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For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest HemingwayRead about the other entries on the list.
Robert Jordan, fighting on the Republican side in the Spanish civil war, is skilled with explosives and is given the job of blowing up a bridge during the assault on Segovia. He knows the mission will kill him, but succeeds despite one of his own comrades' making off with the detonators.
For Whom the Bell Tolls is among Elmore Leonard's ten favorite books and John McCain's five best books about men in battle.