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Walter R. Borneman

Walter R. Borneman writes about American military and political history. His most recent book, Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona, will be published in May 2019 by Little, Brown. The Pearl Harbor story has never been told through the eyes of the seventy-eight brothers--members of the same families--serving together aboard the battleship that fateful day.

Borneman won the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize in Naval Literature for The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea (Little, Brown, 2012). A national bestseller, The Admirals tells the story of the only four men in American history to achieve the rank of fleet admiral. Together they transformed the American navy with aircraft carriers and submarines and won World War II.

Borneman's other titles include MacArthur at War: World War II in the Pacific (Little, Brown, 2016), a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History; American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution (Little, Brown, 2014); Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America (Random House, 2008), which won the Tennessee History Book Award and the Colorado Book Award for Biography; and 1812: The War That Forged a Nation (HarperCollins, 2004).

His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and on FoxNews.com. He lives in Colorado and has spent many days climbing its mountains.

QUOTE: My overriding goal in writing history has been to get the facts straight and then present them in a readable fashion. I am convinced that knowing history is not just about appreciating the past, but also about understanding the present and planning for the future.

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    • The Admirals

    • Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
    • By: Walter Borneman
    • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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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....

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    • Fantastic Insight In To Another Side Of the War

    • By K. Winters on 02-25-13
    • Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
    • By: Walter Borneman
    • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
    • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 05-01-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 896 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Polk

    • The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America
    • By: Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated by: Alan Nebelthau
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a major political biography of a great American president who won a war, transformed the government, and doubled the size of the United States....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Polk: One of our most important Preidents

    • By Rik GNV on 10-12-08
    • The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America
    • By: Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated by: Alan Nebelthau
    • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 06-06-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 240 ratings

    Regular price: $23.76

    • Brothers Down

    • Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona
    • By: Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated by: David Baker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 remains one of the most traumatic events in American history. America's battleship fleet was crippled, thousands of lives were lost, and the United States was propelled into a world war....

    Regular price: $29.65

    • American Spring

    • Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution
    • By: Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When we look back on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific book, marginal delivery

    • By Brian McCreath on 08-18-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • MacArthur at War

    • World War II in the Pacific
    • By: Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated by: David Baker
    • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The definitive account of General Douglas MacArthur's rise during World War II, from the author of the best seller The Admirals....

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    • An interesting, but flawed, history

    • By Mike From Mesa on 07-29-16

    Regular price: $39.95

    • Rival Rails

    • The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad
    • By: Walter R. Borneman
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Detail Heavy

    • By Book Wranglers on 06-19-18

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    • The War of 1812

    • By: Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    • Narrated by: George C. Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The United States emerged from the American Revolution still engaged in Old World politics....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Will Greatly Enhance Understanding of War of 1812

    • By Captain D on 03-14-13

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