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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.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

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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7.

Shadow Divers

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

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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10.

The Silent Service in World War II

by Michael Green
The Story of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force in the Words of the Men Who Lived It (2012, Casemate)
Description: When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, the U.S. Navy had a total of 111 submarines. However, this fleet was not nearly as impress ...
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11.

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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12.

U.S.S. Seawolf

by Gerold Frank
Submarine Raider of the Pacific (2017, Lulu.com)
Description: U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific is the famous first-hand account of the legendary U.S. Navy submarine Seawolf a.k.a. the Wolf which pa ...
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13.

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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14.

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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15.

Escape from the deep

by Kershaw, Alex
A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew (2008, Da Capo Press)
Description: The adrenaline-soaked story of nine men who fought the Japanese from America's deadliest submarine, survived its sinkage, and endured months of brutal ...
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16.

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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17.

Jutland 1916

by London, Charles
Clash of the dreadnoughts (2000, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: The only major fleet engagement of World War I (1914-1918), the Battle of Jutland (1916) has been surrounded by controversy ever since. The British pu ...
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18.

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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19.

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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20.

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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21.

Shadows on the Horizon

by Haskell, Winthrop A.
The Battle of Convoy HX-233 (1998, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Describes the battle of the convoy and particularly the sinking of U-175 and the role of the USCG cutters in the convoy's escort. Well-researched and ...
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22.

Knights of the Reich

by Fraschka, Günter
The Twenty-Seven Most Highly Decorated Soldiers of the Wehrmacht in WW2 (1994, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Description: This book covers the 27 men who were awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Crossed Swords and Diamonds. Two of those were U-boat commanders, Kpt. ...
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23.

U-Boats off Bermuda

by Eric Wiberg
Patrol Summaries and Merchant Ship Survivors Landed in Bermuda 1940-1944 (2017, Fonthill Media)
Description: For the first time, a book exposes an obscure theater of the Second World War in great detail and comprehensively, not just in terms of geography but ...
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24.

The Mathews Men

by William Geroux
Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats (2017, Penguin Books)
Description: “Vividly drawn and emotionally gripping."—Daniel James Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat. One of the last unhera ...
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25.

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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26.

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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27.

Mystery of the Last Olympian

by Richie Kohler
Titanic's Tragic Sister Britannic (2016, Best Publishing Company)
Description: The book gives you a firsthand account as Richie Kohler (of Shadow Divers and Deep Sea Detectives) takes readers on the intriguing journey from the ri ...
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28.

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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29.

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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30.

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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