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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.

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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5.

Shadow Divers

by Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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6.

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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7.

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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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.

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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10.

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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11.

Thunder Below!

by Fluckey, Eugene B.
The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II (1992, University of Illinois Press)
Description: Covering the 5 patrols of USS Barb in the Pacific, written by her commander of the time, one of the highest decorated Naval Officers of the US Navy.
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12.

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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13.

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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14.

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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15.

Liberty

by Elphick, Peter
Ship That Won the War (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: This stirring tribute tells the complete story of the renowned Liberty ships, from their design concept and production through their war service and p ...
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16.

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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17.

Heroes in Dungarees

by Bunker, John
The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II. (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Focuses on the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II, and provides details of encounters in every part of the globe with Axis vessels and planes, and w ...
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18.

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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19.

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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20.

Battleship Oklahoma BB-37

by Phister, Jeff (2008, University of Oklahoma Press)
Description: The comprehensive history of the USS Oklahoma from its christening in 1914 to its final loss in 1947. The authors tell how the Oklahoma served in Wor ...
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21.

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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22.

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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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.

The U-Boat War, 1914-1918

by Gray, Edwyn A. (1994, Leo Cooper/ Pen and Sword Books)
Description: This is a very fine book covering the World War I U-boats and many of the amazing feats they achieved. The book takes a neutral approach by including ...
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25.

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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26.

Submarine Warfare

by Preston, Antony
An Illustrated History (1999, Thunder Bay Press, San Diego)
Description: Covers submarines of all nations from the first ever built to the present.
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27.

Operation Storm

by John Geoghegan
Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II (2013, Crown)
Description: The riveting true story of Japan's top secret plan to change the course of World War II using a squadron of mammoth submarines a generation ahead of t ...
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28.

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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29.

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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30.

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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