team cracked the German Enigma Code. However, what has not been told is the relationship between Turing and the others. Koorm explores this relationship and the impact of these support stations. This includes during the war and on the development of modern artificial intelligence.

This history book was released June 1.

History Book #2: 40 Thieves on Saipan by Joseph Tachovsky and Cynthia Kraack

40 Thieves on Saipan, a World War 2 book by Joseph Tachovsky and Cynthia Kraack. Photo from Amazon.

A World War 2 History Book by Joseph Tachovsky and Cynthia Kraack.
Photo from Amazon.

In this book, we move to the Pacific Theater of World War 2. Tachovsky’s father, Frank, was the commander of the Scout Sniper Platoon. This group, nicknamed the “40 Thieves”, was the elite of the 6th Marine Regiment.

Tachovsky and Kraak use personal accounts to explain the history of special forces operations in World War 2. In particular, it centers on World War 2’s Operation Forager, the ambitious Allied invasion of Saipan in the Mariana Islands.

This history book was released June 2.

History Book #3: Night of the Assassins by Howard Blum

Night of the Assassins, a World War 2 history book by Howard Blum. Photo from HarperCollins.com
A World War 2 history book by Howard Blum.
Photo from HarperCollins.com

Howard Blum tells the forgotten story of Operation Long Jump. This was a covert plan to kill the “Big 3” of World War II: Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. This was intended to happen when the 3 Allied leaders met at Tehran in 1943. It tells the story of how the plot was uncovered and stopped. Its success would have caused a timeline that forever changed history.

This was released June 2.

History Book #4: Dead Reckoning by Dick Lehr

Dead Reckoning, A World War 2 history book by Dick Lehr
A World War 2 history book by Dick Lehr.
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From a failed attempt to assassinate world leaders to a successful one, we head back to the Pacific. This book focuses on Operation Vengeance, the high-risk trap sprung to assassinate Japanese admiral, Isoroku Yamamoto. He was the planner of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

This book talks about the code-breakers who discovered when and where the admiral could be killed. This led to the trap being set on April 18, 1943 on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea. It tells the stories of the Navy pilots who carried out this dangerous mission and of Admiral Yamamoto himself.

This book will be released on June 9.


World War 2 is the defining period of modern history. Despite how much has been written about it, there are still many aspects yet to be explored. As a result, I doubt historians will run out of things to write about any time soon.