The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines that Battled Japan
James Scott. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013. 426 pp. Illus. Notes. Index. $28.
Reviewed by Colonel John Abbatiello, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
In The War Below, award-winning journalist James Scott provides an excellent narrative of three of World War II’s best-performing American submarines—the USS Silversides (SS-236), Drum (SS-228), and Tang (SS-306). This is not just a book about the experiences of three crews waging war against the Imperial Japanese Navy and Japan’s merchant fleet. On the contrary, the author addresses leadership, evolving tactical submarine doctrine, and the larger strategic context of the war in the Pacific. This is a well-written and meticulously researched book, of interest to any audience and applicable to sailors of any rank.