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Nimitz Hardcover – 1976
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Most biographies are written by hero worshiping sychophants, or worse written by the subject of the biography whose recollection of events are always flattering. Potter tackles the single most important man in U.S. Naval history with appriciation, but not at the expense of his detachment.
You begin with the Admiral's family history, how his grand father came to America. You then follow his lack luster school performance that explodes into focused determination to pass the Naval Academy's entrance exams. Because the Admiral's claim to fame was his leadership during WW II, the lion's share of the book covers his assumption of command U.S. Forces Pacific and follows it through his presence at the signing of the Japanese surrender at Tokyo bay. However; the last few chapters covering his dedicated work to maintain the U.S. Navy as a seperate and powerful force is eye opening and gives the reader (especialy if your a sailor) a scare at how close the U.S. Navy came to being dismantled like it had been after every war.
The thing I took away from the book was as you look around the Navy, many officers are detail minded. The higher the rank, the more of a bean counter they become. I used to be disappointed that we no longer had officers like Perry or John Paul Jones, that they had all become accountant politicians. However; reading this book, I now see that men like Jones, Perry, and Halsey might win battles. It was the detail minded officers like Nimitz that win wars. It is very obvious that in today's Navy officers are trained in the shadow of Nimitz.Read more ›
Potter did a good job, but his personal friendship with Nimitz appears to have rendered him incapable of criticizing the man. While Nimitz did apparently have few faults, Potter did a disservice to the reader by failing to scrutinize some of Nimitz's faults, such as his apparent indecisive streak when it came to strategic decision-making (for instance deciding the correct avenue of approach to Japan, whether the Philippines, Taiwan, or the Bonins, especially in discussions with Roosevelt and MacArthur).
Also, as a practitioner, I felt that the lack of discussion of the specifics of operational planning and decision-making under Nimitz's command, missed an opportunity for comparison with the methods that the military uses, successfully or not, in today's formulation of strategy and operational construction.Read more ›
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If you even have a passing interest in WWII history, this book is for you. It is an enjoyable read that is painstakingly accurate and very detailed. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jeff
I enjoyed almost every aspect of this book. The writing is easy to read and follow. I appreciate the broad subjects of man, family, war, and work contained herein. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Chip
Truly excellent and detailed, this book is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in the Pacific war.Published 2 months ago by Dutch Fred
An interesting read. I didn't know much about him given his flamboyant contemporaries.Published 3 months ago by Don Bowman
More people should read about this unheralded man who played a leading role in our victory over Japan.Published 4 months ago by Dr. Edgar A. Reed
Well written and documented. Very good description of military, political and social settings at the time . Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas Vaughn
A pretty interesting book, but a little long on detail in some areas. The author being a friend of the Nimitz family shows some bias, but not too bad. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mariemarie