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Submarine Stories: Recollections from the Diesel Boats Hardcover – April 2, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; First Edition edition (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591148413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591148418
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PAUL STILLWELL, an independent historian, is the editor or author of nine previous books, including one on submarines titled Sharks of Steel, which he coauthored with Vice Adm. Robert Y. Kaufman. Other books include three collections of oral histories: Air Raid: Pearl Harbor! Recollections of a Day of Infamy, Assault on Normandy: First-Person Accounts from the Sea Services, and The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. In addition, he wrote three illustrated battleship histories of the USS Arizona, New Jersey, and Missouri that are filled with stories of crew-members. All of these titles were published by the Naval Institute Press. The Golden Thirteen was named by the New York Times as one of the notable history books of 1993. Stillwell has been a frequent guest on network and cable television programs, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and the History Channel.

Stillwell was director of the U.S. Naval Institute's history division from 1993 to 2004. Prior to that he served as the first editor-in-chief of the Institute's Naval History magazine and earlier was managing editor of the organization's Proceedings magazine. From 1982 to 2004 he served as director of the Naval Institute s oral history program, one of the oldest and largest in the United States.

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Stillwell is a retired Naval Reserve commander who served in the late 1960s on board the tank landing ship Washoe County and the battleship New Jersey. He and his wife Karen live in Arnold, Maryland. They are the parents of three sons, James, Robert, and Joseph.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Dougherty on July 26, 2008
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This book consists of 58 short chapters, each describing some event or advance in the development of US Navy conventional submarines. It covers the entire period of US diesel boat operation, from the early pre-WWI days up to the last of the "B-girls", USS Blueback, decommisioned in the late 1980's, and the Dolphin, lasting into the 21st century. The individual chapters can be read in 10-15 minutes, but each is a careful vignette of some interesting aspect of submarine life onboard these boats. The author list is spectacular: Slade Cutter, Lawson Ramage, Eugene Wilkinson, Edward Beach, Roy Benson, Paul Schratz, Robert Dornin, John Alden, Robert McNitt, Richard Laning, Waldo Lyon, and Joe Williams, among others.

One of the earliest chapters is a letter written by Theordore Roosevelt (yes, the president), in which he describes his reaction to a trip in the USS Plunger, and gives the order that granted submarine duty pay. The WWI L-boats get a chapter, and the operations in conjunction with the British subs are discussed. The S-boats, O-boats, Far East Service, and inter-war submarine losses are covered in their own chapters. Designing the fleet submarine as well as the Torpedo Data Computer get their own chapters, as does submarine detailing in the era before computers tracking of assignments existed. The Squalus rescue is covered from the standpoint of one of the divers.

The bulk of the chapters cover incidents and stories from WWII. Along the way, we hear from Slade Cutter about life under Lew Parks on Pompano, and what it taught him about submarine command. These chapters also include such notable actions as the exploits of USS Drum, in which the author, Adm Maurice Rindskopf, describes his duty as decoding officer of the ULTRA broadcasts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betty Baggetta on October 26, 2010
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My husband is an old "bubble head". This is the nickname submariners call each other. I purchased this book for him and he was very impressed with the stories. He relived many old memories on his "sewer pipe". Submariners know what I mean.

Great book - highly recommended.
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By Leslie on December 27, 2013
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As the daughter of a former diesel submarine officer, I was very pleased with the stories and content, as was my father. He loved reading this book and recognizing names of people he knew. It was exactly the right book for him.
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