The following books are true "man against the sea" stories that highlight the personal valor of the participants, amidst tremendous odds of failure and risk of life.
Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman's The Finest Hours : The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue tells of the sea rescue of the men from two oil tankers that split open during a horrific nor’easter on February 18, 1952.
Also by Michael Tougias is Fatal Forecast: an Incredible True Tale of Disaster & Survival at Sea. On November 21, 1980 two small lobster fishing boats set out only to sail into rough waters and a fight for the lives of the crews.
Peter Maas’ The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History recounts the story of the Squalus and Navy Officer Charles 'Swede' Momsen’s original rescue techniques that made all the difference between death and survival to the doomed sub crew.
Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder relates the September 1857 story of the SS Central America and the hurricane off the Carolina coast that sent the ship to the bottom and resulted in the terrible loss of 400 lives.
Frank Delaney’s Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea is the story of the freighter, SS Flying Enterprise's December 1951 rescue at sea from the dreadful Force 12 winds.
When the Dancing Stopped: The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster & Its Deadly Wake by Brian Hicks examines the sinking of a passenger liner in the summer of 1934, a tale that includes the story of the on board murder of its captain and the fire that followed.