This odd little book from 1995 is actually a bibliographic essay by a respected historian of the books he finds noteworthy about the Second World War. He breaks them down by general, campaign, biography, and so forth, and in the process talks about some of the controversies of the war that continue to be fought out in books. While some books are expected, many are not. For example, Walter Lord's Incredible Victory doesn't make the cut – in fact none of his do – while a book I had never heard of (okay, I have a copy and have been meaning to read it, but only as a Pacific War completist) Crossing the Line, did. I found that the book was available as an ancient audiobook and started listening to it immediately – and was absolutely blown away. Looking forward very much to posting about it.
But a very useful book for checking the contents of your WW II bookshelves. But in the spirit, here are my additions – again, leaning Pacific:
Incredible Victory – Walter Lord
Goodbye Darkness – William Manchester
WWII – James Jones