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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.

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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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.

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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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.

All the Gallant Men

by Donald Stratton
An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor (2016, William Morrow)
Description: THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR: Donald Stratton, one of the battleship's five living heroes, delivers an "epic,"* "powerful,"** and "in ...
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7.

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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8.

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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9.

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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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.

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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12.

Shadow Divers

by Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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13.

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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14.

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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15.

Fatal Voyage

by Kurzman, Dan
The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (2001, Broadway Books)
Description: Covers the sinking of the USS Indianapolis is great detail, including background information about some of the crew; the final cruise; The attack fr ...
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16.

The Cruel Sea Retold

by Bernard Edwards
The Truth Behind Monsarrat's Epic Convoy Drama (2009, Naval Institute Press)
Description: Bernard Edwards recounts the history that Nicholas Monsarrat used as the basis of his famous adventure novel, The Cruel Sea, which tells the tale of B ...
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17.

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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18.

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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19.

Ships for Victory

by Lane, Frederic Chapin
A History of Shipbuilding Under the U.S. Maritime Commission in World War II (2001, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr)
Description: During World War II, America's shipbuilding industry, mobilized under the U.S. Maritime Commission, set records of production that have never been equ ...
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20.

Cryptonomicon

by Stephenson, Neal (1999, Avon Books)
Description: This is a high-tech novel which has its roots in WWII German U-boats and crypto technologies. Roughly half the book takes place in WWII with the rest ...
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21.

The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon

by Alotta, Robert I. (2002, Paragon House)
Description: The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon is a story of heroic courage and valor and self sacrifice. The last voyage of the Liberty ship SS Henry Bacon sa ...
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22.

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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23.

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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24.

German Seaman 1939-45

by Williamson, Gordon and White, John (2001, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Covers the recuitment, training, appearance, service conditions, combat experience and ethos of members of the Kriegsmarine Sea and Land units.
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25.

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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26.

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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27.

German U-Boat Type XXI

by Breyer, Siegfried (1999, Schiffer Military/Aviation History, Atglen)
Description: The German U-boat Type XXI was a revolutionary marvel at the time of its development, close to the end of World War II. This book covers the history l ...
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28.

Master of Sea Power

by Buell, Thomas B.
A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's wartime Chief of Naval Operations. Originally published in 1980.
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29.

Arctic Convoys 1941 - 1945

by Richard Woodman (2007, Casemate Publishers)
Description: During the last four years of the Second World War, the Western Allies secured Russian defenses against Germany by supplying vital food and arms. The ...
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30.

German U-Boat Crews 1914-45

by Williamson, Gordon
Osprey Military Elite Series, No. 60 (1996, Reed International Books Ltd.)
Description: Topics include organization and command structure, uniforms, weapons, badges and insignia.
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