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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.

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.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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5.

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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6.

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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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.

Pandora's Curse

by - DuBrul, Jack (2001, Onyx Books)
Description: Geologist Philip Mercer joins a mixed group of Americans, Germans, Russians, and others on an expedition to Greenland to visit an abandoned US Army ba ...
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10.

German U-Boat Bunkers Yesterday and Today

by - Schmeelke, Karl-Heinz and Schmeelke, Michael (1999, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Description: Along with numerous photographs of the bunkers in use and their structures, this book also offers schematics of the layout of some of the larger U-boa ...
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11.

Torpedoes in the Gulf

by - Wiggins, Melanie (1995, Texas A&M University Press)
Description: This book covers the period 1942-43 when U-boats sank 56 merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico. The book includes personal recollections of both U.S. ...
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12.

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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13.

Attack and Sink!

by - Edwards, Bernard
The Battle for Convoy SC42 (1995, New Guild)
Description: The story of the battle between convoy SC-42 and the Markgraf group wolfpack is told in detail from both sides of the conflict. U-82, U-98, U-207 and ...
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14.

On seas contested

by - Vincent O'Hara
The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War (2010, Naval Institute Press)
Description: An international team of naval historians and scholars, including John Jordan (France), Peter Schenk with Karsten Klein, Dr. Axel Niestle, Dieter Thom ...
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15.

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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16.

German Commerce Raider vs British Cruisers (Duel)

by - Robert Forczyk (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: During World War II, the Kriegsmarine armed a number of merchant vessels with concealed guns and torpedo tubes for surprise attacks against Allied shi ...
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17.

Lone Wolf

by - Mulligan, Timothy P.
The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke (1993, Praeger)
Description: The author chose a tricky subject to explore in this work. Henke's personality is difficult to understand from his actions, and the situation is comp ...
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18.

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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19.

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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20.

Queen Mary and the Cruiser

by - Thomas, David A. and Patrick Holmes
The Curacoa Disaster (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A new analysis of the facts behind the October 1942 incident in which the passenger liner Queen Mary, acting as a troopship, overran her escort, the l ...
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21.

Hitler's Grey Wolves

by - Paterson, Lawrence
U-boats in the Indian Ocean (2004, Greenhill Books)
Description: Next to nothing has been written about the U-boat war in the Indian Ocean. This is the story of a forgotten campaign. The battle began in August 1943, ...
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22.

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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23.

Last Year of the Kriegsmarine

by - Tarrant, V.E. (1994, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A really well-written book covering all aspects of the German Navy in the last year of WWII. Includes details on U-boats, surface ships and the midget ...
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24.

Death on the Hellships

by - Michno, Gregory F.
Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Fully documents the scope of the allied POW ordeal on the Japanese ships that moved them from island to island for work in World War II.
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25.

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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26.

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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27.

The Saint and The Sparrow, The Sinking of U-309

by - Skinner, Richard W. (2003, Historic Military Press)
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28.

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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29.

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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30.

Battle of Surigao Strait

by - Anthony P. Tully
Twentieth-Century Battles (2009, Indiana University Press)
Description: Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at ni ...
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