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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.

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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3.

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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4.

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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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 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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7.

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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8.

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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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.

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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11.

Return to Midway

by - Ballard, Robert D.
The Quest to Find the Yorktown and the Other Lost Ships from the Pivotal Battle of the Pacific War (1999, National Geographic Society)
Description: It has been called "the greatest naval battle since Trafalgar." On June 4, 1942, near a tiny island 1,500 miles from Hawaii, the course of the Pacific ...
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12.

Silent Victory

by - Blair, Clay
The U.S. Submarine War against Japan (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: First published 1975.
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13.

Turning the tide

by - Ed Offley
How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic (2011, Basic Books)
Description: The United States experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor but in the period from 1942 to 1943, in ...
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14.

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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15.

A Blue Water Navy

by - WAB Douglas, R. Sarty, M. Whitby et al.
The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War, 1943-1945, Volume II, Part II (2007, Vanwell Publishing Limited)
Description: Based on extensive research, Blue Water Navy follows the RCN's path to victory from 1943 to 1945 as Canadian warships engage the enemy across the glob ...
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16.

US Destroyers 1942-45

by - Dave McComb
Wartime classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Few if any 20th century warships were more justly acclaimed than the destroyers of the US Navy's Fletcher class. Admired as they were for their advanc ...
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17.

Wolf Pack

by - Williamson, Gordon
The Story of the U-boat in World War II (2005, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Wolf Pack tells the story of the U-bootwaffe in WWII. It covers detailed descriptions of the boats, the men and other various elements of the U-boat ...
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18.

Bacalao

by - McDaniel, J.T. (2004, Riverdale Electronic Books)
Description: This powerful novel follows the crew of the U.S.S. Bacalao from the builder's yard in Connecticut, to the harrowing Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a ...
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19.

Clash of the carriers

by - Barrett Tillman
The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II (2006, NAL Trade)
Description: The true story of one of the greatest and most decisive conflicts in the history of naval warfare-from an award-winning author. In June, 1944, Amer ...
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20.

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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21.

Abandon Ship!

by - Newcomb, Richard F.
The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster (2000, HarperCollins)
Description: Sailing across the Pacific, the battle-scarred heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis had just delivered a secret cargo that would trigger the end of World ...
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22.

The Fighting Liberty Ships

by - Hoehling, Adolph A.
A Memoir (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Originally published 1990.
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23.

U-48

by - Franz Kurowski
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL U-BOAT OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR (2012, Frontline Books)
Description: Following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, Germany was not permitted to build or operate submarines. However clandestine training onbo ...
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24.

German U-Boat Losses During World War II

by - Axel Niestlé
Details of Destruction (2014, Frontline Books)
Description: No other publication on this subject comes even close to including the amount of detail provided in this book. An introduction both summarizes previou ...
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25.

Liberty Ship

by - Cooper, Sherod
The Voyages of the John W. Brown, 1942-1946 (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
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26.

U-Boat Attack Logs

by - Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
A Complete Record of Warship Sinkings from Original Sources, 1939-1945 (2012, )
Description: During WWII over 250 Allied warships from a dozen navies were sunk by German U-boats. This groundbreaking study of 110 vessels provides a detailed ana ...
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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.

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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29.

Fighting Admirals

by - Stephen, Martin
British Admirals of the Second World War (1991, United States Naval Inst.)
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30.

Hirschfeld

by - Brooks, Geoffrey told by Wolfgang Hirschfeld
The Story of a U-boat NCO, 1940-1946 (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The story of Wolfgang Hirschfeld, whose diaries Geoffrey Brooks has translated. The principal chapters describe his experiences during six war patrols ...
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