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Books on submarine warfare in the Pacific

Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by Half Track, Apr 18, 2022.

  1. Half Track

    Half Track Well-Known Member

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    I have read the book Thunder Below and it was ok. But I was just wondering if anyone can suggest what, in their opinion, is a good book to read on the subject of WWII in the Pacific with U.S. submarines, non fiction. Thanks
     
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    There may be some new books out soon…
     
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    Clear the Bridge, by Richard O'Kane, of the Tang.
     
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    I second Clear the Bridge as well as O'Kane's Wahoo.
    Clay Blair's Silent Victory is the go-to reference for US submarine operations
    Silent Running by Vice Admiral James Calvert is excellent.
    Take Her Deep! by Admiral I.J. Gallantin is good.
    Submarine! by Commander Edward Beach
     
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    Half Track Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much, I ordered Silent Running. I read some of the reviews of the mentioned books, on Amazon, and I know there are always some readers who have something negative to say, but most on all of the books mentioned are positive, five stars. So, I picked one. I appreciate all of your replies. And I almost forgot that I had read the book, USS Seawolf, Submarine Raider of the Pacific.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The ones @mcoffee suggested are great.

    Also, Bowfin by Hoyt is good, too.
     
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    I enjoyed Wahoo also.
     
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    Hoyt was mentioned and while he is good at writing, I don't see any original research. I may be wrong on this as I've only read a few of his books.

    Clay Blair's Silent Victory has been mentioned and has no shortage of original research, but is dry.
    Ruhr's War on the Boats is good and Ruhr served aboard subs. I got that for a colleague of mine since her father was aboard the same boat.
    Theodore Roscoe's US Submarine Operations in WW II is a classic.
     
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