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Nimitz Paperback – March 15, 2008
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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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I've always enjoyed Potter's writing and this one is one of his best. His portrait of Admiral Nimitz doesn't just cover the great ships, aircraft and US Marines part of the war, it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by George Palmer
The author admits to a scarcity of sources but nonetheless manages to put together a good view of the admiral. Well worth readingPublished 2 months ago by chet brewer
Outstanding story of one of the outstanding figures of WWII. I found the book very informative, and though it is quite long, a great read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Douglas B. Schonour
Now I admire more the Admiral Chester Nimitz. We need more leaders like Admiral Nimitz, Not just in the military World but the civilian world.Published 2 months ago by JOSE RODRIGUEZ VASQUEZ
The personal stories about Nimitz, his organizational, and people management skills really illuminated who he was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert