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    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 Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both L.A. cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl’s twisted life.

Year: 1987
Genre: 1940sCrime FictionLos Angeles

    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


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-- -- -- --2004 1942 Winston Groom 1940sWorld War II
-- -- -- --1999 Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem 1940sConspiracyPrivate Eye, New York City
-- -- -- --1989 Summer of '49 David Halberstam 1940sBaseball
-- -- -- --1987 The Black Dahlia James Ellroy L.A. Quartet1940sCrime FictionLos Angeles
-- -- -- -- The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Ernest Hemingway 1930s1940s
-- -- -- --2015 The Einstein Prophecy Robert Masello 1940sHistoricalThriller
-- -- -- --2018 The Reckoning John Grisham 1940sCourtroom DramaSouthern GothicWorld War II
-- -- -- --2015 World Gone by Dennis Lehane Coughlin1940s