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
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!
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!
An Essay in Leadership, Powerful, Inspiring
The Admirals provides a narrative of the evolution of the United States Navy and the growth of the United States Naval Academy, one of the finest educational institutions in the world. Graduates of the early classes of Annapolis showed genius as engineers, strategists, leaders of men who showed diversity of character from the quiet to the boisterous and from the politically savvy to the epitome of self sacrifice beyond reproach. The book explores the inner workings of the US military, placing in bold relief service rivalry between army and navy, but with the beginning of a "jointness" that is vital for success as much today as during the times of World War II when the US faced a tremendous challenge. The book is historical and biographical comparable to any of the great classics.
The Admirals examines the characters in the title, exemplifying how from diversity comes strength.
Indeed, a book which was difficult to put down. Rarely does historical biography have such a strong pull, which puts The Admirals into a special category.
ROGER JAY PENTZIEN, M.D.
CAPT MC USN (Ret)
Yes, The information and first hand account details are drawn from correspondance and diaries of the men involved.
The reaction of the Navy to the attack on Pearl Harbor was riveting.
The inflection of voice, tone and emphasis on important details was evident.
No, just a reminder of the state of affairs in the US Navy at the turn of the 20th century and the fortune to have had Annapolis develop some of the brightest minds of that time.
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.
The Admirals Leahy, King, Nimitz and Halsey offer a lot of lessons to commanders in the waters and on the ground in keeping one's head while being able to direct fire against a wily enemy. The lessons in leadership offered by this book will be particularly useful to business decision makers for our times.
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