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.
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.
The book is interesting, but destroyed by a narrator who could not pronounce the names of some pivotal places and people, including ADM Yamamoto and Tarawa. Why any publisher would debase a fine work of non-fiction with horrible narration/audio editing is unknown. But the mistakes are so egregious they ruin an otherwise good book.
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.
The book tracks the education and careers of five admirals who served in the USN in WWII. Because it focuses on their careers, it does not cover in detail naval operations or combat, which disappointed me. For a gripping account of naval warfare in WWII, try Ian Toll's Pacific Crucible, or Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno, both of which are compelling accounts of particular battles, rather than a high-level history of the entire war. The reader is fine, but puts more punch and emotion into his delivery than I prefer.
It was written in a style that kept my interest throughout every page, providing both the strengths and weaknesses of each of the admirals described. The author never lost sight of what he was trying to accomplish in writing about these transcendent personalities, and how they shaped the Navy of WWII and today.
Pacific Crucible. Another excellent book of the momentous first years of WWII and the men and the decisions that won the war.
It was read very well, with al the emphasis in the right places.
One of my favorite history books of all time, given how informative it was regarding a extremely important facet of warfare - leadership
A fascinating story about the broad scope of the US Navy and it leadership during WWII
The discussion on how technology has changed the Navy throughout the lives of the four Admirals
An easy to listen to voice that is engaging and made the narrative easy to listen to.
The wonderful story that it told. I had no idea the influence of Leahy on WW2 policy and his role in the FDR presidency.
Leahy, by far.
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