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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.

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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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.

Shadow Divers

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

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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7.

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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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.

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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10.

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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11.

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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12.

Hitler's Forgotten Flotillas

by Lawrence Paterson
Kriegsmarine Security Forces (2017, Naval Institute Press)
Description: This study of the Kriegsmarine’s Sicherungsstreitkräfte, their security forces, fills a gap in the study of the German navy in World War II. This b ...
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13.

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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14.

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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15.

U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Lüth

by Vause, Jordan (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A study of the highly-decorated and controversial U-boat commander. First published 1992.
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16.

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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17.

Grey Wolf

by Williamson, Gordon
U-Boat Crewman of World War II (2001, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: The scourge of Allied shipping during World War II, the U-Boot Waffe was one of the most feared components of Hitler's war machine, yet the Kriegsmari ...
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18.

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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19.

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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20.

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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21.

The Baltimore Sabotage Cell

by Dwight R. Messimer
German Agents, American Traitors, and the U-boat Deutschland During World War I (2015, Naval Institute Press)
Description: By the summer of 1915 Germany was faced with two major problems in fighting World War I: how to break the British blockade and how to stop or seriousl ...
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22.

Lifeboat #6

by Kevin Gomm
The Sinking of the SS Fort Lee (2014, Digger Press)
Description: Ever wanted to know what it is like to be on a torpedoed ship and then to spend the next several weeks in a lifeboat marooned at sea? On November 2, 1 ...
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23.

German Navy at War, 1939-1945

by Breyer, Siegfried and Koop, Gerhard
The U-boat, Vol. 2 (1991, Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
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24.

US fast battleships 1938-91

by Lawrence Burr
The Iowa Class (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: In 1938, the United States abandoned the constraints imposed by the Washington Treaty and began work on a new class of super-battleships. This book co ...
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25.

The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal

by Ballard, Robert D.
Exploring the Ghost Fleet of the South Pacific (1993, Warner Books)
Description: A book by the famous explorer who was first on many of the world's most famous wrecks and has written extensively about them.
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26.

The Fighting Commodores

by Burn, Alan
Convoy Commodores in the Second World War (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The story of the convoy commodores, most often senior naval officers who came out of retirement to serve again, and their tiny staffs. Includes usefu ...
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27.

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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28.

U.S. Submarines Through 1945

by Friedman, Norman
An Illustrated Design History (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
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29.

Fatal Dive

by Peter F. Stevens
Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion (2012, Regnery History)
Description: Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion by Peter F. Stevens reveals the incredible true story of the search for and discovery ...
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30.

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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