National Reading Week. What books on the Sea Services would you recommend? Give us your ideas and we’ll put up a fan’s recommended reading list.

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nhcoverNext…really excited about this one…

HBO’s release of The Pacific is augmented by our partnership…all kinds of articles in our March/April issue of Naval History Magazine and a The Pacific Page on our website to follow the series with attention to the historical record of what happened with maps, slideshows interviews and more… Follow all of the articles we will release throughout the series and exclusive article written in Proceedings Magazine in WWII

For example:

An Overdue Pacific War Perspective

By Richard B. Frank
Don’t Forget: National Reading Week…what are you reading?

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  • OK — 2 ea. non-fiction and fiction:

    1. The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise, by Edward P. Stafford
    2. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, by Parshall and Tully

    1. Cold is the Sea, by Edward L. Beach
    2. Caine Mutiny, by Herman Wouk

    Bonus: Bridges at Toko-ri, by James Michner

  • UltimaRatioReg


    The World Crisis- Winston Churchill; Covers his time as First Lord and his dealings with Jacky Fisher extensively.

    Battle Line- Thomas and Trent Hone; A non-technician explanation of the development of the US Navy between the wars.

    And I was There- RADM Edwin T. Layton USN (Ret.); Brilliant and extensive work on the pioneering of Navy codebreaking and the internecine squabbles within the Navy leading up to Pearl Harbor through the Solomons.

    With the Old Breed- Eugene Sledge; Seminal work of the Marines’ Pacific War by someone who saw it at the squad level on Peleliu and Okinawa.

  • Mike M.

    Thunder Below, by RADM Eugene Fluckey. If you wrote this as a movie script, it would be too over-the-top to be believed.

    Fleet Tactics, by CAPT Wayne Hughes. Naval Warfare 101…and elegantly written.

  • Non-Fiction:

    Robert K. Massie’s “Dreadnought”. A well written story of the part the naval building programs of Britain and Germany played leading into the great war.

    William T. Larkins’ “Battleship and Cruiser Aircraft of the United States Navy: 1910 – 1949”. Excellent coverage of a forgotten era in naval aviation.


    W.E.B Griffin’s “The Corps” series. A historical novel that follows its protagonists from China Marine days, through WWII and into Korea.

  • Pascal


    John Lundstrom ‘Black Shoe Carrier Admiral’
    Excellent and detailed account of carrier warfare in the Pacific in 1941-October 1942.

    John Costello ‘The Pacific War’
    One of the best one volume accounts of the origins and conduct of the war.

    Maurice Matloff and Edwin Snell ‘Strategic Planning for Coalition Warfare: 1941-1942’
    The problems and solutions of grand strategic planning at the beginning of World War II.


    You can’t go wrong with the Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series starting with ‘Master and Commander’. Great fiction taking place during the Age of Sail.