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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.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

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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7.

Unrestricted Warfare

by - DeRose, James F.
How a New Breed of Officers Led the Submarine Force to Victory in World War II (2000, John Wiley & Sons)
Description: From Booklist: Focuses on officers associated with the legendary USS Wahoo. Headed by Dudley W. Morton and his executive officer, Richard O'Kane, they ...
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8.

Utmost Savagery

by - Joseph H., Col. Alexander
The Three Days of Tarawa (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Marine combat veteran and award-winning military historian Joseph Alexander takes a fresh look at one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. His ...
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9.

Enterprise

by - Barrett Tillman
America's Fightingest Ship and the Men Who Helped Win World War II (2012, Simon & Schuster)
Description: Pearl Harbor . . . Midway . . . Guadalcanal . . . The Marianas . . . Leyte Gulf . . . Iwo Jima . . . Okinawa. These are just seven of the twenty battl ...
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10.

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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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.

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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13.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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14.

Danger's Hour

by - Kennedy, Maxwell Taylor
The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her (2008, Simon & Schuster)
Description: In the closing months of World War II, Americans found themselves facing a new and terrifying weapon: kamikazes -- the first men to use airplanes as s ...
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15.

Clash of the carriers

by - Barrett Tillman
The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II (2006, NAL Trade)
Description: The true story of one of the greatest and most decisive conflicts in the history of naval warfare-from an award-winning author. In June, 1944, Amer ...
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16.

The Starvation Blockades

by - Hawkins, Nigel
Naval Blockades of WW1 (2002, Leo Cooper)
Description: Fairly balanced account of the British naval blockade of Germany 1914-18 and the German counter-blockade, which culminated in the unrestricted U-boat ...
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17.

Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War

by - Lacroix, Eric and Linton, Ii Wells, Linton Wells II (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
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18.

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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19.

The Terrible Hours

by - Maas, Peter
The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History (1999, Harpercollins)
Description: Describes the incredible rescue of 33 men of the U.S. submarine Squalus, which sank during a test dive off the coast of New England, coming to rest on ...
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20.

USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer

by - Mark Stille
The Pacific 1943 (Duel) (2012, Osprey Publishing)
Description: This book will cover the fierce night naval battles fought after Guadalcanal between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy during late 1943 as th ...
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21.

Operation Storm

by - John Geoghegan
Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (2013, Crown)
Description: The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of t ...
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22.

The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal

by - Ballard, Robert D.
Exploring the Ghost Fleet of the South Pacific (1993, Warner Books)
Description: A book by the famous explorer who was first on many of the world's most famous wrecks and has written extensively about them.
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23.

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

by - Blair, Clay
The Hunted, 1942-1945 (1998, Random House)
Description: This concludes his controversial and massive 2-volume set. See our review for this volume.
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24.

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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25.

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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26.

Boarding Party

by - Leasor, James
The Last Action of the Calcutta Light Horse (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: While primarily about the exploits of the Calcutta Light Horse, a volunteer light cavalry unit in India which was involved in the destruction of an Ax ...
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27.

USN cruiser vs IJN cruiser

by - Mark Stille
Guadacanal 1942 (Duel) (2009, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presen ...
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28.

Illustrated Data Guide to Battleships of World War II

by - Chant, Christopher (compiler) (1997, Chelsea Hs)
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29.

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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30.

Heroes in Dungarees

by - Bunker, John
The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II. (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Focuses on the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II, and provides details of encounters in every part of the globe with Axis vessels and planes, and w ...
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