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In Andrew Gross's new book, the historical thriller The One Man, physicist Alfred Mendl is imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. Thousands of miles away, intelligence officer Nathan Blum is given the assignment to try to break Mendl out, and with him, the information to help win the war for the Allies.

 

Here, Andrew Gross presents a list of his favorite books on WWII that deal with the Holocaust. And don't miss Andrew Gross's CFA Master Class on October 18th. Click here for more information and to sign up. 

 


 

Schindler’s List

by Thomas Keneally

 

Predating Steven Spielberg’s famous movie (and originally published as Schindler's Ark), here is the origin of the famous savior of hundreds of Jewish workers in Krakow—a flawed, dissolute, philandering “businessman” who engages in a battle of conscience against his self-destructive instincts and the lure of money and esteem. Fortunately conscience wins out.

 


 

The Odessa File

by Frederick Forsythe

 

Both a gripping thriller of a reporter’s undercover efforts to penetrate and expose the secret Nazi organization ODESSA that hid those who perpetrated the Final Solution, and a son’s search for his father. The moment when Miller confronts ex-commandant Roschmann with a picture of his father is, for me, one of those reasons I wanted to become a writer. I always thought it was the stronger book than Day of the Jackal.

 


 

Sophie's Choice

by William Styron


Styron’s canvas is a writer’s life in Brooklyn during the 1950’s, but the real moral tableau is the conflicted, turbulent world of Sophie Zawistowska’s hidden past. Her confession to Stingo of what she had to do in Auschwitz to survive is some of the saddest, most compelling reading ever. To me this is ultimately a book about judgment and shame, and how you can never know someone enough to judge them for what they do.

 


 

Marathon Man

by William Goldman

 

A second book about a son’s search for his father. Peeling back the onion of his family’s past which leads to a secret organization to repatriate Nazi war criminals, this set back the profession of dentistry for 20 years!

 

 


 

The Wind Chill Factor

by Thomas Gifford

 

Another reporter’s effort to confront his concealed past, but even more harrowing. Paranoia and conspiracy meet head-on as everything John Cooper knew and counted on is found to be a lie. A venerable, aristocratic Minnesota family are the intellectual descendents of the Third Reich, set to build The Fourth one in the U.S. Like all good conspiracy novels, the stakes just keep getting wider and wider in this one....

 


 

Mila 18

by Leon Uris

 

The stirring story of resistance and passion amid the Warsaw ghetto, which is reduced to rubble as a brave squad of young resistance fighters stay and battle the Nazis to their end.... Everyone should read it.

 


 

City of Thieves

by David Benioff

 

Okay, not directly tied to the Holocaust in any way, but I can’t leave off David Benioff’s funny, tragic, compelling novel. It features two likeable young thieves who are about to be executed in war-ravaged Leningrad, searching for two eggs for the Commandant’s daughter’s wedding. One of my favorite novels ever.

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Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Everything to Lose, No Way Back, 15 Seconds, Eyes Wide Open, Reckless, Don't Look Back, The Dark Tide, and The Blue Zone. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His latest novel, The One Man, is a World War II thriller published in August of this year by Minotaur Books.

 

 


 

 

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The One Man

 

 

Schindler's List

 

 

The Odessa File

 

 

Sophie's Choice

 

 

Marathon Man

 

 

The Wind Chill Factor

 

 

Mila 18

 

 

City of Thieves