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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.

Shadow Divers

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

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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5.

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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6.

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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7.

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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8.

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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9.

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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10.

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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11.

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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12.

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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13.

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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14.

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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15.

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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16.

HMS Trenchant

by - Hazlett, Arthur
From Chatham to the Banka Strait (2001, Pen & Sword)
Description: This is both the war memoir of a distinguished naval officer and the history of HMS Trenchant, a T Class submarine. Admiral Hezlet was appointed to co ...
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17.

Hitler's U-boat War, Vol II

by - Blair, Clay
The Hunted, 1942-1945 (1998, Random House)
Description: This concludes his controversial and massive 2-volume set. See our review for this volume.
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18.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

by - Bruce Hampton Franklin (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Presents the first complete photographic record of all 154 ships of the Buckley class along with ship plans and narrative that recaptures their histor ...
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19.

The Two-Ocean War

by - Morrison, Samuel Elliot
A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War (1997, Budget Book Service)
Description: A very detailed book about the U.S. Navy in the war of 1939-1945. First published 1964.
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20.

Lucky Lady

by - Jackson, Steve
The World War II Heroics of the USS Sante Fe and Franklin (2002, Carroll & Graf)
Description: On March 19, 1945, a Japanese bomber screamed toward the USS Franklin and dropped two 500-pound bombs through the ship's decks, killing hundreds of of ...
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21.

The Raft

by - Trumbull, Robert
The Courageous Struggle of Three Naval Airmen Against the Sea (1992, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Experiences of three downed U.S. Navy flyers, H.F. Dixon, Tony Pastula, and Gene Aldrich, who spent 34 days on a rubber raft in the Pacific, as told b ...
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22.

Utmost Savagery

by - Joseph H., Col. Alexander
The Three Days of Tarawa (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Marine combat veteran and award-winning military historian Joseph Alexander takes a fresh look at one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. His ...
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23.

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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24.

Hellcats

by - Peter Sasgen
The Epic Story of World War II's Most Daring Submarine Raid (2010, NAL Hardcover)
Description: In 1945-with no knowledge of the development of the atomic bomb- American submarine commanders, desperate to avoid an invasion of the home islands, be ...
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25.

Back from the Deep

by - LaVO, Carl
The Strange Story of the Sister Subs Squalus and Sculpin (1998, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Amazing story. In 1939 the US submarine Squalus sank off the coast of New England. She was located by her sister ship Sculpin, salvaged and renamed Sa ...
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26.

Lone Wolf

by - Mulligan, Timothy P.
The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke (1993, Praeger)
Description: The author chose a tricky subject to explore in this work. Henke's personality is difficult to understand from his actions, and the situation is comp ...
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27.

On seas contested

by - Vincent O'Hara
The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War (2010, Naval Institute Press)
Description: An international team of naval historians and scholars, including John Jordan (France), Peter Schenk with Karsten Klein, Dr. Axel Niestle, Dieter Thom ...
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28.

Underwater Warriors

by - Kemp, Paul (1996, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Covers many of the miniature German submarines.
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29.

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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30.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

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