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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.

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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4.

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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5.

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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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.

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.

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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9.

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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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.

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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12.

Return to Midway

by - Ballard, Robert D.
The Quest to Find the Yorktown and the Other Lost Ships from the Pivotal Battle of the Pacific War (1999, National Geographic Society)
Description: It has been called "the greatest naval battle since Trafalgar." On June 4, 1942, near a tiny island 1,500 miles from Hawaii, the course of the Pacific ...
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13.

The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943-May 1945

by - Morison, Samuel Eliot (2001, Book Sales)
Description: Originally published 1956.
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14.

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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15.

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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16.

Graveyards of the Pacific

by - Ballard, Robert D.
From Pearl Harbor to Bikini Island (2001, National Geographic Society)
Description: To be published in the 60th anniversary year of the infamous bombing of Pearl Harbor, Graveyards of the Pacific is Dr. Robert Ballard's compelling sur ...
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17.

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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18.

Hms Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy

by - Norman, Andrew (2001, Stackpole Books)
Description: The sinking of the HMS Hood on May 24, 1941 dealt a major blow to the British Royal Navy. Like Titanic years before, Hood had seemed invincible and mu ...
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19.

Carrier Clash

by - Hammel, Eric M.
The Invasion of Guadalcanal and the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, August 1942 (1997, Pacifica Pr)
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20.

Fighting Amphibs

by - Ball, Donald L.
The LCS(L) in World War II (1997, Mill Neck Pub)
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21.

Fleets of World War II

by - Worth, Richard (2002, Da Capo Press)
Description: For decades, the legions of World War II buffs interested in Allied and Axis naval history were limited to expensive, multi-volume works written for s ...
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22.

British Warships of the Second World War

by - Roberts, John (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: From the publisher: This large-format volume showcases a representative sampling of British ship plans from the archives of the National Maritime Muse ...
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23.

Seizing the Enigma

by - Kahn, David
The Race to Break the German U-Boat Codes, 1939-1943 (1991, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston)
Description: This book is one of the most complete, that I have found, in discussing the many aspects of the Enigma machine and also the operation of the codes th ...
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24.

Cruise of the Lanikai

by - Tolley, Kemp
Incitement to War (2002, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: In early December 1941 in the Philippines, a young Navy ensign named Kemp Tolley was given his first ship command, an old 76-foot schooner that had on ...
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25.

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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26.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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27.

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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28.

Andrew Jackson Higgins & the Boats That Won World War II

by - Strahan, Jerry E. (1994, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge)
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29.

Type VII

by - Marek Krzysztalowicz
Germany's Most Successful U-Boats (2012, Naval Institute Press)
Description: First conceived in the mid-1930s, the Type VII submarine was still in production at the end of World War II. Subject to continuous improvement through ...
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30.

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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