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American PT Boats in World War II : A Pictorial History
by Victor Chun
American PT Boats in World War II is an illustrated study by Schiffer Publishing of the development, construction, tactics, and combat actions. Covering all makes and manufacturers, it includes information on camouflage, tactics and squadron operations. 
Hardcover - 240 pages
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 0764302566

At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy
by Robert J. Bulkley, Ernest McNeill Eller, John F. Kennedy
Paperback from United States Naval Inst.

Collision With History: The Search for John F. Kennedy's PT 109
by Robert Ballard
from National Geographic

Cassell Military Classics: Motor Gunboat 658: The Small Boat War in the Mediterranean
by L. C. Reynolds
Book Description: From Gibraltar to Malta, from Malta to the Sicilian invasion, from Sicily to Sardinia, Corsica, and Yugoslavia: these were the stages where Motor Gunboat 658's exploits played out. With luck, its blazing guns sank many an enemy ship. Written by a man who joined the 658 at only 19 years of age, and stayed with it throughout the war, this thrilling memoir tells a tale of derring-do, comradeship, community, and spirit that no fiction can equal.
Paperback from Cassell Academic


Devil Boats : The PT War Against Japan
by William B. Breuer
The U.S. Navy's PT boats became the scourge of Japanese coastal shipping in the World War II Pacific. 
Paperback Reprint edition (March )
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891415866
Fast Boats and Fast Times: Memories of a PT Boat Skipper in the South Pacific
Fast Boats and Fast Times: Memories of a PT Boat Skipper in the South Pacific
by David Levy, Gerald A. Meehl
Paperback from AuthorHouse
Hunters in the Shallows: A History of the PT Boat
by Curtis L. Nelson
Book Description:
Hunters in the Shallows examines the development of the small torpedo boat in U.S. naval history from Lt. William Cushing;s heroic Civil War attack on the Confederate ram Albemarle in 1864 in a forerunner of the PT to the type;s zenith in World War II. Curtis L. Nelson takes readers inside the scandalous 1939 Elco deal to manufacture PTs, describes Gen. Douglas MacArthur;s dramatic escape from Corregidor via PT in 1942, and assesses the sinking of John F. Kennedy's PT-109 off the Solomon Islands in 1943. 
Paperback from Brasseys, Inc.

PT 105
PT 105
by Dick Keresey
Paperback from US Naval Institute Press
Admittedly small and vulnerable, PT boats were, nevertheless, fast--the fastest craft on the water during World War II--and Dick Keresey's account of these tough little fighters throws new light on their contributions to the war effort. As captain of PT 105, the author was in the same battle as John F. Kennedy when Kennedy's PT 109 was rammed and sunk. The famous incident, Keresey says, has often been described inaccurately and the PT boat depicted as unreliable and ineffective. This book helps set the record straight by presenting an authentic picture of PT boats that draws on the author's experience at Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, and Choiseul Island. Action-filled, his account describes evading night bombers, rescuing coast watchers and downed airmen, setting down Marine scouts behind Japanese lines, engaging in vicious gun battles with Japanese barges and small freighters, and contending with heat, disease, and loneliness. First published in 1996, the book has been hailed for telling an exciting yet fully accurate story. 16 photographs. Line drawing. Map. Paperback. 6 x 9 inches. 
PT 105
by Dick Keresey
Hardcover - 211 pages
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557504601

PT 109 : John F. Kennedy in WWII
by Robert J. Donovan
Seventeen years before John F. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth president of the United States--in the early morning of August 2, 1943, to be exact--a PT or Motor Torpedo Boat under his command was rammed and sliced in half by a Japanese destroyer in the waters of Blackett Strait, in the Solomon...
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Hardcover - 256 pages
40 Anniv edition (April 23, )
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PT Boats at War : World War II to Vietnam
by Norman Polmar, Samuel Loring Morison
Conceived prior to World War I to accommodate the invention of the torpedo, PT, or patrol, boats came into their own during World War II. There, they were not only used to great effect by the U.S.  Navy as torpedo launchers and attack vessels in all theaters of operation, but PT109 gained fame as the vessel skippered by a young John F. Kennedy. This book details the advent, development, construction, of PT boats and their use by the U.S. Navy in World War II, as well as in Vietnam.An extensive gallery of archival photographs complements the story through the PT boat's retirement by the U.S. Navy as a result of advances in missile technology.
Paperback - 160 pages (March )
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0760304998
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They Were Expendable (Bluejacket Books)
They Were Expendable (Bluejacket Books)
by William Lindsay White, A. L. White
"This is a classic of World War Two journalism", "certainly one of the best stories ever written of World War Two", "One of the best "first person" reports available".
Paperback - 224 pages (April )
United States Naval Inst.; ISBN: 1557509484
U.S. Small Combatants, Including Pt-Boats,  Subchasers, and the Brown-Water Navy : An Illustrated Design History
by Norman Friedman
Listed under Navies & Warships

The Sea Hawks : With the PT Boats at War
by Edgar D. Hoagland
Hardcover - 237 pages
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891416846
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Sea Wolf : The Daring Exploits of Navy Legend John D. Bulkeley
by William B. Breuer
Paperback - 352 pages
Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891416633
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United States Pt-Boats of World War II in Action
by Frank D. Johnson
from Blandford Press
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PT Boats on DVD

They Were Expendable (1945) DVD
Starring: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne
Director: John Ford

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