The Admirals tells the story of how history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power.
Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet.
In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time. Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men - who were both friends and rivals - worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.
©2012 Walter R. Borneman (P)2012 Hachette
STARTED OFF SLOW, BUT COULD NOT STOP LISTING.
HE TURNED IT INTO A MOVIE WITH HIS READING!
I liked the background of the Admirals---showing how carrier, sub, and destroyer tactics developed under these four Admirals. I also appreciated the in-depth bio of Leahy who is rarely covered.
Book does a great job telling a short concise bio of each, intertwined together through events that made them famous. HOWEVER, it avoids almost all controversy. Even with the Typhoons, Halsey gets treated with kid gloves.It leaves mistaken impression that all four worked very well together and rarely disagreed. That wasn't exactly the case.
I have read several readers' comments that highlight the merits of The Admirals so I will simply say that this book has given me a greater understanding and appreciation of the men who, despite many obstacles both within the U. S. military and elsewhere, persisted in charting the course of victory in the Central Pacific sooner rather than later. My parents and older siblings lived through the Japanese occupation of the U. S. territory of Guam. My paternal grandmother died on the way to the Manenggon Concentration Camp while her husband languished as a POW in Kobe, Japan. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version.
This is by far one of the best history books ever. I am not just talking about World War II history or naval history.
Through the use of both oral histories and books, the author has really "gone where no one has gone before" (from the introductions to the Star Trek TV shows). After consuming this book, I felt like I knew these admirals myself. I welcome these admirals and the author into my family!
I thought it was very well done. The narrator didn't take away from the material and delivered the book in a easy to listen to way. I liked how the book introduces the admirals and how the author transports you through the story. It goes in-depth about each of the four and tells you how their careers leads to there positions at the beginning of World War 2. The author tells of the interactions and roles during World War 2 and how each admiral impacts the war. Then it sadly tells of there years after the war and also their legacy. I highly recommend this book.
Engineer the Bass Player
The narrative of this informative history is interesting with just the right amount of detail. The narration is excellent with the perfect tone for this work. I like it so much I now will need to buy a paper copy of this book.
This is fascinating history, well written and well narrated.
The emphasis on leadership was an added bonus.
Very well done!
This book was well-researched and well-written.
I enjoyed learning about the admirals.
I thought the events with Hulsey were the most interesting and gave me a very different understanding than I had.
Naval Leaders of World War II
This book had the evidence of good research found in nonfiction, but read like historical fiction. Very captivating and enjoyable to listen to. I highly recommend it if you like history.
Troxell's pronunciation of Japanese names is terrible. Troxell replaces the "-OH" sound with an "-AW". So Yamamoto becomes "YA-MAW-MAW-TAH" and Tojo becomes "TAW-JAW".
Everywhere else, Troxell did an excellent job. As long as it wasn't a foreign name or location, Troxell's narration is dynamic and compelling.
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