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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.

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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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.

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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5.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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6.

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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7.

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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8.

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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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.

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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11.

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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12.

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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13.

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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14.

Thunder Point

by - Higgins, Jack (1994, Berkley Publishing Group)
Description: Story of a British intelligence agent diving on a mysterious U-boat found in the Caribbean. The commander’s briefcase, believed to hold incriminatin ...
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15.

The Last Big-Gun Naval Battle

by - Sauer, Howard
The Battle of Surigao Strait (1999, Glencannon Press)
Description: The Battle of Leyte Gulf -- four major actions -- was the greatest sea battle in history. The Surigao Strait action is considered the Navy's greatest ...
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16.

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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17.

Silent Victory

by - Blair, Clay
The U.S. Submarine War against Japan (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: First published 1975.
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18.

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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19.

Through a Canadian Periscope

by - Ferguson, Julie H.
The Story of the Canadian Submarine Service (1995, Dundurn Pr Ltd)
Description: Created in 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Canadaâ??s submarine force has overcome repeated attempts to sink it since then. Surprise, controve ...
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20.

The Silent Service in World War II

by - Michael Green
The Story of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force in the Words of the Men Who Lived It (2012, Casemate)
Description: When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the U.S. Navy had a total of 111 submarines. However, this fleet was not nearly as impress ...
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21.

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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22.

The Fighting Liberty Ships

by - Hoehling, Adolph A.
A Memoir (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Originally published 1990.
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23.

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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24.

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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25.

Battleship Oklahoma BB-37

by - Phister, Jeff (2008, University of Oklahoma Press)
Description: The comprehensive history of the USS Oklahoma from its christening in 1914 to its final loss in 1947. The authors tell how the Oklahoma served in Wor ...
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26.

Fatal Voyage

by - Kurzman, Dan
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (2001, Broadway Books)
Description: Covers the sinking of the USS Indianapolis is great detail, including background information about some of the crew; the final cruise; The attack fr ...
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27.

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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28.

The Rising Sun in the Pacific 1931 - April 1942

by - Morison, Samuel Eliot
History of United States Naval Operations in World War Ii, 3 (2001, Book Sales)
Description: The first two volumes of this firsthand history of the U.S. Navy in World War II covered operations in the Atlantic from September 1939 to June 1943. ...
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29.

Spadefish

by - Moore, Stephen L.
On Patrol With a Top-scoring World War II Submarine (2007, Atriad Press)
Description: Essentially a biography of a submarine with the records of missions, crews, personal stories of crew members, pictures, and a discussion of the boat's ...
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30.

A Sailor's Tale

by - Moss, Richard (2013, Richard Moss)
Description: When this Tale begins Ray Moss in eighteen and on his way to fight in World War Two's longest running battle - The Battle of the Atlantic. The tale ta ...
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