The United States Navy in World War 2 Author:S.E. Smith The One Volume History, from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay - by men who fought in the Atlantic and the Pacific and by Distinguished Naval Experts, Authors and Newspapermen. With 64 pages of photographs.
"Without question, one of the finest books on World War II ever published." --Los Angeles Times
I read this book as a teenager in the 1970s, and it was one of the reasons I joined the Navy after high school. It is a compilation of true stories from other publications (mostly other books) and authors. As an overview of the Navy in World War II it can't be beaten.