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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.

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.

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.

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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6.

Shadow Divers

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

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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9.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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

The Little Giants

by - Y'Blood, William T.
U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The substantial accomplishments of the U.S. Navy's mini-carriers in such battles as Leyte Gulf, Guadalcanal, the Marianas, and Okinawa never gained th ...
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12.

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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13.

Allied Secret: The Sinking of Hmt Rohna

by - Jackson, Carlton (2002, Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd))
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14.

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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15.

Iron Coffin

by - Mannock, John
A Novel (2004, Signet Military Fiction)
Description: Fictional account of U-113 (VIIc) stranded and repaired in Louisiana Bayou. Although fiction, operational accuracy is maintained, boat numbers are tak ...
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16.

Combined Fleet Decoded

by - Prados, John
The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The most authoritative and revealing examination yet of the way intelligence--of all kinds--was instrumental in defeating Japan. Prados gives a new pi ...
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17.

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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18.

The Code Book

by - Singh, Simon
The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking (1999, Fourth Estate)
Description: A superb book on the history of cryptography (including, of course, the Enigma machine), from the ancient Greeks right up to the modern alphabet soup: ...
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19.

Invasion

by - Macksey, Kenneth
The Alternate History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940 (1999, Greenhill Books, London)
Description: Originally published 1980.
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20.

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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21.

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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22.

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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23.

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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24.

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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25.

Torpedoes in the Gulf

by - Wiggins, Melanie (1995, Texas A&M University Press)
Description: This book covers the period 1942-43 when U-boats sank 56 merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico. The book includes personal recollections of both U.S. ...
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26.

Forgotten Tragedy

by - Jackson, Carlton
The Sinking of HMT Rohna (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: This book tells the story of British troop transport HMT Rohna, sunk the day after Thanksgiving 1943 in the Indian Ocean by the first successful Germa ...
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27.

We Will Stand by You

by - Mason, Theodore C.
Serving in the Pawnee, 1942-1945 (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
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28.

The Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945

by - Howarth, Stephen and Law, Derek (eds.)
The 50th Anniversary International Naval Conference (1994, Greenhill Books, London)
Description: An admirable, albeit expensive, collection of scholarly essays on the Battle of the Atlantic.
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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.

Fatal Dive

by - Peter F. Stevens
Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion (2012, Regnery History)
Description: Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F. Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery ...
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