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Rickover Effect:How One Man Made a Difference
     

Rickover Effect:How One Man Made a Difference

by Theodore Rockwell
 

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As Technical Director, Rockwell worked alongside the legendary Admiral Rickover for the first 15 years, creating the nuclear navy, then the world s first commercial atomic power station. Rickover was both admired and hated as he forcibly reformed both bureaucracies and industries to harness the fearsome atom.

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As Technical Director, Rockwell worked alongside the legendary Admiral Rickover for the first 15 years, creating the nuclear navy, then the world s first commercial atomic power station. Rickover was both admired and hated as he forcibly reformed both bureaucracies and industries to harness the fearsome atom.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rockwell, Rickover's former technical director, has written a notable, anecdote-rich biography of the controversial ``father of the nuclear navy.'' In 1951 Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986), then an obscure captain in the navy's Bureau of Ships, set himself the task of creating an atomic submarine. Four-and-a-half years later, USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear sub, joined the fleet. In lay language, Rockwell explains how he accomplished this amazing feat. For one thing, Rickover gave new meaning to the concept of industrial quality control. Rockwell also makes clear why his former boss was widely hated and feared, and provides examples of his unique ability to infuriate as well as inspire. Most prominently, Rockwell demonstrates Rickover's genius for getting things done. Finally, he relates the strange story of Rickover's enforced retirement in 1982 at the instigation of Navy Secretary John Lehman, who accused him of accepting favors from contractors. If this fine biography has a flaw, it is the author's failure to explain adequately why Lehman was so implacably hostile to the man who immeasurably strengthened the United States Navy. Illustrations. (Oct.)
Booknews
Admiral Hyman Rickover was the father of America's nuclear navy. This book describes in detail and with wit the obstacles the Admiral had to overcome in the development of the first nuclear submarine in the 1950s, and it reveals the difficult, stubborn man whose single-minded drive made his relationship with the Navy volatile and contentious. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595745272
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
543,388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

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