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The admirals : Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King-- the five-star admirals who won the war at sea / Walter R. Borneman.

By: Borneman, Walter R, 1952-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY ; Boston : Back Bay Books, Little Brown and Company, 2013Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition.Description: xi, 559, 12 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780316097833 (PB) :; 0316097837.Subject(s): Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966 | Halsey, William F. (William Frederick), 1882-1959 | Leahy, William D | King, Ernest Joseph, 1878-1956 | United States. Navy -- Biography | United States. Navy -- History -- 20th century | Admirals -- United States -- Biography | Naval art and science -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, American | World War, 1939-1945 -- BiographyDDC classification: 359.0092 | B
Contents:
The banks of the Severn -- Saturday, December 6, 1941 -- Sailors, 1897-1918. Leahy, "The Judge, " Annapolis, Class of 1897 ; King, "Rey, " Annapolis, Class of 1901 ; Halsey, "Pudge, " Annapolis, Class of 1904 ; Nimitz, "Nim-i-tiz, " Annapolis, Class of 1905 ; First commands ; Dress rehearsal -- Ships, 1918-1941. Battleships ; Submarines ; Aircraft carriers ; First stars ; Projecting power ; At war all but in name -- Admirals, 1941-1945. Searching for scapegoats and heroes ; Spread thin ; Deciding the course ; Fighting the Japanese and MacArthur ; From Casablanca to Teheran ; Take care, my boy ; Driving it home ; The crippling blow ; Halsey's luck ; Two typhoons and five stars ; Interim President ; Toward Tokyo Bay ; Measures of men -- Appendix A. Comparative ranks of commissioned officers in U.S. military services -- Appendix B. World War II-era general protocols for naming U.S. Navy ships -- Appendix C. Comparative tonnages and armaments of selected ships -- Appendix D. Chiefs of naval operations, 1915 to 1947 -- Appendix E. Commanders-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet, 1922 to 1945 -- Appendix F. World War II-era U.S. battleships -- Appendix G. World War II-era U.S. aircraft carriers -- Appendix H. Ships named for the fleet admirals -- Appendix I. Major World War II conferences and operations with code names.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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 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.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 495-544) and index.

The banks of the Severn -- Saturday, December 6, 1941 -- Sailors, 1897-1918. Leahy, "The Judge, " Annapolis, Class of 1897 ; King, "Rey, " Annapolis, Class of 1901 ; Halsey, "Pudge, " Annapolis, Class of 1904 ; Nimitz, "Nim-i-tiz, " Annapolis, Class of 1905 ; First commands ; Dress rehearsal -- Ships, 1918-1941. Battleships ; Submarines ; Aircraft carriers ; First stars ; Projecting power ; At war all but in name -- Admirals, 1941-1945. Searching for scapegoats and heroes ; Spread thin ; Deciding the course ; Fighting the Japanese and MacArthur ; From Casablanca to Teheran ; Take care, my boy ; Driving it home ; The crippling blow ; Halsey's luck ; Two typhoons and five stars ; Interim President ; Toward Tokyo Bay ; Measures of men -- Appendix A. Comparative ranks of commissioned officers in U.S. military services -- Appendix B. World War II-era general protocols for naming U.S. Navy ships -- Appendix C. Comparative tonnages and armaments of selected ships -- Appendix D. Chiefs of naval operations, 1915 to 1947 -- Appendix E. Commanders-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet, 1922 to 1945 -- Appendix F. World War II-era U.S. battleships -- Appendix G. World War II-era U.S. aircraft carriers -- Appendix H. Ships named for the fleet admirals -- Appendix I. Major World War II conferences and operations with code names.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Maps (p. xiii)
  • Prologue: The Banks of the Severn (p. 3)
  • Saturday, December 6, 1941 (p. 4)
  • Part 1 Sailors, 1897-1918
  • 1 Leahy: "The Judge"-Annapolis, Class of 1897 (p. 11)
  • 2 King: "Rey"-Annapolis, Class of 1901 (p. 26)
  • 3 Halsey: "Pudge"-Annapolis, Class of 1904 (p. 41)
  • 4 Nimitz: "Nim-i-tiz"-Annapolis, Class of 1905 (p. 53)
  • 5 First Commands (p. 66)
  • 6 Dress Rehearsal (p. 79)
  • Part 2 Ships, 1918-1941
  • 7 Battleships (p. 99)
  • 8 Submarines (p. 113)
  • 9 Aircraft Carriers (p. 127)
  • 10 First Stars (p. 144)
  • 11 Projecting Power (p. 161)
  • 12 At War All but in Name (p. 183)
  • Part 3 Admirals, 1941-1945
  • 13 Searching for Scapegoats and Heroes (p. 209)
  • 14 Spread Thin (p. 228)
  • 15 Deciding the Course (p. 257)
  • 16 Fighting the Japanese-and MacArthur (p. 279)
  • 17 From Casablanca to Teheran (p. 306)
  • 18 Take Care, My Boy (p. 335)
  • 19 Driving It Home (p. 346)
  • 20 The Crippling Blow: Submarines or Airpower? (p. 369)
  • 21 Halsey's Luck (p. 376)
  • 22 Two Typhoons and Five Stars (p. 404)
  • 23 Interim President (p. 423)
  • 24 Toward Tokyo Bay (p. 440)
  • 25 Measures of Men (p. 458)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 475)
  • Appendixes
  • A Comparative Ranks of Commissioned Officers in U.S. Military Services (p. 479)
  • B World War II-Era General Protocols for Naming U.S. Navy Ships (p. 480)
  • C Comparative Tonnages and Armaments of Selected Ships (p. 481)
  • D Chiefs of Naval Operations, 1915-1947 (p. 483)
  • E Commanders in Chief, U.S. Fleet, 1936-1945 (p. 484)
  • F World War II-Era U.S. Battleships (p. 486)
  • G World War II-Era U.S. Aircraft Carriers (p. 489)
  • H Ships Named for the Fleet Admirals (p. 491)
  • I Major World War II Conferences and Operations with Code Names (p. 493)
  • Notes (p. 495)
  • Bibliography (p. 533)
  • Index (p. 545)
  • Reading Group Guide (p. 563)