Books: Take Her Down

SINK 'EM ALL (416 pp.)—Vice'Admiral Charles A. Lockwood—Dutton ($5).

BATTLE SUBMERGED (244 pp.) — Rear Admiral Harley Cope & Cap fain Walter Karig—Norton ($3.75).

Before World War II, the biggest noise a U.S. submarine could make was by sinking unintentionally. In the Navy itself, the "Silent Service," never pitted against a maritime power, was a freakish stepchild with neither battle experience nor fighting tradition.* A pampered stepchild, foreign submariners thought: the big air-conditioned subs were "luxury liners"; ice cream and hot showers would turn the crew into "softies." But U.S. subs had been...

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