[[caption-width-right:350: And this is just the abridged version.]]
-->Several authoritative writers—including Richard Frank, Rick Atkinson and Ian W. Toll—are at work on trilogies about that war. But only Morison will ever be, in Baldwin’s words, “a modern Thu­cydides.”
-->James Hornfischer, author of ''Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors'' and ''Neptune's Inferno''.

This is the history of the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin US Navy in World War II]][[note]]Technically, it's not an ''official'' history. See below.[[/note]]. It was written by the historical scholar Samuel Eliot Morrison and sponsored by the US government at the authors suggestion. It contains information based on interviews conducted in several theaters as well as actual service as what is now called an "embedded reporter" in several units.

The full series is a fifteen volume set. A summary is also published called ''The Two Ocean War'' for those who wish to go to less effort. The whole series is written in a magisterial style and gives encyclopedic information about the war. To this day it has not become dated and is still respected by military historians as the go-to book for naval warfare. Its one major shortcoming--poor and/or inaccurate information about the Axis side, due to a lack of primary sources--is gradually being addressed by a later generation of scholars, as documents are uncovered and translations become available.

The volumes are:
-->The Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939 - May 1943
-->Operations in North African Waters, October 1942 - June 1943
-->The Rising Sun in the Pacific, 1931 - April 1942
-->Coral Sea, Midway, and Submarine Actions, May 1942 - August 1942
-->The Struggle for Guadalcanal, August 1942 - February 1943
-->Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier, 22 July 1942 - 1 May 1944
-->Aleutians, Gilberts, and Marshalls, June 1942 - April 1944
-->New Guinea and the Marianas, March 1944 - August 1944
-->Sicily - Salerno - Anzio, January 1943 - June 1944
-->The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943 - May 1945
-->The Invasion of France and Germany, 1944–1945
-->Leyte, June 1944 - January 1945
-->The Liberation of the Philippines: Luzon, Mindanao, the Visayas, 1944–1945
-->Victory in the Pacific, 1945
-->Supplement and General Index

And the abridgement
-->The Two Ocean War

!!Tropes include:

* {{Badass}}: Tons of badasses and lots of badassery
* [[BadassArmy Badass Navy]]: The US Navy obviously. Other navies as well, perhaps, but this is naturally the focus of the work.
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Several naturally.
* BadassBookworm: Samuel.
* BigBookOfWar: And a whopping ''[[UpToEleven fifteen]]'' of them, in fact.
* DeadpanSnarker: The author several times.
* {{Doorstopper}}: Every single volume is a doorstoper. And yes folks that's right, it has a whole volume ''[[UpToEleven for the index]]''. And even the "short summary" The Two Ocean War ''is still'' a doorstopper.
* {{Eagleland}}: ''Strong'' case of Type 1.
* EarthIsABattlefield: It's UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, so this is on par the course of the books.
* FatherNeptune: Morrison already liked sailing before the war, and personally sailed to several places researching earlier books. Even if that were not the case no one could spend as much time doing hands on research as the author did without ending up as a FatherNeptune. Several of the sailors and officers he meets are this as well.
* FlauntingYourFleets
* GentlemanAndAScholar: The author
* IntrepidReporter: The author
* MustHaveCaffeine: Or as the author says, "The navy could probably win a war without coffee but it wouldn't like to try."
* PatrioticFervor: Naturally to be expected from a '40s-'50s New Englander.
* PurpleProse
* RatedMForManly
* SemperFi: The USMC naturally is mentioned in several entries, due to their involvement in several land battles the Navy supported.
* SmallReferencePools: Information about Axis actions and intentions is sometimes lacking or inaccurate due to the scarcity of primary source materials.
* StuffBlowingUp: Ships mostly, but there's also planes and artillery shells.
* TropeCodifier: One of the first UsefulNotes/WorldWarII naval histories and still refered to. If World War II naval history was [[SeriousBusiness a religion]] then this would be its [[SacredScripture "Bible".]]
* [[YanksWithTanks Yanks With Carriers, Battleships, Cruisers, and Destroyers]]: Of course, given that it's a history of the United States Navy at war.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Duh. While the main focus is, of course, in the Pacific, the Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters also get some focus in their respective books.