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The Admirals Audiobook

The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

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.
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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

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    Ordice A Gallups Jr Chespeake Bay, Maryland 08-20-15
    Ordice A Gallups Jr Chespeake Bay, Maryland 08-20-15

    Ordice Gallups

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    "Great Book"

    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!

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    E. Idenmill San Diego, CA United States 06-03-15
    E. Idenmill San Diego, CA United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2014

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    "One of the best audio books to which I have listened"

    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.

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    Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD Metairie, Louisiana United States 04-25-15
    Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD Metairie, Louisiana United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great WW II history"

    This is fascinating history, well written and well narrated.

    The emphasis on leadership was an added bonus.

    Very well done!

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    Dr. Roger J. Pentzien Omaha, NE USA 09-06-13
    Dr. Roger J. Pentzien Omaha, NE USA 09-06-13 Member Since 2006

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    "THE ADMIRALS: A Magnificent Study"
    If you could sum up The Admirals in three words, what would they be?

    An Essay in Leadership, Powerful, Inspiring


    What other book might you compare The Admirals to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Brian Troxell – was your favorite?

    The Admirals examines the characters in the title, exemplifying how from diversity comes strength.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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)


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    Ronald Monroe, CT, United States 11-14-12
    Ronald Monroe, CT, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Read for the Military Historian"
    Would you listen to The Admirals again? Why?

    Yes, The information and first hand account details are drawn from correspondance and diaries of the men involved.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Admirals?

    The reaction of the Navy to the attack on Pearl Harbor was riveting.


    What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The inflection of voice, tone and emphasis on important details was evident.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


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    S. GOETZE MARYLAND 11-01-12
    S. GOETZE MARYLAND 11-01-12 Member Since 2010

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    "WAR MAKES GREAT MEN AT ANY RANK!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    STARTED OFF SLOW, BUT COULD NOT STOP LISTING.


    What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HE TURNED IT INTO A MOVIE WITH HIS READING!


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    Rory 08-09-12
    Rory 08-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Softball Biography"
    What did you love best about The Admirals?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    David 02-08-16
    David 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent "

    Book was excellent , written by an author who managed to write something without interjecting personal political beliefs on a history all ready made .

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    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 02-04-16
    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "among the best"

    Top three favorite books I've listened to. I listened to this book while also reading a biography of General Douglas MacArthur. One book validated and reenforced the other. I'll listen to this one again for sure.

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    megan 08-13-15
    megan 08-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Must read for U.S. Naval history"

    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.

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