The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

by Walter R. Borneman
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The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman

How history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power.

Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet.

In THE ADMIRALS, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time. Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men-who were both friends and rivals-worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.

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ISBN-13: 9780316097833
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 559
Sales rank: 38,216
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Walter Borneman is the author of seven works of nonfiction, including 1812, The French and Indian War, and Polk. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.

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The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King--The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provides a perfect balance of both the personal lives and professional lives of Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy and King. Learning about each of the four admirals from birth to death allows the reader to see what led to these larger-than-life legends. Mr. Borneman provides detailed accounts of great naval battles as well as other behind-the-scenes action including typhoons, mishaps, and the growing pains that accompanied the US Navy as it grew dramatically over a short period of time. Equally interesting, he also covers the politics of the time, as military leaders jockeyed for power and became crucial advisors to Presidents Roosevelt and Truman. The technical descriptions of the ships, submarines and aircraft are detailed yet appropriate for a casual reader. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in the rising role of sea power and, above all, four of America's heroes that made victory in WWII possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walter Borneman has produced a thoroughly engaging blend of naval history and biography in this account of the lives of America's four five-star admirals. Merging the biographies of Admirals Halsey, Nimitz, King and Leahy, Borneman paints a colorful panorama of United States naval history from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. The chapters detailing the emergence of submarine and airpower in the Navy and how the lives of these men intertwined with these technologies are particularly intriguing. Although Borneman gives a fine overview of the military conflicts during the lives of these men, in the end, the book revolves around the admirals themselves. With a refined ability to develop character, Borneman helps us know the hard-drinking Ernest King, the statesman-like William Leahy, the grandfatherly Chester Nimitz, and the full-steam-ahead William Halsey in depth. Their unique personalities shaped their careers, and to some degree, the world-changing events of the Second World War. Great "supporting character" roles in the persons of Franklin Roosevelt and Douglas MacArthur add additional color and depth to the story. The book should appeal both to those with little military history background as well as those well-versed in WWII history, especially the Pacific Theatre. This work is a fine tribute to these men, who, despite their personality differences, all understood and exemplified the meaning of duty, service and honor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most military enthusiasts know of Nimitz and Halsey, but hardly anyone's heard the names of Ernest King who was above them in the chain of command. Likewise, even fewer people have heard the name of William Leahy who was America's highest ranking military officer during WWII and who even Gen. Marshall reported to. "The Admirals" goes into wonderful detail about all four men, their lives and careers, their collaboration (and disagreements) during WWII, and is as enjoyable and interesting to read as it is insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does a good job of integrating the lives and events and personalities of the five star admirals of WWII. The book includes some great insights into FDR and an ‘interesting’ look at General MacArthur. Well done! Carry on…
writer-historyreader More than 1 year ago
This book covers the life of four men, and with it everything from the battleship Oregon's dash around the cape to the death of the last of the five star admirals. I know this period well, but learned a lot about how they got to where they were and why. Adm Leahy's roll at the elbow of Roosevelt surprised me. His role was very under the radar. Another book I was reading mentioned him with a comment that he was a minor character. He wasn't. A very good read.
BoucAncien More than 1 year ago
Insightful exploration of top-level naval leadership during the Second World War. No big surprises, but plenty of enlightening observations on how the "big names" approached leadership. I observe that this book appears to have been written for a general audience. It cannot take the place of detailed biographies on these leaders that are available to us all via the Naval Institute Press. Regardless, this is an excellent introduction to the topic. Recommended to junior officers who are encountering different and often contradictory approaches to leadership from their seniors. This study provides insight into how our most famous Admirals succeeded (and failed) as leaders. I found the author's emphases on personal initiative and personal responsibility to be especially important to a young leader. Senior officers will find this book enlightening in how our fleet and service commanders accommodated the necessity for detailed knowledge of subordinates' intent against the latitude they had to allow for devolved command and control. Left me pondering how, given the "God's Eye" of modern C4I, I could/should have better balanced command and delegation.
PK-Johnston More than 1 year ago
If you liked "Commander in Chief", by Eric Larrabee, you will certainly enjoy this well written account of our leading World War Two Admirals! Mr. Borneman's narrative flows like a novel, bringing us into contact with the people and events of that crucial time in American history. This well researched book brings us along on a journey, through the early rise of the American Navy,as it emerged on the world stage. We accompany the "Great White Fleet",attend the Naval Academy and climb aboard Submarines,Destroyers and Battleships, with young men, working they way up the ladder of success in their illustrious careers. We are given a comprehensive in depth look into the workings of the command structure, and operational aspects of the Wartime US Navy. Whether you are new to the subject of Naval History, or an "Old Hand", "The Admirals" will bring you along on a fascinating cruise through history!
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In-Quest More than 1 year ago
You get some insight into these four admirals and how they worked together to wield the at first weak then all powerful US Navy in World War II. Naval warfare changed dramatically during the war and these men were on the front lines adapting our naval forces to meet the challenges thrown at us by the Japanese Navy.
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Fully enjoyed thjs historical account of these WWII Admirals; many intimate details and interesting facts - had a hard time putting it down!
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Chaz_in_Kansas More than 1 year ago
You could now invent a more unique set of personalities than this group of admirals. Not even if you were Tom Clancy. They blended to create a team that worked well to keep Americas Forces on task to defeat the largest threat the US had ever seen. In addition the analysis of Douglas MacArthur is fascinating. Ya Gotta Read It!
JTAJR More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story about how the U.S. Navy evolved into the premier force it is today. The history behind the Navy, especially during WWII, brought some revelations probably not known or realized by the average reader. It also delves somewhat into political intrigue(who was who's favorite etc.). I found this to be a very easy read.