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1.

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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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.

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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4.

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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5.

Shadow Divers

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

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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7.

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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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.

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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10.

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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11.

US fast battleships 1936-47

by - Lawrence Burr
The North Carolina and South Dakota classes (New Vanguard) (2010, Osprey Publishing)
Description: This volume details the design, construction, and operation of the first six of the ten US fast battleships, two of the North Carolina class and four ...
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12.

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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13.

Allied Secret: The Sinking of Hmt Rohna

by - Jackson, Carlton (2002, Univ of Oklahoma Pr (Trd))
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14.

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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15.

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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16.

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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17.

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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18.

The Starvation Blockades

by - Hawkins, Nigel
Naval Blockades of WW1 (2002, Leo Cooper)
Description: Fairly balanced account of the British naval blockade of Germany 1914-18 and the German counter-blockade, which culminated in the unrestricted U-boat ...
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19.

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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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.

Heroes in Dungarees

by - Bunker, John
The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II. (1995, United States Naval Inst.)
Description: Focuses on the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II, and provides details of encounters in every part of the globe with Axis vessels and planes, and w ...
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22.

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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23.

No Higher Honor

by - Nesmith, Jeff
The U.S.S. Yorktown and the Battle of Midway (1999, Longstreet Press)
Description: A detailed, moving account of the pivotal Battle of Midway, told through the voices and stories of the men who fought on the U.S.S. Yorktown.
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24.

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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25.

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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26.

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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27.

The Rohna Disaster

by - Bennett, James Gordon (1998, Xlibris Corporation)
Description: On November 26, 1943, the United States suffered its greatest loss at sea in history when the HMT ROHNA was sunk by a guided missile launched from a G ...
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28.

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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29.

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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30.

Sea of Glory

by - Wales, Ken
A Novel Based on the True WWII Story of the Four Chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester (2001, Broadman & Holman Publishers)
Description: In 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was torpedoed by a German submarine en route to a top-secret radar installation in Greenland. The four Army chaplains ...
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