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For the World War II submariner, every day was a life-or-death trial: going to sea for months at a time; existing in dank, claustrophobic conditions; enduring long stretches of monotonous silence punctuated by adrenaline-spiked episodes of paralyzing fear and victorious elation. It was a duty few men could handle -- and even fewer would survive.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1960 by Signet (first published 1946)
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This book was a mediocre read in terms of understanding what was going on. The author often used abbreviations and terminology that wasn't explained and made it difficult to understand what he was talking about specifically; at times it made it difficult to know what was happening. However, this book had several breathtaking moments in it. I enjoyed how the author retold stories from multiple submarines and the submariners in them as well as his own experiences; it gave a greater look at how eac...more
An easy to read overview of the author's real life submarine experience in the Pacific during WWII. It's not a linear narrative of just one ship, but rather a loosely chronological collection of stories -- not all of them about subs that the author served on, but rather those most interesting. Edward Beach went on to a long and influential career in Navy submarines, so the fact he presents such a high-level perspective sheds light on why.

I would choose this book as one of the best WWII memoirs...more
This book was originally written right after World War II where Commander Beach had been the skipper of a Pacific Fleet submarine. The review said that it was originally published in 1990 in error. I read the book ten years after being published and it left a mark on me at that time. I reread the book in the seventies and it was as good then as my first visit. People's tastes change as they mature and I don't know how I would feel fifty years later, but my evaluation is derived from the values a...more
Craig Olson
Nice quick read on WWII submarine warfare. My only complaint is that it was all told on the captains perspective. I would like to learn more about the enlisted mans life on board
Interesting, though not-quite-thoroughly-explained accounting of the American submarine fleet in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. If you've seen (and enjoyed) Das Boot, this will be interesting and intriguing. If you haven't seen Das Boot, Go do it!
Scott Sigler
Great book that gives you a first-hand account of what it was like to be part of submarine warfare in World War II. Brave men enduring horrible circumstances, where even basic mistakes could take out a sub and the entire crew.
beach combines his own patrols with narration of other boats' logs. He was there!
Oliver Barry
Good read, a little cliché.
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Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. was a highly-decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author.

During World War II, he participated in the Battle of Midway and 12 combat patrols, earning 10 decorations for gallantry, including the Navy Cross. After the war, he served as the naval aide to the President of the United States and commanded the first submerged circumnavigation.

After Worl...more
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Run Silent, Run Deep (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Dust On The Sea Salt and Steel: Reflections of a Submariner Around the World Submerged: The Voyage of the Triton The Wreck of the Memphis (Classics of Naval Literature)

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