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The cool thing about history is that many interesting books were written some time ago. If you are looking for a particular topic on any subject, used books can often be less expensive. This website is one I frequently purchase from when I want to add a book to my library. Abebooks is owned by Amazon, but the books come from independent bookstores. I talked to one bookstore owner who says 60% of his sales are online. Be aware that the books are not shipped as fast as Amazon Prime. In some cases, it takes a week or so for the book to arrive.

Listen Notes Podcast Search Engine

Listen Notes is a podcast search engine that I go to whenever I'm looking for a particular topic on a podcast or just a new podcast. I'll eventually list some of my personal favorite podcasts, but if your interest in podcasts is different than mine, you'll find Listen Notes helpful.


Zenith Press. 2007 ISBN: 978-0-7603-3976-3
352 pages (softcover)
This is an oral history of the events around March 19, 1945. Well researched and well told. It also covers the actions of the USS Santa Fe, The USS Pittsburgh, and several of the destroyers that came to Franklin's aid.

Carroll and Graf. 2004 ISBN: 978-0-786-71310-3
504 pages (softcover) The author's father served on the USS Santa Fe (CL-60) which played a crucial role in assisting the USS Franklin on March 19. Well researched and well told.

Naval Institute Press. 2021 ISBN: 978 1 68247 738 0
504 pages (hardcover)
This book discusses the evolution of US carrier strategy and operations from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay. Many of the photos in the book were taken by the author, a diver, who visited many of the wrecks he writes about. Excellent history, well researched, covering the various operations of Task Force 58. An enjoyable read.

W.W. Norton. 2020 ISBN: 9781324002109
751 pages (hardcover)
Full disclosure here, I am an admirer of the author. He's written many excellent books on WWII in the Pacific, and I've had the pleasure of attending many seminars where he has presented. His scholarship is impeccable and one I am modeling for my book. Unlike many histories of the Pacific War, he covers the war on mainland China as well as in the Pacific. This is the first of three volumes and I look forward to the rest.