Best Submarines Books

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1. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Author: by Erik Larson
March 12, 2015

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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 …

2. The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History

Author: by Josh Dean
September 5, 2017

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An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold Wara mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argoabout how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and America’s most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii.Then it vanished. As the Soviet Navy searched in vain for the lost vessel, a small, highly classified American operation using sophisticated deep-sea spy equipment found itwrecked on the sea floor at a depth of 16,800 feet, far beyond the capabilities of any salvage that existed.

But the potential intelligence assets onboard the shipthe nuclear warheads, battle orders, and cryptological machinesjustified going to extreme lengths to find a way to raise the submarine. So began Project Azorian, a top-secret mission that took six years, cost an estimated $800 million, and would become the largest and most daring covert operation in CIA history.After the U.S.

3. The Dive: The Untold Story of the World's Deepest Submarine Rescue

Author: by Stephen McGinty
336 pages

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An undersea adventure narrated from the suffocating depths of the ocean flooras time and oxygen are quickly running outThe Dive is the harrowing and heroic story of the rescue of submarine Pisces III. They were out of their depth, out of breath and out of time.

Two men, trapped in a crippled submarine. Outside was pitch darkness and the icy chill of the ocean’s depthsand the crushing weight of 1,700 feet of water. On the surface a flotilla of ships and a rescue operation under the command of an eccentric retired naval commander.

For three days, the world watched and held its breath. On August 29th, 1973, a routine dive to the telecommunication cable that snakes along the Atlantic sea bed went badly wrong. Pisces III, with Roger Chapman and Roger Mallinson onboard, had tried to surface when a catastrophic fault suddenly sent the mini-submarine tumbling to the ocean bedalmost half a mile below.

Badly damaged, buried nose first in a bed of sand, the submarine and the two men were now trapped far beyond the depth of all previous sub-sea rescues. They had just two days’ worth of oxygen. Rescue was three days away.

4. Stalking the Red Bear: The True Story of a U.S. Cold War Submarine's Covert Operations Against the Soviet Union

Author: by Peter Sasgen
St. Martin's Press
March 17, 2009

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Thrilling submarine espionage and an inside look at the U.S. Navy’s “silent service” Stalking the Red Bear, for the first time ever, describes the action principally from the perspective of a commanding officer of a nuclear submarine during the Cold War – the one man aboard a sub who makes the critical decisions – taking readers closer to the Soviet target than any work on submarine espionage has ever done before.

This is the untold story of a covert submarine espionage operation against the Soviet Union during the Cold War as experienced by the Commanding Officer of an active submarine. Few individuals outside the intelligence and submarine communities knew anything about these top-secret missions.

Cloaking itself in virtual invisibility to avoid detection, the USS Blackfin went sub vs. Sub deep within Soviet-controlled waters north of the Arctic Circle, where the risks were extraordinarily high and anything could happen. Readers will know what it was like to carry out a covert mission aboard a nuke and experience the sights, sounds, and dangers unique to submarining.

5. Submarine (Tom Clancy's Military Reference)

Author: by Tom Clancy
368 pages

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Only the author of The Hunt for Red October could capture the reality of life aboard a nuclear submarine. Only a writer of Mr. Clancy’s magnitude could obtain security clearance for information, diagrams, and photographs never before available to the public.

Now, every civilian can enter this top secret world… The weapons, the procedures, the people themselves… The startling facts behind the fiction that made Tom Clancy a #1 bestselling author.

6. The Real Cruel Sea: The Merchant Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939–1943

Author: by Richard Woodman
Pen & Sword Maritime
July 6, 2011

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The renowned maritime historian’s compelling study of the vital role played by merchant seamen during WWII in the Battle of the Atlantic. For the British, the Battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival. They depended on the safe transit of hundreds of merchant ships carrying food and supplies from America to feed the country and keep the war effort going.

On top of that, they had to export manufactured goods to pay for it all. Britain’s merchant navy, a disparate collection of private vessels, had become the country’s lifeline. While its seamen were officially non-combatants, they bravely endured the onslaught of the German U-boat offensive until Allied superiority overwhelmed the enemy.

Drawing extensively on first-hand sources, Richard Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets in the struggle against Germany. This important study elevates the heroic seamen who manned these ships to their rightful place in the history of the Second World War.


U.S. Submarines Since 1945, Revised Edition: An Illustrated Design History

Author: by Norman Friedman
Naval Institute Press
320 pages

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In the tradition of his acclaimed warship design histories, Norman Friedman describes the forces-technical, political, and operational-that shaped a vital element of U.S.Sea power. For example, he examines the evolution in missions, such as forward-based antisubmarine warfare and strategic deterrence, that transformed the submarine from its former subsidiary role to the center of national power.U.S.

Submarines Since 1945 is also the story of a technological revolution: first the emergence of fast diesel-electric craft, then the shock of nuclear power, followed by the appearance of submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Nowhere else can a reader find so complete or sophisticated an account of the development of the U.S.

Submarine force, including not only the hulls, but also the weapons and sensors they carry. The book details what submarines were ordered, what weapons and propulsion systems they had, how they performed, and what sonars and combat systems were developed.

8. Hitler's Attack U-Boats: The Kriegsmarine's WWII Submarine Strike Force

Author: by Jak P Mallmann Showell
232 pages

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The full story of the design and development of the German attack U-boats written by a renowned expert in the field. The success of German submarines during the First World War in almost cutting off Britain’s vital imports had not been forgotten by Adolf Hitler and when, in March 1935, he repudiated the Treaty of Versailles, Britain, magnanimously, signed up to an Anglo-German Naval Agreement.

This allowed the Germans to build their submarine strength up to one third of the British Royal Navy’s tonnage. When war broke out in 1939, German U-boats went quickly into action, but with only four years of production and development, the main armament of these submarines was considerably weaker than equivalent boats in other navies and many of the other main features, such as living and the fighting conditions, were also significantly inferior.

Nevertheless, the German U-boat onslaught against British merchant ships during the autumn of 1940 was highly successful because the attacks were made on the surface at night and from such close range that a single torpedo would sink a ship. Soon, though, Allied technology was able to detect U-boats at night, and new convoy techniques, combined with powerfully-armed, fast modern aircraft searching the seas, meant that by 1941 it was clear that Germany was losing the war at sea.


Silent Steel: The Mysterious Death of the Nuclear Attack Sub USS Scorpion

Author: by Stephen Johnson

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128 pages

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Build models of twenty-five iconic military vehiclesand learn the history of their development and usage on the battlefield. From World War I to the present day, Military Vehicles: A Complete History casts a spotlight on some of the world’s most iconic tanks, airplanes, and ships.

The 2-in-1 format includes a reference section with information on each vehicle’s development and usage, while the detachable model pages include press-out cardstock pieces and instructions for assembling twenty-five detailed models. Military history enthusiasts will find many hours of enjoyment in this interactive and informative book.

12. Dangerous Shallows: In Search of the Ghost Ships of Cape Cod

Author: by Eric Takakjian
Lyons Press

272 pages

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Dangerous Shallows tells the story of a quest to solve maritime cold-cases. The odyssey takes the reader along for a moment-by-moment look at the events surrounding the loss of a dozen different ships, and includes the stories of discovering their wrecks and learning about the final hours of each of these ships.

13. Crossing the Bar: The Adventures of a San Francisco Bay Bar Pilot

Author: by Paul Lobo
272 pages

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There is nothing placid about San Francisco Bay. Its raucous waters have hosted brutal storms, daring rescues, horrendous accidents, and countless hours of drama and tension. Captain Paul Lobo knows that better than most people. As a licensed harbor pilot in those treacherous waters, Lobo captained nearly 6,500 boats in a thirty-one year careereverything from mega-yachts to the USS Enterprise to the Love Boat.

Each trip tells its own story, and Lobo shares many. Here readers will find gripping, tense adventure stories, all well told. Reading Crossing the Bar is like being on the rolling bridge with Lobo. Here are tragic deaths and lives saved, inspiring rescues, devastating storms, and the infamous and horrendous oil spill after the Cosco Busan rammed the Oakland Bay Bridgewhich resulted in the first imprisonment of a maritime pilot for making an error.

Readers will also find a December sea rescue Lobo assisted with in hurricane strength winds and monstrous seas. Without Lobo’s pilot boat and its crews’ supreme effort, the ship they saved would have foundered on the rocky Marin County, California, coastline with the loss of all hands.

14. The World Encyclopedia of Destroyers, Frigates & Submarines: Features 1300 Wartime And Modern Identification Photographs: A History Of Destroyers, … Of Over 380 Warships And Submarines

Author: by Bernard Ireland

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An expertly researched history and directory of warships and submarines, with detailed specifications and photographs.

15. The Design and Construction of the Nautilus

Author: by Demetri Capetanopoulos
138 pages

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Is there anyone, of any age, who has read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and not sketched their vision of the Nautilus in their imagination or down on paper? For 150 years, the submarine created by Jules Verne has captivated readers and inspired countless interpretations.

Jules Verne was meticulous about incorporating cutting-edge technology of his time and making reasonable extrapolations. The Design and Construction of the Nautilus takes Jules Verne’s in-text descriptions, paired with extensive research on the technology of the time in which Verne’s iconic book was written, and presents detailed construction plans, design notes, and operational theories based on modern submarine technologies.

The Nautilus is more than just a 19th-century mechanical marvel. She has always represented the ultimate technological triumph over nature, a symbol of mankind’s mastery of our domain, and the human desire to explore the unknown.

16. British Submarines in the Cold War Era

Author: by Norman Friedman
September 30, 2020

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The Royal Navy’s greatest contribution to the Allied success in World War II was undoubtedly the defeat of the U-boat menace in the North Atlantic, a victory on which all other European campaigns depended. The underwater threat was the most serious naval challenge of the war so it was not surprising that captured German submarine technology became the focus of attention for the British submarine service after 1945.

It was quick to test and adopt the schnorkel, streamlining, homing torpedoes and, less successfully, hydrogen-peroxide propulsion. Furthermore, in the course of the long Atlantic battle, the Royal Navy had become the world’s most effective anti-submarine force and was able to utilise this expertise to improve the efficiency of its own submarines.

However, in 1945 German submarine technology had also fallen into the hands of the Soviet Union and as the Cold War developed it became clear that a growing Russian submarine fleet would pose a new threat. Britain had to go to the US for its first nuclear propulsion technology, but the Royal Navy introduced the silencing technique which made British and US nuclear submarines viable anti-submarine assets, and it pioneered in the use of passive silent sonars in that role.