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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.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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4.

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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5.

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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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.

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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8.

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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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.

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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11.

Eight Survived

by - Douglas A. Campbell
The Harrowing Story of the USS Flier and the Only Downed World War II Submariners to Survive and Evade Capture (2010, Lyons Press)
Description: The incredible wartime saga of the only American submarinersto survive the sinking of their ship and evade enemy capture in WWII On the night of Augu ...
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12.

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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13.

Clear The Bridge!

by - O'Kane, Richard
The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang (1997, Presidio Press)
Description: The captain of the USS Tang describes in detail the tours of duty on board his submarine.
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14.

The Raft

by - Trumbull, Robert
The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea (1992, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Experiences of three downed U.S. Navy flyers, H.F. Dixon, Tony Pastula, and Gene Aldrich, who spent 34 days on a rubber raft in the Pacific, as told b ...
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15.

Fighting Amphibs

by - Ball, Donald L.
The LCS(L) in World War II (1997, Mill Neck Pub)
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16.

The Kaiser's Pirates

by - Walter, John
German Surface Raiders in World War One (1994, United States Naval Inst.)
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17.

War At Sea: A Naval History of World War II

by - Miller, Nathan (1995, Simon & Schuster)
Description: This is a general look at naval warfare in WWII. Includes excellent bibliography for further reading. Also, covers over 50 U-boats and discussion of ...
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18.

Fuehrer Conferences on Naval Affairs, 1939-1945

by - Showell, Jak P. Mallmann (1991, United States Naval Inst.)
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19.

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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20.

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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21.

Combined Fleet Decoded

by - Prados, John
The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The most authoritative and revealing examination yet of the way intelligence--of all kinds--was instrumental in defeating Japan. Prados gives a new pi ...
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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.

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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24.

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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25.

The Fleet the Gods Forgot

by - Winslow, W. G.
The U.S. Asiatic Fleet in World War II (Bluejacket Books) (1994, United States Naval Inst.)
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26.

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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27.

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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28.

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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29.

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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30.

Fatal Dive

by - Peter F. Stevens
Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion (2012, Regnery History)
Description: Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F. Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery ...
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