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Nimitz

By: E. B. Potter
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
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Called a great book worthy of a great man, this definitive biography of the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet in World War II is considered the best book ever written about Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Highly respected by both the civilian and naval communities, Nimitz was sometimes overshadowed by more colorful warriors in the Pacific such as MacArthur and Halsey.

Potter's lively and authoritative style fleshes out Admiral Nimitz's personality to help listeners appreciate the contributions he made as the principle architect of Japan's defeat. Following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt named Nimitz the commander of the Pacific Fleet.

An experienced and respected leader, Nimitz was also an effective military strategist who directed US forces as they closed in on Japan, beginning in May and June of 1942 with the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. Nimitz was promoted to the newly created rank of fleet admiral in 1944 and became the naval equivalent to the army's General Dwight Eisenhower. The book covers his full life: from a poverty-stricken childhood to postwar appointments as chief of naval operations and UN mediator, and candidly reveals Nimitz's opinions of Halsey, Kimmel, King, Spruance, MacArthur, Forrestal, Roosevelt, and Truman.

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A Glimpse at Greatness

Very engaging look at a great man who guided our Navy through unprecidented times. Came away feeling like I knew him personally.

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I'm very glad I listened to this.

I was wary of a biography as I'm not too interested in which school and pet were in a person's youth, yet I found this book about Nimitz fascinating. I even took some life leasona from his attitude and drive. As for the war, Nimitz comes across as a careful and thoughtful commander. The insights into strategy are hugely interesting.

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A Fitting Tribute

In my opinion, Fleet Admiral Chester W Nimitz USN was the outstanding theatre commander of any service from any of the belligerent nations of the Second World War. How he developed himself and the circumstances of his career, personal life and character are brilliantly detailed in this wonderful book. He was the right man in the right place at the right time.

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a rare matching of character and abilities

it was a long book but I never wanted it to end.
I used to look up to general McArthur with slight unease. now I find admiral Nimitz more to my liking for his humility

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Probably one of the best historical accounts.

I really enjoyed this book. the flow shifts from the popular pacific battles of World War 2, back to earlier in his life then back to the main period of interest before finishing with the end of his life.

the author has managed to capture the personality of Nimitz while freely admitting the limitations of his knowledge, rather than making something up to fill the pages.

If you are interested in navy warfair or the second world war you will enjoy this book.

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