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Run Silent Run Deep by Edward L. Beach
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This is a novel, but it belongs more accurately to the domain of autobiographical war-narratives. It's a fictionalized, idealized portrayal of one man's submarine war experience. The author, Edward Beach, also wrote a memoir: "Submarine!"

In other reviews, the book is criticized for not being philosophical about the horrors of war. There is no doubt that war is horrific. "The Good War" by Studs Terkel is a Pulitzer Prize winning account of WWII that takes a high level approach of documenting all of the negative consequences which came from even this, positively perceived war.

However, this book, written in 1955, does a good job of documenting the mindset & experience of submariners who were patriotic, did their best, accepted the war more or less at face value, etc. (As to whether or not that was the best approach, I can't say. God forbid we should ever be placed in their positions.)

A worthy read for folks interested in WWII submarine combat. I more highly recommend the nonfiction memoirs available: these tend to be rather factual & dry, however, mature readers can fill in the human details themselves, and the raw, true events described, are extreme enough to be on the edges of human experience, and well worth exploring.

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October 19, 2012 – Shelved
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January 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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