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1.

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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2.

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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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.

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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5.

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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6.

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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7.

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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8.

Shadow Divers

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

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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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.

Shadows on the Horizon

by - Haskell, Winthrop A.
The Battle of Convoy HX-233 (1998, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Describes the battle of the convoy and particularly the sinking of U-175 and the role of the USCG cutters in the convoy's escort. Well-researched and ...
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13.

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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14.

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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15.

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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16.

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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17.

Jutland 1916

by - London, Charles
Clash of the dreadnoughts (2000, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: The only major fleet engagement of World War I (1914-1918), the Battle of Jutland (1916) has been surrounded by controversy ever since. The British pu ...
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18.

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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19.

Turning the tide

by - Ed Offley
How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic (2011, Basic Books)
Description: The United States experienced its most harrowing military disaster of World War II not in 1941 at Pearl Harbor but in the period from 1942 to 1943, in ...
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20.

Battleships of the Bismarck Class

by - Koop, Bernard and Klaus-Peter Schmolke, Geoffrey Brooks
Bismarck and Tirpitz : Culmination and Finale of German Battleship Construction (1998, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: This book covers two of the more famous battleships of World War Two, the tecnology and their fates.
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21.

US Submarines 1941-45

by - Jim Christley (2006, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Naval warfare in the Pacific changed completely with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The strategic emphasis shifted from battleships to m ...
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22.

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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23.

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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24.

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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25.

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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26.

DONITZ, U-BOATS, CONVOYS

by - Jak P. Mallmann Showell
The British Version of His Memoirs from the Admiralty's Secret Anti-Submarine Reports (2013, Frontline Books)
Description: The memoirs of Admiral Karl Donitz, Ten Years and Twenty Days, are a fascinating first-hand account of the Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the hea ...
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27.

Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials

by - Taylor, Telford (1992, Knopf New York)
Description: As the former American chief prosecutor, second in line to Judge Jackson, the author next to Göring et al. deals at length with the very complex pers ...
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28.

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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29.

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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30.

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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