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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.

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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3.

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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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.

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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6.

Midway: The Battle that Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

by - Fuchida, Mitsuo (2001, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Very interesting story of the battle from the Japanese point of view. The foreword is written by Admiral Spruance and the introduction by Admiral Nobu ...
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7.

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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8.

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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9.

Shadow Divers

by - Kurson, Robert (2004, Random House)
Description: Finding a wreck and identifying this as U-869.
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10.

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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11.

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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12.

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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13.

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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14.

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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15.

Another Place, Another Time

by - Hirschmann, Werner
A U-Boat Officer's Wartime Album (2011, Robin Brass Studio/Chatham/US Naval Institute)
Description: A combination personal memoir and wartime diaries of the LI on U-190 which contains more than 150 photos of his wartime naval service. Also included a ...
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16.

The Admirals

by - Walter R. Borneman
Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea (2012, Little, Brown and Company)
Description: How history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power. Only four men in American h ...
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17.

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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18.

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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19.

The Code Book

by - Singh, Simon
The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking (1999, Fourth Estate)
Description: A superb book on the history of cryptography (including, of course, the Enigma machine), from the ancient Greeks right up to the modern alphabet soup: ...
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20.

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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21.

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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22.

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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23.

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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24.

Shooting the War

by - Giese, Otto and Wise, Capt. James E. Jr. (Ret.) (1994, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: An autobiography covering his service in blockade runners and U-boats. Well worth reading for his account of going from a merchant marine officer pres ...
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25.

USN cruiser vs IJN cruiser

by - Mark Stille
Guadacanal 1942 (Duel) (2009, Osprey Publishing)
Description: Although the war in the Pacific is usually considered a carrier war, it was the cruisers that dominated the early fighting. This thrilling duel presen ...
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26.

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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27.

Black May

by - Gannon, Michael (1998, Harpercollins)
Description: Michael Gannon wrote the awesome Operation Drumbeat (see our review) so this one is anticipated by many people. I've reviewed this excellent book whi ...
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28.

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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29.

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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30.

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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