The Admirals by Walter R. Borneman

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8 Critic Reviews

He vividly fleshes out the numerous vain, ambitious men vying for power at the top and examines their important decisions and lasting ramifications.
-Kirkus

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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.

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.
 

About Walter R. Borneman

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Walter Borneman is the author of seven works of nonfiction, including 1812, The French and Indian War, and Polk. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 522 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 15 2012

He vividly fleshes out the numerous vain, ambitious men vying for power at the top and examines their important decisions and lasting ramifications.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Roberts on May 25 2012

Descriptions in the book of the battles of Midway, the Coral Sea and the Philippine Sea are excellent, as are accounts of the personalities and actions of more junior but nonetheless important admirals...

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Dunn on Aug 14 2012

Despite its length this is an extremely readable book especially recommended for anyone who has never read previous biographies of these four important individuals...

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LA Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Tony Perry on Jul 04 2012

In his superbly reported new book...historian Walter R. Borneman tackles the essential question of military leadership:

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by John Lehman on Jun 29 2012

...Borneman narrates their lives in sometimes intersecting parallel until World War II, when their lives and the story become a tight fabric. It is a very well-crafted book.

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Huntington News

Excellent
Reviewed by David Kinchen on Aug 25 2012

Borneman covers all the major naval operations of the Pacific War and he also details how the admirals who came in contact with General Douglas MacArthur handled what one of his biographers...

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Associated Press

Below average
Reviewed by JIM TRAGESER on Jul 15 2012

the end result is a history that is neither deep enough to be a good introduction to the Pacific campaign in WWII...nor one that provides a particularly insightful biography of any of its subjects.

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Navy Reads

Good
Reviewed by Bill Doughty on Aug 12 2012

He pieces together the lives and legacies of Nimitz, Halsey, King and Leahy...like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, showing a panoramic picture of the past century of naval history and the difference a leader can make on that history.

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