To commemorate this 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor and America's sudden plunge into the terrible maelstrom of World War II, here are my nominees for the best sea/naval novels of World War II:
1. The Cruel Sea, Nicholas Monsarrat
2. The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk
3. Run Silent, Run Deep, Edward Beach
Of the three, Monsarrat best captures the pain, the endurance, the heroism that is duty performed. Wouk best portrays the development of callow youngsters into grown men, and Beach best depicts the tense oscillation between hunter and hunted in the nasty business of submarine warfare. Do you have other nominees -- for novels of the naval war of World War II?
May we never have to do what our fathers did for us in World War II.