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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.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

Wahoo

by - O'Kane, Richard H.
The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine (1996, Presidio Press)
Description: Dick O’Kane’s classic memoir of his early war days on board USS Wahoo in five patrols under Pinky Kennedy and Mush Morton. First published 1987.
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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.

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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9.

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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10.

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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11.

Andrew Jackson Higgins & the Boats That Won World War II

by - Strahan, Jerry E. (1994, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge)
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12.

To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander

by - Von Trapp, Georg (2007, University of Nebraska Press)
Description: Georg Von Trapps enthralling account of his service as a U-Boat commander in WW1, translated by his granddaughter Elizabeth Campbell.
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13.

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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14.

British Battleships, 1919-1945, Revised Edition

by - R. A. Burt (2012, Naval Institute Press)
Description: BRITISH BATTLESHIPS, 1919-1939 is one of the most sought after naval reference books since its original publication in 1993. A masterpiece of research ...
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15.

When Duty Whispers Low

by - Gobbell, John J. (2002, St. Martin's Press)
Description: It’s 1943 and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake is the Allies’ newly won Guadalcanal ...
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16.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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17.

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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18.

Black Flag

by - Paterson, Lawrence
The Surrender of Germany's U-Boat Forces (2009, Zenith Press)
Description: On the eve of Germany's surrender in May 1945, Grossadmiral Karl Dönitz commanded thousands of loyal and active men of the U-boat service. Still full ...
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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.

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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21.

US Submarines 1941-45

by - Jim Christley (2006, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Naval warfare in the Pacific changed completely with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The strategic emphasis shifted from battleships to m ...
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22.

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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23.

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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24.

Forgotten Tragedy

by - Jackson, Carlton
The Sinking of HMT Rohna (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: This book tells the story of British troop transport HMT Rohna, sunk the day after Thanksgiving 1943 in the Indian Ocean by the first successful Germa ...
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25.

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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26.

Athenia Torpedoed

by - Francis M. Carroll
The U-boat Attack That Ignited the Battle of the Atlantic (2012, Naval Institute Press)
Description: Just hours after World War II was declared, Germany struck its first blow, firing without warning on the passenger liner Athenia. The British ship was ...
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27.

U-boote 1935-1945

by - Dalliès-Labourdette, Jean-Philippe
L'histoire des sous-marins de la Kriegsmarine (1996, Histoire & Collections)
Description: This book contains many excellently reproduced photographs, many of which were new to me, including some good shots of U-boat pens. There are also som ...
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28.

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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29.

The War Below

by - James Scott
The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan (2013, Simon & Schuster)
Description: THE WAR BELOW is the riveting story of the submarine force that helped win World War II in the Pacific by ravaging Japan’s merchant fleet and destro ...
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30.

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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