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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.

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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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.

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.

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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6.

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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7.

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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8.

Combined Fleet Decoded

by - Prados, John
The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: The most authoritative and revealing examination yet of the way intelligence--of all kinds--was instrumental in defeating Japan. Prados gives a new pi ...
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9.

The War Below

by - James Scott
The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan (2013, Simon & Schuster)
Description: THE WAR BELOW is the riveting story of the submarine force that helped win World War II in the Pacific by ravaging Japan’s merchant fleet and destro ...
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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.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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12.

The Man Who Never Was

by - Montagu, Ewen
World War II's Boldest Counter-Intelligence Operation (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislea ...
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13.

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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14.

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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15.

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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16.

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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17.

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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18.

We were pirates

by - Robert Schultz
A Torpedoman's Pacific War (2009, Naval Institute Press)
Description: A sailor's extraordinary experiences on an American submarine in the Pacific are candidly reported in this eyewitness account of war from a torpedoman ...
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19.

U. S. Submarines in World War II

by - Kimmett, Larry and Regis, Margaret
An Illustrated History of the Pacific (1996, Navigator Publishing)
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20.

Jutland 1916

by - London, Charles
Clash of the dreadnoughts (2000, Osprey Pub Co)
Description: The only major fleet engagement of World War I (1914-1918), the Battle of Jutland (1916) has been surrounded by controversy ever since. The British pu ...
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21.

Admiral Dan Gallery

by - Gilliland, C. Herbert and Shenk, Robert
The Life and Wit of a Navy Original (1999, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: A biography including substantial material written by Gallery himself, with an introduction by his good friend Herman Wouk. Of special interest are t ...
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22.

Under Pressure

by - Hill, A. J.
The Final Voyage of Submarine S-5 (2002, Free Press)
Description: Hanging on display in the United States Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., is a battered and scratched steel plate, two feet in diameter, edged with more ...
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23.

The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943-May 1945

by - Morison, Samuel Eliot (2001, Book Sales)
Description: Originally published 1956.
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24.

Coral Sea Midway and Submarine Actions

by - Morison, Samuel Eliot
History of the United States Naval Operations in World War Two (1996, Little Brown & Company)
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25.

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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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.

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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28.

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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29.

Hitler's Secret Pirate Fleet

by - Duffy, James P.
The Deadliest Ships of World War II (2001, Praeger)
Description: Disguised as merchant vessels, these ships attacked Allied shipping and provided logistical and material support to the U-boats.
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30.

Shadows on the Horizon

by - Haskell, Winthrop A.
The Battle of Convoy HX-233 (1998, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Describes the battle of the convoy and particularly the sinking of U-175 and the role of the USCG cutters in the convoy's escort. Well-researched and ...
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