With that said, I also agree with Bushy about the importance of the human perspective. Not just the soldier but also the civilians of war-zones and even those left behind in non-war areas, which for the most part, the US was in WWII.
If done correctly, it can add depth to history and does it a service by giving the reader a perspective that he may not have considered. When done incorrectly, it makes a farce of the historical subject.
Bullitt mentions The Killer Angels which is an incredible book. It is fictional but based on fact. It takes the historical record and brings it to life using the actual people from history. Yes there is some artistic license because the author puts worth into the mouths of Lee, Chamberlain and Longstreet among others, but he researched the men through their own words and was true to their actual character.
The problem is that more often than not, artistic license crosses the line and you get something like the movie Titanic. I have always found the subject extremely interesting and looked forward to the movie but couldn't have hated it more. A classic case of what WF mentioned.
So for the most part, I will read the type of book that Warfish prefers but if I do hear that something is done as well as The Killer Angels, it won't keep me from reading it.