Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell

Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr.

by Larry Berman
Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell

Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr.

by Larry Berman



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“Painstakingly researched and crafted, Larry Berman’s Zumwalt is a compelling and rich portrait of one of the nation’s great patriots.”
—Walter Anderson, former editor and CEO of Parade

Zumwalt is a compelling portrait of the controversial military man who is widely regarded as the founder of the modern U.S. Navy, Admiral Elmo Russell “Bud” Zumwalt. Chief of Naval Operations during the decades-long Cold War crisis, Zumwalt implemented major strategic innovations that endure to this day, especially in his campaign against racism and sexism throughout the fleet. Larry Berman, the author of Perfect Spy, offers a fascinating, detailed look at an extraordinary man—winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom—an inspiring portrait of leadership that is essential in these troubled times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062198969
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 528
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Larry Berman has written four previous books on the war in Vietnam: Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam; Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road To Stalemate in Vietnam; No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger and Betrayal in Vietnam and Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent. He has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV, Bill Moyers' The Public Mind and David McCullough's American Experience. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow in residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He received the Bernath Lecture Prize for contributions to our understanding of foreign relations and the Department of the Navy Vice Admiral Edwin B. Hooper Research Grant. Berman is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis and Founding Dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

1 Conscience of the Navy 1

2 The Road from Tulare to Annapolis 27

3 Education of a Naval Officer 41

4 War Years 70

5 Crossroads 94

6 Plato and Socrates 127

7 Path to Vietnam 154

8 Brown Water Navy 166

9 The Watch Begins 213

10 Zingers 244

11 Rough Seas 271

12 The Zumwalt Intelligence Service 312

13 Ruffles and Flourishes 345

14 The Watch Never Ends 379

Acknowledgments 427

Chronology of the Career of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., USN 431

Author's Research Note 434

Notes 443

Index 493

What People are Saying About This

Marvin Kalb

“ZUMWALT may be Larry Berman’s best book on Vietnam. Exhaustively researched, beautifully written, here is the war through the prism of one of America’s greatest officers. I loved it and learned from it. Read it.”

Thurgood Marshall Jr.

“Zumwalt was a visionary whose charismatic brand of leadership was grounded in an unflinching dedication coupled with a belief that barriers to equality and progress have no place in America. This volume is rich with moving details from countless individuals who were inspired by his integrity and courage.”

Donna E. Shalala

“Bud Zumwalt was a fearless leader. He was also a fascinating, thoughtful and brilliant sailor. I learned a lot about leadership from him over the years - so will you when you read ZUMWALT.”

Adm. Mike Mullen

” Zumwalt was an iconic figure for generations of sailors who served under his command or who were motivated by his example. His dedication to his country and the US Navy was a model for those who want to serve.”

Bill Clinton

You can’t understand today’s Navy without acknowledging Zumwalt’s role in modernizing its technology and renewing its soul. He believed in a Navy worthy of our nation...those who chose to serve in it were deserving of respect and dignity. Zumwalt is the story of a true American hero.

Ronald H. Spector

“An engaging and highly readable portrait of one of the Navy’s truly transformative figures and arguably the most innovative and controversial CNOs of the Cold War era.”

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