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5 fascinating World War II novels

A collection of five fascinating novels about World War II.

- Megan Wasson

City of Thieves, by David Benioff, Plume, 272 pp.

2. City of Thieves, by David Benioff

Benioff's tale of two Russian soldiers during the siege of Leningrad is equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. Lev and Kolya, both Russian prisoners, are given a chance to win their freedom if they find a dozen eggs for a Soviet colonel to use to make his daughter's wedding cake. In a city under siege, eggs are impossible to find, and the pair has to take a dangerous journey behind enemy lines, running into an eccentric cast of supporting characters, including a full brothel and a tiny, fierce female resistance sniper.

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