This list is going to grow a great deal as I have amassed a large library of books. I'll add to this page as I have time.


The Big E: The Story of the USS Enterprise
Stafford, Edward P.
US Naval Institute Press, 2002. ISBN: 1557509980 / 1-55750-998-0
The standard history of the most decorated ship in the history of the US Navy.

The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway
Lundstrom, John
Naval Institute Press (ISBN: 9780870211898)
This is the gold standard, a well written,  detailed scholarly history for the serious student of the early naval air war. Also recommended is the companion book First Team And the Guadalcanal Campaign: Naval Fighter Combat from August to November 1942

The Japanese Navy in World War II
Edited by David C. Evans
Naval Institute Press, 1969 ISBN 0-87021-316-4
The other side of the war in the Pacific in the first person accounts of Japanese Naval Officers

Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway
Jonathan Parshall, Anthony Tully
Potomac Books Inc., 2005 (ISBN: 1574889230 / 1-57488-923-0)
The book that reexamined Japanese sources and stood the commonly held version of the Battle of Midway on its head. A must read if you want to understand what happened at Midway.  

Steady Nerves and Stout Hearts : The Enterprise (CV6) Air Group and Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
 by Robert J. Cressman, J. Michael Cressman
Pictorial Histories Publishing Company Incorporated, 1990
ISBN-13: 9780929521251
A little known book that deals specifically with the extraordinary involvement of the USS Enterprise in the Pearl Harbor attack that inspired part of the story.

Wildcat: The F4F in World War II, 2nd Edition 
Tillman, Barrett
Naval Institute Press, (ISBN: 1557508194 / 1-55750-819-4)
The story of Grumman’s scrappy little fighter by the  most prolific author of books on the aircraft of the period. Also recommended is his Dauntless Dive Bomber of World War II

Wings of Gold: The U.S. Naval Air Campaign in World War II
Gerald Astor
Presidio Press, 2005 ISBN: 0345472527 / 0-345-47252-7
A popular history of the US naval air campaign in World War II

HAWAII and HAWAIIAN mysticism

Hawaiian Mythology
Martha Beckwith
University of Hawaii Press, 1970 ISBN 0-8248-0514-3
Possibly the best known work on the myths and legends of the Hawaiian People

The Kahunas: The Black - and White - Magicians of Hawaii
Morrill, Sibley S. -Editor
Boston Branden Press, Boston, 1969
An interesting collection of stories and essays about the Kahuna tradition.

Kauai: Hawaii’s Garden Island
Kauai Writers Group, Ehlers, Sabine and Thelma H. Hadley (ed.)
The Garden Island Publishing Co., Ltd., Lihue, Kauai, T.H., 1951
This charming home-grown little book gives a peek at Kauai in an earlier time before there were any big resorts. Hard to find. 

Cunningham's Guide to Hawaiian Magic & Spirituality
Cunningham, Scott
Llewellyn Publications  (ISBN: 0738715468 / 0-7387-1546-8)
Easy reading overview of the subject by a prolific author of books on magic and spiritualism but it seems to be fairly accurate overall.

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