Nimitz

Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 25 hrs and 14 mins
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Called a great book worthy of a great man, this definitive biography of the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet in World War II is considered the best book ever written about Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Highly respected by both the civilian and naval communities, Nimitz was sometimes overshadowed by more colorful warriors in the Pacific such as MacArthur and Halsey. 

Potter's lively and authoritative style fleshes out Admiral Nimitz's personality to help listeners appreciate the contributions he made as the principle architect of Japan's defeat. Following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt named Nimitz the commander of the Pacific Fleet. 

An experienced and respected leader, Nimitz was also an effective military strategist who directed US forces as they closed in on Japan, beginning in May and June of 1942 with the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. Nimitz was promoted to the newly created rank of fleet admiral in 1944 and became the naval equivalent to the army's General Dwight Eisenhower. The book covers his full life: from a poverty-stricken childhood to postwar appointments as chief of naval operations and UN mediator, and candidly reveals Nimitz's opinions of Halsey, Kimmel, King, Spruance, MacArthur, Forrestal, Roosevelt, and Truman.

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Spectacular Book

This book was one of the best ever on Audible, and I have listened to well over 200 using your app! I will immediately purchase a hardcover edition for my permanent library!

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Great performance, story and Subject.

Reading Nimitz while at the Nimitz Foundation and Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas and Pearl Harbor was incredibly moving. A wonderful work about a man worthy of honor and remembrance, a hero, and model of sacrifice and service for ones country.

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We forget too soon.

Every American especially the young should read and learn what it is to be an officer and a gentleman

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Deeply personal and inspiring, but long.

An excellent book, and a focused personal accounting. It tells his whole story, without any artificial leading, or unnecessary wanderings. It is not an account of the war, but rather an account of a man. Don't read if you just want the War Years, and don't read without first reading a bit about the Pacific war. Do read it for professional guidance and inspiration.

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A must listen. Do not pass this one up.

if you enjoy history particularly World War 2 history this is one to listen to. Nimitz is just an amazing man an amazing person and a lot of people could learn a lot from him.

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good story. I liked how it flipped between early life and war time before switching to wartime once caught up. helped keep things interesting.

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What a great book for a great man. If you want to understand WW2 in the Pacific Theater I strongly recommend this book. One of the things that in understand more was reason why Nimitz was given the command of was because of his organization skills just like General Eisenhower. He personally also important in dealing with all his other Commaders and with the political personalities. Another thing that comes out in the book that renfores my believes is General MacArthur believed he better than anyone else at Commad he was hard to deal with.

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Admiration for a hardworking, modest Admiral.

Normally, I take the precaution to read or listen to a biography by taking it with a grain of salt. And so I did also this time.
But as it turns out, this man deserves the credit for what he has done and realized as an officer and as a human being in life.
A man with a balanced view on things. He liked to see both sides of the story although people might have thought of him as a stubborn man. He did what he could for every officer and enlisted man and that is how it should be.
Nimitz taught me to be conscious of your subordinates, diplomatic among your peers and superiors but at the same time to be straight forward and to the point.
Though it starts off rather slow, indeed, you will get to know this man and especially his principles.

-Hardworking. Nimitz never was shy of taking much hay on his fork. He always made the promise to do the best he could on the job assigned to him without complaining.
-Modest. He never bragged about his achievements in life. But he was proud of them, that's for sure, This made him grateful to what the Navy had given him in life. He even rescued a mans life by jumping into ice-cold water, for which he received the Navy Cross, but only write in his diary "Went swimming today, it was very cold".
-A heart for the Navy. The Navy had given him opportunities to learn, to grow and to excel in sophisticated matters like diesel engines in submarines, naval tactics in the various academic appointments and to take command aboard several ships.
-Valueing and lifting up each man to his standards. The admiral had high standards and expected no less of his officers but also showed mercy to those who deserved a second chance.
-A professional sailor. Being a naval officer meant that he had to do what the Navy told him to do, although this didn't stop him from having his own opinion on matters and told his superiors if he saw a better solution than the one that was offered. But don't get me wrong, the admiral was no political man. An apolitical diplomate. He was how an officer should be. Although he served his country, he served the Department of Defense first. His job was to be an officer, not a politician.


The book itself is quite a lengthy listen, but oh boy I was fascinated from the start till the end. (although I should warn you that you have to know your navy ranks and shiptypes to understand what it is all about to avoid confusion).
This gentleman deserved his title and rank with honors.
My admiration for the admiral only grew by listening to his story.

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Very Comprehensive Biography of Admiral Nimitz

This is a very comprehensive biography of Admiral Nimitz. The organization is not purely chronological. During the first part of the book, it goes back and forth between the Admiral's earlier life and WWII. That was not a problem for me, but it might be off-putting to some.

The amount of detail regarding WWII can be difficult to follow in an audiobook. It would have been great if the book came with an illustrated pdf, but that is not the case. To me, the most interesting parts were about Nimitz himself, from his childhood and personal life to the manner in which he handled himself as a leader. Quite a man.

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Great book about a great man.

America was blessed to have such brilliant and tenacious leadership at the very critical time in our history.

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  • 05-04-20

A Glimpse at Greatness

Very engaging look at a great man who guided our Navy through unprecidented times. Came away feeling like I knew him personally.

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  • Mr. G. Mitchell
  • 05-29-18

Probably one of the best historical accounts.

I really enjoyed this book. the flow shifts from the popular pacific battles of World War 2, back to earlier in his life then back to the main period of interest before finishing with the end of his life.

the author has managed to capture the personality of Nimitz while freely admitting the limitations of his knowledge, rather than making something up to fill the pages.

If you are interested in navy warfair or the second world war you will enjoy this book.