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
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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A well written well researched book. If you to read books about the war in the Pacific then look no further.
This was the first book I read on my quest through the Pacific war. I found this to be a great place to start. This not only speaks about the four admirals, but also those who work for them, and other key individuals. This book led me to Pacific crucible: war at sea in the pacific 1941 to 1942. From there my journey continued.
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.
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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