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1.

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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2.

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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3.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

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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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.

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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9.

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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10.

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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11.

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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12.

The Devil's Device

by - Gray, Edwyn
Robert Whitehead and the History of the Torpedo (1991, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: First published 1975.
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13.

The Tragic Fate of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

by - Lech, Raymond B. (2001, Cooper Square Press)
Description: On July 29, 1945, four days after delivering the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed and sunk. of the 1,199 me ...
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14.

Ordeal by Sea

by - Helm, Thomas
The Tragedy of the U.S.S Indianapolis (2001, Signet)
Description: July 30, 1945: The heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk by a torpedo. 1,196 men went into the water. When rescue arrived five days later, only 3 ...
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15.

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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16.

Code Name Caesar

by - Jerome Preisler
The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 During World War II (2012, Berkley Caliber)
Description: As the Allies pressed forward both in Europe and the Pacific in the waning days of World War II, a little-known battle took place under the frozen sea ...
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17.

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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18.

The Naked Warriors

by - Francis Douglas, Cdr. Fane
The Story of the U.S. Navy's Frogmen (Naval Institute Special Warfare Series) (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Unarmed, underwater, under fire-they went to war, and began the legend of the navy seals. Facing a fanatical, dug-in enemy in Europe and in the Pac ...
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19.

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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20.

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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21.

200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten

by - Robinson, C. Snelling (1999, Kent State Univ Pr)
Description: In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl H ...
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22.

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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23.

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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24.

The Code Book

by - Singh, Simon
The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking (1999, Fourth Estate)
Description: A superb book on the history of cryptography (including, of course, the Enigma machine), from the ancient Greeks right up to the modern alphabet soup: ...
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25.

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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26.

Struggle for the middle sea

by - O'Hara, Vincent P.
The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940-1945 (2009, Naval Institute Press)
Description: The Mediterranean Sea was the most intensely contested body of water in World War II. As the maritime crossroads where Europe, Asia, and Africa meet, ...
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27.

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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28.

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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29.

Raiders of the Deep

by - Thomas, Lowell (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Mr. Thomas wrote this book in the early 1920s, traveling to Germany to interview many of the U-boat skippers and crews from the Kaiser's U-boat fleet. ...
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30.

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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