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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.

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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4.

Battle of Wits

by - Budiansky, Stephen
The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II (2000, The Free Press, New York)
Description: Comprehensive overview of British and American codebreaking activities in World War II, starting off with a look at WWI and between-wars intelligence; ...
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5.

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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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.

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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8.

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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9.

Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

by - Fuchida, Mitsuo (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Very interesting story of the battle from the Japanese point of view. The foreword is written by Admiral Spruance and the introduction by Admiral Nobu ...
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10.

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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11.

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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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.

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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14.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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15.

Fighting Amphibs

by - Ball, Donald L.
The LCS(L) in World War II (1997, Mill Neck Pub)
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16.

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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17.

British battleships 1939-45 (1)

by - Konstam, Angus
Queen Elizabeth and Royal Soverign Classes (2009, Osprey Publishing)
Description: With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet from a fleet of 12 ...
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18.

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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19.

U-Boats in the Bahamas

by - Eric Wiberg (2016, Brick Tower Press)
Description: [Eric Wiberg] ..".builds a character both attractive and intriguing to the reader. I ended genuinely curious about what might come next, and confident ...
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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.

Hitler's U-boat War

by - Blair, Clay
The Hunters, 1939-1942 (1996, Random House)
Description: This first volume of Blair's massive and controversial work covers the U-boat war 1939-1942.
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22.

The Big E

by - Stafford, Edward Peary
The Story of the USS Enterprise (2002, Naval Institute Press)
Description: One of the more famous aircraft carrier names to emerge from WWII.
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23.

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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24.

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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25.

Gallipoli

by - Rudenno, Victor
Attack from the Sea (2008, Yale University Press)
Description: The Gallipoli campaign of 1914–15 is one of the events of the First World War that continues to seize imaginations today. The first modern seaborne ...
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26.

Memoirs

by - Dönitz, Karl
Ten Years and Twenty Days (1997, Da Capo Press)
Description: Written by himself about his time as Commander-in-Chief U-boats (10 years) and as the last head of state of the Third Reich (20 days).
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27.

Storm Warning

by - Higgins, Jack (2000, Berkley Publishing Group)
Description: A U-boat appears briefly in this book. The commander of this U-boat is one of the main characters in the book. After his capture and subsequent escape ...
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28.

Wildcats to Tomcats

by - Cormier, Richard L., Schirra, Walter M., and Wood, Phillip R.
The Tailhook Navy (1995, Specialty Press)
Description: Zeke's chapter, "Sub Hunter," describes his period as a TBF pilot aboard USS Card and his attack on U-66 (Markworth) on 3 August, 1943, resulting in d ...
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29.

Thunder Below!

by - Fluckey, Eugene B.
The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II (1992, University of Illinois Press)
Description: Covering the 5 patrols of USS Barb in the Pacific, written by her commander of the time, one of the highest decorated Naval Officers of the US Navy.
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30.

Death at a Distance

by - Michael Sturma
The Loss of the Legendary USS Harder (2006, US Naval Institute Press)
Description: Only seven U.S. submariners earned the Medal of Honor in World War II. Sam Dealey, the USS Harder's commander, was one of them. His honor was awarded ...
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