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Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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“A thorough review of the naval hero's life, from beginning to end.” ―The Associated Press
“A military historian's look at...every stage of Nimitz's era-straddling career...An introduction to the Navy's senior hero of WWII. For military buffs, surely!” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Mr. Harris has done an admirable job…a great story of leadership…the author's use of a large number of oral histories lends significant color to the book.” ―The Washington Post
“A must for any U.S. naval collection.” ―Booklist
“In this fresh new biography, Brayton Harris puts flesh on the bones of an icon and shows us how and why Chester Nimitz became the irreplaceable leader--in both war and peace.” ―J. William Middendorf II, Secretary of the Navy
“Calm, clear-headed, decisive--Admiral Nimitz was a God-send to the U.S. Navy and the Allied cause in World War II. Brayton Harris has written a compelling biography of a low-key hero.” ―Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder and John Paul Jones
“Admiral Nimitz is a superbly written biography of one of the towering but least known heroes of World War II. A brilliant strategist who never sought the limelight, Chester Nimitz was an incomparable leader who served America brilliantly throughout the war in the Pacific and has earned a place in history as one of our greatest naval officers.” ―Carlo D'Este, author of Eisenhower and Patton
“In the skilled hands of Brayton Harris, the biography of one of our nation's greatest Naval leaders comes to life and jumps off the page as if you were reading stories about your own grandfather. Harris has a knack for finding the details, the anecdotes, that build a comprehensive portrait. Read it for the pure joy of getting to know Admiral Nimitz.” ―Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500 and Troubled Water
“Rarely have a biographer and his subject been so wonderfully matched. Admiral Nimitz: The Commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater is meticulously researched, immensely informative, and laudably balanced in all of its judgments. The book is not only a valuable addition to U.S. naval history, it is a thoroughly pleasurable and immensely satisfying biography.” ―Alan Axelrod, author of A Savage Empire: Trappers, Traders, Tribes, and the Wars That Made America and Patton: A Biography
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Top Customer Reviews
Nimitz worked his way up through the naval hierarchy during the course of his career. After graduating from Annapolis, Nimitz served in various commands, such as destroyers, submarines, cruisers, and battleships, along with various shore duties. As Nimitz' career progressed, so did his ability to lead men. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the ensuing relief of Admiral Kimmel, President Roosevelt chose Nimitz to become commander of the Pacific Ocean Theater, despite Nimitz being junior to other admirals.
During the course of the war, Nimitz' strategies and his ability to get the most out of his subordinates proved to be important factors in winning the war. Nimitz was also insturmental in the development of many naval practices, including refueling at sea, the circular ship formation for antiaircraft defense, integration of the aircraft carrier into the fleet, and innovative training programs. Nimitz was a leader and he got the utmost from the men who served under him.
After the war, Nimitz worked to maintain the integrity of the Navy and Marines during the tough unification debates. He also served as Chief of Naval Operations.
I found this book to be interesting and informative. Author Harris does a good job of describing the career of Admiral Nimitz, from the time he entered Annapolis until his death in 1966.Read more ›
On a second level, Harris describes the growing tension within and between the US military services spawned by the emerging importance of both air power and nuclear weapons. Aircraft carriers displaced battleships as the core element of naval power; long-range land-based aircraft threatened the survival of all surface ships; and nuclear weapons, only deliverable by heavy bombers in the 1940s, seemed to diminish the importance of both land and sea power. Concurrent with his retirement, Nimitz addressed these issues publicly arguing that aircraft carriers, heavy surface ships, and submarines - not strategic bombers - were keys to projecting US national power. His comments and Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson's action cancelling construction of a new aircraft carrier, the United States, in favor of building Air Force B-36 bombers, intensified service rivalries.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Do not waste your time or money. There is not a good book on Nimitz. Potter's book is lacking but still the best out there. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting but more detail on Nimitz, the man, would move the book to the next level.Published 15 months ago by W. Bradley Zehner II
The author provides the reader with both information and insights about Admiral Nimitz and his career, especially during W W II.Published 15 months ago by Jim Mayfield
Chester Nimitz was a friend of my grandfather, Rear Admiral Erl C. B. Gould, and so I heard many stories about Admiral Nimitz. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Erl Gould Purnell
Not very penetrating. Admiral Nimitz comes across as a softy who subcomes to all the wishes and egos of his co-flag officers and the Washington political machine. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anthony J. Trella
Very informative on the life of Nimitz. He is another of our WWII heroes that has been down played by the movies and books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James A. Farley
Excellent review of the WW II war in the Pacific, if your a history buff. Fleet Admiral Nimitz is a one of a kind type leader.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer DCC