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
This is at the top of the list I have heard. It was nice to hear stories of naval history.
The admirals response to the attack of Pearl Harbor.
The way he was able to show the different moods and expressions of the admirals was remarkable.
How the admirals were different, but alike in so many ways. They had differents ideas of how to lead, but will be forever known as the best the Navy has seen.
Heavily detailed recap of the path to history of four extraordinary individuals. On the journey, I learned a lot about how battles are planned, fought, won and lost. Moreover, with hindsight, a clearer understanding of what it takes to win a war the old way.
Brian Troxell does a fantastic job narrating the book. This was my first time listening to an audible book and was a memorable one. I'm hooked.
As a 36 year Navy Veteran, I knew of Admiral William D. Leahy but not much about him. This book will go a long way in helping aquaint this important but little known Naval and National leader to Americans who read or listen to this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in World War II History. There are thousands of books about battles in the war, and fewer still about the great military leaders and their interaction in the War. Most are biographies about the leaders themselves. This one is in a class of its own giving not only short biographies of each of our Nations only Fleet Admirals, but their leadership styles and interaction during the crucial war years and their roles in building today's modern United States Navy.
The author provides a concise history of America's four fighting admirals in context with the development of sea power from the turm of the century through World War II. While not a detailed biography, it is an excellent survey of the men and the circumstances of their rule.
Yes, it was interesting, had a great pace, and I always felt like I was connecting with and learning about the people involved.
Well, they're all pretty amazing people, but this book helped me gain a greater appreciation for Nimitz as a person and for his role.
His narration was never distracting, and always engaging. His voice and tone were perfect for the narrative.
Well, there were a lot of moving moments, but the part about them dealing with their own family losses in the war was very sad.
I didn't listen to a spot of music the whole time I was reading this book, and normally I switch off between an audiobook and music for my commutes. I didn't want to listen to anything else the whole time. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in history and these great men's place in it.
The total information on each man, his background, family, and interactions with each other.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed.
How it covered the individual actions of each admiral but also covered their interactions with each other and other notable figures of World War Two such as FDR and MacArthur
The early careers of each of the admirals
When Nimitz's plane crashes in San Francisco Bay and he is sitting on the wing. His interactions with the two enlisted men was priceless.
How the Navy grew from a fifth-rate power to the perennial navy power in the world.
One of the more enjoyable, listenable and interesting.
I also enjoyed Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. I just love the military detail intertwined with dramatic storytelling. The Admirals provided a full perspective on the group of men it took to win a war, not only at sea on two fronts but on land in Washington. Whether it's Louis Zamperini in Unbroken or any of the four admirals in this book you learn about, by far most people have no idea as to the extent of sacrifices that those in the military make, yesterday or today.
Have not listened to his other readings.
The author and performer relay the tale of the loss to Admiral Leahy of his wife due to illness, in a way that leaves no doubt to the reader that this man truly loved his wife.
I heartily recommend this audiobook to WWII, U.S. Navy and general military/political history fans. There's "a little bit more" to Halsey, Nimitz, Leahy and King than you learned in U.S. History class.
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.
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