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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter R. Borneman Narrator: Brian Troxell Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This thrilling narrative reveals 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 men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the US 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Borneman deftly manipulates multiple narrative strands and a wealth of detail. He vividly fleshes out the numerous vain, ambitious men vying for power at the top and examines their important decisions and lasting ramifications.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Freelance historian Borneman demonstrates comprehensive command of published and unpublished sources, fingertip understanding of the period, and a polished writing style in this unique collective biography of the four men who ‘with a combination of nimble counsel, exasperating ego, studied patience, and street-fighter tactics’ shaped the modern U.S. Navy to win WWII at sea.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Borneman succeeds in eliciting the reader’s deep interest in these men.”

    Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/20/2014

    " What a book! I could not put it down once I started it. 4 men have been 5 star admirals in the U.S. Navy. Each one could not have been more different, but each provided the leadership that carried us to victory in WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean Vangordon | 2/20/2014

    " A good Pacific centered history of the war. Borneman does an excellent job of following the four admirals from the Annapolis through their rise to the top ranks of the navy. It shows that US Naval History as a continuous narrative from the Spanish-American War through the WWII, which helps with context and narratives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 2/3/2014

    " Light on new details. Although the book is on the 4 5-star Admirals, it really focuses on the 3 better known ones (Nimitz, Halsey and King). This book is mostly a repackaging of other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mawdi | 1/25/2014

    " an excellent review of history of the US Navy. I learned so much from this interesting read. "

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