The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—the Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

The Admirals Nimitz Halsey Leahy and King the Five Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea How history s only five star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world s dominant sea power Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five star rank of

  • Title: The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—the Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea
  • Author: Walter R. Borneman
  • ISBN: 9780316097840
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King—the Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

    How history s only five star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world s dominant sea power Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five star rank of Admiral of the Fleet William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they ledHow history s only five star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world s dominant sea power Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five star rank of Admiral of the Fleet William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world s greatest fleet In THE ADMIRALS, award winning historian Walter R Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men who were both friends and rivals worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.

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    1. Dj

      Reading about Major Personalities generally comes in one of two types. Either their are very detailed individual views which focus on someones entire live or they are groups of people that are similar and are fairly broken up and the kind of synopsis you would expect to get out of a resume. Any book written about someone has a general trap that the author respects and admires the individual they are writing about. No surprise really, since why would you want to write about someone you did care m [...]

    2. happy

      I felt this was a good look at the four men who held the rank of Admiral of the Fleet (5 stars) Borneman makes the four men come alive. In the first part of the book, he traces the careers of the 4 men independently, but when World War II starts their stories become intertwined.He traces both their professional lives and to some extent their personal lives as well. He seems to admire Nimitz and Leahy more than King and Halsey, but gives credit to all four men for their accomplishments during the [...]

    3. Jean Poulos

      Most people are aware of the five star Army Generals but few are aware of the five star Admirals. I have read the biographies of each of these men but this is the first book I have read that deals with the four together. All knew each other well; their military lives had intertwined for years; all were from middle-class backgrounds.Borneman narrates their lives in sometimes intersecting parallels until World War II. King was from a Scots’ family from Ohio. He graduated near the top of his Anna [...]

    4. Jack

      So why five stars? Because that is what was on the collar of the four men discussed within. Leahy, Nimitz, King, and Halsey. The great naval leaders of WWII. In my opinion, the greatest naval leaders were forged from that war. Leahy, the stalwart, behind the scenes political genius that stood in the shadows behind Roosevelt and later, Truman. King, the cantankerous master strategician that ran the navy on in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Nimitz the cerebral mind executing the Pacific drive, [...]

    5. Bruce Hesselbach

      Everyone has heard about Admiral Halsey and Admiral Nimitz, but Admirals Leahy and King are less well known. These four were the men that spearheaded America's successful campaigns against Japan. In part, they did this by their willingness to change and adapt to new ideas, to throw over everything they knew about the importance of battleships in war, and embrace new strategies with aircraft carriers and submarines.Borneman does an excellent job in telling the intertwining stories of these men. Y [...]

    6. Steeljaw Scribe

      book follows the paths of four Naval officers who rose to hold the highest rank in the US Navy at the end of the Second World War – the five-star rank of Fleet Admiral. Borneman uses an interesting approach for this comparative biography, but in a manner different than what Larrabee took in his work (Commander in Chief: FDR His Lieutenants and Their War). While Larrabee’s work bound several biographies together, Borneman instead follows all four of his subjects through the epochs that preced [...]

    7. Urey Patrick

      Leahy, USNA class of 1897 - King, class of 1901 - Halsey, class of 1904 - Nimitz, class of 1905 these remarkable men are the only five-star Admirals in US history. Borneman relates their biographies (mostly professional), their career histories and their momentous achievements in World War II, interweaving their individual narratives to create a compelling story. Their interactions over the years, the events and people that influenced them in their careers, their strengths and weaknesses - their [...]

    8. Steve

      I have often wondered why and how the great have become such. Be they political leaders, industrialists, military and/or naval; how did they achieve the level? This read was an attempt to answer that question.The book follows the career paths of the four famous World War II Admirals to reach “5 Star” status. In short, I will tell you now it did not answer my question of How or Why they reached it other than to say each was capable and driven, yet all in possession of what I would call a diff [...]

    9. James F.

      This book is a fantastic rendition of the four Five Star Admirals in charge of the US Navy during World War II. Anyone who is interested in history of the United States Navy's role in the Pacific Theatre needs to add this remarkable book to their library and read it. I just finished this book today and it was well worth my time in reading it. Five Stars for The Admirals.Anyone interested in the History of our nation and the way the United States defeated the Japanese in World War II needs to rea [...]

    10. Mark Roth

      This was a really interesting book. It covers the lives of America's only four 5-star admirals, all of whom served during World War II. Before reading this book, I was already somewhat familiar with Nimitz and Halsey, the two better known of the four, but I'm not sure I'd ever even heard of Leahy or King. However, the book did an excellent job of covering the lives and careers of all four men. Importantly, it does not attempt to paint these men as heroes who are not to be criticized; it confront [...]

    11. Mac McCormick III

      Many readers would consider it a long book, but if you are interested in military history (especially World War II history) or naval history The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King – The Five Star Admirals Who Won The War At Sea by Walter R. Borneman is a book to put on your reading list. It tells the stories of the United States Navy’s four Fleet Admirals and how they won the World War II war at sea. I appreciate the research Borneman put into the is book, he makes use of a lot of pri [...]

    12. Dwight

      The Admirals is an enjoyable read from a talented author. Borneman delivers another solid performance and demonstrates some versatility in tackling subject matter outside of his past wheelhouse, as well as the challenge of getting four big-time World War II actors to share limited space. The flow of the book starts out a little choppy as he jumps from one character to the next, but Mr. Borneman doesn't take long to hit his stride, delivering a narrative that flows smoothly as each admiral takes [...]

    13. Marks54

      This book presents a collective biography of the four men who rose to the rank of fleet admiral (five stars) in the US Navy during WWII. It is a well done book that fills in the story regarding the conduct and evolution of US armed forces during the war. While the Army and its generals have received continuing attention with recent histories of WWII and two recent biographies of Eisenhower, it is arguable that the leadership of the Navy has not received comparable attention recently and I found [...]

    14. Byron

      Mark this down as one of those books that is unlikely to come up on the normal book club reading list. A book about four admirals from WWII. Even though I am an avid reader of WWII books, I did not expect this one to match the wonderful espionage books I had read like agent zigzag and operation mincemeat, the book about the monuments men, or the thrilling rescue stories such as lost in shangri la, unbroken, or the forgotten 500. My expectations were far too low!Wonderfully weaving together the b [...]

    15. John

      The Admirals covers the lives and careers of the 4 men who became Admirals of the Fleet during and after World War 2. While it doesn't contain any new or earth shattering revelations, it does provide a great overview of these 4 extraordinary men and how they helped shape the strategy that defeated Germany and Japan in the war. The most informative portions of the book for me were the sections covering Admiral Leahy, the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and presidential confidant. I am [...]

    16. Pamela

      Centered on the the four men who achieved 5 star rank in the wartime U.S. Navy, The Admirals is an excellent short biography of the personalities, capabilities and leadership styles of the four very different men who led the way to victory in the naval war in WWII. Beginning with their attendance at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and following their individual journeys from Leahy's first war experience in the Atlantic in 1898, through the days of WWI, the story culminates in a review of the majo [...]

    17. Erin Cataldi

      I honestly didn't know anything about naval history before reading this book even though my father was enlisted in the navy for nearly 25 years. I am however, a huge history buff (thanks undergrad!) and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about the five-star admirals that this book portrayed. It was like getting a whole new perspective on many of the battles that I had previously only skimmed over in my history classes. While I don't recommend this as light reading (it's definitely more fo [...]

    18. Jim Razinha

      My first 5-star of 2015. Borneman clearly could have written four separate books about these men, but of course, those were already written. Instead, he deftly composed a compelling parallel chronology of their respective rises and roles in World War II. I eat this stuff up. I knew a bit of Nimitz's calm leadership and Halsey's brash, possibly reckless drive, but admit to little of Leahy's diplomacy and King's vision. Cutting edge of the naval technologies of the time. As I have not been a stude [...]

    19. Robert Melnyk

      Excellent book on 4 leaders of the navy during WWII. I had read quite a bit about Nimitz in other books, but did not know nearly as much about the other 3 men. The book does a good job of telling the story of all 4 men, from their early years in the navy through WWII and beyond. At times it seemed to get bogged down in details, but then again, the details help to give you a really good perspective on the men and their lives. Worth the read if you are into WWII history.

    20. Maria

      Annapolis shaped the friendships and careers of the four Admirals, William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey who became the only Americans to achieve the 5-star rank. This is a story of their lives and their service in World War II.Why I started this book: The CNO released a new professional reading list this year, and I'm eager to listen to the new audios.Why I finished it: Fascinating to compare and contrast the personalities and leadership styles of the top Admirals who l [...]

    21. Len Knighton

      A remarkably fast-reading book, Borneman holds your interest as he tackles the lives and careers, intertwined, of the four five-star admirals of World War II. Page 470 sums up the perspective I brought, and many readers would bring into its reading: knowledge of Nimitz and Halsey but none or almost none about King and Leahy. Borneman exposes the true personality and character in each, warts and all. Ego was a major component in them, but what great leader is without it? I am eager to see how the [...]

    22. Steven Kaminski

      Phenomenal book. Gets into the personalities of the most senior admirals of WW II who truly through their rise built the modern navy. With the Spanish American War the Navy rose to greater prominence and a focus on American power. With Teddy Roosevelt American Presidents saw the US Navy as a way to project American power all over the globe. This led to more slots for officers and also led to those who would become the Navy's five star admirals to take commands and build their reputations climaxi [...]

    23. Daniel Miller

      Really was 5 biographies in one. I liked how he covered each stage of these peoples lives in round robin fashion decade by decade. These are Americans who rode the crest of their generation's history by virtue of being at the right place at the right time. It also covered the changes made by the U.S. Navy in how they educated their leaders in preparation for leadership positions. No one can plan to have a life like they had. I highly recommend this book to all aficionados of WWII history. I am f [...]

    24. John

      a very solid 4.5 stars. Most of us who read military history have read about the battles and direct participants. In the Pacific we know about Midway, Guadalcanal, etc. We know the ships and the hero's and goats. Not too often I have had the privilege of reading a book about the top of the top, the planners and architects of the two-ocean war. This is a highly readable saga of these men. Highly recommended.

    25. Saikat Basu

      A superb read. A fascinating account of four the individuals (and perhaps, a fifth too) whose life and legend was shaped by WW II. This is the first to deal with the four together. Most of the friendship comes through and none of the rivalries. The biographies could have meandered and left us confused in its wake, but the author keeps it straight on course from their early days at Annapolis to the end of Second World War.

    26. Chad

      Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've read a great deal about Nimitz and Halsey and some about King, but very little on Leahy, so I particularly enjoyed learning more. I especially liked how the author compared the leadership and personality styles of the men both interacting directly with each other and in their command roles.

    27. Brad Hayes

      Ashamed to say that I previously knew very little about Ernest J. King, even though he grew up no more than 15 miles from my own boyhood home. Borneman's detailed account of King and his fellow fleet admirals rectified my ignorance, and did so in a pleasurable way.

    28. Jason Frazier

      This book is a great account of Admirals during WWII including their successes and blunders. The author does a great job of revealing their humanity & personality, as well as their brilliant wartime tactics. I highly recommended this book for the topics and men it covers.

    29. Brian S.

      Great insight on the four men who were beat into my brain while at Annapolis. Each flawed but were heroes when our nation needed them most. Any would be naval historian should read this book.

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