by Edward L. Beach
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Submarine! by Edward L. Beach

The classic nonfiction World War II submarine combat thriller, written by a man who actually fought the battles.

The war beneath the waves.

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.

This is the true story of those brave men who served and too often died under the ocean surface, written by a man who was there. Edward L. Beach masterfully weaves his gripping experiences aboard the USS Trigger with those of other boats fighting the war in the Pacific. Part action-packed combat chronicle, part testament to the courageous sacrifices made by those who never came back, this is a compelling eyewitness account of the war as few have seen it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743487993
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 503,970
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Edward L. Beach, Captain, USN (Ret.), was the bestselling author of Run Silent, Run Deep and a dozen other books about the navy, including Around the World Submerged — a chronicle of his record-breaking 1960 circumnavigation of the globe in the USS Triton. He died in 2002.

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Submarine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be Capt Beach's best book of all! His alternating chapters about his ship and others allow him to express the magnificence as well as tedium of the silent service. The pursuit of enemy convoys with their inherent risks and unexpected results really drew me into this book.
WritermomHB More than 1 year ago
This book is about the war in the Pacific Theatre in WWII. Many don’t know about the wonderful work that was done by the submarines. Captain Beach touches on many of them, their missions, their captains and crews and the work they did. This is a part of American history that should be learned by all Americans. Captain Beach does a great job of telling these stories. He visits one submarine in one chapter and then another in another chapter. Some he does twice, as there is more to tell. A great job, done by an excellent US Navy Captain. I recommend it to all who are interested and to those who are not. Those sailors certainly deserve respect, though for many it would be posthumously.
oldbees More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that tells the true story of the part of the armed forces that brought Japan to it's knees in World War II.  The exploits told of in the book are real true adventures taken from the actual  Patrol Reports od the Subs involved.  Commander Beach was there at the beginning and managed to ;make it to the end and beyond.  There are no Nuclear boats here as athey weren't invented for another twenty years or so. These are just steel boats with linited underwater capabilities and limited armament. I first read this book in the mid 1950's when I found it in my school library.  I have owned a copy since the early 1960's and read it every few years.   Read this book once or twice and then find an early submarine (WWII) and check it out to see how these men fought and lived.  There are a number of these boats kept as museums around the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best book I've ever read about the perils of submarine duty during WWII. Many of the skippers' names and their submarines were very familiar and it was exciting (and sometimes sad) to learn of their exploits and adventures. In my younger years, I wanted to be a submariner, but since women aren't allowed, this book let me experience it by proxy.
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He made this book after the Trigger was sank