What are the best nautical and naval books?

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    #1Moby Dick

    Moby Dick
    Moby Dick is a novel by American author Herman Melville. It is the story of captain Ahab’s quest for revenge against Moby Dick, the whale that destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee on a previous voyage.Originally, the novel was a failure but in the 20th century it was rediscover and recognized as work of literary genius.
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    Jessica Gilbert
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Moby Dick is one of the best naval books I have read in my lifetime. Not for everyone, but if you have read the original you will enjoy the illustrated version. "
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    #2In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea
    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is a book written by Nathaniel Philbrick, a National Book Award winner. This tells the maritime disaster of the whaleship Essex. This book is published in 2001 by Penguin Books.
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    Samantha King
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I have always been fascinated by history and this great book told me an exciting, engaging story that I'd never heard before. I haven't read many nautical or naval historical non-fiction, but I definitely intend to start reading more!"
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    #3The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 

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    Willie Davidson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Classic tale by Hemingway. Should be in every nautical library. It's an excellent choice for the topic. In fact, it's the best choice of all."
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    #4Mutiny on the Bounty

    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Bernard Nordhoff is a historical fiction on the age of sail. This book will let you experience the real expeditions on a one of a heck voyage.

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    Elizabeth Simpson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Very cool historical fiction book. I think young adults and grown ups alike can enjoy it. I love reading nautical books, something about ocean travel really draws me in. The book has a really authentic tone."
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    #5The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
    The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour is a non-fiction military book written by James D. Hornfischer. 
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    Diane Fisher
    Written on May 9, 2018
    " I just finished reading The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and absolutely loved it. I think it's one of the best nautical and naval books that I have read. I've always been interested in reading about World War II and this book was really great. "
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    #6Serpent (NUMA Files)

    Serpent (NUMA Files)
    Serpent is a thrilling adventure, action, and nautical novel written by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos. It was originally published in September 2002 and is the first book in the authors' famous NUMA Files series.
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    Angel Pillai
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I have been reading Clive Cussler for years, but this is my first go with the NUMA Files series. I was not disappointed. Cussler's attention to detail for the historical and antique aspects was spot on, and I enjoyed getting to see the characters that are throughout this series get developed in Serpent."
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    #7Command Decision

    Command Decision

    Command Decision is a thrilling nautical adventure and action series for young adults written by real-life US Navy soldier Tom Lohr. It was published in 2016 and is about the men of USS Wadsworth and its rescue of a stricken vessel.

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    Justin Wood
    Written on May 12, 2018
    " Command Decision is an action series with real life experiences added in. You will not find a better nautical/naval book. The only thing I do NOT like is that the physical copy comes as a paperback. "
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    #8Neptune's Inferno

    Neptune's Inferno

    Neptune's Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal is a non-fiction military book written by James D. Hornfischer. It was published in 2011 by Bantam.

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    Ashley Myers
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Great book with a lot of information about the sea without being too overbearing. I like how he uses real stories to keep it gripping the entire way through."
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    #9A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic

    A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic

    After interviews with 63 of the survivors, Walter Lord was able to create a detailed account of Titanic's last minutes. It took near three hours for the Titanic to completely sink, and during that time, its passengers fought for their lives... or chose to die with dignity. 

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    Kenneth Spencer
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you are interested in the Titanic, this is a good story about how the last few hours may have been. Keep in mind that there were a number of people rescued, so there were a lot of eyewitness accounts that could be weaved into a story."
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    #10Wilful Murder

    Wilful Murder

    Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania is a World War I non-fiction book written by Diana Preston. This historical non-fiction book was first published in 2002.

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    Brandon Gardner
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Wilful Murder is thorough to put it lightly, pretty much everything that could be cataloged or explained is here. If you're like me and love the research that went into it that's great but I know this book is not for everyone. However it does get into the mindset of a lot of people that were making some peculiar decisions and I learned a lot."
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    #11Amphibious Assault Falklands

    Amphibious Assault Falklands

    Amphibious Assault Falklands: The Battle of San Carlos Water is a book written by Michael Capp with Ewen Southby-Tailyour. Originally published in 1997, the author provides a retelling of amphibious operations in the Falklands War.

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    Danielle Stanley
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Amphibious Assault Falklands: The Battle of San Carlos Water is written by author Michael Capp. The story is about Michael Capp who is finally speaking about his account and role of Falklands War in 1982."

Summary

Best What are the best nautical and naval books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Moby DickBooks 30 Paid
2In the Heart of the SeaBooks 28 Paid
3The Old Man and the SeaBooks 26 Paid
4Mutiny on the BountyBooks 22 Paid
5The Last Stand of the Tin Can SailorsBooks 7 Paid
6Serpent (NUMA Files)Books 6 Paid
7Command DecisionBooks 4 Paid
8Neptune's InfernoBooks 3 Paid
9A Night to Remember: The Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic Books 2 Paid
10Wilful MurderBooks 1 Paid
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