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1.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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7.

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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8.

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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9.

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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10.

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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11.

Sunderland Squadrons of WWII

by - Lake, Jon
Combat Aircraft #19 (2000, Stackpole Books)
Description: The elegant Sunderland was the RAF's staple maritime patrol aircraft throughout WW2. Crucial in the Battle of the Atlantic, the Sunderland was instru ...
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12.

The Boat

by - Buchheim, Lothar-Günther (1999, Orion Military)
Description: This well-known novel, stemming from the author's experiences as a war correspondent on U-96, describes a single U-boat patrol from beginning to end. ...
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13.

Crossing the Line

by - Kernan, Alvin B.
A Bluejacket's World War II Odyssey (1994, United States Naval Inst.)
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14.

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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15.

Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials

by - Taylor, Telford (1992, Knopf New York)
Description: As the former American chief prosecutor, second in line to Judge Jackson, the author next to Göring et al. deals at length with the very complex pers ...
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16.

The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign

by - Lundstrom, John B.
Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942 (1993, United States Naval Inst.)
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17.

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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18.

Submarines of the Russian and Soviet Navies, 1718-1990

by - Polmar, Norman and Noot, Jurrien (1991, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Comprehensive survey of the Russian and Soviet submarine development and operations from 1718 to the present.
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19.

Wolf

by - Vause, Jordan (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: "A balanced examination of the image of a U-Boat skipper. Whilst it may be criticised by some, this book is a valuable contribution to the published ...
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20.

Carrier Warfare in the Pacific

by - Wooldridge, E.T. and John B. Conally
An Oral History Collection (1999, Smithsonian Institution Press)
Description: Capturing the times when lives and victory were in peril, this book records the exploits of the men who fought in WWII in the air and on the sea, incl ...
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21.

The Liberation of the Philippines

by - Morison, Samuel Eliot
Luzon, Mindanao, the Visayas 1944-1945 (History of Unted States Naval Operations in World War Ii, Volume 13) (2001, Book Sales)
Description: After crushing Japanese naval power in the Pacific at Leyte Gulf, the U.S. moved to liberate the Philippines. Admiral Morison describes a series of am ...
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22.

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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23.

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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24.

The Forgotten Fleet

by - Madsen, Daniel
The Mothball Navy (2000, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: From the publisher: "A pictorial history of the U.S. Navy's mothball fleet, this handsome book takes a rare look at the so-calle ...
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25.

Ships for Victory

by - Lane, Frederic Chapin
A History of Shipbuilding Under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War II (2001, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr)
Description: During World War II, America's shipbuilding industry, mobilized under the U.S. Maritime Commission, set records of production that have never been equ ...
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26.

Sea of Glory

by - Wales, Ken
A Novel Based on the True WWII Story of the Four Chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester (2001, Broadman & Holman Publishers)
Description: In 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German submarine en route to a top-secret radar installation in Greenland. The four Army chaplains ...
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27.

Blood on the Sea

by - Parkin, Robert Sinclair
American Destroyers Lost in World War II (1996, Sarpedon, New York)
Description: This book consists of a series of 71 short histories, in chronological order, one for each of the American destroyers which were lost during WWII. Al ...
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28.

A Night before Christmas

by - Sanders, Jacquin (1996, Buccaneer Books, New York)
Description: An excellent account of the sinking of the S.S. Leopoldville on December 24, 1944 by U-486 (Meyer). The best overview of this subject. First published ...
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29.

Can Do!

by - Huie, William Bradford
The Story of the Seabees (Bluejacket Books Series) (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
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30.

The Two-Ocean War

by - Morrison, Samuel Elliot
A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War (1997, Budget Book Service)
Description: A very detailed book about the U.S. Navy in the war of 1939-1945. First published 1964.
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