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Submarine! by Edward L. Beach
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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 for getting started in this area, as it's easy to read, and full of stories.

It's true the author's cavelier attitude towards the war is a little tiring -- he makes only the most rudimentary observations about the awfulness of what is happening ... this gives some insight into mindset & attitudes that enabled the war to take place. However it seems the height of arrogance to judge someone from the past who went through such trials.

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October 19, 2012 – Shelved
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January 7, 2014 – Finished Reading

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