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by Elmer Belmont Potter

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This definitive biography describes the famous admiral's childhood and his early and postwar appointments. It candidly reveals his opinions of Halsey, Kimmel, King, Spruance, MacArthur, Forrestal, Roosevelt, and Truman.

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Nimitz 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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nadrad More than 1 year ago
Very good portrait of the life of an American hero.
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SanDiegoJohnDiehl More than 1 year ago
This book gave a very informative account of one of our country's great commanders during World War II.
LoveSeaStories More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is a terrific book, that gives credit to a remarkable admiral. The author's coverage of Admiral Nimitz's personal and military life was superb. If you are navy buff or World War II historian then I hIghly recommend this book.
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RobbS More than 1 year ago
When I went into the Navy in '60, Admiral Nimitz was still our bigger than life hero. As he never did an autobiography I didn't want to read something that wouldn't be the story of the man who won the war in the Pacific. I do feel this was the best as Potter seems to have gotten it right. The young Nimitz of Texas, his days at Annapolis, his very first ship, his court martial, his continued rise through the Navy, his innovative use of his reduced forces during those first dark days of '42 and '43, then his march across the Pacific are all there in detail. Note too his take on his contemporaries. He stuck by Admiral Halsey in his darkest moments even when there were calls for his head. General MacArthur even got favorable treatment by Nimitz, although he was somewhat amused by his drama queen posture. He saw the Navy through some tough times during postwar reductions in naval forces. I also found out he had a real life outside the Navy in the U.N. and continued service to the nation. He more that any other man in the 20th century is responsible for the Navy of today. Yes, this is hero worship, but I can't think of a better man to admire.
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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, a down to earth kind of guy. The kind of man who gave credit where credit was due. Unlike General Douglas MacAurther, he did not insist on 'hogging' all the glory. He wasn't seen as much as a 'hero' in the public's eye, like General MacAurther was, because of it. Unlike MacAurther, he did not complain about having to share part of the Pacific Theater. He made sure that the NAVY got the credit it deserved. That the NAVY and the NAVY's Marine Corps fought most of the war in the pacific. I think if you are interested in WWII, Pacific Theater, that this is a book you should read. It's worthy of an AUDIO book edition...