Against the Tide

Rickover's Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy
Narrated by: Joel Richards
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, Military
4.7 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Against the Tide is a leadership book that illustrates how Adm. Hyman Rickover made a unique impact on American and Navy culture.

Dave Oliver is the first former nuclear submarine commander who sailed for the venerable admiral to write about Rickover's management techniques. Oliver draws upon a wealth of untold stories to show how one man changed American and Navy culture while altering the course of history.

The driving force behind America's nuclear submarine navy, Rickover revolutionized naval warfare while concurrently proving to be a wellspring of innovation that drove American technology in the latter half of the 20th-century. As a testament to his success, Rickover's single-minded focus on safety protected both American citizens and sailors from nuclear contamination, a record that is in stark contrast to the dozens of nuclear reactor accidents suffered by the Russians.

While Rickover has been the subject of a number of biographies, little has been written about his unique management practices that changed the culture of a 200-year-old institution and affected the outcome of the Cold War.

©2014 Dave Oliver (P)2018 Tantor

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Give me a Break

Rickenbacker was no more than a man. That's what you must remember with this book, as the author thinks of him as a quasi-god. I remember being on Nautilus and kept asking myself, why it was not a beefier boat, being nuclear, but this book answers that question, as it really surprised me when I found out it was pieces and parts put together by the old salt, so he had to be a darn good engineer. He could never have survived today's Navy though, as he served in the years where his personality would be tolerated. He was no leader of men despite what the author portrays him, as his way or the highway ruined many a good man. I will leave it there, but I think a boat should have his name on it.

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Made me proud to have served on Submarines.

This was an outstanding book, about how to go about changing a culture from the inside out. I recommend this book for fans of the military and for management seeking to alter their community and culture. Lastly, thank God for Rickover, and long live the USA.

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Well balanced regarding the Admiral and much more

Highly recommend to anyone connected or having to deal with the Nuclear Navy. A good book and good oration.

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A new appreciation for the first Naval Reactors and his management style

As a Nuke myself, My early adult life was quite literally submerged in his culture. This gives me a renewed appreciation his morality and his the quality he instilled in the young men and women in his programs.

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interesting, but lacking a bit in leadership

Struggled a bit to get the leadership lessons out of the book. Seemed more of a biography and autobiography.

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Another Perspective on Leadership

A good review on how Rickover approached leadership. Shows how Rickover was able to effectively create a high risk organization that remains free from signficant incident.