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Book Review: 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]

Admiral Earnest T. King Elementary School is only two blocks from my building in Lorain, Ohio—where he was born and raised. And while I had heard of “Bull” Halsey and Chester Nimitz, Admirals King and Leahy were pretty much mysteries. I really didn’t know much about any of them, especially not like Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, and Patton. I’ve read bios of all the Generals, but nothing about the Admirals.
 
So, Walter Borneman’s book leads us through their lives prior to entry into the Naval Academy, their careers, World War II commands, and their deaths. The best part of the book is how he contrasts their very different individual personalities, as well as their interactions with other Admirals and Generals, particularly Douglas MacArthur. As much as I’ve read about World War II and all the sea battles in the Pacific, this book filled in a huge history hole in my understanding of the leadership on the Navy side of things. (5 of 5 Stars)
 

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