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The Admirals

How the only four Americans to attain the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral led the U.S. navy to victory in World War II.

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"Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral: William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, Chester W. Nimitz, and William F. Halsey. They were the best and the brightest Annapolis produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest sea power. In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their combined story in full and dramatic detail for the first time.Divided into three sections, The Admirals takes us from the end of the nineteenth century through the end of World War II. Part One, "Sailors, 1897-1918", profiles the admirals' early years and their rise through the naval ranks. Part Two, "Ships, 1918-1941", chronicles the myriad commands each officer held on a variety of vessels-battleships, submarines, aircraft carriers-and how the development of each type of vessel influenced the course of naval warfare. While battleships had reigned as the queens of the seas, their supremacy was soon challenged by the advent of the carrier. Leahy-the oldest of the four-clung to his view of the battleship's power. Nimitz was an advocate of the submarine as an effective weapon. Halsey was a devotee of the destroyer but eventually came to understand the fearsome potential of naval aviation, as did King.Part Three, "Admirals", begins with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After the initial panic had subsided, President Roosevelt began placing his top naval commanders. King was appointed Commander in Chief of the U.S. Fleet. Nimitz replacedHusband E. Kimmel as Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet. Halsey took his flagship carrier, USS Enterprise, into the Pacific to engage the Japanese, leading hit and run raids in the Gilbert and Marshall islands and conducting the Doolittle raid. And Leahy was appointed Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Army and Navy, the President of the United States. From Pearl Harborto the U.S. defeat at Wake Island, the first days of the war were desperate, indeed-but eventually, the Navy began to see great successes, including the Battle of the Coral Sea-the first clash in which aircraft carriers engaged each other-the Solomon Islands Campaign, and the turning point in the Pacific, the Battle of Midway. The combined talents and experience of the Navy's top admirals-along with the new technologies they had championed-ensured that, from that point on, the United States would enjoy supremacy in the Pacific.Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, Borneman brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how four extraordinary men helped ensure victory in World War II, and revolutionized naval warfare forever."
  • SKU: 000000000001356254
  • Author: Walter R. Borneman
  • Release date: May 1, 2012
  • ISBN: 9780316097840
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • Warnings: No warnings
  • Height: 0.000
  • Length: 9.250
  • Width: 6.000

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