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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.

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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3.

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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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.

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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6.

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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7.

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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8.

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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9.

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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10.

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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11.

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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12.

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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13.

The Bravest Man

by - William Tuohy
Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang (2006, Presidio Press)
Description: “There’s no margin for mistakes in submarines. You’re either alive or dead.”–Richard O’KaneHailed as the ace of aces, captain Richard O’ ...
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14.

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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15.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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16.

Naval Firepower

by - Norman Friedman
Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era (2013, Seaforth Publishing)
Description: For more than half a century the big gun was the arbiter of naval power, but it was useless if it could not hit the target fast and hard enough to pre ...
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17.

Battlestations

by - Veronico, Nicholas A.
American Warships of WWII (2001, Motorbooks International)
Description: Battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, PT boats and landing craft are all featured in this look back at U.S. Navy prowess i ...
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18.

Hitler's U-Boat Fortresses

by - Bradham, Randolph (2003, Praeger)
Description: The French naval bases at St. Nazaire and Lorient, occupied by the Germans in June 1940, quickly became the homes of massive U-boat fortresses—nearl ...
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19.

Clash of the carriers

by - Barrett Tillman
The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II (2006, NAL Trade)
Description: The true story of one of the greatest and most decisive conflicts in the history of naval warfare-from an award-winning author. In June, 1944, Amer ...
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20.

German U-Boat Bunkers Yesterday and Today

by - Schmeelke, Karl-Heinz and Schmeelke, Michael (1999, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Description: Along with numerous photographs of the bunkers in use and their structures, this book also offers schematics of the layout of some of the larger U-boa ...
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21.

Fortress 3: U-boat Bases and Bunkers 1941-45

by - Williamson, Gordon and Ian Palmer (2003, Osprey Military)
Description: Describes the design, construction, defences and service history of the German U-boat bases in the Second World War, with particular reference to thos ...
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22.

Hitler's U-boat Bases

by - Showell, Jak Mallmann (2002, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: From the publisher: "This title provides a concise historical background to the rise of the Nazi U-boat fleet, and the part it played in World War II. ...
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23.

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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24.

German Commerce Raider vs British Cruisers (Duel)

by - Robert Forczyk (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: During World War II, the Kriegsmarine armed a number of merchant vessels with concealed guns and torpedo tubes for surprise attacks against Allied shi ...
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25.

USN cruiser vs IJN cruiser

by - Mark Stille
Guadacanal 1942 (Duel) (2009, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presen ...
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26.

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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27.

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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28.

Twenty Million Tons under the Sea

by - Gallery, Daniel V., RAdm., USN, ret. (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: This book details the history and eventual capture of the U-505 during WWII. The author was the Commanding Officer of the task group (TG 22.3) that ex ...
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29.

The Kaiser's Pirates

by - Walter, John
German Surface Raiders in World War One (1994, United States Naval Inst.)
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30.

German Light Cruisers of World War II

by - Koop, Gerhard and Schmolke, Klaus-Peter
Emden, Königsberg, Karlsruhe, Köln, Leipzig, Nürnberg (2002, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: From the publisher: "Although much has been written about the German Navy by English-speaking authors, few of their books grasp an understanding of th ...
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