Essential Submarine Books

A Listmania! list by Amazon Customer "novelist and naval historian" (Atlanta, GA)
The list author says: "Out of the many novels and non-fiction books about submarines, these are some of the best (even if I did write or edit a few of them myself)."
Run Silent, Run Deep (Classics of Naval Literature)
1.  Run Silent, Run Deep (Classics of Naval Literature) by Edward Latimer Beach
The list author says:
  "When it comes to submarine fiction, this is the benchmark."
Used & New from: $22.61
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

See buying options
Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War against Japan (Bluejacket Books)
2.  Silent Victory: The U.S. Submarine War against Japan (Bluejacket Books) by Clay Blair
The list author says:
  "The most popular standard reference on U.S. submarine operations in World War II."
$27.50   Used & New from: $10.21
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

United States Submarines
3.  United States Submarines by David R. Hinkle
The list author says:
  "A massive work, in both size and scope, with hundreds of photos."
Used & New from: $45.47
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Submarine: A History
4.  The Submarine: A History by Thomas Parrish
The list author says:
  "Possibly the best general submarine history to date."
Used & New from: $0.12
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

See buying options
U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238): American Submarine War Patrol Reports
5.  U.S.S. Wahoo (SS-238): American Submarine War Patrol Reports by J. T. McDaniel
The list author says:
  "These are the patrol reports filed by Marvin Kennedy and Mush Morton. An excerpt from the Navy's "United States Submarine Losses, World War II" is included for the seventh patrol, from which Wahoo did not return."
$14.90   Used & New from: $10.73
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine
6.  Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard H. O'Kane
The list author says:
  "O'Kane was XO of Wahoo during her first five war patrols. He was also a pretty good writer."
$14.70   Used & New from: $1.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Das Boot: The Boat
7.  Das Boot: The Boat by Lothar G-Unther Buchheim
The list author says:
  "Generally regarded as the definitive U-boat novel, written by a former war correspondent from his own experiences."
$12.44   Used & New from: $0.78
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

U-859
8.  U-859 by Arthur Baudzus
The list author says:
  "A fact-based novel with fictional elements, written by one of the 20 surviving crew members."
Used & New from: $18.89
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Nazi: Coming of Age in Hitler's Germany and the Voyage of the U-859
9.  The Nazi: Coming of Age in Hitler's Germany and the Voyage of the U-859 by Arthur Baudzus
The list author says:
  "The story of the U-859, but without the fictional embellishments the author included in his novel. While he's a bit on the outspoken peacenik side in the first chapter, once he gets into the history it's a fascinating story."
Click for more info

Iron Coffins: A Personal Account Of The German U-boat Battles Of World War II
10.  Iron Coffins: A Personal Account Of The German U-boat Battles Of World War II by Herbert A. Werner
The list author says:
  "Werner spent four years in U-boats, becoming one of the few to survive that long at sea."
$15.33   Used & New from: $1.34
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)

German U-Boat Losses During World War II: Details of Destruction
11.  German U-Boat Losses During World War II: Details of Destruction by Axel Niestlé
The list author says:
  "Little narrative, but contains detailed records of U-boat losses of great value to the historian."
Used & New from: $17.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

See buying options
The U-Boat Commander's Handbook
12.  The U-Boat Commander's Handbook by The High Command of the German Navy
The list author says:
  "A translation of the German original. Useful for the general principles, but less detailed than you might expect."
Used & New from: $5.35
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

See buying options
Pigboat 39: An American Sub Goes to War
13.  Pigboat 39: An American Sub Goes to War by Bobette Gugliotta
The list author says:
  "Part of the Asiatic Fleet, S-39 was one of the first subs deployed against Japan."
$16.00   Used & New from: $4.50
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Bacalao
14.  Bacalao by J. T. McDaniel
The list author says:
  "Critics have called this "the best WWII submarine novel since Run Silent, Run Deep," which makes me feel pretty good."
$12.00   Used & New from: $0.03
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton (Bluejacket Books)
15.  Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton (Bluejacket Books) by Edward Latimer Beach
The list author says:
  "This was spectacular news when I was a kid, and Ned Beach wrote a wonderful account of the historic voyage."
Used & New from: $5.98
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

See buying options
Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller
16.  Torpedo: A Surface Warfare Thriller by Jeff Edwards
The list author says:
  "While this novel concentrates more on the destroyers than the subs, it's still one of the best techno-thrillers in years."
Used & New from: $0.03
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (349 customer reviews)

See buying options
U.S. Submarines Through 1945: An Illustrated Design History
17.  U.S. Submarines Through 1945: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
The list author says:
  "Lots of good information in here."
$43.70   Used & New from: $37.93
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Fleet Submarine in the United States Navy: A Design and Construction History
18.  The Fleet Submarine in the United States Navy: A Design and Construction History by John Doughty Alden
The list author says:
  "An essential reference for anyone interested in American fleet subs."
Used & New from: $28.86
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Last Patrol
19.  The Last Patrol by Harry Holmes
The list author says:
  "A chronological narrative of all American submarine losses in World War II."
Used & New from: $2.46
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

See buying options
Submarine! (Bluejacket Books)
20.  Submarine! (Bluejacket Books) by Edward Latimer Beach
The list author says:
  "Mostly the story of Trigger, Tirante, and Piper, Ned Beach also included the stories of various other subs."
$16.07   Used & New from: $7.41
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Red Scorpion: The War Patrols of the USS Rasher
21.  Red Scorpion: The War Patrols of the USS Rasher by Peter T. Sasgen
The list author says:
  "The author's father served in Rasher. This non-fiction book reads as easily as a novel."
Used & New from: $7.47
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

See buying options
The Terrible Hours
22.  The Terrible Hours by Peter Maas
The list author says:
  "A biography of Swede Momsen, this concentrates in particular on the rescue of the Squalus crew members."
Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

See buying options
Tango Charlie
23.  Tango Charlie by Tommy Cox
The list author says:
  "Popular submarine balladeer Tommy Cox includes the lyrics and the stories behind 25 of his songs in this fascinating memoir."
$16.05   Used & New from: $10.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

U.S.S. Cod (SS-224): American Submarine War Patrol Reports (Riverdale Books Naval History)
24.  U.S.S. Cod (SS-224): American Submarine War Patrol Reports (Riverdale Books Naval History) by J. T. McDaniel
The list author says:
  "The actual patrol reports of the lowest numbered surviving World War II American submarine."
$18.83   Used & New from: $11.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

More Actions

Discover more about this author
 See all of their Listmania! lists
Make your own list
 Create a Listmania! list
View your page on Amazon.com
 Go to Your Profile page

About this Listmania!

 

Author

Amazon Customer "novelist and naval historian" (Atlanta, GA)
Qualifications: Novelist and Naval Historian
Last updated: 6/4/07
Report abuse
    

More Listmania!

 

World War II Themed Books World War II Themed Books

World War II Themed Books: A list of 25 items by Grant

Great Personal Stories from World War II Great Personal Stories from World War II

Great Personal Stories from World War II: A list of 10 items by Amazon Customer "perrybw"

History Mysteries History Mysteries

History Mysteries: A list of 25 items by Claudia

Naval Heritage Reading List Naval Heritage Reading List

Naval Heritage Reading List: A list of 40 items by Amazon Customer

Navy Essentials Navy Essentials

Navy Essentials: A list of 5 items by Mindy Allport Settle

   

More So You'd Like to...