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

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

Walter R. Borneman
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"This is Walter Borneman at his best. The portrait of the forgotten admiral, Leahy, is worth the whole book. But there's scarcely a page where a reader won't learn something unexpected, and occasionally shocking." "Thomas Fleming, author of "Time and Tide"""

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4419 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316097845
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FOQS192
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Many years ago, I read 19 Stars: Study in Military Character & Leadership (1971) in which Edgar F. Puryear rigorously examines four U.S. Army Generals: Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall, and Patton. The title refers to the total of their stars, with only Patton having been awarded four at the time of his death.

I often wished there were a companion volume that focuses on their counterparts during World War Two, on four Five Star Admirals in the U.S. Navy: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King. I have always had an interest in military history and a keen interest in learning more about the preparation and deployment of those whose leadership can be the difference between life or death, victory or defeat, when battles are waged. Therefore I am deeply grateful to Walter R. Borneman for what I have learned from his book while acknowledging that I am unqualified to address any validation issues that others have.

Even used copies of 19 Stars are very difficult to locate. However, there are countless other, highly-praised and less costly sources for those especially interested in one or more of the four generals, Eisenhower, Bradley, Marshall, and Patton as well as those that discuss one or more of the four admirals, Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King. Winston Churchill once observed that the United States and England are separated by a common language. The barriers to effective communication can be linguistic, cultural, and even anthropological. These barriers are especially difficult during wartime crises when those at the highest level of authority and responsibility must communicate, cooperate, and collaborate effectively despite their significant differences.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Walter R. Borneman's book is a very ambitious one, trying to squeeze into one volume four different characters each of whom could easily fill a multi-volume biography themselves. It's an ambition Borneman succeeds in matching, with the inevitable omissions not detracting too much from the book.

The book tells us of the careers of the only American 5-Star Admirals, all of whom served with great distinction in the Second World War. They are wrapped together into a story that, despite the need to cover four different people, is still cohesive, showing the reader not only how the individuals developed but also how naval technology and tactics evolved during their four careers and how the war in the Pacific was won.

Several of the key battles in the Pacific have generated many books in their own right, and Borneman skilfully balances giving the reader enough of an understanding of the controversies over some of the battles without getting mired too much into the details. Chances are you will be reaching for the internet or the bookshelf to find out more about the particular controversies which most interest you when reading the book - and triggering that level of further interest is a sign of an author succeeding. Borneman's copious notes and bibliography help with that, with the notes also including some interesting side-stories to the main narrative, such as on the efforts to end segregation in the navy.

What is missing then? Well, pretty much all of the naval operations by the US outside the Pacific. In particular, the battle against German submarines in the Atlantic gets only brief mentions despite its crucial importance to the outcome of the Second World War. Two important related questions are implied rather than discussed head-on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Jan 2014
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This is an excellent well organised semi biography of most probably the greatest admirals in US Navy history. No punches spared as honest as informative. A must for any naval enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Admirals who defeated Japan 24 May 2013
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This book published in 2012 details the careers of the most important Admirals of the US Navy during World War 2 who became the then unheard of five star Admirals. The careers of each are discussed from their days in Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy which include personal stories / observations which enables one to understand these exceptional people as each developed the skills which enabled the eventual triumph of USA in the Pacific War. Also are discussed the political background and internal tensions between the various theatre commanders in the Pacific as to the strategy to be used.
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For a student of the Pacific Campaign absolutely indispensible and unputdownable! The biographical in warfare is inseparable from the logistical and the strategic. Great generals and admirals are both born and made, but I think probably more born.
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