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New! Kamikaze Terror by Jeffrey Veesenmeyer
Item: B-89 $20.00 (Media Rate)
2778 Pages (Paperback)

 The kamikaze became Japan's primary weapon against the U.S. Navy in 1945. At Okinawa, their battle cry would be "One man, one ship." Massive attacks by hundreds of planes became their preferred tactic. Sailors watched in horror as kamikazes carrying a 500-pound bomb crashed and exploded on their ships. It was incomprhensible to Americans that men would voluntarily die to deliver death and destruction. Kamikazes created a terror greater than anything the Navy had ever faced. "Kamikaze Terror" humanizes the air/sea battles at Okinawa. Read stories from shipmates of the Hadley, Laffey, Bache, The Sullivans and dozens of other ships. Learn how sailors battled the kamikazes in the last big battle of WWII. Feel the fear these young men felt going into battle and the total relief of finally going home. Author Jeffrey R. Veesnemyer told the story of his uncle's ship, the USS Hadley in "Kamikaze Destoryer." New information about the Hadley adds to this expanded story of how sailors and kamikazes fought in a life and death struggle. Now his new book honors the other ships and crews who battled the Divine Wind. Many of these ships were sunk or damaged beyond repair. He tells their stories through words of the surviving sailors. "Kamikaze Terror" includes 21 chapters with photos, maps, diagrams and appendices. It's a must read for anyone with a connection to the Battle of Okinawa, the U.S. Navy or an interest in preserving WWII history.
Tin Can Titans by John Wukovits
Item: B-88 $22.00 (Media Rate)
320 Pages (Hardcover)
Only 1 left!
When Admiral William Halsey selected Destroyer Squadron 21 (Desron 21) to lead his victorious ships into Tokyo Bay to accept the Japanese surrender, it was the most battle-hardened US naval squadron of the war. But it was not the squadron of ships that had accumulated such an inspiring resume; it was the people serving aboard them. Sailors, not metallic superstructures and hulls, had won the battles and become the stuff of legend. Men like Commander Donald MacDonald, skipper of the USS O'Bannon who became the most decorated naval officer of the Pacific war; Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, who survived his ship's sinking and waged a one-man battle against the enemy while stranded on a Japanese-occupied island; and Doctor Dow "Doc" Ransom, the beloved physician of the USS La Vallette, who combined a mixture of humor and medical expertise to treat his patients at sea, epitomize the sacrifices made by all the men and women of World War II. Through diaries, personal interviews with survivors, and letters written to and by the crews during the war, preeminent historian of the Pacific theater John Wukovits brings to life the human story of the squadron and its men who bested the Japanese in the Pacific and helped take the war to Tokyo.
   
Never to Return by Randall Peffer and Col. Robert Nersasian
Item: B-86 $15.00 (Media Rate)
238 Pages (Paperback)

Never to Return is the harrowing tale of the torpedoing and sinking of a Coast Guard ship and the loss of 171 Coast Guardsmen off the coast of Iceland during WWII. The USS Leopold was a U.S. Coast Guard destroyer escort in a convoy of merchant ships carrying war material to England, on the lookout for the deadly U-boat wolf packs lurking in the North Atlantic. The Leopold was largely unarmored, lightly armed, and no match for the U-255’s torpedoes. Never to Return is the story of gunner Sparky Nersasian and his shipmates’ struggles to survive the Leopold’s sinking.
From Sand to Sea and Distant Shores Book One:
To Sea by Mac Magee
Item: B-85  $15.00 (Media Price)
200 Pages (Paperback)
With incredible clarity and in vivid detail, this 10-year Navy veteran, explains and involves you in the action of the times … the Cold War in the Pacific Ocean during the mid to late 1950’s from Boot Camp and basic training, to service aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer: the USS Theodore Edson Chandler (DD-717). Enjoy liberty ashore in Foreign ports in this first book of his trilogy; From Sand to Sea and Distant Shores.
Navy Daze: Coming of Age in the 1960s Aboard a Navy Destroyer- Michael R. Halldorson
Item: B-84  $22.00 (Media Price)
144 Pages (Paperback)
Imagine yourself being asked not to return to your college and then being thrust into active duty in the Navy in 1964, as unease in Asia is increasing. You join the fleet as a lowly seaman, chipping paint on deck all day, and regret willingly extending your two-year commitment to three years. You have asked for a big, powerful ship but are assigned to an old World War II destroyer—the USS Hopewell (DD-681). Your life has taken a turn you believe is “not for the better,” but America is at peace, so it’s not a problem, right? Then the Gulf of Tonkin Incident thrusts the United States and you into war. As the Hopewell serves on the gunline off Vietnam, you adapt and seek a more pleasant position in day-to-day ship operations. You find adventure on liberty in foreign ports, and learn the ways of a seasoned seaman. When your hitch is over, you leave the Navy, but the memories and life-long friendships will be with you forever. Navy Daze is the first-hand account of a young man from a small, northern California town, who enlists in the Naval Reserve only to find himself on a “tin can” in the South China Sea in wartime. His desire to enjoy the hospitality of foreign ports gets him into trouble more than once, but through it all he finds his calling in naval service, and returning to college, his calling in life.

Edge of Valor by John J. Gobbell
Item B-82 $26.00 (Media Rate) Only 5 left
344 Pages (Hardcover)
This is the fifth thriller by John J. Gobbell featuring the World War II exploits of Cdr. Todd Ingram, commanding officer of the destroyer USS Maxwell (DD 525) who saves his ship when it is hit by a kamikaze off Okinawa. Where they receive news of the war's end. Ingram expects to be shipped home like the rest of his crew but instead receives orders to fly to Manila.
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The Trident Deception by Rick Campbell
Item B-81 $21.00 (Media Rate) Only 4 left
Closeout Price $18.00 (Media Rate)
400 Pages (Hardcover)
The USS Kentucky—a Trident ballistic missile submarine carrying a full complement of 192 nuclear warheads—is about to go on a routine patrol. Not long after it reaches the open sea, however, the Kentucky receives a launch order. After receiving that launch order, it is cut off from all counter-orders and disappears into the Pacific while it makes the eight-day transit to the launch site. What the Kentucky’s crew doesn’t know is that those launch orders haven’t actually come from the U.S. Click here for Book Review

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (1)
Item B-79 $14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping charge)
48 pages (Paperback)

This volume will detail the history, weapons and tactics of the Japanese destroyers built before the war. This includes the famous Fubuki class (called "Special Type" by the Japanese), which were, when completed in the late 1920's. This design forced all other major navies to follow suite and provided the basic design for the next many classes of Imperial Navy destroyers. All of these ships had a rich history as they fought from the first battles of the Pacific War up until the very end when several accompanied the superbattleship Yamato on her death sortie.

Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2)
Item B-80 $14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping charge)
48 pages (Paperback)
Arguably the most successful component of the Imperial Japanese Fleet was its destroyer force. These ships were generally larger than their Allied counterparts and were better armed in most cases. Armed with a large, long-range torpedo (eventually called Long Lance by the Allies), these ships proved themselves as formidable opponents. In the first part of the war, Japanese destroyers were instrumental in an unbroken string of Japanese victories.

Service: A Navy Seal at War
by Marcus Luttrell with James D. Hornfischer 
Item B-76  $22.00  (Media Rate)  
364 pages (Hardcover)
Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.
Murder on Pratas Reef by Rick Ainsworth
Item B-66  $19.95 (Media Rate)
272 pages (Hardcover) - Only 2 left
Finalist for the 2007 National Best Books Award for Historical Fiction, this book is a must-read! It is July, 1965, just before dawn in the South China Sea. The USS Frank Knox, a proud US Navy ship en route from Vietnam to Hong Kong, has just run aground on a reef. The officers and crew must work together to find a way to free the ship, but just as they thought matters could not be any worse, a body is discovered after the grounding. Much worse, it was not accidental, but a murder! Click here for book review.
Thunder and Storm: The Haverfield Incident
by Rick Ainsworth
Item B-65  $24.95 (Media Rate) Only 6 left
512 pages (Hardcover)
This award-winning novel set in the US Navy in 1963 highlights a neglected period of history. This story of a young man's journey to maturity, set in the early Sixties, illustrates the eventful transition from the Greatest Generation to the turbulence, idealism and hope of the Vietnam era. Exciting, thought-provoking and romantic, enjoyed by men and women, this novel is a must-read! Click here for book review.
Morning of the Rising Sun
by Kenneth I. Friedman
Item B-64  $39.99 (Media Rate) Only 4 left
Closeout Price $25.00 (Media Rate)
701 pages (Paperback)
When it comes to the Pacific theatre of the Second World War, Morning of the Rising Sun: The Heroic Story of the Struggle for Guadalcanal by author and historian Kenneth I. Friedman, Ph.D. is the quintessential guide to the epic and stirring tale of the six-month conflict between the United States and the Japanese Empire over the vital island of Guadalcanal. Meticulously researched, the author uses a bipartisan approach to convey the great dedication and bravery of both the Allied and Japanese fighting men. Click here for book review.
Inside the Danger Zone:
The U.S. Military in the Persian Gulf 1987-1988
by Harold Lee Wise
Item B-58  $30.00 (Media Rate)
272 pages (Hardcover)
A history of U.S. military involvement in the Persian Gulf in 1987 and 1988--a time of burning ships, air strikes, and secret missions--the prelude to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, Desert Storm, and the most recent U.S. invasion of Iraq. Based largely on first-hand accounts from veterans of that era, it is an up-close, detailed report from the front lines of a guerrilla war at sea. Many of the dramatic incidents of this period are told in depth, with new information and details never before seen in print. Click here for book review.
Destroyer Design by Howard A. Chatterton, Jr.
Item B-49  $14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping charge)

This publication describes the destroyer design process.  Use of a computer allows the techniques described here to be done quickly and consistently in much greater detail than was possible by hand.
No Higher Honor by Bradley Peniston
Item B-50  $23.00 (Media Rate)
Closeout Price $17.00 (Media Rate)
275 pages (Hardcover)Only 1 left!
The USS Samuel B. Robert (FFG-58) was a small warship built for escort duty much like its namesake vessel, one of the "tin can" heroes of Leyte Gulf. Journalist Bradley Peniston draws on hundreds of documents and interviews to present the first book about the Roberts heroic actions.
The Fighting Commodores by Alan Burn
Item B-25
Original Price $32.00
Closeout Price $17.00 (Media Rate)
262 pages (Hardcover) Only 6 left!

Britain’s only hope of survival against Hitler’s ever encroaching Nazi forces was to keep open vital supply lanes across the Atlantic. To do so, a group of retired senior naval officers were called on to take command of the merchant convoys. This book is the first to profile these heroic men and their actions, which helped turn the tide of war.
280 pages. 16 photos. 2 maps.
Ship Of Ghosts  by James D. Hornfischer
Item B-51  $22.00 (Media Rate)
Closeout Price $18.00 (Media Rate)
530 pages (Hardcover) Only 3 left!
James D. Hornfischer, acclaimed author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, delivers an unflinching account of heroism and honor at the limit of human endurance--and of the unsung warriors who waged one of the most remarkable battles of World War II. Using journals and letters, rare historical documents, including testimony from postwar Japanese war crimes tribunals, and the eyewitness accounts of Houston's survivors.
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A Call To Colors  by John J. Gobbell
Item B-54  $8.00 (Media Rate)
487 pages (Paperback) - Only 4 left
The Battle of Leyte Gulf took place on October 24 and 25 in 1944. Without a doubt it was the final battle in the history of the world where naval surface combatants were in actual physical sight of each other. The author takes us back to that tenuous time late in the war when most of the strategic minds within the U.S. and Japanese militaries were certain of one thing. The Japanese had lost the war. The questions that remained were, how would the remaining resources of the Japanese armed services be used.
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"Truman's Decision"  by Bill Sholin
Item B-56  $12.00 (Media Rate)
130 pages (Paperback) - Only 5 left!
U.S. destroyermen stood between thousands of Kamilkazes and the U.S. Fleet. They paid a terrible price -- but virtually saved America.  The following pictorial review will give our readers a hint of what American sailors went through to keep the United States of America free.
Sea of Thunder by Evan Thomas
Item B-57  $27.00 (Media Rate) Only 1 left
415 pages (Hardcover)
The book tells the story of the Japanese and American commanders whose fates converged in history's last great naval engagement, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944. It is also a story of competing traditions and the extraordinary influence of personality, organizations and culture on warfare -- despite the advanced technologies wielded in World War II. Click here for book review.

When Duty Whispers Low by John J. Gobbell
Item B-43  $20.00 (Media Rate)
336 pages (Hardcover)
The third in a series. Highly recommended. Although fiction, this book uses actual historical events to follow the exploits of LCDR. Todd Ingram during WW II. Linked to the story are the shooting down of Admiral Yamamoto and the introduction of the highly secret VT proximity fuze. An excellent book. Hard Cover. Click here for book review.

USS KIDD (DD-661) by Robert F. Sumrall
Item B-38  $14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping charge)
80 pages (Paperback)
The latest in our book series. Our USS KIDD book has 80 pages of text, drawings, and photos. Written for Tin Can Sailors by internationally known author Robert F. Sumrall. This book details the ship’s history, construction, and equipment. An outstanding publication that you will find both enjoyable and informative. An excellent value.

U.S. Navy Destroyers Lost or Damaged During World War II by Tin Can Sailors 
Item B-15  $10.95 
(plus $3.00 shipping charge)
29 pages (Paperback)
Twenty eight pages of listings of ships lost or damaged due to enemy action, collisions, storms, friendly fire, etc. Gives the name of the ship, location, and cause of damage. Over 40 photos. A Tin Can Sailors exclusive! Third edition.

Destroyer Escorts of World War II
by Thomas F. Walkowiak
Item B-4  $9.00 (plus $3.00 shipping charge) 
51 pages (Paperback)
This inexpensive, large-format paperback present a truly exceptional overview of the destroyer escorts developed during the Second World War. Paperback, 48 pages, with photos, illustrations, diagrams, and color renderings.

Warship's Data: USS MISSOURI (BB-63)
by Robert F. Sumrall
Item B-22  $9.50 (plus $3.00 shipping charge)

64 pages (Paperback)
In depth descriptions of the Missouri and her career. Paperback, 64 pages with photos, illustrations, diagrams, and color renderings.

Historic Naval Ships Guide
by the Historic Naval Ships Association.
Item B-16  $8.95
(plus $2.50 shipping charge)
This guide to more than 130 ships on public display is packed with color photos, information about the ships, and their locations, phone numbers, and web sites. Paperback, 98 pages and about 200 photos.

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