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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wonderful book

Professor Potter wrote a wonderful book. I wish it had been available when I was a midshipmen to the 1970s. He brought to life a true hero, a man whose nobility should inspire many in the conduct of their lives as well as my own.

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Very Accurate

An excellent biography of Adml. Nimitz with a great historical perspective of the major battles of the Pacific War. While making a nice review of his roots, the biography has a proportunate amount of time without too much personal history . A great study of what what going on in HQ while the battles raged.

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  • Rindt
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  • 07-03-18

An excellent which still stands up.

I long wanted to read this book, but couldn't find the time. Having this fine audio performance available finally made that possible. It was as good or better than I hoped.

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Honorable and Inspiring

A fantastic account of a true patriot and hero of a caliber and integrity that is rare today. My father served in the South Pacific under this gentleman and now I know so much more now of why and how events that seemed questionable or mysterious previously explained. A salute to one the most able, patriotic ww2 commanders in history!

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  • 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.