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1.

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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2.

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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3.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

by - Blair, Clay
The Hunted, 1942-1945 (1998, Random House)
Description: This concludes his controversial and massive 2-volume set. See our review for this volume.
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7.

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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8.

In Harm's Way

by - Stanton, Doug
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors (2001, Henry Holt & Company, Inc.)
Description: The story of the sinking of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis by the japanese submarine I-58 on 29 July 1945. The book then describes the terrible af ...
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9.

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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10.

US Destroyers 1934-45

by - Dave McComb
Pre-war classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: o conform to the 1930 London Naval Treaty, plus the successor 1,570-ton Sims class and the first-commissioned 1,620- and 1,630-tonners of the Benson a ...
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11.

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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12.

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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13.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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14.

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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15.

British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45 (New Vanguard)

by - Angus Konstam (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: With war against Germany looming, Britain pushed forward its carrier program in the late 1930s. In 1938, the Royal Navy launched the HMS Ark Royal, it ...
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16.

Hitler's U-boat War

by - Blair, Clay
The Hunters, 1939-1942 (1996, Random House)
Description: This first volume of Blair's massive and controversial work covers the U-boat war 1939-1942.
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17.

Pacific War Diary, 1942-1945

by - Fahey, James J. (1992, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston)
Description: This book is written from a private diary of an ordinary US sailor written in secret. Includes several naval engagements he fought in.
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18.

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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19.

The Boat

by - Buchheim, Lothar-Günther (1999, Orion Military)
Description: This well-known novel, stemming from the author's experiences as a war correspondent on U-96, describes a single U-boat patrol from beginning to end. ...
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20.

H.M. Corvette

by - Monsarrat, Nicholas (2001, Cassell Academic)
Description: A wartime account of the author's experiences in a British corvette on convoy duty in the North Atlantic and in the Mediterranean. In spite of the fa ...
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21.

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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22.

Memoirs

by - Dönitz, Karl
Ten Years and Twenty Days (1997, Da Capo Press)
Description: Written by himself about his time as Commander-in-Chief U-boats (10 years) and as the last head of state of the Third Reich (20 days).
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23.

Jutland 1916

by - London, Charles
Clash of the dreadnoughts (2000, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: The only major fleet engagement of World War I (1914-1918), the Battle of Jutland (1916) has been surrounded by controversy ever since. The British pu ...
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24.

Danger's Hour

by - Kennedy, Maxwell Taylor
The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her (2008, Simon & Schuster)
Description: In the closing months of World War II, Americans found themselves facing a new and terrifying weapon: kamikazes -- the first men to use airplanes as s ...
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25.

Tin Can Sailor

by - Calhoun, C. Raymond
Life aboard the USS Sterett, 1939-1945 (1993, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The author was a junior officer on the destroyer USS Sterett from 1939 to 1943. The Sterett participated in operations all over the world, including t ...
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26.

The Bravest Man

by - William Tuohy
Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang (2006, Presidio Press)
Description: “There’s no margin for mistakes in submarines. You’re either alive or dead.”–Richard O’KaneHailed as the ace of aces, captain Richard O’ ...
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27.

The Bismarck Chase

by - Winklareth, Robert J.
New Light on a Famous Engagement (1998, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A new analysis of the facts concerning the battle between the British and German forces off the coast of Greenland and the subsequent destruction of t ...
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28.

The Big E

by - Stafford, Edward Peary
The Story of the USS Enterprise (2002, Naval Institute Press)
Description: One of the more famous aircraft carrier names to emerge from WWII.
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29.

Struggle for the middle sea

by - O'Hara, Vincent P.
The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940-1945 (2009, Naval Institute Press)
Description: The Mediterranean Sea was the most intensely contested body of water in World War II. As the maritime crossroads where Europe, Asia, and Africa meet, ...
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30.

Business in Great Waters

by - Terraine, John
The U-boat Wars, 1916-1945 (1997, Trans-Atlantic Publications, Inc.)
Description: Covers U-boat warfare from 1916-45. A good meaty book, extensive referencing and bibliography. Originally published 1989; simultaneously published as ...
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