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1.

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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2.

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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3.

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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4.

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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5.

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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6.

Shadow Divers

by Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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7.

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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8.

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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9.

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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10.

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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11.

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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12.

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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13.

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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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.

War At Sea: A Naval History of World War II

by Miller, Nathan (1995, Simon & Schuster)
Description: This is a general look at naval warfare in WWII. Includes excellent bibliography for further reading. Also, covers over 50 U-boats and discussion of ...
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16.

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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17.

British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45 (New Vanguard)

by Angus Konstam (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: With war against Germany looming, Britain pushed forward its carrier program in the late 1930s. In 1938, the Royal Navy launched the HMS Ark Royal, it ...
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18.

Graveyards of the Pacific

by Ballard, Robert D.
From Pearl Harbor to Bikini Island (2001, National Geographic Society)
Description: To be published in the 60th anniversary year of the infamous bombing of Pearl Harbor, Graveyards of the Pacific is Dr. Robert Ballard's compelling sur ...
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19.

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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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.

Wildcats to Tomcats

by Cormier, Richard L., Schirra, Walter M., and Wood, Phillip R.
The Tailhook Navy (1995, Specialty Press)
Description: Zeke's chapter, "Sub Hunter," describes his period as a TBF pilot aboard USS Card and his attack on U-66 (Markworth) on 3 August, 1943, resulting in d ...
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22.

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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23.

Eight Survived

by Douglas A. Campbell
The Harrowing Story of the USS Flier and the Only Downed World War II Submariners to Survive and Evade Capture (2010, Lyons Press)
Description: The incredible wartime saga of the only American submarinersto survive the sinking of their ship and evade enemy capture in WWII On the night of Augu ...
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24.

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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25.

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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26.

German Commerce Raider vs British Cruisers (Duel)

by Robert Forczyk (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: During World War II, the Kriegsmarine armed a number of merchant vessels with concealed guns and torpedo tubes for surprise attacks against Allied shi ...
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27.

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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28.

Condition Red

by Frederick J. Bell
Destroyer Action in the South Pacific (2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
Description: “Condition Red” was an expression that we used to indicate the imminence of any type of engagement. Aboard the G it was a colloquialism that serve ...
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29.

German U-Boat Type XXI

by Breyer, Siegfried (1999, Schiffer Military/Aviation History, Atglen)
Description: The German U-boat Type XXI was a revolutionary marvel at the time of its development, close to the end of World War II. This book covers the history l ...
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30.

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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