AMERICA’S FIGHTING ADMIRALS
WINNING THE WAR AT SEA IN WORLD WAR II
American naval actions of World War II comprise the most widespread, complex, and dramatic battles in the history of sea warfare. The fighting took place over vast distances in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as in the constricted spaces of the Mediterranean and Solomon seas. For each of these major actions and battles, the commander in charge was an admiral. The abilities and determination of these commanders at sea were severely tested. No one could predict in peacetime who would have that rare “Nelson touch,” who would prove successful in battle and who would not measure up in the red-hot crucible of combat. America’s Fighting Admirals: Winning the War at Sea in World War II describes the course of U.S. naval combat in World War II from the perspective of American admirals who fought the battles at sea. World War II navy veteran and Pulitzer Prize–winning Los Angeles Times war correspondent William Tuohy examines the effect that stress, tension, and responsibility have on commanders making vital decisions in the heat of the moment.
· Shows how American admiralship evolved during the war
· Covers all campaigns and significant American naval actions during World War II
· Features both well-known flag officers like “Bull” Halsey as well as lesser-known but significant figures such as “Slew” S. McCain, grandfather of U.S. Senator John McCain, who commanded the final carrier-launched air strikes against Japan
William Tuohy served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific in 1945–46. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1968 for his Vietnam War reporting in the Los Angeles Times. As a journalist, he covered the conflicts in the Middle East, Central America, Northern Ireland, and the Gulf, as well as covering the fall of Saigon in 1975 and the Berlin Wall in 1989. He is the author of Dangerous Company: Inside the World’s Hottest Trouble Spots with a Pulitzer Prize–winning War Correspondent and The Bravest Man: Richard O'Kane and the Amazing Submarine Adventures of the USS Tang. He lives in Los Angeles.