I have read both of O'Kane's books as well as Silent Running. I would recommend all of them. I have yet to read any sub books by someone who was not there on the boats, and I'm not sure how different a tale those books would tell.
Clear the Bridge was one of the most thrilling non-fiction books I have read. O'Kane's patrols and attacks were so completely bold and brazen but also extremely well planned and executed. Each subsequent patrol becomes more and more dangerous because he was just relentless. What happened in the end, I think, may have averted a greater tragedy at the hands of the enemy later on down the road.
I have read so many books about WWII, it would require no small effort to recount them all. Still, and oddly enough, I've never had much interest in reading personal accounts by submariners. I don't know why that is. I have read personal accounts of other aspects of the war, like Japanese Destroyer Captain by IJN Capt. Tameichi Hara and With The Old Breed by E.B. Sledge. I also read a comprehensive and compelling book about the allies' anti-submarine warfare efforts (mostly concerning the Atlantic) called The Tenth Fleet by Ladislas Farago, but I've never read any individual accounts. By far, the most intriguing and fascinating WWII book I have ever read is Shattered Sword: The Untold Story Of The Battle Of Midway by Jonathan Parshall & Anthony Tully. I started reading Halsey's Typhoon a few month ago but had to set it aside due to time constraints. I still haven't had the time to pick it back up again and probably won't for quite some time yet. If I could recall just a quarter of the information from all the WWII books I have read, I'd probably be some kind of professor by now, but my memory isn't nearly as sharp as it once was. Heck, sometimes I can't recall what I've done in the past few days, let alone read in the past few decades.
Perhaps my reading days are drawing to a close. I hope not.
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