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1.

The Raft

by - Trumbull, Robert
The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea (1992, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Experiences of three downed U.S. Navy flyers, H.F. Dixon, Tony Pastula, and Gene Aldrich, who spent 34 days on a rubber raft in the Pacific, as told b ...
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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.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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4.

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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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.

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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7.

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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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.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

by - Friedman, Norman
An Illustrated Design History (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
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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.

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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12.

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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13.

Clear The Bridge!

by - O'Kane, Richard
The War Patrols of the U.S.S. Tang (1997, Presidio Press)
Description: The captain of the USS Tang describes in detail the tours of duty on board his submarine.
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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.

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.

Engage the Enemy More Closely

by - Barnett, Correlli
The Royal Navy in the Second World War (1991, Norton)
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17.

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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18.

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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19.

Destroyers of World War Two

by - Whitley, M. J. (2000, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Extensive work covering the destroyers, albeit in a wider scope than usual as destroyer escorts are included, of the conflict.
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20.

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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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.

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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23.

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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24.

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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25.

Warrior Queens

by - Butler, Daniel Allen
The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in World War II (2002, Stackpole Books)
Description: Converted from luxury liners to troopships at the outset of World War II, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth logged over a million nautical miles and ...
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26.

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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27.

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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28.

S.S. Leopoldville Disaster

by - Andrade, Allan
December 24, 1944 (1999, Tern Book Company)
Description: About the loss of this troopship, which was carrying 2235 infantrymen of the U.S. 66th Division across the English Channel, to U-486.
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29.

To the Last Salute: Memories of an Austrian U-Boat Commander

by - Von Trapp, Georg (2007, University of Nebraska Press)
Description: Georg Von Trapps enthralling account of his service as a U-Boat commander in WW1, translated by his granddaughter Elizabeth Campbell.
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30.

U-Boats Attack!

by - Jak P. Mallman Showell
The Battle of the Atlantic Witnessed by the Wolf Packs (2011, The History Press)
Description: Readers can view the Battle of the Atlantic through U-boat periscopes thanks to incredible eyewitness accounts bringing to life the horror of this war ...
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