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1.

The last stand of the tin can sailors

by - Hornfischer, James D.
The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour (2005, Bantam)
Description: One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers, creating a microcosm of th ...
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2.

Left for dead

by - Pete Nelson
A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis (2003, Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Description: Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship sank in 14 minutes. More than 1,000 men wer ...
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3.

Blind Man's Bluff

by - Sherry Sontag
The Untold Story Of American Submarine Espionage (1998, PublicAffairs)
Description: Over the course of five years, investigative reporters Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew interviewed hundreds of men who had never spoken about their under ...
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4.

Pacific Crucible

by - Ian W. Toll
War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (2011, W. W. Norton & Company)
Description: The planning, the strategy, the sacrifices and heroics—on both sides—illuminating the greatest naval war in history.On the first Sunda ...
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5.

Ship of Ghosts

by - James D. Hornfischer
The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors (2007, Bantam)
Description: "Son, we’re going to Hell."The navigator of the USS Houston confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course ...
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6.

The Man Who Never Was

by - Montagu, Ewen
World War II's Boldest Counter-Intelligence Operation (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislea ...
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7.

Why the Allies Won

by - Overy, Richard (1997, W W Norton & Co)
Description: This book devotes a chapter to each of the decisive military campaigns of the war. One is entitled "The Battle for the Seas" and deals mostly with t ...
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8.

Enigma

by - Harris, Robert (1996, Random House)
Description: A really good novel dealing with the Enigma code-breaking effort of the Allies at Bletchley Park.
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9.

The Admirals

by - Walter R. Borneman
Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea (2012, Little, Brown and Company)
Description: How history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power. Only four men in American h ...
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10.

Shattered sword

by - Parshall, Jonathan
The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway (2007, Potomac Books Inc.)
Description: Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, ...
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11.

US Submarines 1941-45

by - Jim Christley (2006, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Naval warfare in the Pacific changed completely with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The strategic emphasis shifted from battleships to m ...
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12.

Wahoo

by - O'Kane, Richard H.
The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine (1996, Presidio Press)
Description: Dick O’Kane’s classic memoir of his early war days on board USS Wahoo in five patrols under Pinky Kennedy and Mush Morton. First published 1987.
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13.

Cryptonomicon

by - Stephenson, Neal (1999, Avon Books)
Description: This is a high-tech novel which has its roots in WWII German U-boats and crypto technologies. Roughly half the book takes place in WWII with the rest ...
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14.

British Battleships of World War One

by - R. A. Burt (2012, Naval Institute Press)
Description: This new edition of a classic work on British battleships is the most sought after book on the subject. Containing many new photographs from the autho ...
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15.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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16.

Operation Storm

by - John Geoghegan
Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (2013, Crown)
Description: The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of t ...
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17.

Iron Coffins

by - Werner, Herbert A.
A Personal Account of the German U-Boat Battles of World War II (2002, Da Capo Press)
Description: Herbert A. Werner was the Commander of U-415 and U-953. This book tells the story of his wartime career, including his service on U-557 and U-230 as w ...
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18.

The Ship that Held the Line

by - Rose, Lisle Abbott
The USS Hornet and the First Year of the Pacific War (2002, Naval Institute Press)
Description: The American fleet aircraft carrier Hornet is widely acknowledged for the contributions she made to the war effort. The Doolittle Raid, launched from ...
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19.

German U-Boat Type XXI

by - Breyer, Siegfried (1999, Schiffer Military/Aviation History, Atglen)
Description: The German U-boat Type XXI was a revolutionary marvel at the time of its development, close to the end of World War II. This book covers the history l ...
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20.

The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 1918

by - Lake, Deborah (2002, Leo Cooper/ Pen and Sword Books)
Description: This book covers the naval war between the units of the German Marinekorps Flandern and the British Navy in 1917-1918 in the North Sea and Channel, an ...
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21.

Last Dive

by - Chowdhury, Bernie
A Father and Son's Fatal Descent into the Ocean's Depths (2000, Harpercollins)
Description: The story of the death of two divers while diving on a sunken German U-boat (U-869) off the US east coast. The U-boat is almost incidental, but reade ...
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22.

Battle of Wits

by - Budiansky, Stephen
The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II (2000, The Free Press, New York)
Description: Comprehensive overview of British and American codebreaking activities in World War II, starting off with a look at WWI and between-wars intelligence; ...
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23.

When Duty Whispers Low

by - Gobbell, John J. (2002, St. Martin's Press)
Description: It’s 1943 and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake is the Allies’ newly won Guadalcanal ...
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24.

British battleships 1939-45 (2)

by - Konstam, Angus
Nelson and King George V classes (2009, Osprey Publishing)
Description: With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy was at the forefront of her defence with her fleet of battleships as her main striking force. ...
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25.

US fast battleships 1936-47

by - Lawrence Burr
The North Carolina and South Dakota classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: This volume details the design, construction, and operation of the first six of the ten US fast battleships, two of the North Carolina class and four ...
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26.

U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Lüth

by - Vause, Jordan (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A study of the highly-decorated and controversial U-boat commander. First published 1992.
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27.

US fast battleships 1938-91

by - Lawrence Burr
The Iowa Class (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: In 1938, the United States abandoned the constraints imposed by the Washington Treaty and began work on a new class of super-battleships. This book co ...
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28.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

by - Friedman, Norman
An Illustrated Design History (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
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29.

Torpedo Junction

by - Hickam, Homer
U-Boat War on America's East Coast (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A fairly well-written book about Operation Drumbeat and its aftermath. One troubling thing is that after each report on U-boat sinking a ship the auth ...
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30.

Between Human and Machine

by - David A. Mindell
Feedback, Control and Computing before Cybernetics (2002, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4363.)
Description: Although not dealing directly nor exclusively with naval warfare, the book is interesting insofar as it describes in detail the history and developme ...
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