Author: Joseph Heller
Released: 1961
Genre: Satirical, historical fiction

As Joseph Heller's undisputed classic of battlefield fiction, Catch-22, reiterates, war is, indeed, hell. But at least it's also a hell of a lot of fun to read about when conveyed through Heller's vibrant prose and darkly hilarious storytelling. Set amidst the gory horrors of World War II, Catch-22 touches upon the mentally taxing effects of fighting for one's country, but with a keen sense of humor and an unflinching gusto that renders the violence suitably shocking.

Fun Fact: Before he became a professional writer, Heller served as a bombardier during World War II, which inspired Catch-22.