Best Naval Military History Books
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1. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
Author: by L. David Marquet
One of the 12 best business books of all time. Timeless principles of empowering leadership. USA Today”The best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution. FORTUNESince Turn the Ship Around! Was published in 2013, hundreds of thousands of readers have been inspired by former Navy captain David Marquet’s true story.
Many have applied his insights to their own organizations, creating workplaces where everyone takes responsibility for his or her actions, where followers grow to become leaders, and where happier teams drive dramatically better results. Marquet was a Naval Academy graduate and an experienced officer when selected for submarine command.
Trained to give orders in the traditional model of know alltell all leadership, he faced a new wrinkle when he was shifted to the Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine. Facing the high-stress environment of a sub where there’s little margin for error, he was determined to reverse the trends he found on the Santa Fe: poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention rate in the fleet.
2. It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, 10th Anniversary Edition
Author: by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Grand Central Publishing
The legendary New York Times bestselling tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today’s uncertain business seas. When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold, it was like a business that had all the latest technology but only some of the productivity.
Knowing that responsibility for improving performance rested with him, he realized he had to improve his own leadership skills before he could improve his ship. Within months, he created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers eager to take the initiative and responsibility for their actions.
The slogan on board became “It’s your ship,” and Benfold was soon recognized far and wide as a model of naval efficiency. How did Abrashoff do it? Against the backdrop of today’s United States Navy, Abrashoff shares his secrets of successful management including: See the ship through the eyes of the crew: By soliciting a sailor’s suggestions, Abrashoff drastically reduced tedious chores that provided little additional value.
3. Never Mind, We'll Do It Ourselves: The Inside Story of How a Team of Renegades Broke Rules, Shattered Barriers, and Launched a Drone Warfare Revolution
Author: by Bierbauer Alec
January 26, 2021
The Inside Story of How a CIA Officer and an Air Force Officer Joined Forces to Develop America’s Most Powerful Tool in the War on Terror. Never Mind, We’ll Do It Ourselves is the character-driven story behind the origins of the Predator drone program and the dawn of unmanned warfare.
A firsthand account told by an Air Force team leader and a CIA team leader, Never Mind, We’ll Do It Ourselves takes the reader into the back offices and secret government hangars where the robotic revolution went from a mad scientist idea to a pivotal part of global air power.
The story will reveal the often conflicting perspectives between the defense and intelligence communities and put you inside places like the CIA’s counterterrorism center on the morning of 9/11. Through the eyes of the men and women who lived it, you will experience the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and the evolution of a program from passive surveillance to the complex hunter-killers that hang above the battlespace like ghosts.
4. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
Author: by James D. Hornfischer
This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can. With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar.
On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.
In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. Historyand captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.
Praise for The Last Stand of the Tin Can SailorsOne of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers…. Exalting American sailors and pilots as they richly deserve….
5. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Author: by Erik Larson
March 12, 2015
1st May 1915: the luxury ocean liner Lusitania sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. Her passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone and its submarines were bringing terror to the Atlantic.
But the Lusitania’s captain, William Thomas Turner, had faith in the gentlemanly terms of warfare that had, for a century, kept civilian ships safe from attack. He also knew that his ship was the fastest then in service and could outrun any threat.
Germany was, however, intent on changing the rules, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. For this would be the ill-fated Lusitania’s final crossing …
6. Into the Deep: A Memoir From the Man Who Found Titanic
Author: by Robert Ballard
The legendary explorer of the Titanic shares inside stories of danger, suspense, and discovery-plus previously untold stories about his own dyslexia and how it has shaped his life. Best known for finding the doomed ship Titanic, celebrated adventurer Robert Ballard has a lifetime of stories about exploring the ocean depths.
Now he gets personal, telling the stories behind his most exciting discoveriesincluding how a top-secret naval mission provided the opportunity for his Titanic discoveryand opens up about his private tragedies. He frankly recounts the struggles he has worked through, rising to prominence as a scientist whose celebrity drew academic scorn.
And he reveals the triumph and agony in the years after his Titanic find: While media around the world clamored for interviews, he grappled with the death of his 20-year-old son and the collapse of his marriage amid academic and military career demands.
Finally, he addresses his late-in-life discovery of his own dyslexia, which he now sees as a gift that has shaped his life and accomplishments. Twice a New York Times best-selling author, here Ballard partners with investigative reporter and bestselling author Christopher Drew to tell the dramatic and often surprising stories behind his newsworthy discoveries.
7. The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944 (Pacific War Trilogy, 2)
Author: by Ian W. Toll
New York Times Bestseller The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire, island by island. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific Warthe period between mid-1942 and mid-1944when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.
It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal. Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War.Ian W.
Toll’s battle scenesin the air, at sea, and in the junglesare simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory.
8. VET Tv's Military Slang Dictionary
Author: by Vet Tv
Created by VET Tv, the #1 military comedy streaming service. There are many books about the U.S. Military that’ll help you understand our culture, history, and traditions. These books are written professionally and honorably, in an effort to reflect the values of the American servicemember – and can provide a respectful insight into the military experience.
This is not one of those books. This book will teach you the language of the real American warrior, who, despite common perception, is usually a bored, hormone-charged 19-year-old looking for something more exciting in life. So, they join the best military on the planet and now live with the intent to kill, blow up, and f* everything in sight (not necessarily in that order).
Who is this made for? If you’re enlisted, a lot of this book will be familiar; use it for a laugh and a reminder that everyone thinks the military is just as ridiculous as you think it is. If you’re an officer, use this book to relate to your troops, because they hate you.
9. Days of Steel Rain: The Epic Story of a WWII Vengeance Ship in the Year of the Kamikaze
Author: by Brent E. Jones
An intimate true account of Americans at war, Days of Steel Rain is an epic drama about an unlikely group of men forced to work together in the face of an increasingly desperate enemy during the final year of World War II.
Sprawling across the Pacific, this untold story follows the crew of the newly-built “vengeance ship” USS Astoria, named for her sunken predecessor lost earlier in the war. At its center lies U.S. Navy Captain George Dyer, who vowed to return to action after suffering a horrific wound.
He accepted the ship’s command in 1944, knowing it would be his last chance to avenge his injuries and salvage his career. Yet with the nation’s resources and personnel stretched thin by the war, he found that just getting the ship into action would prove to be a battle.
Tensions among the crew flared from the start. Astoria’s sailors and Marines were a collection of replacements, retreads, and older men. Some were broken by previous traumatic combat, most had no desire to be in the war, yet all found themselves fighting an enemy more afraid of surrender than death.
10. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Author: by Jonathan Parshall
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, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange’s bestselling Miracle at Midway, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement.
Unlike previous accounts, Shattered Sword makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida’s Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle.
Parshall and Tully examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy’s doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading World War II naval historian John Lundstrom, Shattered Sword is an indispensable part of any military buff’s library.
Shattered Sword is the winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the “Best Book in U.S. Naval History” and was cited by Proceedings as one of its “Notable Naval Books” for 2005.
11. The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream
Author: by Charles Spencer
September 17, 2020
As gripping as any thriller. History doesn’t get any better than this’ BILL BRYSON’A brilliant read Game of Thrones but in the real world’ ANTHONY HOROWITZPICKED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020 BY THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE GUARDIAN, THE DAILY MAIL AND THE DAILY EXPRESS.
The sinking of the White Ship in 1120 is one of the greatest disasters England has ever suffered. In one catastrophic night, the king’s heir and the flower of Anglo-Norman society were drowned and the future of the crown was thrown violently off course.
In a riveting narrative, Charles Spencer follows the story from the Norman Conquest through to the decades that would become known as the Anarchy: a civil war of untold violence that saw families turn in on each other with English and Norman barons, rebellious Welsh princes and the Scottish king all playing a part in a desperate game of thrones.
All because of the loss of one vessel the White Ship the medieval Titanic. Highly enjoyable’ Simon HefferBrilliant’ Dan JonesFascinating’ Tom Bower
12. Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
Author: by Ian W. Toll
“A fluent, intelligent history… Give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea.”New York Times Book Review Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government.
The foundersparticularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adamsdebated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships. From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W.
Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O’Brian.
13. Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Author: by Sherry Sontag
Discover the secret history of America’s submarine warfare in this fast-paced and deeply researched chronicle of adventure and intrigue during the Cold War that reads like a spy thriller. Blind Man’s Bluff is an exciting, epic story of adventure, ingenuity, courage, and disaster beneath the sea.
This New York Times bestseller reveals previously unknown dramas, such as:The mission to send submarines wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables. How the Navy’s own negligence may have been responsible for the loss of the USS Scorpion, a submarine that disappeared, all hands lost, in 1968.
The bitter war between the CIA and the Navy and how it threatened to sabotage one of America’s most important undersea missions. The audacious attempt to steal a Soviet submarine with the help of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and how it was doomed from the start.
A magnificent achievement in investigative reporting, Blind Man’s Bluff reads like a spy thriller, but with one important difference – everything in it is true.
14. Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal
Author: by James D. Hornfischer
“A masterpiece of 20th-century naval history.” -Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of The Immaculate Invasion”The star of this year’s reading list is James D. Hornfischer, a military historian whose flair for narrative is rivaled only by his ability to organize the sweep of battle and assess strategy and tactics in layman’s terms.” -Cleveland Plain DealerThe Battle of Guadalcanal has long been heralded as a Marine victory.
Now, with his powerful portrait of the Navy’s sacrifice, James D. Hornfischer tells for the first time the full story of the men who fought in destroyers, cruisers, and battleships in the narrow, deadly waters of “Ironbottom Sound.” Here, in stunning cinematic detail, are the seven major naval actions that began in August 1942, a time when the war seemed unwinnable and America fought on a shoestring, with the outcome always in doubt.
Working from new interviews with survivors, unpublished eyewitness accounts, and newly available documents, Hornfischer paints a vivid picture of the officers and enlisted men who opposed the Japanese in America’s hour of need. The first major work on this subject in almost two decades, Neptune’s Inferno does what all great battle narratives do: It tells the gripping human stories behind the momentous events and critical decisions that altered the course of history and shaped so many lives.
15. Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett
Author: by James Sullivan
Certain stories we need to tell regardless of their size. One of Mr. Sullivan’s achievements is to remind us why. The Wall Street Journal In the bestselling tradition of Indianapolis and In Harm’s Way comes a thrilling and vividly told account of the USS Plunketta US Navy destroyer that sustained the most harrowing attack on any Navy ship by the Germans during World War II, that gave as good as it got, and that was later made famous by John Ford and Herman Wouk.
More than the story of a single, savage engagement, Unsinkable traces the individual journeys of five men on one ship from Casablanca in North Africa, to Sicily and Salerno in Italy and then on to Plunkett’s defining moment at Anzio, where a dozen-odd German bombers bore down on the ship in an assault so savage, so prolonged, and so deadly that one Navy commander was hard-pressed to think of another destroyer that had endured what Plunkett had.
After a three-month overhaul and with a reputation rising as the fightin’est ship in the Navy, Plunkett (DD-431) plunged back into the war at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and once again into battle during the invasion of Southern Franceperhaps the only Navy ship to participate in every Allied invasion in the European theatre.