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The Admirals Audiobook

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

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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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    Erl Gould Purnell Simsbury, CT USA 05-28-17
    Erl Gould Purnell Simsbury, CT USA 05-28-17
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    "Truly Inspiring"

    Borneman has given a gift to naval historians with "The Admirals." Each man is presented in detail, background, character, flaws and strengths, leadership experiences, awards, etc. He weaves the individual stories together through the first half of the 20th century masterfully, pausing purposely on each man as he plays his role in the lead-up to WWII. Once Japan attacks, the reader knows well these four players and Borneman then proceeds to depict their personal contributions to the war effort in a play-by-play accounting. It's hard to play favorites but Leahy has to stick out because of his incredible (personal) contribution to FDR's leadership. Halsey was in the slugfest, King the master of the long view and Nimitz the tactical genius. What a pleasurable "listen" which is also to say it was well presented.

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    Rachel A Johnson 05-24-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    This book at its most basic level will expand your understanding of the US Navy's role in the Second World War, however it's the way the author weaves the events together that will captivate your interest and leave you unable to stop listening.

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    Vincent 05-04-17
    Vincent 05-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fine Audiobook, but......"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Troxell?

    Amazing to have a narrator who mispronounces so very many names of people, places, etc. of WW II & seemingly has no clue of the pronunciation of not everday....but not uncommon words such as, 'prescient'. Do not at all blame on Brian Troxell, as this conspicuous failing is a feature of virtually all 'Audible' history books.


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    Evan 12-12-16
    Evan 12-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Naval Heroes of WWII"

    We hear a lot more of the Commanding Gerenals during we need know about Admirals that command the Naval War. This book achieves that.

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    Jon 12-09-16
    Jon 12-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    Where does The Admirals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its very good, I have listened to many and this is one of my favorites. Its a must read for any WWII buff.


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

    I think it compares well to both "The Generals" by Winston Groom and "The Aviators" also by Winston Groom. They are both very similar to this in how they cover a few men that had such an impact on the War.


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

    The were all great. Maybe King.


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

    It kept me on the edge of my seat.


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    Jes 07-10-16
    Jes 07-10-16
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    "Awesome!"

    Definitely worthwhile for history fans and general readership alike. What personalities.!! Broad in scope, but personal in getting to know Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, King, Leahy, Spruance, et al.

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    Ateeq Ahmad Gurgaon 06-27-16
    Ateeq Ahmad Gurgaon 06-27-16 Member Since 2012

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    "A good summary of very diverse personalities"

    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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    Anonymous 05-08-16
    Anonymous 05-08-16
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    "best military narrative"

    one of the best historical narratives I have ever read. even non military folks will love it.

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    Andrew Sydney, Australia 05-07-16
    Andrew Sydney, Australia 05-07-16

    "With every mistake we must surely be - learning?"

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    "Fantastic insight"

    A well written well researched book. If you to read books about the war in the Pacific then look no further.

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    "Great history lesson!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Great insight into the personality and character awesome truly Great Men..

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