Admiral Nimitz: 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 ...

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Overview

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.

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“A thorough review of the naval hero's life, from beginning to end.”—The Associated Press

"A military historian's look at...every stage of Nimitz's era-straddling career...An introduction to the Navy's senior hero of WWII. For military buffs, surely!"—Kirkus Reviews

“Mr. Harris has done an admirable job…a great story of leadership…the author’s use of a large number of oral histories lends significant color to the book.”—The Washington Post

“A must for any U.S. naval collection.”—Booklist

"In this fresh new biography, Brayton Harris puts flesh on the bones of an icon and shows us how and why Chester Nimitz became the irreplaceable leader—in both war and peace."—J. William Middendorf II, Secretary of the Navy

“Calm, clear-headed, decisive—Admiral Nimitz was a God-send to the U.S. Navy and the Allied cause in World War II. Brayton Harris has written a compelling biography of a low-key hero.”—Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder and John Paul Jones

“Admiral Nimitz is a superbly written biography of one of the towering but least known heroes of World War II. A brilliant strategist who never sought the limelight, Chester Nimitz was an incomparable leader who served America brilliantly throughout the war in the Pacific and has earned a place in history as one of our greatest naval officers.”—Carlo D’Este, author of Eisenhower and Patton

“In the skilled hands of Brayton Harris, the biography of one of our nation’s greatest Naval leaders comes to life and jumps off the page as if you were reading stories about your own grandfather. Harris has a knack for finding the details, the anecdotes, that build a comprehensive portrait. Read it for the pure joy of getting to know Admiral Nimitz.”—Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500 and Troubled Water

“Rarely have a biographer and his subject been so wonderfully matched. Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater is meticulously researched, immensely informative, and laudably balanced in all of its judgments. The book is not only a valuable addition to U.S. naval history, it is a thoroughly pleasurable and immensely satisfying biography.”—Alan Axelrod, author of A Savage Empire: Trappers, Traders, Tribes, and the Wars That Made America and Patton: A Biography

 

 

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Kirkus Reviews
A military historian's look at the five-star admiral "who commanded the 2 million men and 1000 ships that won the war in the Pacific." When Chester W. Nimitz (1885–1966) entered the Naval Academy, the Spanish-American War had only recently concluded. By the end of his distinguished career, the U.S. Navy featured supercarriers and nuclear submarines, innovations he'd vigorously championed. 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 Naval Operations, where his postwar pushback against the move to unify the armed services probably preserved naval aviation and the Marine Corps. The bulk of this short narrative, however, focuses on Nimitz's command of land, sea and air forces in the Pacific during World War II. FDR ordered Nimitz to Pearl Harbor only days after it was attacked. He took over a shattered force and eventually orchestrated a string of naval battles and island conquests that culminated in the Japanese surrender, with Nimitz signing for the United States. Although it was Nimitz who memorably said of the Marines on Iwo Jima, "Uncommon valor was a common virtue," he was neither especially eloquent nor charismatic. Rather, he was a steady leader whose outward calm and ready supply of jokes masked the partial deafness and nervous tension that plagued him, and he was a superb handler of me. Intolerant of poor performance or discourtesy and horrified by any internecine squabbling, Nimitz rarely permitted his feelings to show. Still, he once explained the framed photo of Gen. MacArthur he kept on his desk as a reminder "not to be a horse's ass and make Jovian pronouncements complete with thunderbolts." For military buffs, surely, but also for general readers looking for an introduction to the Navy's senior hero of WWII.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230107656
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 708,948
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    OK book - fast read

    Not the collegate read I was looking for but interesting none the less. Would have liked more details about his strategic involvement in certain key battles in the pacific like Guadalcanal, Midway or Iwo Jima.

    Gained immense respect for his leadership style. Particularly not capitalizing financially on his fame from the war at the expense of the memory of the fallen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Pretty Good book

    The book was very good and contained information I had not known before. I felt some of the chapters could have contained more information than they did.

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