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Nimitz
     

Nimitz

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by E. B. Potter
 

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Called a great book worthy of a great man, this definitive biography of the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet in World War II, first published in 1976 and now available in paperback for the first time, continues to be considered the best book ever written about Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Highly respected by both the civilian and naval communities, Nimitz was

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Called a great book worthy of a great man, this definitive biography of the commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet in World War II, first published in 1976 and now available in paperback for the first time, continues to be considered the best book ever written about Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Highly respected by both the civilian and naval communities, Nimitz was sometimes overshadowed by more colorful warriors in the Pacific such as MacArthur and Halsey. Potter's lively and authoritative style fleshes out Admiral Nimitz's personality to help readers appreciate the contributions he made as the principal architect of Japan's defeat. Following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, President Roosevelt named Nimitz as commander of the Pacific Fleet. An experienced and respected leader, Nimitz was also an effective military strategist who directed U.S. forces as they closed in on Japan, beginning in May and June of 1942 with the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. Nimitz was promoted to the newly-created rank of fleet admiral in 1944 and became the naval equivalent to the army's General Dwight Eisenhower. The book covers his full life, from a poverty-stricken childhood to postwar appointments as Chief of Naval Operations and U.N. mediator. It candidly reveals Nimitz's opinions of Halsey, Kimmel, King, Spruance, MacArthur, Forrestal, Roosevelt, and Truman.

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ISBN-13:
9781591145806
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
507
Sales rank:
488,308
Product dimensions:
9.98(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.36(d)

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The late E.B. Potter, a longtime history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and former naval officer who served in the Pacific during World War II, is the author of several books, including Nimitz, Admiral Arleigh Burke, and Sea Power: A Naval History, which he wrote with Admiral Nimitz.

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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...