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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.

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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3.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

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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7.

Shadow Divers

by Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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8.

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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9.

Kriegsmarine U-Boats 1939-45 Volume 1

by Williamson, Gordon (2002, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: From the publisher: This, the first of two volumes on Germany's World War II U-boats, traces their development through the early U-boats of the Kaiser ...
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10.

Grey Wolves of the Sea

by Nowarra, Heinz J.
German U-boat Type VII (1992, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
Description: A short anatomy of the Type VII U-boat. Schiffer Military History, Vol. 63.
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11.

The Little Giants

by Y'Blood, William T.
U.S. Escort Carriers Against Japan (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The substantial accomplishments of the U.S. Navy's mini-carriers in such battles as Leyte Gulf, Guadalcanal, the Marianas, and Okinawa never gained th ...
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12.

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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13.

Battle of Wits

by Budiansky, Stephen
The Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II (2000, The Free Press, New York)
Description: Comprehensive overview of British and American codebreaking activities in World War II, starting off with a look at WWI and between-wars intelligence; ...
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14.

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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15.

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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16.

Torpedoes in the Gulf

by Wiggins, Melanie (1995, Texas A&M University Press)
Description: This book covers the period 1942-43 when U-boats sank 56 merchant ships in the Gulf of Mexico. The book includes personal recollections of both U.S. ...
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17.

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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18.

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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19.

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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20.

US Destroyers 1934-45

by Dave McComb
Pre-war classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: o conform to the 1930 London Naval Treaty, plus the successor 1,570-ton Sims class and the first-commissioned 1,620- and 1,630-tonners of the Benson a ...
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21.

False Flags

by Stephen Robinson
Disguised German Raiders of World War II (2016, Exisle Publishing)
Description: False Flags tells the epic untold story of German raider voyages to the South Seas during the early years of World War II. In 1940 the raiders Orion, ...
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22.

U-Boats of the Kaiser's Navy

by Williamson, Gordon (2002, )
Description: From the publisher: "As was the case in World War II, one of the greatest threats to Britain during World War I was the German U-Boat menace. Gordon W ...
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23.

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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24.

Kriegsmarine U-boats 1939-45 Vol 2

by Williamson, Gordon (2002, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: From the publisher: This title follows on from Volume I and charts the continuing development of the U-boat in German service. This includes the devel ...
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25.

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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26.

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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27.

Cruisers for Breakfast

by Mansfield, John G., Jr.
War Patrols of the USS Darter and USS Dace (1997, Media Center Publishing)
Description: A must read for anyone interested in submarine warfare during World War II, about the two submarines that started the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the larges ...
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28.

Hitler's Gray Wolves

by Lawrence Paterson
U-Boats in the Indian Ocean (2017, Carrel Books)
Description: Next to nothing has been written about the U-boat war in the Indian Ocean. This is the story of a forgotten campaign. The battle began in August 1943, ...
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29.

Hood and Bismarck

by Mearns, David and White, Rob
The Deep-Sea Discovery of an Epic Battle (2001, Channel 4 Books)
Description: From the publisher: The meeting of the Bismarck and HSM Hood in 1941 ended with the destruction of the two battleships and the loss of 3500 lives. Thi ...
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30.

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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