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Argonaut : The Submarine Legacy of Simon Lake
(West Texas A&M University Series, No. 4)
by John J. Poluhowich
Simon Lake was the classic American inventor, complete with a rival, John Holland, who reaped most of history's praise for submarine design. However, it was Lake who launched his first working submarine in 1894 at the age of twenty-seven in the rivers of his native New Jersey. In 1898, his steel vessel, the Argonaut, completed a thousand-mile trek up the Atlantic coast. Despite the potential for government contracts, Lake remained private, using his invention to build a fortune from underwater salvage. From the cover notes.
Hardcover - 224 pages (November 1999)
Texas A&M University Press; ISBN: 0890968942

Allied Submarine Attacks of World War Two : European Theatre of Operations 1939-1945
Jurgen Rohwer, J. S. Kay, I. N. Venkov
Listed under WWII Submarines

Battle Beneath the Waves : The U-Boat War
by Robert C. Stern
True stories featuring German submariners
Listed under German U-Boats


Big Red : Three Months on Board a Trident Nuclear Submarine
by Douglas C. Waller
Paperback - April 2002

Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines
by Norman Polmar, Kenneth J. Moore
Hardcover from Brasseys, Inc.
Book Published: December, 2003
Rising Tide: The Untold Story of the Russian Submarines That Fought the Cold War
by Gary E. Weir, Walter J. Boyne
Hardcover from Basic Books
Book Published: 14 October, 2003
Crazy Ivan: Based on a True Story of Submarine Espionage
by W. Craig Reed
Navy Seal on fast attack nuclear submarine documents spy missions against the Soviets.
Listed under Cold War

Dark Waters: An Insider's Account of the NR-1, the Cold War's Undercover Nuclear Sub
by Lee Vyborny, Don Davis
Hardcover from New American Library
Book Published: 07 January, 2003
Fast-Attack Submarine: The Seawolf Class
(High-Tech Military Weapons)
by Gregory Payan
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - 48 pages (September 2000)
Children's Press; ISBN: 0516235389

German Warships of World War I : The Royal Navy's Official Guide to the Capital Ships, Cruisers, Destroyers, Submarines and Small Craft, 1914-1918
Norman Friedman, Robert Gardiner
Listed under Navies

Ghost of War : The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations, 1945-1995
Roger Dingman
Listed under Pacific War

HM Submarines in Camera 1901-1996
J. J. Tall, Paul Kemp
Hardcover / Published 1997

Jane's Underwater Warfare Systems
Listed under Jane's Naval Books

Jane's Underwater Technology
by Clifford Funnell (Editor)
Listed under Jane's Naval Books

John P. Holland, 1841-1914 : Inventor of the Modern Submarine
Richard Knowles Morris
Listed under Inventors

K-19: The Widowmaker: The Secret Story of the Soviet Nuclear Submarine
by Peter A. Huchthausen
A catastrophic nuclear disaster was narrowly averted in 1961.
Paperback: National Geographic Society; ISBN: 079226472X; (July 2002)

Memoirs
by Karl Donitz
Listed under German U-Boats


The Navy Times Book of Submarines : A Political, Social, and Military History
by Brayton Harris, Walter J. Boyne (Editor)
A compelling history of the submarine, from conception, to gestation, to birth during World War I, to the genesis of the mighty nuclear submarine.
Paperback: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 8.86 x 5.89 
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Reissue edition (August 7, 2001)
ISBN: 0425178382 

Modern U.S. Navy Submarines (Enthusiast Color Series)
Robert Genat
Paperback / Published 1997

Operation Drumbeat : The Dramatic True Story of Germany's First U-Boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II
Michael Gannon
Listed under German U-Boats

Red Scorpion : The War Patrols of the USS Rasher
by Peter T. Sasgen
Listed under WWII Submarines

Serving the Silent Service : The Legend of Electric Boat
Jeffrey L. Rodengen
Hardcover / Published 1995
"The book is a thing of beauty...the story is complete and well told." Vice Admiral Bernard Kauderer, United States Navy (RET)

The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea
by John Pina Craven
In October 1962, the United States government demanded that the Soviet Union remove long-range tactical missiles that it had positioned in Cuba, a short flight from targets like Washington and New York. After nearly a week's wait, during which the world braced for nuclear war, the Soviet government finally relented. It did so, in part, because its capitalist foe had one weapon that it then did not: 10 dozen submarine-mounted nuclear missiles that could be fired from beneath the waves and reach targets inside the Soviet Union within a matter of minutes. 

In The Silent War, John Craven, an architect of the Polaris missile program, writes that the episode offered unambiguous proof of the value of "a strong silent deterrent" and of the importance of a superb submarine force in preserving the balance of power. In this memoir, he recounts the evolution of the Polaris weapons system during the cold war. Along the way, he reveals little-known incidents of espionage and saber rattling that will give readers pause to wonder how war was avoided for all those years. A bonus for Tom Clancy fans (who are likely to enjoy his book in any event) is Craven's sketchy but fascinating tale of a real hunt for a lost Soviet submarine that took place during his tenure as well as his accessible but nonetheless detailed account of the advanced military technology he helped bring into being. --Gregory McNameeIn October 1962, the United States government demanded that the Soviet Union remove long-range tactical missiles that it had positioned in Cuba, a short flight from targets like Washington and New York. After nearly a week's wait, during which the world braced for nuclear war, the Soviet government finally relented. It did so, in part, because its capitalist foe had one weapon that it then did not: 10 dozen submarine-mounted nuclear missiles that could be fired from beneath the waves and reach targets inside the Soviet Union within a matter of minutes. 

In The Silent War, John Craven, an architect of the Polaris missile program, writes that the episode offered unambiguous proof of the value of "a strong silent deterrent" and of the importance of a superb submarine force in preserving the balance of power. In this memoir, he recounts the evolution of the Polaris weapons system during the cold war. Along the way, he reveals little-known incidents of espionage and saber rattling that will give readers pause to wonder how war was avoided for all those years. A bonus for Tom Clancy fans (who are likely to enjoy his book in any event) is Craven's sketchy but fascinating tale of a real hunt for a lost Soviet submarine that took place during his tenure as well as his accessible but nonetheless detailed account of the advanced military technology he helped bring into being. --Gregory McNamee - Amazon.com
Hardcover - 320 pages (March 15, 2001)
Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0684872137

Submarine Admiral : From Battlewagons to Ballistic Missiles
by I. J. Galantin
By the author of Take her Deep
Hardcover: 345 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.33 x 9.32 x 6.26 
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr (Trd); (September 1995)
ISBN: 0252021606 

Submarines of the Russian and Soviet Navies, 1918-1990
Norman Polmar, Jurrien Noot
Hardcover - 370 pages (April 1991)
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 0870215701

Submarines Under the Ice : How They Conquered the Arctic Ocean
Marion D. Williams
Hardcover / Published 1998

Submarine Insignia & Submarine Services of the World
W. M. Thornton
Listed under Uniforms

Submarines & Ships (See Through History Series)
Richard Humble
Hardcover / Published 1997
Reading level: Ages 9-12

Surface at the Pole : The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate (Blue Jacket Books)
James E. Calvert
Paperback / Published 1996

Silent Hunters : German U-Boat Commanders of World War II
by Theodore P. Savas (Editor)
Listed under German U-Boats

Submarines of the Tsarist Navy : A Pictorial History
Hardcover - 144 pages (January 1998)
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557507716
Submarine : A Guided Tour Inside a Nuclear Warship
by Tom Clancy
Never before seen by the general public: a rare glimpse inside a Los Angeles-class (SSN-688) nuclear submarine ... with Tom Clancy as your guide. 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, for the first time, every civilian can enter this top secret world and experience the drama and excitement of this stunning technological achievement.... the weapons, the procedures, the people themselves... the startling facts behind the fiction that made Tom Clancy a #1 bestseller. Amazon.com
Paperback - 328 pages (November 1993)
Berkley Pub Group; ISBN: 0425138739

Submarine Warfare : An Illustrated History
by Anthony Preston
Hardcover - 160 pages (April 1999)
Thunder Bay Press; ISBN: 1571451722

U.S. Submarines Since 1945 : An Illustrated Design History
by Norman Friedman, James L. Christley (Illustrator)
Hardcover - 280 pages (October 1994)
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557502609

U.S.S. Albacore: Forerunner of the Future' (Publication (Portsmouth Marine Society),25.)
by Robert P. Largess, James L. Mandelblatt
(Paperback)

The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
by Peter Maas
May 23, 1939. Television was being advertised for the first time to American consumers. Europe was on the brink of war as Hitler and Mussolini signed an alliance in Berlin. These were the days before sonar and before the discovery of nuclear power revolutionized submarine design. Dependent on battery power, submarines were actually surface ships that "occasionally dipped beneath the waves." If a sub went down, "every man on board was doomed. It was accepted that there would be no deliverance." 

Swede Momsen was, according to master storyteller Peter Maas, the "greatest submariner the Navy ever had," and he was determined to beat those odds. Momsen spent his career trying to save the lives of trapped submariners, despite an indifferent Navy bureaucracy that thwarted and belittled his efforts at every turn. Every way of saving a sailor entombed in a sub--"smoke bombs, telephone marker buoys, new deep-sea diving techniques, escape hatches, artificial lungs, a great pear-shaped rescue chamber--was either a direct result of Momsen's inventive derring-do, or of value only because of it." Yet on the day the Squalus sank, none of Momsen's inventions had been used in an actual submarine disaster. 

In The Terrible Hours, Maas reconstructs the harrowing 39 hours between the disappearance of the submarine Squalus during a test dive off the New England coast and the eventual rescue of 33 crew members trapped in the vessel 250 feet beneath the sea. It's also the story of Momsen's triumph. Under the worst possible circumstances, Momsen led a successful mission and helped change the future of undersea lifesaving. Not only has Maas written a carefully researched and suspenseful tribute to a true hero, in the process he has salvaged a long-forgotten, riveting piece of American history. --Svenja Soldovieri - Amazon.com
Hardcover: 272 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 9.66 x 6.54 
Publisher: HarperCollins; (September 22, 1999)
ISBN: 0060194804 

Submarines - Special Order Books


Advances in Underwater Technology, Ocean Science and Offshore Engineering : Submersible Technology : Adapting to Change Vol 14
Hardcover / Published 1988
(Special Order)

China's Strategic Seapower : The Politics of Force Modernization in the Nuclear Age
(Studies in International Security and Arms Control)
John Wilson Lewis, Litai Xue
Hardcover / Published 1994
Special Order

Decommissioned Submarines in the Russian Northwest : Assessing and Eliminating Risks (NATO Asi Series. Partnership Sub-Series 2, Environment, Vol. 32.
Elizabeth J. Kirk (Editor), North Atlantic Treaty Organization scientifi
Hardcover / Published 1997
Special Order

Diplomatic Ramifications of Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, 1939-1941 (Contributions in Military Studies, 104)
Janet M. Manson
Hardcover / Published 1990
Special Order

Forged in War : The Naval-Industrial Complex and American Submarine Construction, 1940-1961
Gary E. Weir
Hardcover / Published 1993
Special Order

From Polaris to Trident : The Development of Us Fleet Ballistic Missille Technology (Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Vol 30)
Graham Spinardi
Hardcover / Published 1994
Special Order

Patch Guide : U.S. Navy Ships and Submarines
Michael L. Roberts (Editor)
Hardcover / Published 1992
Special Order

Rickover and the Nuclear Navy : The Discipline of Technology
Francis Duncan
Hardcover / Published 1990
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Soviet Submarine Operations in Swedish Waters, 1980-1986 (Washington Papers, No 128)
Milton Leitenberg
Hardcover / Published 1987
(Special Order)

Ships, Submarines, and the Sea (Brassey's Sea Power, V. 2.)
P. J. Gates, N. M. Lynn
Paperback / Published 1989
(Special Order)

Slide Rules and Submarines : American Scientists and Subsurface Warfare in World War 2
Montgomery C. Meigs
Paperback / Published 1990
(Special Order)

Soviet Submarine Operations in Swedish Waters, 1980-1986 (Washington Papers, No 128)

Milton Leitenberg

Paperback / Published 1987
(Special Order)

Stranger Than Fiction : Soviet Submarine Operations in Swedish Waters
Gordon H. McCormick
Paperback / Published 1990
(Special Order)

The T-Class Submarine : The Classic British Design
Paul J. Kemp
Hardcover / Published 1990
(Special Order)

Through a Canadian Periscope : The Story of the Canadian Submarine Service
Julie H. Ferguson
Hardcover / Published 1995
(Special Order)

Trident Facilities : Proceedings of the Conference Organized by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Held in London on 14 April 1994
F.D.R. Yell (Editor)
Hardcover / Published 1994
(Special Order)
NS402 Submarines : Junior Officer Practicum
Hardcover / Published 1994
(Special Order)

Nuclear Submarine Decommissioning and Related Problems (NATO Asi Series. Partnership Sub-Series 1, Disarmament Technologies, Vol. 8)
L. G. Lesage (Editor), et al
Hardcover / Published 1996
(Special Order)

Mine Warfare at Sea
Howard S. Levie
Hardcover / Published 1992
(Special Order)

Panic! at Fort Stevens : Japanese Navy Shells Fort Stevens, Oregon in World War-II : Documentary
Bert Webber
Paperback / Published 1995
(Special Order)

Submarines Vol 402
Taylor
Paperback / Published 1993
(Special Order)

The U.S. Submarine Production Base : An Analysis of Cost, Schedule, and Risk for Selected Force Structures : Executive Summary
J. L. Birkler (Editor), United States Dept. of Defense of
Hardcover / Published 1994
(Special Order)


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