Admiral Nimitz by Brayton Harris
The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater

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Chester Nimitz was an admiral’s Admiral, considered by many to be the greatest naval leader of the last century. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz assembled the forces, selected the leaders, and - as commander of all U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces in the Pacific Ocean - led the charge one island at a time, one battle at a time, toward victory. A brilliant strategist, he astounded contemporaries by achieving military victories against fantastic odds, outpacing more flamboyant luminaries like General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral "Bull" Halsey. And he was there to accept, on behalf of the United States, the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri in August 1945. In this first biography in over three decades, Brayton Harris uses long-overlooked files and recently declassified documents to bring to life one of America’s greatest wartime heroes.


 

About Brayton Harris

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Brayton Harris is a retired navy captain, and the author of numerous books, including Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War and The Navy Times Book of Submarines: A Political, Social, and Military History. He has been a guest on the Today show. His articles have appeared in the Saturday Review, Civil War, and Proceedings of the U.S. Naval Institute, among others. He lives in Mission Hills, Kansas.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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Retired Navy captain Harris (War News: Blue & Gray in Black & White: Newspapers in the Civil War, 2010, etc.) revisits every stage of Nimitz’s era-straddling career, from his Texas boyhood and Annapolis years through his various postings and commands, to his crowning 1945 appointment as Chief of ...

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Brayton Harris' "Admiral Nimitz" is the easy-to-read story of the career of the nation's foremost Navy flag officer of the 20th century. Mr. Harris has done an admirable job of condensing a long and colorful career into a mere 256 pages.

Dec 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Admiral Nimitz: The Commander...

Tulsa World

Author Brayton Harris does recount plenty of details of Nimitz's life, enough to thrill any fan of military history, but the book lacks the depth that a broader audience might appreciate.

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