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1.

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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2.

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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3.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

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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7.

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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8.

Requiem for Battleship Yamato

by - Yoshida, Mitsuru and Richard H. Minear (Translator), Mitsuru Yoshida (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The history and eventual demise of this largest battleship ever built. Originally published 1985.
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9.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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10.

The Burning Shore

by - Ed Offley
How Hitler's U-Boats Brought World War II to America (2014, Basic Books)
Description: The untold story of two men—an American pilot and a German U-boat commander—whose clash off the coast of North Carolina brought the horrors of Wor ...
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11.

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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12.

Escape from the deep

by - Kershaw, Alex
A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew (2008, Da Capo Press)
Description: The adrenaline-soaked story of nine men who fought the Japanese from America's deadliest submarine, survived its sinkage, and endured months of brutal ...
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13.

South pacific destroyer

by - Russell Sydnor Crenshaw Jr.
The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf (2009, Naval Institute Press)
Description: Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers readers a unique insider's perspective fro ...
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14.

Another Place, Another Time

by - Hirschmann, Werner
A U-Boat Officer's Wartime Album (2011, Robin Brass Studio/Chatham/US Naval Institute)
Description: A combination personal memoir and wartime diaries of the LI on U-190 which contains more than 150 photos of his wartime naval service. Also included a ...
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15.

Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

by - Fuchida, Mitsuo (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Very interesting story of the battle from the Japanese point of view. The foreword is written by Admiral Spruance and the introduction by Admiral Nobu ...
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16.

Every Other Day

by - Lucas, George Blanchard
Letters from the Pacific (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
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17.

Thunder Below!

by - Fluckey, Eugene B.
The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II (1992, University of Illinois Press)
Description: Covering the 5 patrols of USS Barb in the Pacific, written by her commander of the time, one of the highest decorated Naval Officers of the US Navy.
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18.

Battleship Musashi

by - Yoshimura, Akira
The Making and Sinking of the World's Biggest Battleship (1999, Kodansha International)
Description: Admiral lsoroku Yamamoto, the man who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor, said that the three great follies of the world were the Great Wall of China, ...
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19.

Neutral Shores

by - Mark McShane
Ireland and the Battle of the Atlantic (2012, Mercier Press)
Description: This is the story of how neutral Ireland offered a lifeline to hundreds of survivors from the Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War. Many mer ...
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20.

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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21.

Spadefish

by - Moore, Stephen L.
On Patrol With a Top-scoring World War II Submarine (2007, Atriad Press)
Description: Essentially a biography of a submarine with the records of missions, crews, personal stories of crew members, pictures, and a discussion of the boat's ...
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22.

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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23.

Splinter Fleet

by - Treadwell, Theodore R.
The Wooden Subchasers of World War II (2000, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A firsthand account of life aboard the tough 110-foot subchasers that went up against the U-boats.
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24.

A tale of two subs

by - Jonathan J. McCullough
An Untold Story of World War II, Two Sister Ships, and Extraordinary Heroism (2009, Grand Central Publishing)
Description: On November 19, 1943, the submarine USS Sculpin, under attack by the Japanese, slid below the waves for the last time in what would become one of the ...
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25.

Naval Firepower

by - Norman Friedman
Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era (2013, Seaforth Publishing)
Description: For more than half a century the big gun was the arbiter of naval power, but it was useless if it could not hit the target fast and hard enough to pre ...
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26.

Enterprise

by - Barrett Tillman
America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II (2012, Simon & Schuster)
Description: Pearl Harbor . . . Midway . . . Guadalcanal . . . The Marianas . . . Leyte Gulf . . . Iwo Jima . . . Okinawa. These are just seven of the twenty battl ...
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27.

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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28.

The Cruel Sea

by - Monsarrat, Nicholas (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The story is about convoy escorts, first aboard the corvette H.M.S. Compass Rose, and later on the frigate H.M.S. Saltash. The story follows the men o ...
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29.

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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30.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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