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1.

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (2015, Crown Publishers)
Description: #1 New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitani ...
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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.

Tin Can Titans

by John Wukovits
The Heroic Men and Ships of World War II's Most Decorated Navy Destroyer Squadron (2017, Da Capo Press)
Description: An epic narrative of World War II naval action that brings to life the sailors and exploits of the war's most decorated destroyer squadronWhen Admiral ...
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4.

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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5.

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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6.

American PT Boats in World War II

by Chun, Victor (1997, Schiffer Publishing)
Description: American PT Boats in World War II is an illustrated study of the development, construction, tactics, and combat actions, of U.S. PT Boats.
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7.

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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8.

War Beneath the Waves

by Tomas Termote
U-Boat Flotilla Flandern (2017, Uniform Press)
Description: Amid the stalemate of World War I, one area in which the German military could claim almost complete supremacy was beneath the ocean. In the four year ...
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9.

Battle of Wits

by Budiansky, Stephen
The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II (2000, The Free Press, New York)
Description: Comprehensive overview of British and American codebreaking activities in World War II, starting off with a look at WWI and between-wars intelligence; ...
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10.

Wine-Dark, Blood Red Sea

by Koburger, Charles W.
Naval Warfare in the Aegean, 1941-1946 (1999, Praeger)
Description: As its title indicates, this book is about naval warfare in the Aegean during World War II, where actions were carried out primarily by smaller craft ...
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11.

U-boat Assault on America

by Ken Brown
The Eastern Seaboard Campaign 1942 (2017, Naval Institute Press)
Description: The “Second Happy Time” was the informal name given to the phase of the battle of the Atlantic when German U-boats attacked both merchant and U.S. ...
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12.

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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13.

Where Divers Dare

by Randall Peffer
The Hunt for the Last U-Boat (2016, Dutton Caliber)
Description: In the tradition of Shadow Divers, this is the gripping true account of the search for German U-boat U-550, the last unfound, diveable wreck of a U-bo ...
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14.

The Damned Don't Drown

by Sellwood, Arthur V.
The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: In January 1945 the large passenger liner Wilhelm Gustloff departed port in the Bay of Danzig packed full with refugees, soldiers and service people. ...
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15.

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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16.

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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17.

Requiem for Battleship Yamato

by Yoshida, Mitsuru and Richard H. Minear (Translator), Mitsuru Yoshida (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The history and eventual demise of this largest battleship ever built. Originally published 1985.
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18.

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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19.

The Land That Time Forgot

by Burroughs, Edgar Rice (1999, Bison Books)
Description: An American off to World War I, who in civilian life was a builder of submarines, has two ships sunk from under him by U-33, a U-boat he himself had b ...
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20.

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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21.

Shadow Divers

by Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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22.

U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Lüth

by Vause, Jordan (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A study of the highly-decorated and controversial U-boat commander. First published 1992.
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23.

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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24.

Can Do!

by Huie, William Bradford
The Story of the Seabees (Bluejacket Books Series) (1997, United States Naval Inst.)
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25.

Silent Running

by Calvert, James F.
My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine (1995, John Wiley & Sons)
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26.

Abandon Ship!

by Newcomb, Richard F.
The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy's Greatest Sea Disaster (2000, HarperCollins)
Description: Sailing across the Pacific, the battle-scarred heavy cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis had just delivered a secret cargo that would trigger the end of World ...
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27.

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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28.

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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29.

PT 105

by Keresey, Dick (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
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30.

US Destroyers 1942-45

by Dave McComb
Wartime classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Few if any 20th century warships were more justly acclaimed than the destroyers of the US Navy's Fletcher class. Admired as they were for their advanc ...
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