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The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance (Classics of Naval Literature) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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About the Author
Cdr. Thomas B. Buell, USN (Ret.) was a noted naval historian the author of several books, most notably Master of Seapower: A Biography of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King and The Quiet Warrior: A Biography of Admiral Raymond A. Spruance. He died in 2003.
Top customer reviews
Gave a good insight to an Admiral who is largely misunderstood,
and from other books I have read on WW2 Military Leaders
he seems an after though. A lot of he could have or should have,
he wins a battle but seem to bring out the negative. The author
did a good job of presenting Spruance as well as he could
unlocking the private life & giving a good idea on how the Admiral
The authors Philippines election chastising I felt unnecessary
and tried to put the Admiral now then Ambassador in bad light.
A good read with some obvious flaws.
The author paints a picture of a leader that was maligned for the decisions that he made that history has vindicated by showing that his decisions were almost seer like with regard to his opponents actions.
His views on fitness and nutrition were ahead of their time with regard to trying to consume no more calories per day than his body could burn and eschewing heavy lunches for simple soup and salad affairs.
I liked this book for the depth it gave to one of the bigger players of the Pacific Theater who remained a mystery because of his reluctant use of the press.
Finally, the author spent some time describing Spruance's role as the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. Most people were not even aware that Spruance was an ambassador.