My father-in-law was/is a very smart guy (retired neurosurgeon) but is elderly, has parkinsons and had cancer (twice!) and is having a hard time after breaking his hip in January. For the past year he has not been doing much and we were wondering if this is his last year. Just this week we found a book of his and my husband took it to him, suggesting that his caretaker could read it to him. He is the son of a 1918 Naval Academy grad, Pacific Fleet football captain and WWII vet. The book is Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine. It is a first-person narrative. . Well, he started reading again! It's really caught his attention. We are amazed. He said he'd be interested in reading other books "...if they were as good as this one." So I thought I'd ask the great folks here - any ideas? I can do an amazon search but I'm interested in personal recommendations for historical, first-person narratives - perhaps having to do with naval battles, WWII or WWI. Thanks in advance.