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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.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

Blackett's War

by Stephen Budiansky
The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare Warfare (2013, Vintage)
Description: A Washington Post Notable BookIn March 1941, after a year of devastating U-boat attacks, the British War Cabinet turned to an intensely private, bohem ...
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7.

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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8.

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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9.

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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10.

U-boat 977

by Heinz Schaeffer
The Third Reich U-boat That Escaped to Argentina (2017, Naval Institute Press)
Description: This is the story of U-977, the German submarine that escaped to Argentina at the end of World War II. Before surfacing near the west coast of Africa, ...
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11.

Return to Midway

by Ballard, Robert D.
The Quest to Find the Yorktown and the Other Lost Ships from the Pivotal Battle of the Pacific War (1999, National Geographic Society)
Description: It has been called "the greatest naval battle since Trafalgar." On June 4, 1942, near a tiny island 1,500 miles from Hawaii, the course of the Pacific ...
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12.

World War II

by McCombs, Don - Fred L. Worth - Donald McCombs
4,139 Strange and Fascinating Facts (1994, Outlet)
Description: This is an interesting collection of facts and strange things from the war.
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13.

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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14.

US fast battleships 1936-47

by Lawrence Burr
The North Carolina and South Dakota classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: This volume details the design, construction, and operation of the first six of the ten US fast battleships, two of the North Carolina class and four ...
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15.

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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16.

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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17.

The Terrible Hours

by Maas, Peter
The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History (1999, Harpercollins)
Description: Describes the incredible rescue of 33 men of the U.S. submarine Squalus, which sank during a test dive off the coast of New England, coming to rest on ...
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18.

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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19.

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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20.

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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21.

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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22.

Otto Kretschmer

by Lawrence Patterson
The Life of Germany's Highest Scoring U-boat Commander (2018, Naval Institute Press)
Description: Otto Kretschmer was only in combat from September 1939 until March 1941 but was Germany's highest-scoring U-boat commander sinking 47 ships totaling 2 ...
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23.

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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24.

Spadefish

by Moore, Stephen L.
On Patrol With a Top-scoring World War II Submarine (2007, Atriad Press)
Description: Essentially a biography of a submarine with the records of missions, crews, personal stories of crew members, pictures, and a discussion of the boat's ...
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25.

The Milk Cows

by John F White
The U-Boat Tankers at War 1941 - 1945 (2009, Pen and Sword)
Description: This title is a much revised version of his former title U-boat tankers from 1998. The book gives a detailed overview on the development and operation ...
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26.

Down to the Sea

by Henderson, Bruce
An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II (2008, Collins)
Description: This epic story opens at the hour the Greatest Generation went to war on December 7, 1941, and follows four U.S. Navy ships and their crews in the Pac ...
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27.

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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28.

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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29.

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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30.

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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