Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance

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Regarded as the standard biography of World War II naval hero Adm. Raymond A. Spruance, this work is now available in trade paperback for the first time. Spruance, victor of the battles of Midway and the Philippine Sea and commander of the Fifth Fleet in the invasions of the Gilberts, the Marshalls, the Marianas, and Okinawa, is one of the towering figures in American naval history. Yet his reserved, cerebral personality did not make "good copy" for correspondents, and until the publication of The Quiet Warrior ...
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Regarded as the standard biography of World War II naval hero Adm. Raymond A. Spruance, this work is now available in trade paperback for the first time. Spruance, victor of the battles of Midway and the Philippine Sea and commander of the Fifth Fleet in the invasions of the Gilberts, the Marshalls, the Marianas, and Okinawa, is one of the towering figures in American naval history. Yet his reserved, cerebral personality did not make "good copy" for correspondents, and until the publication of The Quiet Warrior he remained an elusive figure. Thomas Buell has succeeded in evoking the nature of the man as well as recording the achievements of the admiral in this brilliant biography, which won the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Literary Achievement the year of its publication.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870215629
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1987
  • Series: Classics of Naval Literature Series
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.79 (d)

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Cdr. Thomas B. Buell, USN (Ret.), is the author of several books, most notably Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. He is deceased.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2000

    Great book, Poor documentation

    The author, Thomas Buell, is a well known writer of military history. His subject, Raymond Spruance, is one of the most important American admirals of World War II. He has as interesting a history as any of his peers or even his superiors, which Buell presents in an easily read style. I was extremely disappointed at the lack of references cited for the events and personal history that surrounded this great admiral. It has been said that he would have been the next 5 star admiral, if the Navy were to have been allowed one. Some have said that he deserved that rank more than Halsey, and Buell's book details the facts to support this very well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII in the PTO. As the cruiser commander, who provided protection for Halsey's carrier forces in the first six months of the war, a black shoe admiral, who was designated to be one of two American carrier force commanders at the battle of Midway, the Chief of Staff to Nimitz, and finally the commander of the 5th Fleet, responsible for the drive across the Central Pacific, his story could not be ignored to anyone interested in the PTO in WWII. The author leaves one with a strong desire for an updated version of Spruance's story, but with references cited. Such a book would be required reading for all naval history in general, or WWII courses in particular for the foreseeable future.

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